RE: Lasik/laser eye surgery -- share horror or success stories
I'm almost 1 year out from Lasek surgery, and would definitely do it again.
Lasek is laser assisted subepithelial keratectomy, which is slightly different from Lasik - the correction is on the surface only, and no flap is created. In 2005, the Air Force recommended that pilots have only non-flapped refractive surgery, because the flap can (rarely) become unstable at high altitude. And you never know, I may still have a career as a fighter pilot. I want to keep my options open. ;)
More to the point, my eye doctor, whom I trust implicitly, believes that Lasek has a lower complication rate than Lasik.
Find a surgeon you trust, regardless of price. You can be the queen of frugal when it comes to groceries or clothing - but don't bargain hunt for eye surgery. In my area (Raleigh) you get what you pay for. I know the doctor who advertises "$999 per eye!" and I wouldn't want him working on me or my loved ones.
Immediately after Lasek, I had extreme light sensitivity and pain. Came home, took the painkillers, and slept the rest of the day. The next day, I went to an outdoor BBQ - with my giant movie-star sunglasses on, and plenty of Percocet. Within 3 days I could drive in the daytime. After a week, I could drive at night - but still saw halos around lights. It took me about a month to get to 20/20, but my doctor said I was an exceptionally slow healer; most patients can see 20/20 within 3-5 days.
I'd still do it again, no question. Maybe once or twice a month, I'll wake up with dry eyes and need to use drops. That's honestly the only time I even remember that I had surgery. The rest of the time, I feel like I was born with naturally perfect vision. :)
Cindy, Mommy to DS 2/04 and DS 2/08