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Laser burn to the eyes Answered

On Saturday morning my eyelids will be pulled back by retractors and held open, ethanol will be poured into my eyes, a flap of epithelial (outer layer of the eye) will be peeled back to reveal the cornea, then an Eximer laser will burn the surface of the cornea. Apparently, the burning smell can be quite unpleasant :-/ Has anyone else had laser eye surgery? Cheers, Pat. Pending

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LinuxH4x0r

11 years ago

someone should do an instructable "diy lasik"

laser cutter + eyes = pain +damage

don't do it!!

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Brennn10

11 years ago

Im only 15, and I cannot wait till I get my eyes lasered. Contacts and glasses are dreadful.

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Garth KnightBrennn10

Reply 11 years ago

contacts can be ok... depends on the person. I had glasses by age twelve. Finally got contacts during my senior year in HS. 25+ years in contacts, played hard, had fun,wore them through EVERYTHING. Now age has set in and I've had to go over to glasses. I've been in glasses (bifocals) 1.5 years now and they SSuuucK. Do I have a point? Try out contacts for a summer- live fast and hard. If they work stay with 'em. If they are a pain in the ass, get your eyes lasered as soon as your doc recommends. Having 30-40 years of good vision... Just think about how that might change the way your life plays out? No matter what, at some point you will end up in glasses, it might as well be later in life when your hair is gone and you've given up on looking good. -Sigh...

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Kiteman

11 years ago

Personally, I cannot see the point in laser eye surgery, since it is effectively a temporary measure. Whether you are short or long sighted, the ageing process involves a stiffening of the cornea which results in a natural shift towards long-sightedness. No matter how successful the procedure is now, you will eventually need glasses or lenses when you are older (the tendency to longsight kicks in around middle age and continues to worsen for the rest of your life). Of all cosmetic surgeries perpetrated for purely cosmetic reasons, eye surgery is the most pointless, exposing you to the greatest non-fatal risk (blindness) for the least return (a temporary relief from artificial lenses). If your main reason for undergoing the op is to be able to see during water-sports, wear goggles. I wear ordinary swimming goggles over lenses when I swim, mainly to prevent me rubbing the lenses out unconsciously because of chlorine irritation. If I did it a lot, or still wore spectacles, I would simply invest in a pair of optically-corrected goggles.

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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

. Hmmmmm. My coronary bypasses aren't permanent, either - doctors said they'd last only 5-10 years. A lot more trauma involved with open-heart surgery, too. . As someone who has worn glasses/contacts for 45 years (started when I was 6 yo), I don't think I'd call corrective eye surgery cosmetic. Elective, but not cosmetic. . Yikes! Had the heart surgery 7 years ago. Hope the warranty is still good.

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whatsisfaceNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

Wow. I had heart surgery a few years back, but not open chest stuff. It was pretty damn scary then, and all they did was put a laser through my veins and scorch part of my heart (I had AVNRT). I love modern medicine =]

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jtobakoKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

For me, the cost of surgery (laser or radial keritotomy) is getting close to the price of 5-10 years of lenses. Even a reduction in weight of glass (well, polycarbonate) would be significant. Then again, my eye doctor keeps promising new lens implants when my cataracts fully develop in 5-10 years.

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thebluemartyr

11 years ago

my mom got it done, she really enjoyed the results although in her age her sight is going again. i say do it, the results are really great.

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Bran

11 years ago

So, by laser eye surgery, I take it you mean LASIC, so you don't need to wear glasses or contacts?

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Patrick PendingBran

Reply 11 years ago

My wife had LASIK a few weeks ago, I'm actually getting LASEK it has a different way of creating the epithelial flap. My eyes aren't really that bad but I use glasses or contacts for driving and watching TV. My biggest motivation for getting it done is so that I won't need to wear glasses/contacts when I go out on my sea kayak. Cheers, Pat. Pending

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zieakPatrick Pending

Reply 11 years ago

I'm with you there. The only time i consider getting contacts or my eyes "fixed" is when our backpacking or kayaking or something.

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Patrick Pendingzieak

Reply 11 years ago

I generally wear disposable contacts when kayaking, but they are not ideal, particularly, when you are launching/landing in big surf. Cheers, Pat. Pending

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theque

11 years ago

haha you could just listen to audio books.

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Patrick Pendingtheque

Reply 11 years ago

I thought of that, and have already filled my ipod with audio books so that I don't get too bored during recovery. Cheers, Pat. Pending

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Goodhart

11 years ago

Now that you describe it, sounds like I never will either :-)

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Patrick PendingGoodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Yes, I wish I was ignorant of the procedure :-(
I'm not sure how long it will be before I can read a screen again as I will probably be like this |-( for at least awhile.

Cheers,

Pat. Pending

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GoodhartPatrick Pending

Reply 11 years ago

Hmm, my brother in law had eye surgery, but not this kind, and he was "not allowed to report back to work as a driver (FED EX) because of (get this) lifting packages *shrug*. But reading was forgidden for awhile and TV / Computer screens also. That would make me nuts I am afraid...

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NachoMahmaGoodhart

Reply 11 years ago

. Lifting heavy objects causes a sharp rise in blood pressure, which can burst mending blood vessels.

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GoodhartNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

and they said something about "stress or strain" on a torn cornea or something. He was on the verge (and didn't know it) of going blind, had he not flown to Philadelphia and had the surgery when he did.