Yep. Anything 3 digits is what I would consider high and are good refractive surgery candidates as long as you meet the other requirements.
Biggest thing you need to be aware of more than the doctor that does it is the risk of having lasik done. Educate yourself on that risk and be comfortable with the level of permanent risk and long term risk before you go about doing it. Becoming hyperopic isn't one of the major risks that I am referring to by the way. There are some pretty crappy ones.
Actually the Phakic Intraocular lenses had a lower risk, at least the Visian ones. I'm on a different computer, if anyone wants I can send them the results of the request by Visian to the FDA for approval. The numbers were actually better than some forms of Lasik, at least at high levels of correction. There are some newer Lasik techniques that have now gained widespread acceptance, and I haven't kept up on them as I'm not a good candidate for any kind of Lasik. If I had the extra money - it would probably go in my children's college fund, so at this point it is sort of moot.
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As a SlickDealer since 2005 (ish), I always prided on getting the best value for my buck but when I got LASIK, I did the complete opposite: I found a few LASIK centers who were recommended by a friend who's an eye doctor and picked the most expensive one.
My dad thought I was stupid considering you can fly to Korea and get it done for $1500 but I argued that the very last thing I ever want to skimp on is MY EYES.
So for me, yes, it also was the best $5200 bucks I ever spent. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
while you're right you shouldn't jump on the first BOGO deal when it comes to your eyes, your *most expensive is best* logic is lulz
10 yrs ago i said id love to get eye surgery in 10 yrs when the technology gets better....now i want to wait another 10 yrs and see what options are available then. i want the risk of something happening to be less than the risk i take by getting my teeth cleaned.
I regret doing mine...over-done. Now I have hyperopia, before I had myopia.
I'm sorry to hear. I had mine done at The Laser Center in Garden City, NY in January, 2000 and I have no regrets, though I'm having to get used to the idea of using glasses again, as in the past year and change, I now need reading glasses (which is due to stiffening of the lens, rather than anything to do with the cornea, since I'm now 48). My distance vision is still between 20/20 and 20/25. I go for my annual checkups to keep the "warranty" that allows for free lasik corrections for life. About the worst side effect was for 6 months, I had the halo effect when looking at bright lights at night. Also, I'm a little more sensitive to bright fluorescent lights than I was before the surgery.
Anyone looking for a recommendation for a lasik doctor/facility on Long Island, I'd recommend using Dr. Donnenfeld at The Laser Center in Garden City. He has also done cataracts for both my uncle (he can afford whoever he wants to use) and one of my older friends in my ski club.
A surgeon who needs to resort to discount sites and advertising to drum up business. That instills confidence...
Don't forget that this is pretty much a quick in and out procedure. Many of these doctors have done several thousands of these operations. They make money off of volume, as they can schedule several of these procedures every day. It's not like brain surgery, which can take hours and requires a whole team of people including nurses, anesthesiologists, etc. The lasik procedure had the doctor and one assistant. The assistant pretty much laid me down and put anesthetic drops in my eyes. I think that both eyes took about 1/2 hour.
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