LASIK vs PRK
Has anyone had LASIK eye surgery? I just found out it's covered in my vision plan, and I'm beginning to do some research. Actually, I found out that both LASIK and PRK are covered, but I'm leaning towards LASIK because of the higher chance of hazing with PRK.
I too am planning to have one. My eye sight (right)
Lasik is the more common procedure. PRK is used for special cases I think. Make sure that the place you do the Lasik uses Wavefront (also called Visix) technology. That increases the accuracy of the procedure.
Cost is not unbearable -around 1500 $ , i think
Scott has written about this on his blog - check it out.
I've done it in July 2003 with the LASIK technology, which is probably the standard by now. The ophtalmologist who did the operation was recommended by 4 people I know very much: an uncle, an aunt, my sister's friend, and a friend of mine. They all now have a 20/20 vision and never had a problem, and they all did it more than 2-3 years ago.
I had LASIK done back about 4 years ago. My eyesight went from 175/20 to 20/15 which is better than 20/20 vision. I've recommended the procedure to a number of people who've had it done. Two of these had to go back to get an additional procedure.
Even if LASIK had only, say, a 0.1% failure rate, I'd hate to be the one guy in a thousand who ruined his only set of eyes. And I think the failure rate is a fair bit higher than 0.1%.
I doubt that failure resulting in blindness is anywhere even remotely close to 0.1%.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Indeed -- do NOT confuse FAILURE rate with COMPLICATION rate. All the failure rate means is the number of people who didn't get 20/40 or better after one or two operations, and is strongly correlated to the abberation of the corrected eyes.
Lasik might be more common but it has more complication and is more intrusive than PRK. I had PRK done. I had the option to do one of the other but PRK was suggested because my cornea was too thin for a 2nd eye surgery(if I had needed it).
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