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Re: Cremebrulee
Aug 14, 2005
i am thinking that if you are left under-corrected, your doctor did not remove enough tissue. with your high degree of nearsightedness it must be difficult to get it accurately. but if your prescription was entered into the laser correctly then the results should be pretty darn close.

how long were you out of your contacts before you had the surgery? contacts have a way of temporarily flattening cornea and slightly correcting your vision. i wore -8.5 contacts and -9.5 glasses but my actual prescription was -10.25 after my cornea returned to their normal shape. since i wore my contacts all the time the doctor recommended that i was out of them for about three weeks. i was out of my contacts for four weeks before my surgery. this was torture. i kept on missing doorways and running into walls. i was really afraid that i would misjudge a turn and get into a car accident.

i'm not sure what floaters and backwards c's are. did you have them prior to surgery? if you had these potential complications, the doctor should have discussed the risks with you and try to find a way to reduce the risk of complications. It sounds like you were not the ideal lasik candidate. many people who have lasik and get wonderful results are usually those who have prescriptions of -1.0 to -4.0, have perfect corneal thickness, have perfect pupil sizes, etc. most people who go for lasik fall into this ideal candidate category. it is people like us who have to be a little more cautious and aware. colorado laser surgeons actually turned me away. the doctor said, "i'm going to be honest with you. if you were my sister, i would not recommend either procedures for you because even if you achieve great vision you will still have to deal with problems with night vision." i suppose they didn't want me to mess up their stats of over 99% of their patients do not require an enhancement. another lasik center that heavily advertise about their 20/20 or it's free guarantee said that i did not qualify for their guarantee.

if you don't want to risk having another surgery, is there any way your under-correction can be corrected with maybe a thin pair of glasses? that was the reality i was willing to live with (and the doctor discussed this with me before the surgery). even if the surgery did not give me 20/20 results i was willing to wear a thin pair of glasses. glasses are cute when you are not forced to find a pair that will hold the 1/2 inch thick lenses. if i was in your shoes i too would be a little wary of another surgery. i would go with the glasses, see if my eyes will stabilize or improve over the course of a year and then think about having an enahancement. check with your doctor to see how long you can wait to have an enahancement. most places give you one year of free enhancements (not that you can go in every month during that year to get an enhancement because you just do have enough cornea tissue to have unlimited enhancements). my doctor has a lifetime of enhancements with every procedure. so if my vision changes when i am in my forties (which it probably will) i can opt to have an enhancement. the doctor made sure that with the prk i was left with enough cornea tissue for at least one enhancement.

i am really sorry that you are not happy with your surgery. i know it sucks to have spent all this money and not get the results you were hoping for. with my experience, i highly recommend the procedure to everyone i know who wears glasses but i still tell them to do their homework. sometimes these lasik centers give their patients too much hope on the outcome and do not discuss the realities of the surgery.

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