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I've been reading this message board for a few months before my procedure.
Although I've read some positive comments, most of the posts seemed to be on the negative side.
Well, I had my procedure on 5/25/06. I went to Dr. K.A. in Santa Monica, Ca.
He is regarded as one of the best refractive eye surgeons in the entire country.

Yes, as most do, I researched almost every doctor in the L.A. area, including those "$499 per eye" places, which by the way, you should avoid at all costs.
My consultation at these places seemed more like I was at a used car dealer being pressured to commit to something that I wasn't comfortable with.
The doctors are advertised as being "experts", and maybe they are, but you have to remember that the best doctors do not need to offer discounts.

Anyway, my final choice came down to 2 doctors. Dr. K.A., and Dr. R. M.
Dr. R.M. was the guy who did the procedure on "Extreme makeover".
Dr. K.A. did B. Pitt, C. Cox, J. Salley(Best Damn Sports Show), and many other celebrities.
I went to consultations with both and was equally impressed with both.
I ended up choosing Dr. K.A. because I learned that he trained many of the top doctors in the world including Dr. R.M.

The "walk-in" price for these doctors was around $5600 for both eyes.(Regular Lasik procedure only. PRK, LASEK, and other procedures are probably higher)
Yes, it is definitely on the higher side, but it is a normal rate for the best doctors and well worth it when you consider that it is your eyes that are being operated on.

Ok, now for my procedure:

Before I begin, my prescription was -4.75 (left eye) and -4.50 Astigmatism (right eye). A lot of these people who had problems on this site did not mention their prescription, but I'm assuming that it was worse than mine.

I arrived at 10:45 am, checked in, and was given Zanax. Reading all these negative comments on this site made me more nervous than I should have been.
Dr. K.A. has a staff of around 7 or 8 O.D.'s who perform all the pre-tests for him. These doctors are very knowledgeable of the procedure and most have had it done themselves.
Within 5 minutes of my arrival, I was taken for my final preliminary tests. Please note that I went through 4 cycles of complete tests before my procedure to ensure all the numbers were consistent. I did 2 with my own doctor, and 2 with Dr. K.A.
Dr. K.A. has the latest equipment, including wavefront, and each test was performed by a different doctor assigned to that particular station.
I had 5 different doctors that worked on me the day of my procedure, so I felt very comfortable.
I was given another Zanax after the tests because the first one didn't hit me.
I'm 6'0, 185#, so one pill may not have been enough.
After the 2nd one, I felt nice and calm.

My tests were completed at around 12:15, and I was placed in a room with a massage chair. I almost fell asleep in there.
I was called into the operating room at 12:30.
There were 2 nurses and one O.D. present. They were all very kind and supportive making small talk and answering any questions I had.
I sat in a reclining dentist type chair adjusted to lie flat. They put some numbing drops in my right eye, and I waited.
Dr. K.A. came in shortly after, I greeted him, they pushed me under the laser machine, then told me, in detail, what they were going to do.
First, they first taped my eyelashed up using some rubber sheet material. Then they inserted the eye speculum. (This is not at bad as it seems. As long as you relax your face, you won't feel it.)
Then they squirted some liquid in my eye to cleanse it.
The Dr. then placed that ring on my eye to keep it from moving, cut the flap, moved it aside, and lasered my eye.
I was able to see the entire process and was told of each step prior to it happening. The most uncomfortable part was that ring on your eyeball. It didn't hurt, it was just some pressure that I wasn't used to.
If you close your eyes and push your eyeball in slightly, that's the feeling you would get except your eyes are open.
Anyway, after the laser, I saw him put the flap back in place, he squirted some more solution, then it was done!
He did the same on my left eye. It wasn't as bad because I knew what to expect.
Each eye took about 8 minutes.
After the procedure, residual gunk was cleaned from my eye, the plastic shields put on, and I was placed in a room for 40 minutes where my eye can settle. An O.D. came in afterwards, checked my eye to see if everything was fine, which it was, then I was sent on my way.
After the numbing wore off, my eyes stung a little for about 2 hours.
After that, nothing. I was fine. I could actually see through those plastic shields, and was amazed at what I was able to see.
The rest of the day was spent in front of the TV. My wife and 2 1/2 year old left me alone by going shopping, so I was able to relax.
I hit the sheets at 10, got up at 7 the next day, took my shields off, and saw perfectly!
I went to my 24 hour check-up and had 20/15 in my left eye, and 20/25 in my right. Due to the astigmatism in the right eye, I was told that it would take a little time to heal completely, but hey, I'm not complaining.
I had and have ZERO complications. Nothing. Not even dry eye.
It just goes to show you that if you go to a reputable doctor and spend a little more money, the chances of complications are decreased significantly.
It was worth every penny.

I hope this helps you people considering the procedure.
Some advice:

1) Don't listen to all these negative comments unless they provide all the details of their prescriptions, past history, etc.
The vast majority who go to reputable doctors have success.

2) Dont' go to the doctors who advertise cheap rates no matter how good they look on paper. Get testimonials if possible, or get references.

3) Don't read too many message boards. My mistake was that I read almost every existing board out there, and it just made me worry that much more.

Sorry for any misspellings or grammatical errors. I had to write this in a hurry.
I'll check back tomorrow and try to address any questions that you may have.
[QUOTE=gmiyano]I had and have ZERO complications. Nothing. Not even dry eye.
It just goes to show you that if you go to a reputable doctor and spend a little more money, the chances of complications are decreased significantly.
It was worth every penny.

I hope this helps you people considering the procedure.
Some advice:

1) Don't listen to all these negative comments unless they provide all the details of their prescriptions, past history, etc.
The vast majority who go to reputable doctors have success.

2) Dont' go to the doctors who advertise cheap rates no matter how good they look on paper. Get testimonials if possible, or get references.

3) Don't read too many message boards. My mistake was that I read almost every existing board out there, and it just made me worry that much more.
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Gyimano,

I'm sorry, but I am going to have to disagree with your post. Just because things worked out for you, doesn't mean they are going to for everyone reading this. I have no problems with you sharing your success, but I felt that you stated alot of things wrong. For [COLOR="Red"](some of) edited by mod1[/COLOR] those of us unfortunate to have long term problems, it is not because we we didn't do our research or went to lousy doctors. It is because we were the unlucky few who the procedure did not work out for. I've said it a million times, and I will say it again, THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES WITH LASIK. No matter how good your doctor is, no matter how many successful surgeries they have performed, no matter how much you pay, and no matter how good of a candidate you are, there is still a chance that things will go wrong. I will not argue with you that the large majority of people do just fine, because that is usually how it goes. However, people need to be informed before they have this surgery. They need to read message boards and realize that complications are possible and that they can be devastating. They need to be made aware of what can go wrong and THEN decide whether or not they are willing to take the risk with their eyes.

Lasik is NOT an overnight miracle. I'm not trying to scare you, but I was happy with my surgery at 72 hours as well. I was very happy with my surgery at 6 weeks post-op. It wasn't until my nerves started healing and I could feel how painfully dry my eyes were, that I realized something wasn't right. 11 months later, I'm still in the same boat. Again, this is not the case for the majority of people, but it DOES happen, and people need to know about it so they can make an informed decision. I am glad that you are happy with your surgery so far, and I hope that your recovery continues to go smoothly (as it most likely will). I just did not agree with your reasoning and felt the need to point that out. I believe that one of the doctors that you were considering (Dr. R.M) was the surgeon who perfomered comedian Kathy Griffin's surgery. (do not suggest websites) A good doctor does not always equal a good outcome, and people need to know that.

Michelle
Gmiyano...

I just wanted to say that my experience was almost identical to yours.

Several people have commented that Lasik is risky no matter what and a good doctor does not guarantee great results. TRUE.

But...I wanted to back you up and say that I went to a great doctor here in Chicago, one of the top docs. Several qualified professionals worked with me thru all of the testing. I was tested and retested to make sure the readings were consistent. Wavefront machine, etc.

Again...my experience was almost identical to yours, down to laying in the "detnist like chair" and being able to see solution squirted into my eye, the flap peeled back, pressed back down, more solution, etc.

Like you, when I went home, I was able to see well. I slept. At my 24 hour checkup I was 20/15 (-6 before hand, I wore contacts for 15 years). My SIX MONTH check up is next week. I've remained at 20/15 this whole time, no dry eye, no problems, no complaints. It's the best money I ever spent, and I spent A LOT...much like you did.

Everyone'e experience and result is different but there's a lot of scary/negative information out there too. Like you, I did too much research and was very scared.

But, I would NOT change a thing. This has changed my life.

Everyone will agree, this is not a decision/procedure to take lightly. A great result is totally possible and I don't think we hear enough about that.


Wendy
Gmiyano...

Stay positive....I think you have every reason to be cautiously optimisic. When you have a good result IMMEDIATELY after lasik, that's half the battle...

Keep using your drops, don't rub your eyes...and, hang in there.

If you're night vision is excellent, you're doing better than I did right away! My night vision was good...with only slight halos for a couple of months (in the dead of winter...the air here is so dry, etc) But, I even had a bit of halo-ing with my contacts, so it was "same old/same old" for me at that point. No halos for me now.

Cindylou, I'm happy to hear you are doing so well too! We hear/read about so many problems online...but as several people have stated before, it's normal to hear about problems because people are looking for solutions.

As you can see...I had a bit of halo-ing but things are fine now. I wish the same for you.

Maybe Custom Wavefront has something to do with our success....but others would disagree with that theory as well. Custom makes SENSE to me...everyone's eye is different so everyone should have the option for custom wavefront if the outcome would be better.

I hope both of you continue to experience great/problem free recoveries!
Wendy





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