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There are some other alternatives such as PRK, which does not involve making a flap, but any kind of eye surgery carries its own risks. Just keep 2 important things in mind -first, most of the people that come to a message board like this are here because they had some kind of problems. The ones that had absolutely no issues don't post here, so reading these boards can give you a very negative impression. Second, even with successful surgery, there are no guarantees that you will not need glasses again down the road. Besides looking here, ask around at work or your other social circles and see if you can find people that have had it done, and get their impressions. You will be surprised how many people have had it or know somebody who has - I met at least 5 people at work that had had Lasik and some that had family members who did. These real life stories, plus research on the internet and message boards like these, helped me to get a better perspective and make a decision.
For me personally, I was one of those people who couldn't find their glasses without their glasses on. I had several episodes where I misplaced my glasses and had to ask a family member to find them for me. I also had to switch between regular glasses and prescription safety glasses at work constantly, which was a pain and gave me headaches. The bad stories of Lasik gone wrong did scare me, but I ultimately decided it was a risk I was willing to take, and I also felt that even if I still had to wear glasses later, a thinner pair that I could actually see to find would still be better. It has gone well for me so far and I do not regret it at all. I did months of research and called every Lasik clinic in the area and talked to them for awhile to get impressions of them, and finally decided on one. So do your research, and talk to as many people as you can and get their honest opinions, and talk to as many clinics as you can. You can even make appointments for free consultations at several of them and see where you feel the most comfortable and which seem the most competent. It is a big decision, but as long as you're well informed and know all the risks, you will make the right decision for you.

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