Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & Flap)

My uncle is planing to have his eyes done because he has been short sighted since his early teens and he has done his research thoroughly. Does anybody u know had the treatment?? were there complications or was it a success??
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RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F [updated:LAST EDITED ON 09-07-02 AT 01:09 PM (GMT)]He needs to ask about the "halo" effect when viewing objects at night. It could limit his ability to drive at night. He also needs to wait until he is at least in his mid-40's. Most humans have a big change in eyeball shape at that age. It could be that an elongation in eyeball shape could correct his near sightedness.

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RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F Adonis, I would advise you to check the following websites: http://www.surgicaleyes.com/ http://www.lasikdisaster.com/ Your uncle (and anyone considering laser eye surgery to correct Myopia or Hipermetropya, etc...) should consider VERY CAREFULLY the chance that things could go wrong. They sometimes do and I personally know some cases that didn't go very well... Unfortunatelly, as the procedure is expensive and lucrative, there are a lot of doctors (all over the world) that are performing this type of surgery and do not inform their patients that there are many risks associated and a LARGE percentage of subsequent problems (dry eyes-lack of tears for lubrication-being the most common). It is best to get opinion from a good, honest, reputed eye doctor (or several, preferably) and hear what is their advice. Two things more: - This operation has a serious technical limitation, it is only possible to treat an oval area of about 7 mm radius from the center of your pupil and in dim light the human pupil dilates to compensate. The diameter of dilatation varies from person to person. But if the person has pupils that dilate BEYOND the diameter treated he will suffer from irreversible distortions (Halos, starbursts) of his vision in those conditions (night, dim-lighted rooms, cinemas, car lights, etc...). - People with Myopia or Astygmatism have natural imperfections in the vitrium (the liquid that fills the interior of the eye) that many times is imperceptible to them when wearing glasses. There are many recorded cases of people that underwent the operation (LASIK) that afterwards see these particles floating in their vision, especially in daylight. Hence these paricles are refered commoly as "Floaters". It is most annoying because they look like some sort of translucent or dark brown spots or tubes whirling around your field of vision whenever you move your eyes. So I basically would advise your uncle to try to gather as many information as possible (not only from doctors but from people that were operated) and think very, very carefully before deciding to underwent this surgery. Being operated by a skilled surgeon that practises LASIK for a long time and that performs thourough pre-op examination (himself preferably and not an assistant!) and uses the most modern laser device is also of paramoint importance. Besides his honesty and ethics that is... Remember also that any particular surgery, especially to the eyes is by itself a situation of no-return! Don't expect that if anything goes wrong, the doctor will be able to do anything about it...It's sad but true. Best Regards, L-Bat
RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F Thanks for your advice i must admit most of what you have said he already knows and most cases operated on have a high success rate of never needing glasses or contacts again, he has been quoted 80-85%. Pupil dilation and dry eye cases are all very dependent on individual cases and he knows that we all have differing recovery rates. He is 45 and he has gone to all the reputable companies here in the UK, OPTIMAX, MAXIVISION, BOOTSEYECLINICS, ULTRASLASE and many more, as all operations are expensive and highly "cosmetic" in origin he is even contemplating going over to Cyprus to get it done by more advancly trained russian eye doctors who have set up base in cyprus and have a more disciplined training history. He knows alot of people who have taken this route and they have come back with superb results, but such is life there is RISKS and we shouldn't gloss over them so that is why he is doing his research and gaining 2nd and 3rd and 4th opinions from doctors all over (including internet!!). thanks 4 the replies guys.
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RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F My dad had it done last year. He found that his eyeballs (both, strangely) were extremely dry after the operation and he needed to use fluid for a few months afterwards. Quite painful I think. Also, he had his done in Johannesburg - same standard as UK (maybe higher) but significantly less expensive.
RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F How is his eyesight now?? is it better than before when he was wearing glasses or contacts?? is it better than yours or your friends ??
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RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F My dad's eyesight is much better. He is cursing himself for not having done it earlier! He still needs to have an adjustment made to his surgery, but the results so far (even at 85-90% effectiveness) are very good. I guess there is always a risk with these things, which you need to be prepared for. But as it happens, this turned out very well.

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RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F I too am short sighted. I was told when I was a teenager that I could be operated on to correct the problem when I had reached a certain age. The thing is, at the time, laser was not widely used (if at all?) and the procedure involved making incisions in the eye to correct the flaws. Needless to say, it didn't sound too appealing, especially as there was apparently a good week of fairly consistent agony according to the doctor I saw. I stuck to glasses and contact lenses. (which I found to be fantastic, not only for contact sports ( I used to take my glasses off to play football and to do karate and missed out on quite a lot) but also for general vision. No condensation, no glasses you can see out of the corner of your eye and... litle risk provided you look after your lenses properly. I'd be interested to know whether people still correct short-sightedness with a surgical knife, and if so is this less risky?
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RE: Laser Eye Surgery (Zap & F I am also short sighted, but I don't mind wearing glasses, in fact, i couldn't do without them (I look a bit more intelligent :D). My doctor also said maybe I should undergo such a laser-surgery, but I will not do this until I start becoming blind :D.