NFR Lasik ?

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  1. steelydan

    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    My doc narrowly avoided being a murder victim at the request of his partner at the time.
    My vision is excellent but now I need readers to tie a size 18 on 6X.
    I gave up close-up vision for distance.
    No regrets.
     
  2. Rick Todd

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    I'm 63 and had it done in Vancouver BC 12 years ago. I was great for about 5 years (20/20) then started to change. I'm about 20/30 and 20/35 now. I have elected to not do another correction as I needed readers all along and I found it more convenient (even when I was 20/20) to wear glasses with bifocals on the bottom and clear glass above. So adding some correction on top was very easy to do. I hate wearing readers on croakies or in my pocket so I'm just resigned to wearing glasses! Most of my outdoor activities I use polaroid lenses or shooting glasses. The only time I would like to be 20/20 is for skiing with goggles, but I see well enough that I can ski OK with no correction.
     
  3. Bob Neal

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    I check eyeballs for a living and since they won't let me play with those big fancy lasers I have to refer my patients away. I refer to PCLI Bellevue and am thrilled with the care they provide. That said...between Seattle and Bellevue there are a bunch of top notch surgeons to choose from. The above comments are correct regarding your near vision. It will (hopefully) make your distance vision great but at some point in your 40-somethings or so you'll need some reading glasses.
     
  4. Ryan Ferrill

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    I just had mine done Friday (1/6) at the Clearly Lasik in Vancouver. I had a follow up appt. Saturday morning and was reading the 20/15 line... I'd highly recommend it! I'm pretty sure they have a clinic up there somewhere too. It probably goes without saying, but the eyes aren't something you want to look for a "discount" on. Dr. King has a ridiculous number of surgeries under his belt!

    Good luck... you'll love it if you do!
     
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    The lens gets stiff and intraocular muscles become weak. You "fix" it by correcting one eye for reading and one for distance.
     
  6. Steve Call

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    I'm 60 and in the same situation. One eye is still perfect but the other has gradually changed over 15 years to 20/40. Once I started wearing readers I got tired of taking them on and off a hundred times a day and gave up and went with bifocals on the bottom and clear on top, except for the correction on one eye. The super light weight materials they make lenses out of today make wearing glasses much less of a hassle.
     
  7. [WR]

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    Hands down, PCLI... these guys are world class bar none. from the moment you walk in, there's no comparison. post op care is just as phenomenal too.
     
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    Not me - but two people at work I know did just this (the different corrections for the two eyes), the first one it came out great, didn't need glasses anymore for anything, the second, it just didn't produce clarity either near or far, and he went in for a second surgery as soon as he could (make both eyes for far sight) - wears glasses for reading/tying.

    Small sample size, but it seems the results vary. I do not know why.
     
  9. Steelie Mike

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    Make sure to barter the price down like buying a car. I knocked the price of mine down by a mortgage payment last January. If they do not like it, go somewhere else. I did it at Lasik plus and know there are in the Seattle area.
     
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    What does it cost?
     
  11. greenwater

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    PCLI says $1500 an eye. That gets you all the pre-op stuff, free enhancement for life, etc. I know clearly lasik (now king lasik) does it differently where they let you select more ala carte i.e. if you want free enhancement for life, it costs x-amount, surgery using a specific method cost y-amount etc. Some folks like to do it that way, but it wasn't for me. I felt kind of like it was a combo of getting a gym membership and buying a used car.

    If you have a flexible spending account and they allow expenses for this, use it. That way you can use pre-tax money for this expense and save essentially your regular tax rate on it all. It takes a little more planning since FSA's usually have specific enrollment periods, etc. but worth the 10%-35% savings.
     
  12. Jeff Studebaker

    Jeff Studebaker Kayak Fly Angler

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    Mine was 60,000 Baht for both eyes, including a dozen follow-up appointments over the next year.
     
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    My health insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield, covered all but $300.00 of it per eye. So i can't give you a total out of pocket , as in, you're paying for all of it yourself, estimate.
     
  14. golfman65

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    I had mine done by Coal harbour up in Vancouver..they did most of the guys off the canuck hockey team so seemed like a good call...They were 1500 an eye..all pre and post visits included and free tune ups if you need them..
    I had "touch less" as I was near blind...takes longer to heal but no regrets...I'm 20/15 20/20 now...It amazes me to sit on the side of a river and see all the leaves on the tree's etc.

    Need readers but I'm getting over the hill and was told that was gonna stay the same...

    Only regret is I didn't do it a helluva lot sooner..
     
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    Had mine done in Utah six years ago. Still see 20/15 in both eyes. Incredible upgrade to quality of life. Some of the best money I ever spent, right along with my fly tying vice.