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  1. #1 Laser eye surgery. 
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    Im sick of glasses and contacts, so I booked an appointment for laser eye surgery. Apparently LASIK is £390 per eye with this certain company(who are also a high street optician).

    Im aware of the optical properties of the eye but not versed in the biological implications of cutting the cornea and correction. Its cool yeah?


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    Well, I don't know much about the full implications about what goes on in the surgery. However, I wouldn't entirely reccommed it.
    it isn't fully safe, I mean for example someone my mother knew went in with poor eyesight, and left practically blind.
    It isn't exactly completely safe (also, the long term implications can't really be tested). But then that's my side to it. I'd just make sure you know what your getting into for something that though irritating, can be cured with contacts.


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    as a new relativity new treatment i would be wary but having said that my aunt hasn't looked back!

    any procedure has risks.
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    I think there's a certain optimum age after your eyes have stopped growing and haven't yet begun to deteriorate from old age. If you're like me, you're eyes got worse and worse as you got older. If you got lasik while this process was still ongoing, it wouldn't stop the worsening of your eyes. They would start going blurry again after a while. I think by your mid 20's it's safe to say you've stopped growing and the lasik should stick.
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    Yeah thats exactly what has happened. Im nearsighted and just ended a period where my eyes just got worse at distances, I have had no problems with reading vision and that.
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    i read implications with laser eye surgery could give you double vision later.
    although you can get similar problems with too heavy computer usage.
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    Read and think seriously about the risks. Chances are, everything will be fine, but if you are one of the unlucky ones, the inconvenience of wearing glasses will start to seem really trivial.

    http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/lasik/risks.htm

    * Some patients lose vision. Some patients lose lines of vision on the vision chart that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery as a result of treatment.
    * Some patients develop debilitating visual symptoms. Some patients develop glare, halos, and/or double vision that can seriously affect nighttime vision. Even with good vision on the vision chart, some patients do not see as well in situations of low contrast, such as at night or in fog, after treatment as compared to before treatment.
    * You may be under treated or over treated. Only a certain percent of patients achieve 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts. You may require additional treatment, but additional treatment may not be possible. You may still need glasses or contact lenses after surgery. This may be true even if you only required a very weak prescription before surgery. If you used reading glasses before surgery, you may still need reading glasses after surgery.
    * Some patients may develop severe dry eye syndrome. As a result of surgery, your eye may not be able to produce enough tears to keep the eye moist and comfortable. Dry eye not only causes discomfort, but can reduce visual quality due to intermittent blurring and other visual symptoms. This condition may be permanent. Intensive drop therapy and use of plugs or other procedures may be required.
    * Results are generally not as good in patients with very large refractive errors of any type. You should discuss your expectations with your doctor and realize that you may still require glasses or contacts after the surgery.
    * For some farsighted patients, results may diminish with age. If you are farsighted, the level of improved vision you experience after surgery may decrease with age. This can occur if your manifest refraction (a vision exam with lenses before dilating drops) is very different from your cycloplegic refraction (a vision exam with lenses after dilating drops).
    * Long-term data are not available. LASIK is a relatively new technology. The first laser was approved for LASIK eye surgery in 1998. Therefore, the long-term safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery is not known.
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