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I have finally convinced myself I need to do it. I have a consultation at Durrie next week. I want nothing but the best for my eyeballs, but is it worth shopping around?

I have also heard of Discover, Sabates and Silverstein. Where would you go?

I am assuming the work these days is more pushing buttons on a computer and less blade in hand.

Is there anybody with a personal horror story, or any legit reasons against the surgery?
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My wife had it done about 2 years or so ago. She threw out the question on Facebook, and the responses came back heavily recommending one of the better doctors in the area. At that point, she didn't shop around - there were many trusted people that had already done that and had first hand experiences. It was a little to a lot more expensive than the others (I want to say around $4k give or take a few hundred) based on what some advertised or some friends have said, but it also included follow up appointments up to a year afterwards, among other things. I am one to find a deal, but I wouldn't have let her trust her eyes to one of those $299/eye places if she wanted to.

We also ended up loading up the flex/health spending account the year she decided to do it, and that paid for a lot of it tax free.

One thing she did say, was ask questions of what it is like when it is happening. She didn't, so she didn't know what to expect, and it it freaked her out a little. All that said, not 8 hours later, her vision was A LOT better.
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I had mine done at Durry last May and couldn't have been happier.


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I had it done over 10years ago when I came back from Iraq in 2005.

My eyes wouldn't relax enough for regular lasik so I had to do PRK.

PRK was very painful and the recovery time was about a week. I still wouldn't change it. I love it. Paid $3k for both eyes and free lifetime correction if needed.
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I did not realize Durrie was bladeless ONLY. I am a candidate for their SBK. The laser flap sounds like the best of both worlds. They do PRK too but the cost was the same.

It looks like KU Med does SBK too, not sure of any other options.
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I have the video of my surgery if anyone wants to see it. They filmed it because I got in as part of a study. Pretty gross when they put bubbles under the flap and pull it back lol


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My wife just has her eyes done yesterday. Blade free Lasik and she'll be back to work tomorrow.
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My wife got prk at lasik plus off 115th and nall about 9 months ago. It's been great for her but yes prk is more painful recovery but you don't have a flap with prk. It grows back fully and it's like nothing ever happened. The first 48 hours sucked but after that she was still light sensitive but a week later and she was back to doing everything she did before but just with dimmed lights. After 2 weeks it's like gold and everything was back to normal but without glasses.

I plan to do lasik because of the recovery time. I would do prk but I don't have time to take a few weeks off work. The flap won't bother me because I seen videos of the flap trying to be relifted off the eye after 2 years and it takes a lot of work.
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My wife got prk at lasik plus off 115th and nall about 9 months ago. It's been great for her but yes prk is more painful recovery but you don't have a flap with prk. It grows back fully and it's like nothing ever happened. The first 48 hours sucked but after that she was still light sensitive but a week later and she was back to doing everything she did before but just with dimmed lights. After 2 weeks it's like gold and everything was back to normal but without glasses.

I plan to do lasik because of the recovery time. I would do prk but I don't have time to take a few weeks off work. The flap won't bother me because I seen videos of the flap trying to be relifted off the eye after 2 years and it takes a lot of work.
I got PRK at Durrie based on recommendations from eye surgeons that my wife works with in the OR (the PRK vs lasik was the recommendation when posed the "what would you get?" question, Durrie was a personal choice).

my experience was actually a bit different in that I was back at work the next day and the day after without any light sensitivity but then the third day hit me like a fucking truck. drugs, ice packs and sleeping for a couple days and I was good.

everyone is different (physiologically) and has different circumstances, but from what the surgeons my wife works with said, they were pretty adamant that while they'd all be fine with either, if it were their eyes, they'd do PRK at a reputable place. I liked Durrie based his rep and a friend that worked there telling me about a number of pro athletes who depend on their eyes for millions of dollars in future earnings going (no names or specifics given to violate HIPAA). I was able to get the consult and then tell them I wasn't ready to spend as much as they were asking but offering to do a study... they called me back within a week or two with a study that involved new 'lenses' that they put over your eyes to help shield them during the regrowth stage and that allowed it to become much more affordable - I haven't looked back since. honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made for/about myself.
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I got PRK at Durrie based on recommendations from eye surgeons that my wife works with in the OR (the PRK vs lasik was the recommendation when posed the "what would you get?" question, Durrie was a personal choice).

my experience was actually a bit different in that I was back at work the next day and the day after without any light sensitivity but then the third day hit me like a fucking truck. drugs, ice packs and sleeping for a couple days and I was good.

everyone is different (physiologically) and has different circumstances, but from what the surgeons my wife works with said, they were pretty adamant that while they'd all be fine with either, if it were their eyes, they'd do PRK at a reputable place. I liked Durrie based his rep and a friend that worked there telling me about a number of pro athletes who depend on their eyes for millions of dollars in future earnings going (no names or specifics given to violate HIPAA). I was able to get the consult and then tell them I wasn't ready to spend as much as they were asking but offering to do a study... they called me back within a week or two with a study that involved new 'lenses' that they put over your eyes to help shield them during the regrowth stage and that allowed it to become much more affordable - I haven't looked back since. honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made for/about myself.

I was involved in a study using a different medicated eye drop. Saved me something like $1400


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Pain. Terrible terrible pain. Have reliable transportation after the surgery or you'll end up having to drive yourself home and that causes some problems.

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yeah I don't know if it was the lenses or what but I felt like I damn near had lasik for two days... a little light sensitive but no pain. but then Wednesday morning... fuck Wednesday and its shitty shitty morning
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Also, the only time this ever happened...hadn't happened before or since....the night after my surgery, my wife somehow managed to flop around in bed and hit my eye which I swear lifted the still healing flap.

No idea how that happens, but I shot straight up screaming bloody murder.
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The surgery went great. Wife drove me home, but I probably could have done it myself if I had to.

My worst symptom last night was light sensitivity. Pain was minimal - the dirty contact comparison they told me was pretty spot on. Before bed I was watching TV like normal.

No problems overnight. This morning my vision was less cloudy, eyes felt less scratchy, no light sensitivity but still some halos. At my check up they said I was healing great and I tested better than 20/20. I missed like 2 letters on the 20/15 line.

Laser flap FTW! This shit is amazing.
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A week later and still no issues. Absolutely loving it.

One random thing that popped into my head - how worried should I be about the restriction on my license? Should I go to the DMV ASAP to get it changes, or just wait for when it expires?
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One random thing that popped into my head - how worried should I be about the restriction on my license? Should I go to the DMV ASAP to get it changes, or just wait for when it expires?
I never had a problem...I imagine if you got pulled over and they asked, you just tell them then.

I don't think, in all the years of wearing contacts and having a restriction on my license, I ever got questioned during a traffic stop about it.
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glad to hear!

as to the restriction, if you are at all concerned about it, just throw something from the dr's office about your appt, an invoice, etc in your glovebox. if a cop doesn't accept that they are just looking for ways to fuck you anyhow and will find one (unlikely but that's the only scenario where I can imagine they wouldn't look at a doc like that and just accept it).

but like Scooby said, I can't imagine it would get that far in the first place.
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