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    What is that burning smell?

    After years of considering LASIK, I had PRK surgery today. In discussion with the surgeon, we determined I was not a good candidate for LASIK since my corneas were at the lower limits of curvature and I would be at an increased risk of "flap issues". As I mentally prepped for this day, I had determined I would go old school with PRK if that was an option. The surgeon seemed relieved to go with PRK.

    The procedure was straightforward. 38 seconds per eye was all it took. At the moment, my vision is still iffy. No pain at this moment, but I'm told that the next couple of days aren't going to be great.

    The list of unnatural things I encountered in the process includes:

    1. An electric toothbrush on the eye. This was lots of fun. Sitting in the chair while watching the doctor start brushing away the epithelial cells of my cornea.

    2. Eyes wide open. They taped my eyelids open and used some eyeball retaining device. There was no pain, but my mind was racing saying something wasn't right about this.

    3. Last but not least-what is that smell? This was the worst part. Apparently the laser that shapes the corneas vaporizes the cells. In the process it creates a lovely smell of burning flesh.

    My older kids think I am crazy. They both independently retold the scene from Final Destination where the laser runs wild.
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    Now you know what you smell like when you are on fire. So, if you ever smell that again, dial 911 immediately!

    Did you happen to ask the Doc if they have perfected a way to cut your corneas so that they can cause a lazer beam themselves, yet?

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    What is that burning smell?

    Pics!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Pics!!
    Of heyyall burning???!

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    What is that burning smell?

    Can we now post attachments here or are we still back in the Lynx days?


    No pictures. No videos. They didn't allow them in the room. (I asked).
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    What is that burning smell?

    Then you're just a tease. I can't pay attention to long paragraphs anymore.

    But. I heard you say you burnt your toast. I'm sorry.

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    What is that burning smell?

    How about a reenactment?

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    heyyall, that is remarkably similar to the process they used on my hemorrhoids. I also was at risk of "flap issues". It took a little longer than 38 seconds, and the aroma was probably stronger, but I can see fine now. Although, one eye will never be quite the same.

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    What is that burning smell?

    I wonder if they wash the lasers between uses?
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    My thoughts exactly. Cornea dust on my rosebud?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    heyyall, that is remarkably similar to the process they used on my hemorrhoids. I also was at risk of "flap issues". It took a little longer than 38 seconds, and the aroma was probably stronger, but I can see fine now. Although, one eye will never be quite the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    2. Eyes wide open. They taped my eyelids open and used some eyeball retaining device. There was no pain, but my mind was racing saying something wasn't right about this.

    Something like this maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Eyes wide open. They taped my eyelids open and used some eyeball retaining device. There was no pain, but my mind was racing saying something wasn't right about this.

    That would freak me out. *shivers* Best of luck on the recovery.
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    What is that burning smell?

    I am certain the burning eyeball smell turned me a shade greener. One additional shade greener would have emptied my lunch.

    As for the eyeball extraction device, yep, wishful tomcat nailed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I wonder if they wash the lasers between uses?
    Hmmm....does your world seem a tad... brown?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    That would freak me out. *shivers* Best of luck on the recovery.
    Sez the guy with THAT avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    heyyall, that is remarkably similar to the process they used on my hemorrhoids. I also was at risk of "flap issues". It took a little longer than 38 seconds, and the aroma was probably stronger, but I can see fine now. Although, one eye will never be quite the same.
    That one eye doesn't happen to be brown in color, does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    How about a reenactment?

    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to heyyall again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to heyyall again.
    hey! Ditto.

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    What is that burning smell?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
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    I'm afraid I'd go blind
    I loved that movie!!!









    And yes, your fear is very, very natural
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I'm afraid I'd go blind
    I understand and agree completely. I mean, do you really want to entrust the future of your eye sight to someone who refers to what that they do as "practice"? Not me, I want someone who's actually ready for the big game.

    That's why, after several minutes of intensive research, I decided to go the route of LASIK@Home. After 3 or 4 dry runs on the neighbor's cats, I was confident enough to perform my own LASIK. It's just 4 easy steps and I highly recommend the procedure.

    If I can find the pics, I'd also like to show you guys my Black & Decker setup for home dentistry. I'm pretty proud of that one.

    Heyyall ... I hope things heal up fast for you.

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    What is that burning smell?

    That is funny you mention the "practice" people. Some suggest these are the best ones since that is all they do.

    My eyes, however, were done by a cornea specialist that has a relative small refractive surgery practice. He also happened to be the chair of the ophthalmology department at an academic medical center. It took that level of credentials to get me to relax. I couldn't trust a person that uses billboards and two for one coupons in the newspaper even though they are likely just as safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    That is funny you mention the "practice" people. Some suggest these are the best ones since that is all they do.

    My eyes, however, were done by a cornea specialist that has a relative small refractive surgery practice. He also happened to be the chair of the ophthalmology department at an academic medical center. It took that level of credentials to get me to relax. I couldn't trust a person that uses billboards and two for one coupons in the newspaper even though they are likely just as safe.
    Ah, I see. So going with the specialist is better than going with one who practices? Is it safe to say that practice doesn't always make perfect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    I loved that movie!!!











    And yes, your fear is very, very natural

    Me too! I do wish you a good speedy recovery.

    My dad had the procedure done back in the early 1990's. It helped him regain his vision (he was diabetic and has since passed away) but at the time the results provided him with quality of life. I'm sure the technique has improved since then and according to Steiny you can DIY at home.
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    Oh hell no, not in a million years. No one is going to
    mess with my eyes like that. Only way I would do some
    thing like that is if I was going to go blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Ah, I see. So going with the specialist is better than going with one who practices? Is it safe to say that practice doesn't always make perfect?
    His words were that he and some of his colleagues are the ones that treat the problems that can and do sometimes occur. Can one practice too much? I think so because you mentally disengage when on routine actions.


    Start of Day 2 status:
    I could see the alarm clock on the other side of the room when I woke up. There is still some light sensitivity and my eyes tire quickly. Today is a check up day and I'll be maybe working from home.
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    my friend had PRK he said the recovery was dreadful. i suppose we all heal different. i have one nearsighted eye that gets worse every year, and was told it might not be worth it (since after many years, the surgery would almost reverse itself)

    but my left eye is far sighted with astigmatism. i cant even wear normal contacts, so i dont wear one at all. i am walking around with either glasses, or ONE contact in the right eye. The left eye doesnt change or get worse with time, so i've been tempted to laser that eye. i'm scared ****less though, and it's expensive. This makes me wonder why insurance wont cover the surgery, but they'll pay for exams and glasses for the rest of my life. Makes no sense!
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    ^Here's another option for you darling and you may even be able to get some disability income by using it if you apply for it:

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    What is that burning smell?

    Start of Day 3 report:
    Absolutely miserable. Feels like somebody is trying to pop my eyeballs out with a spork.
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    Wow, sorry to hear. Better times for you very soon, I hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Start of Day 3 report:
    Absolutely miserable. Feels like somebody is trying to pop my eyeballs out with a spork.
    Get some codeine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Get some codeine?
    Can't see, and can't feel what he runs into, perfect.

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    What is that burning smell?

    Day 4:
    Most remarkable thing so far is surviving day 3. I had to go to work for three hours and I was a miserable mess. It was ten times worse at 3pm than it was in the morning. Then around 7pm, things remarkable improved.

    I woke up this morning not feeling too bad. My eyes are still light sensitive but the spork has been put away for the time being. I meet the DR at 9 and will stay at work for an hour or so, but then I'm heading home to rest and hopefully recover this weekend.
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    What is that burning smell?

    Best wishes on a speedy recovery. I had 48 stitches expertly put in my right eyelids as a kid (4 hour conscious operation!). Managed to cut clear through 'em but not my eyeball. No burning but definitely took a long time to heal.

    The best eyeball movie of all IMO was Minority Report w/ Tom Cruise back in the '90's...

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    What is that burning smell?

    Day 5:

    All seems to be well. My vision wanders from a bit fuzzy to sharp but the light sensitivity has gone away. I was able to go for a nice ride this morning. I think I am on the mend.
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    Whew, finally! These updates been making my eyes hurt. Glad to hear things seem to be on the upswing and riding is a good sign.

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    Listen, ever single orthopedic surgeon in the world has a "practice" of medicine, which is why I always insisted on seeing my surgeon's eyes and his hands before every surgery I had. Same guy for two of 'em, so the second time he knew I wasn't kidding. Bloodshot eyes, shaky hands = me offa that table.

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    It sounds like the main recovery was more or less done by 5 days. When did your eyes finally feel completely normal?

    Man, day three does not sound good at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Something like this maybe?

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    This came immediately to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    It sounds like the main recovery was more or less done by 5 days. When did your eyes finally feel completely normal?

    Man, day three does not sound good at all.
    Pretty much. My only regret was not doing it 15 years earlier. My vision is still right at 20:20, but I can tell the time is coming that I will need some reading glasses. That isn't related to the procedure; just age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Pretty much. My only regret was not doing it 15 years earlier. My vision is still right at 20:20, but I can tell the time is coming that I will need some reading glasses. That isn't related to the procedure; just age.
    That's an interesting comment that says a lot about how it went for you. Definitely food for thought.
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