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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?

    What is that burning smell?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1376442465.630213.jpg

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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.
    "We can always find excuses if we want to find them, but if we really want to do something, we have to just go."

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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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    I'm afraid I'd go blind
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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


    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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