So I went to the local Lasik place here this morning for a consultation. After a quick check on a very snazzy machine that gave my prescription after only 2 minutes of making a little pinwheel image come into focus for each eye (it not only gave my Rx but also was able to tell that I had astigmatism in both eyes!), I got to hear the real scoop on cost.

$2745 total!! (Unless I need permanent "plugs" to help with tearing. Those are an additional $398.)
I looked into this guy and he's really the best around. He's done over 27,000 procedures and was basically in on the ground floor when this technology was being invented. Being an artist and in general a person who likes to actually SEE things, I really don't want to bargain shop when it comes to my eyes...

So, I guess I need to start savin' my pennies, huh?! Laughing At least now I know how much it's going to cost and have a goal to keep in mind. I just hope I can actually do it someday. (FTR, I certainly wasn't expecting to be able to afford it anytime soon anyway so I'm not upset or anything. Sticker-shock is still sticker-shock though, KWIM? :-) )

Anyway, I guess I'll let you all know how it goes in a couple or five years when I've saved enough to actually afford it!

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Comment by Odd Innuendo on February 23, 2009 at 10:55pm
Oh wow. That's a lot of money. I really want to get my eyes done too, but I'm in the middle of Commercial Pilot's Licence training and there are some aviation medical requirements that stop me from flying for a certain period of time if I go ahead with it.

Sucks, because I hate wearing contact lenses.

I think it's a wise decision not to bargain shop when it comes to your eyes!
Comment by Clarence Dember on February 22, 2009 at 7:56pm
Hi I've had both eyes done in the mid 1990's. RK and enhanced my right eye with Lasik.
A screening comprizing why I wanted the proceedure and how my eyes manifested on the eye health as well as the nomogram data base was taken. I was informed I was a candidate. The proceedure was done based on the fact I told the Doctor I was not interested in being a pilot or a policeman. Wach of these tequites it's own particular strategy in terms of correction.
In the end it's a simple calibration of eye tissue.
Comment by Mark Johnston on February 22, 2009 at 9:54am
A couple of years ago at a star party a guy turned down my invitation to look through my telescope. He said that he wouldn't be able to see anything because he had lasik correction done. Several amateur astronomers have confirmed this for me, that lasik is better than RK for most night vision situations, but it still causes problems with visual astronomy.
My sister had some weird procedure done where one eye was set for distance and the other for reading. She hated it.

But most people rave about lasik. I just thought I'd mention the only complaints I've heard recently in case you're hunting for reasons not to do it.

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