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Offline Jeff64

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Laser eye surgery
« on: March 27, 2007, 12:26:21 PM »
My partner had laser eye surgery a couple weeks ago. He can see perfectly now without glasses!
He is negative and had a very swift recovery...

Since I am positive, does anyone know if I am a candidate for the surgery? I haven't asked the Dr. he went to yet, but wondered if any of you have experience with this.


Offline Pippet

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Re: Laser eye surgery
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007, 12:58:43 PM »
  I had laser eye surgery 5 years ago, and have had 20/20 since then.  I am sure that I was, unknowingly, positive at the time. I had no complications and recovered quickly. 
  I'm sure someone else can give you a more scientific response...

Good luck, Pip
Diagnosed Aug. 2006
CD4 246, VL 202,000
Started Truvada/ Viramune 11-23-06
Taken off meds 12-06-06 (Bad Rash)
Started Truvada/ Reyataz, Norvir 1-18-07
Taken off Norvir 3-1-07 (Jaundice)
New doc 3-22-07
CD4 229  VL 1031
My latest cocktail...  Truvada and Kaletra (4-6-07)
CD4 289 VL 350 (5-15-07)
CD4 308 VL 115 (8-06-07)
CD4 349 VL 511 (11-5-07)
CD4 489 VL 383 (2-4-08)
CD4 483 VL <50 (5-6-08) YEAH
CD4 545 VL 108 (9-12-08)
CD4 409 VL <48 (1-27-09) YEAH
CD4 505 VL <48 (5-20-09)
CD4 385 VL <48 (9-15-09)
CD4 609 VL  159 (2-28-10)

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Laser eye surgery
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2007, 05:07:03 PM »
You can have laser surgery to correct your vision here. Just as long as you don't have any eye diseases caused by HIV or an OI. I was thinking about having it done myself.

Offline Blixer

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Re: Laser eye surgery
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2007, 05:16:14 PM »
I had Laser eye surgery 5 months before my diagnosis (about 19 months ago).  I was undoubtedly positive at the time.  I had no problems or issues.   All of the forms say you are not a good candidate if you have a compromised immune system.  But I asked Dr. Joel Gallant the question about lasik since I had some regression in my right eye and was considering a touch up.  He said if your CD4 count is good that there should be no issue with lasik.

I'm not sure how the lasik proviers will react. I don't know if they can refuse to provide the service if you disclose.  They do use universal precautions and as far as I can tell, not disclosing your status to the provider doesn't appear to be a violation of any law that I could find.

Hope that helps.  I will say I'm totally glad I did the lasik.  The reason I didn't do the touchup correction was that I accidently ended up with "mono vision" where one eye is great for distance and one eye is great for reading and computer, etc.  At my age, if I had the correction I'd have to wear glasses for reading and maybe for computer work.  So for the time being the regression turned out to actually be a bit of a blessing.  I went from 20/400 in the left eye to nearly 20/20 and I went from 20/600 in the right eye to a final reading of about 20/60.  It has been an amazing 19 months of not having to wear glasses after having worn glasses since 4th grade.
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40


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