Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
November 24, 2017, 10:45:03 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Posts: 722788
  • Total Topics: 58747
  • Online Today: 360
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 3
Guests: 255
Total: 258


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: No lasik for possies?  (Read 5930 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline aztecan

  • Member
  • Posts: 5,517
  • 32 years positive, 60 years a pain in the butt
No lasik for possies?
« on: August 07, 2007, 08:22:00 PM »
I had my annual check up with the opthamologist today. While there, I asked about lasik surgery to correct my vision.

I used to wear contact lenses, but my astigmatism is so bad now that is not really an option. This doctor also stopped prescribing contacts because his surgery schedule takes up most of his time.

The doc told me that, although I am a good candidate for lasik, he doesn't do it on people who are HIV positive. The doc said he had checked on it with the manufacturer of the laser machine to find out what type of testing had been done involving HIV positive people and lasik. He said they advised him against performing the surgery on someone who is positive.

Has anyone else run into this?

It isn't as though this would be on a short list of things I need to have done. I also don't have the $3,000 handy to pay for it.

But, I have worn either contact lenses or glasses for 44 years now and I would just like to be able to see with my own eyes for a while.

The good news is my eyes are relatively healthy. No sign of macular degeneration, a possibility because I am very myopic. I have a few floaters, but they are just the usual found in people my age, so the doc says. (Why is it that everyone has been using that phrase for the past year or so?)

My eye pressure is just perfect, with one eye at 12 and the other at 15. Normal is between 10 and 20.

The doc did see some spots on the lenses though. They are in both eyes. Seems I have the beginnings of cataracts. But nothing to worry about for the time being.

On the bright side, I will probably need cataract surgery, which will mean new lenses in my eyes and good vision, at least it worked that way for my mother.

Now, explain to me again why I quit smoking?



(Who apologizes for typos, etc., but whose eyes are still dialated and he is having trouble seeing the screen.)
« Last Edit: August 07, 2007, 08:30:55 PM by aztecan »
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Matty the Damned

  • Member
  • Posts: 12,265
  • Ninja Please
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007, 08:38:41 PM »
Did they give a reason why poz bodz aren't allowed to have Lasik surgery? I'm sure I remember other members here having their peepers blasted with death rays.


Offline aztecan

  • Member
  • Posts: 5,517
  • 32 years positive, 60 years a pain in the butt
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2007, 08:49:51 PM »
No, he didn't, but I got the distinct impression it was he who didn't want to do it.

I seem to remember he was really gung ho for me to have the surgery a number of years ago, but when he found out I was positive, that attitude changed.

"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Ann

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 28,138
  • It just is, OK?
    • Num is sum qui mentiar tibi?
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2007, 05:34:22 AM »
Condoms are a girl's best friend

Condom and Lube Info  

"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline dixieman

  • Member
  • Posts: 889
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2007, 10:42:12 AM »
If your a good canidate for lasik surgery... even with you being hiv+ your still a good canidate for the surgery... that doctor just does not want to perform the surgery on someone hiv+..I opted not to have it because, I did not want to have to wear reading glasses... I'd rather see close up without specs... than to have to wear opticals to read... 

Offline NewYorkKat

  • Member
  • Posts: 134
  • Hangin' On Staying Strong
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2007, 12:15:10 PM »
WOW! I got mine a back in 2000. Luckly I got it done befire this whole mess happened.

Look into another doctor.

Offline AlanBama

  • Member
  • Posts: 3,670
  • Alabama: the 'other' 3rd World Country!
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2007, 12:46:22 PM »
Ann's right Mark...

my friend in Atlanta who has been poz almost as long as me had it done last year, so yes, they do the procedure on poz people.

I have a cataract also, but it is in the "wait and see" stage right now.   Driving at night is just about out of the question for me these days, esp. if it is raining.

If the doctor will remove your cataract, and implant a new lens.....then why won't he do the lasik surgery?  That doesn't make any sense does it?

« Last Edit: August 08, 2007, 01:06:03 PM by AlanBama »
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline aztecan

  • Member
  • Posts: 5,517
  • 32 years positive, 60 years a pain in the butt
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2007, 03:14:12 PM »
Thanks all,

I think Ann is right - I am getting a snow job here. There is another doctor here in town who does lasik and I am going to investigate it. I heard through the grapevine that he is even less expensive - which would be a plus.

I figure, what the heck. I want to enjoy seeing once again - not to mention reading. That is getting more difficult all the time thanks to these bifocals.

Alan, I hear ya when it comes to night driving. I find it difficult at time, and, yes, especially when its raining. Hmmm, gives me a good excuse for finding a local motel and being a tramp, or as much as a tramp as I can be at this point.


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline diertz

  • New Member
  • Posts: 1
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2007, 08:24:38 PM »
I've been poz since 1986 and my opthamologist (Chelsea, New York City) had been encouraging me to have lasik since 1992.  I finally had it in 1999 and am glad I did.  I was far sighted and he corrected it via monovision (one eye slightly different from the other) so I was "programmed" to see perfectly from 0 - 500 feet.  I have not used glasses for reading ever since, and lately got a pair of glasses for distance (driving) which I only occasionally use.  Bottom line:  It was a huge success.  I don't need glasses for reading or for most distance vision.  I highly recommend the proceedure and I spent about $2,700 for the operation.  (Hint - they are constantly looking to make use of the expensive machinery used in lasik, so be sure to negotiate a lower price than originally quoted.)


Offline cmhjeff

  • Member
  • Posts: 870
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2007, 10:18:21 AM »
Hi Mark I just had lasik on my right eye done last Friday and I'm scheduled for my left eye on the 21st. The procedure was totally painless and now I only wish I did it sooner. Initially I scheduled 2 appointments with different doctors to shop around. The first doctor had no concerns about my HIV or PML status. He wasn't familiar with PML but said he had other HIV patients. The second doctor claimed I was not a good candidate because of the size of my pupil. He never said so but I have a feeling it was my HIV status he wasn't comfortable with. My ID doctor was also aware that I was having lasik and she had no issues with it. I'd say get some referrals and shop around.

Offline ubotts

  • Member
  • Posts: 347
Re: No lasik for possies?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2007, 10:35:49 AM »
If you doctor wont do the operation due to you being hiv..then you are getting
a snow job..
There are special doctors in NYC, who would of loved to do my eyes, but I didn't
have the money at the time..
Now i live in NJ and needed an operation, which Medicaid payed for..
I was hit my a car years ago and when my head hit the concrete, in time, my eye
muscles weakend. So i looked like a crossed eyed person, and when i went to
the eye doctors, they all said ..why didn't u corrent this when you were young.
I said I didn't have it when i was young..

Later on, I moved to NJ and saw an eye specialist and happened to be wearing a
pair of shorts..

Anyway, the doctor asked me, Did you ever experience trauma......I said , why
do u ask..He replied...Because that could effect your eyesight and muscles.

I told him i was hit by a car crossing a street some year back....
So that was it..that was the reason why i was having eye problems.
But i didn't connect the two..
The eye specialist did, and thank god..I finally knew why this was happening to
There are special eye doctors who will take HIV patients..
Go online and look around..Iam sure you ll find one in your state.

Now i just found out with a recent eye exam, that i have cateracts behind my eyeballs..UMMMMMMMMMMMMM....
But i dint have the money to fix them..and Medicaid says i have to wait till my
numbers drop down..(almost being legally blind) then Medicaid will do the
Anyway...Just on online and check out eye specialists, then Iam sure you will find
a few that take hiv patients.............Hope i helped a bit.. :-\
Live Love Laugh and dance like no ones watching.
Laughter is the best medicine, so try to have a laugh everyday..Even if your not feeling your best, think about something that was funny at one time in your life and work with it..   :o)


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.