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| p.5 #5 · possibly OT, but LASIK warning |
I too looked into Lasik, etc. ... but I passed, mostly because it doesn't really do anything for the whole "bifocal" thing once you start getting in that range as your eyes begin to incur some elasticity changes, etc.
It would be nice to not wear glasses (viewfinder, etc.), but I'm such a stickler for visual acuity (20/10 & 20/15 corrected, 20/800+ uncorrected, i.e. "What chart?" ) that I wasn't willing to risk compromise @ acuity for convenience.
Certainly a very unfortunate situation..hopefully a possible fix ..
but for me..I'd do it again in a heart beat and I had to...Show more →
I am going to offer up my opinion as a Public Service. IMO both of the above are correct. I am 58 years old now. I had been worse than -8 in both eyes since I was in elementary school. It kept me from playing the team sports, and discouraged me to no end in my film camera days from 1973 until the early 90's, when I just gave up on photography.
Just after I turned 40 Lasik had begun to be more affordable, and my hobbies were snow and water skiing. Ever try to do that wearing contacts or without with -8 vision? For those who don't know, -8 vision basically means if you want to see your spouse's face while you are making love, you have to wear correction. I got Lasik and was reading license plates on the way home an hour after surgery. To say it was a miracle is an understatement.
As it turned out I ended up with monovision - one eye properly corrected for distance and one eye undercorrected for distance but sharp for reading. Unfortunately is was backwards from what I was hoping for (distance eye was not my dominant eye - a real disappointment on the pistol range) however I was fully functional without glasses for the first time since I was 6 years old.
The surgeon said he would be glad to fix the other eye for distance, but that I should plan to stop at the drug store on the way home for reading glasses, because I would not be able to read without them. I passed.
After a couple of years I broke down and got reading glasses to reduce the eyestrain. This is going to happen after about 45 whether you have Lasik or not. It is called Age Related Macular Degeneration and it is why, when you go out to dinner with a group, everyone over 55 breaks out the readers to read the menu.
At age 57-1/2 I finally had to get progressive glasses. Now I can see near-to-far. Theoretically.
Bottom line. If you are over 24 and your vision has stabilized (same prescription three years in a row) and you must put on glasses or contacts from the bedside table to find the bathroom in a hotel room, then Lasik will change your life. Drastically. I wish it would have been an available technology when I was 24. I would do it again for sure.
If you are not very athletic and don't mind wearing glasses or contacts, and your vision is better than -4 in at least one eye, I would sure think long and hard about going thru with Lasik.
However - if you are 45 or older just forget it. Not worth the few years you will get until you have to wear glasses anyway.
Hope this helps someone.