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« on: January 14, 2020, 09:04:46 am »

Considering this.  Thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 09:45:09 am »

I know a non-zero number of people who have had it and it ended their competitive endurance riding career (halos as night, etc.). It's why (combat?) pilots can't have it and keep their ratings.

Consider how much you ride a night. I now have halos from cataract surgery. I have driven at night in the year since it was done but stress levels are really high (halos) and I now avoid it except when I have to, and then only in the car.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 08:53:42 pm »

I have a bum right eye and need glasses to read out of my left eye. I went for an examination and they said I was a perfect candidate to have my right eye done for reading and leave my left eye alone. They put a contact lens in my right eye to reproduce what lasik would do. I am one of the few that could see far and read when needed.

They told me that lasik has to be redone every so many years so that eliminated the idea right there.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 03:56:21 pm »

Both my wife and I had it done. Right after I had 20-10 vision which lasted about 6 years (my wife had about the same results) before requiring glasses again.

So, yes, it was very cool to walk away from the surgery with perfect vision, but both of us experienced dry eye & night halo's. I should mention that the option I chose for great far sighted vision immediately saw me needing reading glasses.

Both of us had purchased the option of having the surgery re-done at no charge if required, but in consult with a non lasik eye doctor suggested not to have the surgery done a second time as he informed me that it would not be advised as the problems one may experience amplify with each surgery.

Would I do it all over again?

While we had great medical coverage that paid for pretty much the whole procedure for both of us, and it was great not to have to fight helmets & glasses, the horrible night vision that I have now as a result, I would consider a negative, and well now I carry around two sets of glasses so in essence I paid for the 6 years of lens free riding.

I probably would pass on the procedure, knowing what I know now.




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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2020, 05:31:42 am »

FYI, I canceled the evaluation appointment.  I can function 90% of the time without glasses...even drive in an emergency without being unsafe (canít read signs but recognize symbols and objects).  Add that Iím 51, and I doubt the improvement offered outweighs the risks.
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