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#4579868 - 11/20/17 09:11 AM Lasik eye surgery, before & after results?
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
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Loc: Orlando, FL
For those who had LASIK eye surgery, what was you pre surgery vision.... and after surgery vision ?


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#4579869 - 11/20/17 09:12 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 12/07/16
Posts: 175
Loc: Wisconsin
Also interested in other's experiences with this...
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#4579876 - 11/20/17 09:25 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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My dad had it done and no longer needs glasses to drive, but he still needs reading glasses to read a book.
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#4579880 - 11/20/17 09:31 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 445
Loc: South Carolina
It may affect your night vision. The treated area may be smaller than the dilated pupil diameter. At night, uncorrected light bypasses the treated area giving halo and starburst effects. Night driving can be challenging.

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#4579885 - 11/20/17 09:39 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
kpatter Offline


Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 60
Loc: texas
I was hesitant to do it. I had Lasik as I was tired of wearing contacts while watching tv and driving etc.. Best thing I ever did. I still need glasses up close for reading smaller print but no longer need help while driving or just laying on sofa.

I would do it again in a second..

That was 12 years ago..

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#4579893 - 11/20/17 09:47 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 307
Loc: NC
I too am interested in this. My eyesight might be too bad for Lasik to correct but I'd sure like to find out. The night vision thing worries me because my wife has terrible night vision and can hardly drive after dark.
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#4579902 - 11/20/17 09:53 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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My wife had it done about 11 years ago. Fast, painless. Her eyesight is still much better than before. Uses only reading glasses now as most our age do.
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#4579906 - 11/20/17 09:56 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: fenixguy]
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Registered: 06/08/02
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Loc: Elizabethtown, Pa
Originally Posted By: fenixguy
I too am interested in this. My eyesight might be too bad for Lasik to correct but I'd sure like to find out. The night vision thing worries me because my wife has terrible night vision and can hardly drive after dark.

Then go with implants. Yes it is expensive if it is not covered by medicare or if you don't have cataracts. But what is near perfect vision worth to you?

I wore glasses my whole life and my vision was 20/200 now 20/20.
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#4579918 - 11/20/17 10:09 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: pcoxe]
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Registered: 04/19/10
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Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: pcoxe
It may affect your night vision. The treated area may be smaller than the dilated pupil diameter. At night, uncorrected light bypasses the treated area giving halo and starburst effects. Night driving can be challenging.



This is less of an issue these days than when the surgery first was available, but it's definitely not gone.
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#4579921 - 11/20/17 10:11 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
Don't remember how bad my distance vision was before I had Lasik, but I was corrected to something like 20/15 in my right eye and 20/20 in my left. I had worn glasses since around the age of 10 and did fine without them following the surgery.
I did have problems with ghosting immediately and they never went away. This is double vision that only occurred with bright lights and a dark background, so I had to get used to seeing two traffic lights from a distance that slowly merged together as I got closer. The thing that bummed me out the most was that I couldn't really enjoy the night sky as much after the Lasik, used to love looking at the moon and stars and that were only times here and there when the ghosting was minimized enough that it was still fun. It was also more difficult to play outfield under the lights after the surgery as the ball was generally doubled when I first picked it up. The two images were clear, just irritating that there were two!!
I think I hurt myself somewhat by being impatient, believe the doctor told me to get no wind in my eyes for two or three weeks. I was road biking with coworkers nearly every day at lunch and kept bugging him about that, finally he got frustrated with me after a week or so and said I could ride with goggles. I bought ski goggles that were vented so I still got some breeze across my eye, then woke up the day after with pretty blurry vision. It recovered, but I don't think it ever completely recovered to the best it was within a week after the procedure. The ghosting was an issue from immediately after Lasik, but I think my stupidity about getting back on the bike also interfered with recovering from that, too. A coworker who used the same doctor told me that his healing seemed to be affected by an obnoxious coworker who put him in a headlock at his desk and forced him to tap out, said that put some pressure on one eye and he felt that it was worse after that.
I do remember that they were having a horrible time trying to measure my dilated pupil and the technician suggested that my iris/pupil might be too large for their equipment. She eventually got a reading, but I did have thoughts about calling the whole thing off after that...maybe the "big baby blues" that one of my GFs loved to praise when I was in HS were not the best match for Lasik.

This is all from when the flaps for surgery were still cut with a blade, I would guess that the ones that are now made with a laser might heal a lot better (without any wind).
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#4579958 - 11/20/17 10:48 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 04/06/12
Posts: 50
Loc: nh
I had the customview lasik in 2002, no night vision problems or problems of any kind. My vision was 20/400 and is now 20/15. No regrets.

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#4579970 - 11/20/17 10:58 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
My mom and sister both had their eyes done at Lasik here in Canada. It wasn't painful at all. Their eyes just felt a bit of burning after like when you get something in your eyes. Nothing crazy though. They give you drops for it.

My mom is about 20 years from her surgery and just recently had an adjustment done because she was in need of reading glasses again. My sister though hasn't needed anything. I'm too much of a baby to get it done. grin2




Edited by StevieC (11/20/17 11:00 AM)
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#4579985 - 11/20/17 11:13 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3398
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
How does LASIK surgery differ from cataract surgery?

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#4580005 - 11/20/17 11:28 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 1233
Loc: Wishin' I was in Wi
I am near sighted, just recently can't pass the DMV test. I was told with correction, I would need reading glasses going forward. I was hoping the prices had come down, but it seems to be about $1500-1700 per eye in the Mpls area..

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#4580036 - 11/20/17 11:55 AM Re: Lasik eye surgery, before & after results? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 493
Loc: Nebraska
I went in for an assessment about 15 years ago to have it done, but since I have amblyopia I see about 99% from my right eye and my left eye is basically blind (came from being cross eyed as a young toddler , had surgery at age 5 to correct cross eye. Was lucky to be able to somehow pass an eye test to join Army back in 1977. Anyway I was ruled out as candidate for Lazick and it was hello Bi focals. I know of a few people who have had the surgery and it has worked out well for them.
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