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waggoner5
01-28-2013, 09:12 AM
I am thinking of having it done and want opinions and references. I have had contacts since I was 15 and I guess its time.
Gary

Air Randy
01-28-2013, 11:15 AM
I am thinking of having it done and want opinions and references. I have had contacts since I was 15 and I guess its time.
Gary

I had the radial kerototomy surgery done on my eyes back in the early 90's when Lasik was just coming into vogue. They couldnt do lasik on me because my eyes were so bad. I was even borderline for the RK surgery. But since I was a cop and almost legally blind if my glasses got knocked off, they did it for me.

Because they had to make so many cuts to correct my astygmatism, I had a lot of issues early on with starbursting at night with lights and I lost some of my night vision.

But in the end, it was SO MUCH BETTER not having to wear glasses. I always water skied, scuba dived and did lots of other activities and now I could see without glasses and really enjoy them.

Nowadays Lasik is very refined and pretty safe. I would do it again myself in a heartbeat especially if I could have gotten lasik instead of RK. There is always a very small risk of something going wrong, but that can happen too when getting a flu shot. As long as the doctor doesn't think you are at high risk for some reason, I would do it.

I went to Dr. Dishler for my RK and I know he has been doing Lasik for like 25 years.

maxsdad
01-28-2013, 11:34 AM
Had mine done 7 years ago - monovision - very happy with the results.
Dr William Hines - hines-sight.com
Team doctor for many of the Denver sports teams.

Red_Chili
01-28-2013, 11:51 AM
15 years ago with a tune up 8 years ago no charge. I was 7+ diopters nearsighted. Would do it again even though I had an early adopter complication. You will have some dry eye as a result. I use wetting drops upon awaking and occasionally as needed.

Near 20-20 with monovision reading ability at 56. Yeah I like it.

nuclearlemon
01-28-2013, 12:24 PM
root and i both had lasik at done by dishler. would do it again in a heartbeat. i don't know if my sight is as good now as it was six years ago or so, but i can still read streetsigns, which i couldn't before, i can still read the subtitles on foreign films, i can find a correct house address....etc.

i have been hard on my eyes. i have always had dry eye and never did anything about it...it's worse now. i use drops a bit more but not as often as i should. also, i was only two weeks into recovery when i splashed diesel fuel in my eye. i've gotten all kinds of crap in my eye. even had a chunk of rust dug out that had been in there for over a month, so if my sight's a bit worse, i'm sure i'm to blame.

treerootCO
01-28-2013, 12:24 PM
My Lasik was done at Dishler. No complaints and no regrets. Snowrun had his done at Dishler as well.

nattybumppo
01-28-2013, 12:31 PM
I am scheduled at Spivak next week. I am very nearsighted with a little astigmatism in the worse eye. I am not going to do monovision since I have no problem throwing on some readers for reading/computer/wrenching when necessary, and I want to see as clearly as possible in the field. I guess the process has been around long enough for me to risk it now. Will let you know.

Romer
01-28-2013, 12:34 PM
I recommend it, but don't go to the places like icon, go to a well known Doctor. I had mine done in 1999 by Dr Roberts and it was 20/20. 10 years later it started to adjust due to my old eyes. Nothing bad went to 40/20. Dr Roberts no longer did them so I went ti OCON for what I thought would be an easy touch-up. They were nice and kept working it, but I had to have multiple procedures because they did not get it right and the right eye is now overcorrected (slightly).

Everyone I knew who went to a well known Dr like Dishler or Spivak had a good experiance

JadeRunner
01-28-2013, 01:46 PM
My wife and i both got ours done at Denver Eye Surgeons at Denver West. She had Dr. Kumar who was much better than my doc - Dr. Stahl. I highly recommend Mr. Kumar.

I had to get PRK done instead of lasik because my lens was too thin for what needed to be done.

My vision in my rt. eye didn't heal back properly. I don't think I took all those special drops as often as i was supposed too the 2 weeks after surgery. Fortunately a year later my right eye healed back to close to what is supposed to be. Make sure you take those drops religiously!

Snowrun
01-28-2013, 08:23 PM
My Lasik was done at Dishler. No complaints and no regrets. Snowrun had his done at Dishler as well.

Dishler was awesome. I was the 1 in 3000 that had complications and they were amazing. I now have 20/15 vision and would do it over in a second.

RockRunner
01-28-2013, 11:35 PM
I went with 20/20 three years ago and am very happy. Did the mono vision and can read up close and see the road signs. Went in last week to have a check up and am still 20/15, I went with them after three people I knew went there and were all happy.

Just do it you will love waking up in the morning being able to see across the room ad everything is on focus!

waggoner5
01-29-2013, 08:47 AM
Thanks for everyones replies. I will have it done soon.

brentbba
01-29-2013, 12:01 PM
While I'm not local, Dr. Thomas Tooma out here in SoCal is one of the best in the nation. I had it done back in '98 and couldn't be happier after all these years. Still 20/20 in one eye and 20/15 in the other. No dry eyes, no circles around night lights, nothing. I can still follow golf balls hit from a tee below my house all the way to the green some 600+ yards away.

My optometrist suggested I at least try monovision with contacts, which he offered gratis, to see if I liked it. I opted to have both eyes corrected completely even knowing I was borderline needing reading glasses back then. Played tennis, golf and skied frequently back then and just thought correcting both eyes would be best. It's about all I regret not doing to at least see if monovision would work via contacts prior to the procedure. Like you, I'd been wearing contacts since my early teens. Now that I'm wearing reading glasses for everything and progressive computer glasses literally all day at work in front of a computer, I'd like to turn back the clock and give monovision a try.

Hulk
01-29-2013, 06:54 PM
I had it done by Dishler over 10 years ago. My vision is now nearsighted again, requiring about -1.5 diopters in correction. When I went to renew my driver's license last year, I had to wear my glasses again. Nevertheless, it's still way better than it was before surgery -- I remove my glasses for working on the computer and reading, which is great.

I had tons of complications, resulting in 6 surgeries. I put it all on my blog a few years ago -- check it out here (http://rustybrain.com/2006/12/my-experience-with-lasik/).

Would I do it all again? Probably not.

Red_Chili
01-30-2013, 12:05 PM
I am scheduled at Spivak next week. I am very nearsighted with a little astigmatism in the worse eye. I am not going to do monovision since I have no problem throwing on some readers for reading/computer/wrenching when necessary, and I want to see as clearly as possible in the field. I guess the process has been around long enough for me to risk it now. Will let you know.

I thought so too. I ended up with monovision as my eyes aged, and had my right eye touched up. I am right eye dominant and my right eye has better distance vision, my left- reading. Just the way it happened rather than by design.

The result? If you are sure to get your dominant eye distance corrected, and the other one slightly nearsighted, you will LOVE IT AS YOU AGE. They aren't just making that stuff up.

If you have the reverse result though (dominant eye nearsighted, other one distance) your brain won't like it. They are much better at this stuff now than when I first had it done, though... reconsider monovision.

I am constantly reading, working on the 'puter all day, then doing things like hunting, and despite old eyes am able to do it all without glasses. Glasses make it easier on the eyes but they are optional.

RockRunner
01-30-2013, 01:13 PM
Bill is right on, I did the same and love it! You can always get the other one done but not reversed like metioned before.

Find a good Doc and join the old mans club that can see.

nattybumppo
01-30-2013, 03:01 PM
Bill, my right eye is my bad one, which means I shoot pistols wrong-eyed (right handed but left eye dominant). Also, the bad eye is so bad that even without any glasses when reading, I am still primarily relying on my better eye. Makes rifle shooting a PITA. The Doc said that having both eyes fully corrected would be like seeing through my glasses now, which seems like it would work out well though I would still have to put on readers to read at less than arm's length. I figured that after correction, as my eyes aged, the bad one would still be the bad one, and my brain would not be too confused. Also, I really want to see clearly what I am shooting at...

I thought so too. I ended up with monovision as my eyes aged, and had my right eye touched up. I am right eye dominant and my right eye has better distance vision, my left- reading. Just the way it happened rather than by design.

The result? If you are sure to get your dominant eye distance corrected, and the other one slightly nearsighted, you will LOVE IT AS YOU AGE. They aren't just making that stuff up.

If you have the reverse result though (dominant eye nearsighted, other one distance) your brain won't like it. They are much better at this stuff now than when I first had it done, though... reconsider monovision.

I am constantly reading, working on the 'puter all day, then doing things like hunting, and despite old eyes am able to do it all without glasses. Glasses make it easier on the eyes but they are optional.

Red_Chili
01-30-2013, 08:32 PM
I hear ya...
Easy to tell which eye is really dominant vs. compensatory. Go with what your brain is already used to.
You say now that reading glasses are no big deal... wait until you depend on them... BTDT.

waggoner5
01-31-2013, 09:54 AM
I tried the mono vision thing using only one contact. Gave it a few days and couldn't get adjusted. Tried it in reverse and got the same result. I have worn reading glasses for 3 years so I feel that will just be the way it is. I'm an old guy too...

brentbba
01-31-2013, 10:44 AM
I tried the mono vision thing using only one contact. Gave it a few days and couldn't get adjusted. Tried it in reverse and got the same result. I have worn reading glasses for 3 years so I feel that will just be the way it is. I'm an old guy too...

Hey - at least you tried and know!

nattybumppo
02-07-2013, 08:10 PM
Going under the "knife" tomorrow morning. Wish me luck and a great outcome!

shellb
02-08-2013, 08:41 AM
Best of luck!

It is easily one of the top 5 best decisions I have ever made.

FJBRADY
02-08-2013, 09:29 AM
Good luck, Sascha.

corsair23
02-08-2013, 05:17 PM
Sascha, hoping you woke up this morning and wondered WTF? I can see :D

Beachboy
02-09-2013, 09:03 AM
Had mine done in 02', eyes are still great. Dr. Goldstein did mine and my ex. He is more cautious than most places. He operates on one eye in the afternoon, you go home for the night and come back the next day to make sure everything went alright and then get the other eye done. Greatest thing I ever done.