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  1. 635 G

    635 G Well-Known Member

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    Now that I'm going to get my back done. I'm thinking about getting Lasik on my eyes while I'm out of action. I've figured out the money I would be saving on bi-focal shooting glasses every 12-18 months, I'll break even in a few years. Has anyone had this procedure done in the Raleigh/Cary NC area. Looking for a few referrals.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  2. Tailbuster

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    Hi Phil,

    First, you must understand that lasik can fix the far away vision pretty well but you still won't be able to focus near well without some help. Some people do it by leaving one eye "weak" thus monovision, where one eye is helping the near the other far. Some people don't adjust well that way at all. So the point is don't go into it thinking you'll be perfect with everything after lasik, know what you will get. That said lasik is awesome after you fully understand where you'll be.

    You're going to get a lot of bad info soon. Only your eye doctor can tell you all the ins and outs with lasik for YOU.
     
  3. Chichay

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    Phil,

    I would wait until opthalmologists allow to have it done on themselves.

    Chichay
     
  4. Tailbuster

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    Ophthalmologists do have it done on themselves.
     
  5. twoatloweight

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    Ask about duration;my wife had it done by Wolfe Clinic,great results for approx 5 years.She noticed deterioration in her vision and we now know she's developing cataracts and can't re-Lasik until they are big enough to remove.
     
  6. wanderer

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    I know several people who after have it done lost their night vision. Also developed rings around light at night. Many people also need a second procedure done soon after the first one. Better check out carefully, as most people who have bad luck with this do not discuss it. Gary E. Gasaway.
     
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    Dr. Michael Mockovak's business, Clearly Lasik, was in a slump, his longtime partner was breaking up the company and a former employee was suing for hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to court documents.

    Prosecutors allege that Mockovak formulated a plan — he turned to someone who he believed had connections in the Russian mafia and sought to have the two men "eliminated" by a hit man, according to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court.

    On Monday, the 51-year-old co-founder of the laser eye-surgery centers was charged with two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Mockovak declined to speak during his brief court hearing.
     
  8. KENENT1

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    I had the RK done back in the '90's......a little different than the Lasick, but similar.....when my eyes dilate at night, the scars refract the light and cause light streaks..I have trouble seeing at night. other than that it is better than wearing glassed all the time.

    the laser is supposed to leave less scaring on the eyes.

    now at 50....it is getting more difficult to see up close so I have to wear cheaters, I also have a very slight prescription in my shooting glasses.

    personally I would have it done again....you may have to have cheaters...but your vision should be better..and glasses will be cheaper.


    last time I was at the eye doctor, he explained that these procedures were developed by the Russians, so the government wouldn't have to put glasses on the population with the socialist health care, they could just line them all up and reshape their eyes....cheaper than supplying glasses.



    tony
     
  9. jbmi

    jbmi Well-Known Member

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    I had Lasik done about 10 years ago when I was 54, it eliminated my tri-focals, gave me my distance vision back and solved my astigmatism , when it was over I had 20/10 & 20/20. I can't tell you how nice it was not to have to wear glasses.
    There was ample warning given to me before they did the procedure. They told me there was a slight chance of dry eye, night halo, and may have to come back for some slight correction if I wasn't happy. They also said because of my age I would need reading glasses down the road. None of the things happended except the reading glasses and those I buy at the dollar store for a few bucks (1.5 power).
    I know of people who had experienced some of the effects mentioned, but most of the people who had it done with me are as happy as I am. (We were all part of a non-profit insurance policy, they had a ton of extra money left one year and offered free Lasik to anybody who wanted it along with their family, about 100 people did it and I'd say 90% + were very happy they did)
    One thing they mentioned , find a Doc that had done at least 1000 or more procedures, have them give you at least 10 recent referals and check them out with your insurance carrier.
    It's not something for everyone, some peoples problems just can't be corrected with Lasik and a good Doc. will tell you this, but for the ones that can have it done it's great. I have no regrets what so ever.
     
  10. Phil Kiner

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    Those of you that have had Lasik --
    Did your scores go up/down/stay the same after surgery??
     
  11. jbmi

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    I had mine done before I started trap shooting, but it did benefit my rifle shooting tremendously. It really helped when looking through a scope, spotting scope and binoculars and just spotting game in the distance.
    When I wore glasses they fogged, got dirty and slid down my nose when I got sweaty, Lasik to care of those problems.
     
  12. RobertT

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    Do you see and shoot well with your prescription glasses? If so, don't expect to do any better even if your Lasik procedure is a complete success. Also keep in mind that for safety sake you still need to wear protective lenses when you shoot.

    How long have you been dependent on corrective lenses, I wore glasses for 50yrs before getting Lasik. Thought it would be wonderful to be able to function without them for various reasons i.e. Being able to see the time in the middle of the night and who I woke up with in the morning. Not having glasses that constantly needed cleaning and fogging up under various conditions etc. And finally the argument that bifocals would no longer be necessary, thus saving several hundred dollars a year for glasses.

    Though my Lasik was a success, would I do it again? Hell no, I don't believe I've hit one extra bird. I'm constantly getting debree in my eyes that I was protected from before, including poking myself in the eye with my own fingers. I can never find my reading glasses, they were always on the end of my nose before and finally, I love my wife dearly and she'd be beautiful to me even if I were blind. If I knew what I know now I would have been laughing at kids who called me four eyes in grade school.

    For men and women who are just beginning to suffer vision loss do to ageing or for young people seeking careers that have certain standards that have to be met, Lasik can be a godsend. If you're a long time or lifetime sufferer of poor vision and see well with your glasses think long and hard. For me at least, I kind of miss those old coke bottles.

    Robert
     
  13. TF

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    I have had both Lasik and before that R/K mentioned to me by opthomologists. I always ask the same question....Can you correct my vision to 20/20 with contacts/glasses? As long as the answer is yes, I'll never consider it. Without correction I'm 20/250, 20/300 and glasses are coke bottles. Contacts have worked for me since 1971--got them because glasses were too heavy and as a 17 year old I scratched every plastic lens I got close to. Contacts actually ended up being cheaper at the time.

    Tom Frazer
     
  14. Kim Little

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    I changed my mind about having lasik because I have gotten excellent results from my Bausch and Lomb Multifocal contact lens (PureVision). I am able to see far away, up close and in between. Kim
     
  15. Bucko43

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    I decided to have the Lasik surgery back in 1997 at the age of 44 and I'm now 56 years old (going on 13 years since the surgery) and it was undoubtedly the best thing I ever did. I was wearing glasses and contacts and my prescription changed every year. I was spending between $300 to $400 a year on new glasses alone because I had to get a pair made for backup and then a pair for prescription sunglasses. Then I would also invest in the contacts, which aren't cheap either.

    Within 12 hours after surgery I was seeing things I never knew were there. It took about 2 weeks to completely heal after the surgery, which was a bit inconvenient. The type of Lasik I had was where they slice open the cornea (make a flap) and then it takes 2 weeks of being very careful not to disrupt the cornea while it healed.

    I understand that there is a new Lasik available now where they don't have to slice the flap open, which would even be better than what I had done.

    I now wear $20 reading specs because the words are a little fuzzy. The doctor told me it would be that way, and he was right on the money. He also told me it would be a big mistake to get the mono vision. He said every mono vision patient he has ever seen has ended up wearing glasses again in 15 years after Lasik.

    My current prescription is +1.5 in both eyes to be able to read. If I hold the words more than 12 inches away from my face, I can read them without glasses. My night driving is unaffected and don't have any issues with halos or anything else. The only problem with darkness is reading. I must have a light to read by.

    I started shooting trap in 2003 well after having the Lasik surgery. My scores have done nothing but go up ever since. My eyes do get dry sometimes and I need to carry eye drops with me to shoots. A couple of drops in each eye and I'm good to go all day. If you are sick and tired of having those glasses hanging on your nose and paying high costs to replace glasses and contacts, then give Lasik a try. The technology has changed so much over the years that I'm sure they've just about perfected it.

    Kevin King
     
  16. trim tab

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    Phil, I would go to a Opthamologist or a real,real, real good optometrist (one who is in private practice and not one that works for eyemasters etc.) for an examination and ask him if you are a candidate for lasik or RK and tell you the pros and cons of having and not having it done and if you decide who would HE refer you to.

    I know lot of people who went directly to these CASH AND SLASH and cash lasik centers that advertise and say you are ok to have it done and come to find out they hare having problems. Remember they do not make a penney unless they are cutting. Truth of the matter is that they were not a candidate in the first place. I have know people who went to the optometrist and said they were not a candidate and then go to a lasik outfit and they say they are when they are not when you listen to the optometrist or opthamologists reasons.

    BE CAREFULL!!!!!!!!!
     
  17. slic lee

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    I personally know dozens of men, women and kids who have had Lasik, not one of them had a problem,all of them had excellent results, most are shooters of all ages.
    My daughter was born with corneas that were irregular,had small lumps, always wore corrective lenses,glasses, never worked well. Decided Bascom Palmer would be the ones to do the surgery on her, I googled and also went around to different places, no place was like Palmer Nothing could be done until she was 20, they had examined her in 16 too young.
    At 20 they gave the Ok, we went and sat with other parents and kids and adults. We always think our problems are the worst. A girl, 23 years old there with glasses like the bottom of a coke bottle barely legal to see her mom saved up for years for her surgery, my daughter and others there never uttered another word after hearing her story.
    When that girl came out of surgery, they all wear a protective lense taped to their faces to protect their eyes, she walked into the room, looked around,ma, I can see, wasnt a dry eye. My daughter felt better and when she came out with the plastic on she was smiling, daddy, it took so long because of my problem but I have 20/20.
    The moon thing at night doesnt happen any more because the Lasik beam is faster now. Even though it was more money I had more faith in Bascom, if you go to any of these places and then to a place like Bascom and see the equipment just for an eye exam.
     
  18. W.P.T.

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    My wife had it done, now she can see things before she bumps into them ... She also had a face lift but when she got home it was in the same place as when she left ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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