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Okay, don't tell me to call the doctor !

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by amboy49, Nov 5, 2010.

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  1. amboy49

    amboy49 Well-Known Member

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    Okay, don

    Maybe a stretch on the 'shooting forum' but has anyone had Lasik surgery done ? With good or bad results. My distance vision is still pretty good - but I can read the headline print on a newspaper without using "reading" glasses of 2 - 2.5X power.

    I'm not even sure if Lasik will do what I want - that is allow me to read without having to have 15 pair of these reading glasses laying all around the house - bathroom, recliner, car, reloading bench, dining room table, in about every shooting coat and vest, on top my head ( and can't find them ! ) . . . . well you get the idea - or maybe know what I'm talking about !

    Someone suggested having just one eye done rather than both - something called "monovision" ?

    Comments ?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Tron

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    Maybe you should call your Doctor. I mean, these are your eyes you're talking about here.

    JMHO
     
  3. grntitan

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    Tron's right though. The Doctor will answer the questions you have. Would you honestly want a bunch of trap shooter's diagnosis instead of a Doc's?

    You knew the answer all along. Doctor

    Matt
     
  4. Bruce Specht

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    My wife had lasik surgery with one of the best eye doc's in the area and MD. One eye corrected for distance the other for reading. 6 months later she developed a catarac in one eye. That was repaired and a year later the retina detached in the same eye. She would not recommend it nor would I. Her eye doc that is mine as well wears glasses. She also no longer offers lasik surgery. She is a higly repsected eye surgeon when my wifes retina dteatched we went to a specailist in retnia reattachement he wears glasses too!
     
  5. neofight

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    One thing for sure, you do need to see the doc in order to find out if you are a candidate for the surgery. While trapshooters worldwide are famous for their expertise in matters concerning cranial transplants, animal husbandry, vacuum cleaner repair, tuning bio-mass converters and flux capacitors, they tend to fall short in the area of eye surgery and treating warts.

    We can't even agree on which primers to use.
     
  6. Twinbirds

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    ok here you go, works until you age ---then eyes no longer focus like they once did, then any injury undoes everything you had done and you are almost back to square one except now it is easier to wear glasses.
     
  7. Twinbirds

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    warts are a troublesome individual type thing, depends on the type you have and how long you have had them, the most troublesome warts are removed in increments with a beetle juice that kills the top and lets the root come to the top until it is finally removed ,can take up to a year for the whole process and your foot is sore and uncomfortable the whole time until you are free of the wart.
     
  8. Norsky

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    Amboy,
    I'm 67 and had Lasik done on both eyes 12 years ago. I have been nearsighted since I was in grade school. My eyesight was so bad I could only read (without glasses) a page no more than 12 inches away. After surgery (3 times on my left eye and 2 times on my right eye within 3 months) I have haloing on bright lights at night. I now wear glasses part of the time (natural with aging). Would I do it again? Yup, ya, sure, you betchya, in a minute. If I only needed mild correction with glasses, I would not do it.
    Regards,
    Ray
     
  9. Texshooter

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    Getting old is a bitch. If you value your trapshooting, leave your far vision alone. If you want monovision to read, go buy a monocle and look like Teddy Roosevelt. Now pay me $2500 for all the stupid money you would have spent. AJ
     
  10. mollyone

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    Amboy


    When younger if I broke my glasses, I would go get another coke bottle


    cut the bottom off and go about my way. 2002 went to check on lasik,


    while at the docs office two Air Force jet pilots from Scot Air Base


    were there for a check up. Both had lasik done 5 years before, made my


    mind up right then. My left eye for reading,right eye for distance


    other than quitting smoking its the best thing Ive done for this 65


    year old body. Now if I can get this hearing aid deal sorted out Ill


    be good for another year or two.



    keep your stick on the ice jpark
     
  11. Leo

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    PLEASE READ THIS! I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND!
    I was supposed to be a good candidate for lasik in 2004. I had glasses but was correctable to 20/20, and was a nationally ranked High power rifle competitor. I was also a PALMA rifle competitor (1000 yards open iron sights)I researched and found the guy with the best record and gave him $4800.00. He assured me he would stand behind his work. I came out of the surgery legally blind. I could not work, (luckily I had disability, or I would have lost my house), I had to be driven by someone else, food prepared by someone else, and couldn't even watch TV. Within the next 4 months ten times the amount of money was spent with specialists who got me legal vision with thick bifocals, but I still could not drive at night. It took two more years and much more treatment to get me where I am today. I am 20/40 with thick bifocals and can just barely pass the drivers test to allow me to drive at night. My competitive career is just history. I struggle to shoot trap.

    If you research, better than 80 percent have no troubles. Of the remaining patients better than half can be corrected accepably. Less than ten percent are ruined for life and about 1/2 can never function in society again.

    It is your life. A chain to hang reading glasses around your neck is $10.00. I am of the percentage that will have to struggle every day of my life, and I am monitored regularly for the degeneration of my eyes that will likely leave me blind. Is that a chance you are willing to take?

    I care to much about you to not warn you.
     
  12. stokinpls

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    Think of "Monovision" as a cure for crossfiring. Just make sure they put the nearsightedness in the correct eye. ;-)

    Your need for reading glasses is because the lenses in your eyes are no longer flexible like when you were young. You used to be able get you eyes to "wind in" to correct the focus up close. No more. Lasik can't fix that. It can only let you choose one or the other. Their solution is "Monovision" which means you have to make your brain pay attention to the eye doing the activity you desire and ignore the other eye. If you're shooting you tell your brain to use the farsighted eye. If you're reading you tell your brain to use your nearsighted eye. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Good luck.
     
  13. Texshooter

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    Ask the Doctor that still wears glasses while he does Lasik why he hasn't had his done. I don't know a single Doc that does the procedure that has had it done to his eyes. AJ
     
  14. Tron

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    Lots of good, sound medical advice here.
     
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    No advice, but i will ask you a couple of questions. Why do a large number of opthamologists still wear glasses? Why do a good number of optometrists still wear glasses? Do you remember when they called it radial carotometry, then the improved lasik, and what's next? I personally don't think I will risk my sight today or 10 years from now on a procedure I can do without. I wear glasses ( bifocals) and will continue to shoot as long as i am alive....Larry Lockhart
     
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