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The Outcome Of My LASIK Decision

In Personal by Matt K11 Comments

I’ve had a lot of people asking what I decided on LASIK based on my post here a few weeks ago. First off, THANK YOU. I can’t say thank you enough. I had such a great response. I even had doctor’s email me and call me and leave their personal number in case I needed to chat. Seriously, thank you. I can’t explain how much that means to me and I truly appreciate all of your help.

The Decision

Right now my decision is to hold off. While there were so many great success stories, there’s just enough of the non-success stories to make me hold off. I realize that dry eyes and halos are only in a small percentage of people, but what happens if I’m the one in that small percentage? The 5-10% has to be some one right? 🙂 And to add that risk for an elective surgery seems like something I should definitely give some more thought to.

But that’s not actually what made me decide to wait. It helped contribute, but it wasn’t the deciding factor. The thing that really pushed me in to waiting was thinking about life with reader glasses. I hit 40, and my eyes are already starting to change. My contact/glass prescription has changed the last 2 times I went to the eye doctor (it was stable for the last 10 years). So it got me thinking that I’m definitely going to be in the reader glasses category. Well, with my job being in front of a computer and in front of a camera, I realized that readers are going to be a way of life for me. I’ll pretty much always need them, except when I do physical activity. So it got me thinking that if I’m going to be wearing glasses any way, I might as well go ahead and stick with what I have for now.

NOTE: Yes, I looked into monovision correction but I don’t want to go that direction.

If you recall from my original post, my eyes have a problem if I wear contacts too much. But I can still wear them for sports and outdoor activities… just not too much. And I’ve been wearing them for so long that I’m pretty used to them, and they’re very comfortable for me. So, for now at least, I’m going to stay with what I have.

Thanks again for all of the support and response to my post. I’ll definitely keep you updated in the future if I decide to do the surgery. Heck, I’ll probably even post a play-by-play here 🙂 Thanks again!

Comments

  1. Danelle J

    Matt, I have several friends who had lasik or similiar surgeries and they are in constant, unrelenting eye pain and have so far found no relief with any treatment. This pain has caused them to just close their eyes and stop normal activities.
    I have worn glasses for the last 40 years (I started very, very early with glasses) and have been fine with the glasses and camera situation.
    Bless the engineers who created tunable eye viewers in dslr.
    Photographers need to be able to see to “see”.

  2. Sackmeister

    Hi Matt,
    My situation was pretty much identical to yours, including age. I went ahead and had the procedure (Lasik), this was about 8-10 years ago. Initially, I never needed the readers, but as time progressed I found myself wearing them more often, but only in certain situations. If I’m at my desk and working on my computer I never need them. If I’m using my laptop in a meeting or just sitting in a comfortable chair at home, I sometimes need the readers, and sometimes don’t. For me it’s a factor of how tired my eyes are, and whether I’ve been using the readers a lot that day. For Photography, I almost always need them to view the settings on my camera, or to review a picture I’ve just taken. Before Lasik, my glasses were as thick as coke bottles even with the thinnest polycarbonate lenses available at the time. Not having to wear glasses full time is something I’m thankful for every day, and they tradeoff of having to wear readers from time to time is no big deal – my guess is you’ll find you won’t need them as often as you think.

  3. luvntravln

    I said No to Lasix.

    I wear one contact in my stronger eye for driving; I use the other eye for general reading.

    When working on a computer I wear glasses: the contact eye side is a corrected lens and the other side is a plain piece of glass.

    For me, the best of all Worlds.

  4. Harveytime

    And now for some other eye care. I would encourage everyone who is 50 or over to talk to their doctor about the shingles vaccine. I’m not sure what age is recommended for receiving it. Anyway the shingles virus damaged the cornea of my right eye. Now I shoot left eyed.

  5. John Havord

    Thanks for the update. Good to see that you’ve taken the time to reflect and make the correct decision for you.
    Luckily, I don’t wear glasses, but sometimes think I could do with a pair of “Joe 90” glasses when it comes to my photography 🙂

  6. Erik van Rossum

    Hi Matt, I am in a similar situation having some strong glasses for farsight but getting more and problems reading. Maybe interesting to know that a Israeli company (almost) developed an app to correct nearsightness by about 8-10 years. You can check it at http://www.glassesoff.com/ . Its backed up scientifically, and it looks very promising. Ind I look forward to see the app being launched…

  7. Greg H

    Hi Matt. If you’re resigned to using contact lenses and having to deal with the “40-and-over” thing, have you talked with your doctor about multifocal contact lenses? There are many more options in this arena than we had five years ago. If you’d like to discuss, feel free to contact me (I’m an optometrist in San Diego) via http://www.dr-hom.optometry.net/ Best wishes on this.

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