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    If I recall correctly (from my reading when I had LASIK done 6 years ago, and echo the comments about how great it was), the need for reading glasses is caused by a hardening or loss of flexibility in the eye as a result of aging. It is completely unrelated to nearsightedness which is caused by the shaping of the cornea, and LASIK which will neither prevent it nor encourage it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReefHound View Post
    If I recall correctly (from my reading when I had LASIK done 6 years ago, and echo the comments about how great it was), the need for reading glasses is caused by a hardening or loss of flexibility in the eye as a result of aging. It is completely unrelated to nearsightedness which is caused by the shaping of the cornea, and LASIK which will neither prevent it nor encourage it.
    Sweet. How about dry eyes? Anyone have trouble with that after the surgery?

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    You'll get anti-bacterial drops to use for a week and saline drops to use for a month or so, with advice that it never hurts to use them regularly. I had more "dry eyes" problems with contacts.
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    Anyone had problem with vision at night after having the surgery? I heard it happens to a few persons, just wondering if it is common? Thinking of doing it myself, but still not sure yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReefHound View Post
    You'll get anti-bacterial drops to use for a week and saline drops to use for a month or so, with advice that it never hurts to use them regularly. I had more "dry eyes" problems with contacts.
    I can't wear contacts at all. So lasik would be nice. I'm just nervous that I might not like the results (night vision problems or dry/irritated eyes). I've heard of people having problems like that for life.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo8243 View Post
    I've been thinking about this also. I have 20/40 uncorrected and 20/15 corrected vision. I thought about doing it but am concerned it could put me in reading glasses earlier when I'm older. Anyone know if there's any truth to that?
    You might have trouble getting the surgery done. Your vision is really not considered bad enough to need surgery. There is always some risk in surgery. The potential benefits in your case may not out weigh the risk.

    My vision was 20/200 before I had PRK. I'm 20/10 now. I was in bi-focals before the surgery and I wear reading glasses now, although I'm not dependent on them unless it's really SMALL print ;-).

    No matter how good your vision is, you're likely to end up needing reading glasses as you get older.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Subaqua View Post
    Anyone had problem with vision at night after having the surgery? I heard it happens to a few persons, just wondering if it is common? Thinking of doing it myself, but still not sure yet.
    I'm a little "fuzzier" at night. I was warned ahead of time this could be a problem and don't regret the surgery. I still see "good enough" :-)

    In my case when they were doing the pre-op exam I recieved an explanation for why I always seemed to be able to "see in the dark". Turns out my pupils dilated much larger than normal. The problem was that the laser only corrected to a certain diameter. My pupils dilated more than that, so "fuzzy" around the edges at night. I was told people with blue eyes were more likely to have this problem.

    I have NO regrets about having the surgery 4 years later. I went from 20/200 before the surgery to 20/10 after! :-)
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    I had LASIK almost 6 years ago. My vision was 20/300 before the LASIK, now it is 20/15. I wish I would have been able to get it done a lot sooner. It's really nice not having to wear glasses, not having glasses fog up when I come inside from cold weather, not having water spots on my glasses when it rains a little bit outside. It's nice being able to read the time on the alarm clock without having to get up and go to the clock to read the time.

    I had LASIK from the cornea specialist who did my eye doctor's LASIK. My LASIK turned out great, no problems with dry eyes. Bright point of light at night now have a slight star burst effect, but it is barely noticeable. My daytime vision is awesome. I need reading glasses up close, but I'm almost 53.

    If you are considering LASIK, have your eye doctor recommend someone. Don't just find the cheapest place to have it done.

    A coworker had LASIK from one of the budget places and they tore her cornea! She ended up having to have her cornea repaired by my LASIK provider.

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    im thinking of getting lasik done myself once im old enough, i really dont want to deal with contacts in my choice profession, if i get to it, which is a navy diver

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    I've been wanting to get it done, but the thought of being awake and seeing what they are doing, really freaks me out.


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