Corrective Eye Surgery

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Has anyone had their eyes corrected with Lasik surgery? If so, how did it affect your wingshooting? Busting through the brush? Walking uneven terrian...ie chasing chukar!
 

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If you search the campfire forum, the answer will be 'yes'.
Reported results seem to be positive in most aspects of hunting.
 

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Best thing I ever did was getting it done. Its a little scary but well worth it.
 

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In my opinion and several other peoples opinions Lasik can be the worse decision you ever make. I got it done when i was 21 (9 years ago) and now i can't even see the big E on the eye chart with my right (dominant eye). Technology is a lot better, but i would be careful. I had it done at TLC in Brea, CA. I have seen over 50 eye specialists in the last 3 years and i may need a Cornea transplant. I have already had 3 intacs surgeries with all negative effects. Because of the lasik it caused a thinning of my cornea which would have not occured without it. I have several friends who have gotten it done when they were younger, and they too also need to wear contact lenses again. I think it is safer when you are done growing say like 40 and older than when you are younger. By the way i have tried over 100 contact lenses and have not had one success so far, the laser messed up the shape of my eye for life!!!!!!!! But, i can still shoot the heck out of the birds with my one good eye!
 

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Whats intacts mean? is that when theyslice your cornia and put a lense under it?
 

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LKN4HOG has an interesting story about this hopefully he see's the post
 

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Best thing I ever did I'll have to get a revision done here ina year or two cause its been 6 years, but MAN has it changed my shooting and hassle free lifestyle!
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (adambasser @ Apr 11 2008, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
In my opinion and several other peoples opinions Lasik can be the worse decision you ever make. I got it done when i was 21 (9 years ago) and now i can't even see the big E on the eye chart with my right (dominant eye). Technology is a lot better, but i would be careful. I had it done at TLC in Brea, CA. I have seen over 50 eye specialists in the last 3 years and i may need a Cornea transplant. I have already had 3 intacs surgeries with all negative effects. Because of the lasik it caused a thinning of my cornea which would have not occured without it. I have several friends who have gotten it done when they were younger, and they too also need to wear contact lenses again. I think it is safer when you are done growing say like 40 and older than when you are younger. By the way i have tried over 100 contact lenses and have not had one success so far, the laser messed up the shape of my eye for life!!!!!!!! But, i can still shoot the heck out of the birds with my one good eye![/b]

This is why I have been hesitant...all the great outcomes aside...I'd rather loose my left arm than my eyesight...but I guess that comes with the lifestyle of an avid hunter.
 

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I have been wearing glasses and contacts most my life.
I wouldnt go down that path. Too risky. And what if one in a thousand , something goes wrong, you have to say goodbye to hunting.
And then you just have to do the honorable thing.
 

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i am in the same boat..i have to wear glasses as my eye shape do not fit contacts well and they dry out too fast (even the most current models)......with some likeing the surgery and some not...the some not is enough for me to keep wearing glasses....after researching it there is just too high of a percentage of people with problems after it to justify me getting it.

like most who are die hard hunters, our eyes are everything and if you loose them what do you have? too risky for me, but that is just my 2 cents.
 

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I agree with Sean. If I were having eye surgery to correct another problem then I may possibly go ahead with it but for now good old glass lenses ans Ti frames will do for me. Growing up I raced motorcycles and drove a few race cars. Glasses never slowed me down or caused me any trouble while in the field shooting. Too risky is right.
 

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You guys are missing the big picture here,
ALthough its not right for EVERYONE, consider this, over 1,000,000 lasik procedures have been sone EVERY year since 2000. Less than 1% of those have reported problems. I work in the medical field, and those odds and statitics ar ebtter than knee replacement, open heart, and breast reconstruction, JUST to put it in perspective.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (GB Jack @ Apr 15 2008, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
You guys are missing the big picture here,
ALthough its not right for EVERYONE, consider this, over 1,000,000 lasik procedures have been sone EVERY year since 2000. Less than 1% of those have reported problems. I work in the medical field, and those odds and statitics ar ebtter than knee replacement, open heart, and breast reconstruction, JUST to put it in perspective.[/b]
i don't have statistics, but those numbers do not sound right...maybe i have just talked to the 1%, but i personally know of 15 people who have had it done and 4 of them have had issues.......not to say they can't see or need to go back...but they get blurry vision at times for no reason, dry eyes, and other symptoms that i wearing glasses do not get.

being such a new procedure in the world of medicine, 8 years is nothing, waiting another ten years and seeing the statisticts then and seeing if there are any recuring problems is what my plans are, but that is just me.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (gundogs @ Apr 15 2008, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
I agree with Sean. If I were having eye surgery to correct another problem then I may possibly go ahead with it but for now good old glass lenses ans Ti frames will do for me. Growing up I raced motorcycles and drove a few race cars. Glasses never slowed me down or caused me any trouble while in the field shooting. Too risky is right.[/b]
Having survived the open heart surgery I still do not feel the need to push it. Maybe for others with severe eye problems like my wife it worked for her but she was legally blind before the eye opp. now she can drive with glasses and during the day. It worked for her but I really do not mind the old spectacles, someday that may change.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (JNDEER @ Apr 15 2008, 01:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (GB Jack @ Apr 15 2008, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You guys are missing the big picture here,
ALthough its not right for EVERYONE, consider this, over 1,000,000 lasik procedures have been sone EVERY year since 2000. Less than 1% of those have reported problems. I work in the medical field, and those odds and statitics ar ebtter than knee replacement, open heart, and breast reconstruction, JUST to put it in perspective.[/b]
i don't have statistics, but those numbers do not sound right...maybe i have just talked to the 1%, but i personally know of 15 people who have had it done and 4 of them have had issues.......not to say they can't see or need to go back...but they get blurry vision at times for no reason, dry eyes, and other symptoms that i wearing glasses do not get.

being such a new procedure in the world of medicine, 8 years is nothing, waiting another ten years and seeing the statisticts then and seeing if there are any recuring problems is what my plans are, but that is just me.
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I pulled those numbers off the FDA website, just so you know
 

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Hey JB Jack or anyone else. Is it true that there are eye conditions that have been corrected with lasik type procedures that have higher success rates than others?

I wonder if some of the people who have had negative experience were those who had conditions that were worse than others.

I seem to remember, as I am far sighted with an astigmatysm (spelling?), that my condition has had less procedures in total. Meaning there is not as much experience for the Dr's trying to correct that condition.

I have always thought I would do it someday, after more time went past. I am now 41.

I know people with both good and not so good experiences. Mostly good.
 

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I am nearsighted With astygmitism, and my results have been great. i recieved my lasik in 2002.
 
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The way I "see" it, you shouldn't go into the field without shooting glasses anyway. If I wear perscription glasses I will never forget them. Every hunting trip there is someone without some form of eye protection. They forgot!!!!!
 

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My wife just had Lasik done at the TLC in Newport and so far so good. She loves it, we just had a check-up with her eye doctor and she is 20/15. She feels that its been one of the best decisions she's made other than marrying me. JK. It was definately a bit scary watching her go in there.
 

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I've read the 1% stats in several places...after going through this discussion on several boards a few things seem to be coming out...

1) with the most modern methods used the risk is about as low as it gets for any medical procedure
2) the majority of the people that have had problems had the procedure more than a few years ago
3) I'm still worried stiff about messing up my eyesight!!
4) the vast majority of people comment that it is the best thing they have ever done
5) I'm still worried stiff about messing up my eyesight!!
 


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