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Old 10-12-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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LASIK Surgery and Shooting

Looking for as many people who have done it.

Anyone here have LASIK eye surgery and how has it affected your ability to focus on sights and targets?

Thank you for your time.
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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I had it years ago before shooting. So can't compare. But I have no issues. With focus that is
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:24 PM   #3
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I have wondered the same thing. But then again, I can't see shit now so anything would be an improvement!
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I wore contacts for a decade or more. I waited awhile and then had Lasik about 7 years ago. I strongly urge you get the lifetime warranty. Both my eyes have had two surgeries. 2nd one free of charge. Because of contacts I needed an adjustment.
I went mono vision. My right is 2020 and for distance. My left is for reading and is 20/40.
I have absolutely no trouble distance, sighting, or reading, computer. I sometimes use a corrected lens in my shooting glasses to have both 20/20. Most of the time I use a plain lens. I warn and wish I had been told, that a side effect is dry eyes. I used drops and gel a lot. Not as much now.
Some funny stories.
I drove alone in a rental car from Wichita to Tulsa to have the surgery. next morning I had a correction done on the lens of my left eye, and then immediately drove back to Wichita. The staff was not very happy about it. Same thing a year later with the right eye corrected. Drove right back.
For a year my eyes fluctuated a lot because of contacts. My Dr. refused to make glasses, but I talked him into a set of purple shooting glasses for sporting clays. I wore those glasses everywhere including driving. I had to take a drivers eye test during that year and the girl giving the test gave me hints.
For months I tried to keep shooting clays every week. My friend pulled for me and then pointed at the track saying there it goes. At the very last about two feet off the ground I would see a flash of orange and fire. I got good at it, and now shoot at the last moment a lot. Makes it fun for me. Boring up at the sweet spot.

Overall I went through a lot but it came out great and I am real happy.
Shooting shotgun and pistol is great. I have a prescription glasses to have 2020 night driving, but rarely wear them. When I look out is seems both eyes are 2020 and reading it seems both eyes are reading well. They aren't but the brain adapts.
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Lasix did not seem to affect on sight picture or acquisition. I had the surgery 15 years ago. The surgery was the best money I have ever spent. I love not wearing contacts or glasses. I am very pleased with the results.
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I had it years ago also and have no issues
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I just had it done a couple weeks ago, but I haven't been able to go shoot. the only thing different other than perfect vision is my dominant eye is changing from right to left. but thats ok with me since I'm a lefty anyways!
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I had it done years ago to correct astigmatism in both eyes. It's made a huge difference in all aspects of my life. Not a single regret. As for shooting I can't say how much it has helped
But it has made it easier to acquire my sight picture.
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I had it done 9 years ago . Has worked out like I had hoped, but nice not to need glasses when I get up in the night to look out at the street. Need readers and still have a set of trifocals. They made my dominant eye the distance eye so that's too close for the
sights. It's just like the Physical therapist said after I had knee surgery. Well, you don't have 18 year old knees anymore.
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What dwg said about the brain adapting did not work for me. My Dr. said many people come back after the "blended vision" and have the eyes evened out the same because
they can't adjust back and forth. then they just need readers all the time, but see better
at night and for distance.
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What dwg said about the brain adapting did not work for me. My Dr. said many people come back after the "blended vision" and have the eyes evened out the same because
they can't adjust back and forth. then they just need readers all the time, but see better
at night and for distance.
Long ago my DR. talked me into mono contacts. I tried for 2 or 3 weeks and gave up on them. Stored them away. Couple years later I tripped over them and thought to try again. I adapted within a day and wore them two years before the Lasik. So for me it was an easy choice, because I was already adjusted to it.
It was also my decision, instead of my Dr. talking me into trying it the 2nd time around.
I am a firm believer in the mind controlling behavior. Once you decide to do something you can do it. I quit smoking long ago, and after trying dozens of times, I just decided to quit and I did. Very little struggle.

For anyone toying with mono Lasik, I suggest getting glasses or contacts and try it out.
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Thank you for the responses.

It sounds like, from what I'm reading, is that it is questionable at best that it helps in getting the sights on target. Like glasses, you either see better up close (sights) or at a distance (target).

I've had multiple sets of progressive lenses for years and still cannot stand them.

It is impossible for me to use them for anything but distance or, in rare cases where I have the time to do it, up close. I am constantly trying to find the millimeter thin horizontal region across the lens where something I'm looking at, regardless of distance, is in focus. This makes target shooting miserable and I cannot rely on them for a self defense situation. Which is one reason I equipped my carry with a laser sight. Put the dot where I want the hole and pull the trigger.

I have such a bad time with progressive lenses, I have another set of glasses that I had custom made as bifocals with the top portion spec'ed for the distance to my computer screen and the bifocal area adjusted for reading distance (e.g. reading a book). Then I put the progressives on when I drive, walk around at work and care to recognize the face of someone I'm approaching down the hallway.

I thought of replacing the progressive lenses with another set of custom bifocals with the top portion set for distance and the bifocal set for arms length (sight distance) and use those on a daily basis. But I don't want to waste precious time tilting my head to get the sight picture in the bifocal and tilting again to make sure I'm pointing at the target (or close to it).

What a bitch to get old.

I was hoping that the LASIK would be the solution.

Or have I misinterpreted what I've read?

Thanks you all again.
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Im glad you posted this thread. Ive been without glasses for years now.
Im a little near sided I guess. A stigmatism? Its just really tough trying to shoot further than 21 feet it seems. I went ahead and got another pair of glasses last week. Hopefully they will help.
I may try lasic later on.
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Thank you for the responses.

It sounds like, from what I'm reading, is that it is questionable at best that it helps in getting the sights on target. Like glasses, you either see better up close (sights) or at a distance (target).

I've had multiple sets of progressive lenses for years and still cannot stand them.

It is impossible for me to use them for anything but distance or, in rare cases where I have the time to do it, up close. I am constantly trying to find the millimeter thin horizontal region across the lens where something I'm looking at, regardless of distance, is in focus. This makes target shooting miserable and I cannot rely on them for a self defense situation. Which is one reason I equipped my carry with a laser sight. Put the dot where I want the hole and pull the trigger.

I have such a bad time with progressive lenses, I have another set of glasses that I had custom made as bifocals with the top portion spec'ed for the distance to my computer screen and the bifocal area adjusted for reading distance (e.g. reading a book). Then I put the progressives on when I drive, walk around at work and care to recognize the face of someone I'm approaching down the hallway.

I thought of replacing the progressive lenses with another set of custom bifocals with the top portion set for distance and the bifocal set for arms length (sight distance) and use those on a daily basis. But I don't want to waste precious time tilting my head to get the sight picture in the bifocal and tilting again to make sure I'm pointing at the target (or close to it).

What a bitch to get old.

I was hoping that the LASIK would be the solution.

Or have I misinterpreted what I've read?

Thanks you all again.
I can sight absolutely great. I'm well into the bifocal age group.
I might suggest contacts in case you never tried them. The correction is much closer to the eye and that helps dramatically. I used to back up contacts with glasses and there is a world of difference.
My lasic has been outstanding. I don't struggle at all. Sometimes to make it easier I use drug store reading glasses, just because it makes it faster and easier on really small print, or dim light. Normally I can read fine print easily, and can sight clays or a 25 yard target all day long.
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i had it done just over a year ago. best decision of my life. shooting just fine. the only thing lasik may distort is bright lights at night time. for me, red lights at night get a slight doubling effect at great distances (talking at least a few hundred feet or so), but close up they look normal.
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