Lasik to fix eye issues

Dolomite_Supafly

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I am a life long shooter, starting around age 7, I turn 49 in a few weeks.

I used irons mostly until I was in my late 20's. I was in the military and always shot expert often with perfect scores. On my personal rifles I used run of the mill, cheap, magnified optics but no red dots. Basically I used the cheapest 3x9 or 4x12 I could find.

Then in my 30's I started to get into red dots as they started to become more prevalent but my astigmatism always made it difficult to use them. because of my astigmatism red dots look like a sperm cell with a curled tail and a fuzzy head. I started wearing glasses to fix it but it never really got as good as I had hoped. Eotechs were the best red dot I could find, they were the best but still not great. Now I am a full time wearer of glasses to clear up my distant vision. I do not need glasses for close In reading.

In the last couple of years I have started using some very nice magnified optics. But with or without glasses they do not seem clear. And recently, in the last 2-3 years, when I am looking through any scope or red dot my vision causes the target to flutter between clear and fuzzy. I can close my eyes for 10 seconds and it fixes it for about 10 seconds then it goes fuzzy again. If I try to concentrate my vision fluctuates between clear and fuzzy very quickly. The reticle remains clear but what I am looking at goes between clear and fuzzy. It is hard to explain but it is almost like my eyes are having a spasm.

I have always been an accurate shooter, be it pistols or rifles with or without scopes. But in the last 3-5 years that has really suffered because of my eyesight. I can still shoot well but my eyesight is definitely holding me back.

I cannot read a license plate beyond about 15 yards even while wearing my glasses.

I am going to look at getting Lasik to fix my vision. Hopefully it will correct the fluctuating clarity. It should also be possible to correct the astigmatism making it possible to finally be able to use red dots.

Have any of you had a fluctuating clarity in their vision that was corrected with Lasik? Was it worth it? Cost is not an issue as long as it corrects my issues.

Did your magnified scopes become clearer after Lasik? I would really like to be able to sit behind a scope for longer periods of time.

I am going to try to find a doctor that is familiar with treating shooters. My VA optometrist let me bring in a red dot to have my glasses made to help when shooting with pistols.
 

TacticalDillhole

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Problem with astigmatism and lasik is it’s a temporary fix. You will need follow up lasik as the years go on as an astigmatism is constantly changing. I have an astigmatism as well although not as bad as yours. I wear contacts sometimes and glasses sometimes but I refuse to put a laser in my eye.
 

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The only problem you'll have is your age unfortunately. I'd say you'll see improvement but the earlier you have lasik surgery, the better the results.
Either way I wish you the absolute best if you get it, hopefully wont even need an optic at a grand.
 

Dolomite_Supafly

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Thank guys, my wife and I have our initial appointments next week. I will let everyone know how it goes.

My biggest complaint with my eyes is my eyes not focusing constantly and switching back and forth between clear and fuzzy. If they can fix that, even if my eyesight remains the same I would be happy.

I am also red/green blind. Not that I cannot see red or green but if I do not know it is red or green it will fade into the background. Every accident I have been in or almost in has been with a red car or not seeing the red tail lights.
 

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I had Lasik 3 years ago and it’s been great. You will need to keep some eye drops on hand to deal with dry eye. But that’s much better than wearing glasses/ contacts. I didn’t have astigmatism so I can’t relate there. But I’d do it over every couple years if I had too.
 

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i had the same issue about 5-6 yrs ago...my right eye is my non dominant and had an astigmatism in it...was hell keeping a clear sight picture and i saw double/side by side a lot thru scopes

lasik was the best shooting money ive ever spent, my right eye is still weaker than my left, but it made it probably 90% as good, and i dont struggle with fuzzy and blurry anymore
 
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I had it done in the mid 90s. It was PRK, which was not as advanced with eye tracking and the like. My eyes have just gotten to 20/40 and 20/25. I had glasses from when I was a teen with astigmatisms. So it will depend on the person.
 

Huskydriver

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I had astigmatism in both eyes. I had Lasik in both about two years ago wish I would have done it 10 years ago. I had it done twice in my right eye. First time wasnt 100% clear first go around. Now it's money and I have no regrets. If it ends up changing again I have enough tissue left to have it done again if necessary. Just make sure your plan covers yours eyes for life.
 

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I haven't had Lasik, but I have had cataract surgery in both eyes, which I believe is even more invasive. In the past, I was a real wimp when it came to those types of things. Having been through it, I'd highly recommend it. It's life changing. It's quick, simple and painless.
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Had it done 4 to 5 years ago, and have astigmatism as well. Don’t have any regrets. I got the PRK as it supposedly is better for astigmatisms and heals stronger than normal lasik.

I’d ask about the differences between the two with your doc and see what works better for you specifically. Also with lasik you supposedly walk out seeing better where with PRK I was out of commission for a few days with Vision improving every day.

I will say once it was all said and done, it’s crazy the detail I was missing with poor vision before the surgery. The ONLY side effects I’ve experienced is that my eyes can be a little sensitive to pollen. If I’m outside all day during the spring bloom, I can feel them start to burn a little. I take a wet cloth, wipe my face/ eyelids and I’m good to go.
 

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Did LASIK, actually PRK, 8 years ago. I would do it again in a minute. Just recently had my eyes checked, 1st time since the correction surgery, and I'm still legal to drive w/o lenses. I'm not 20/15 any more but still good. I found the best Dr. I could and used him. It was nearly double the price of all the other LASIK centers. The Dr. who did my surgery implanted a telescope in a nearly blind man's eye a few years later pro bono.

My recommendation is to find the absolute best eye doctor you can reasonably afford.
 

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Do it. I wore glasses or contacts since the age of 13. I had Lasik before my last deployment in 2009. I was 38 yrs young then and my only regret is not doing it sooner. The dry eye only lasted about 3 weeks, no drops since and vision was 20/15 & 20/20 for ten years. I recently started wearing readers for up close and my right eye has slipped a litte at distance but no need to correct so far, my eye doctor reminded me that we all get old. Our lenses get less flexible too, so my advice would be don’t wait if you (or your eyes) are still young enough to do it
 

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I had lasik 7 yrs ago, only part I hated was the halos on car lights when driving. Night driving still never seems normal since then, but I’ll never go back to glasses or contact, f#ck that.
 

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Im 58. Couldn’t read road signs, struggled with iron sites and always needed x2.5 cheaters.
Had LASIK done 3 months ago and wasn’t sure which correction to fix. One eye far the other close? Both eyes far? The Dr. explained that “distance” vision really applies to anything beyond arms length. She demo’d the corrections with sample lenses and I immediately chose the both eyes for distance correction.

Wow. Why did I wait so long. I’m now 20/15 in the dominant eye and 20/20 in the other. The very next day I said to my wife, holy shit that’s a nice 4K TV we have! The world is incredibly crisper.

And I can once again shoot pistols with iron sights.
 
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Dolomite_Supafly

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I had a consult this morning.

I was trying to explain the reason for me wanting it was for shooting through a scope. The lady didn’t understand what a scope was or what it did. She said that after lasik my eyes will be like when I am wearing glasses. I have no problem wearing glasses. My eyes with glasses are great and tolerable without.

She was unsure if correcting my far vision would improve seeing far targets through a scope or if it would make it worse because it will make my perfect near vision worse. She said because the scope was close lasik may not improve the sight picture through a scope and actually make it worse.

My only reason for considering lasik is for when I am behind a scope.

Did lasik improve how things look through the scope?

I think I am going to go see a firearm friendly optometrist to get their take on it before doing it.
 

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can only speak for myself...but my close vision was always fine, far vision was weak...had no issues reading anything within arms length

my right eye still struggled focusing on the reticle and sight picture because of the astigmatism before lasik

after lasik, my near vision is still good, far got MUCH better, and i can focus on the reticle/sight picture, as well

i had the advantage of only having an astigmatism in my right eye...so i could always look with my left thru the scope and compare how much better my left eye was...i knew my right one was the problem
 

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Before lasik/ PRK any red dot sights would be a clover type look, not sharp at all for me. After they are clear and crisp single dots, and I was told this was due to my astigmatism

Ask about PRK. Like I said my doc recommended it highly for astigmatism over lasik
 

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best thing i have done , should have done it decades ago. my astigmatism is gone too. the red dot is a dot rather than star. pistol is great again with sights.

I did mine in dec. drops for first 3 months, then this month my eyes are dry again. get sustain complete drops. you don’t need a bunch of drops, just one and it’s nit blurry at all, and lasts. i had some cheaper ones (not really cheap but sustain or the other brand), but had to use three drops per eye and in the long run it costs more

had one guy i know did prk but they f it up, he has to wait 7 months before they can try to correct it