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[QUOTE=whathappened;2771068]I had lasik surgery 1-17-2007. The first night I got a wrinkle in my left (monovision) eye. It was repaired the next day and now 12 days later the Dr. says it looks great and I shouldnt have any problems. My distance vison is great but to read something I have to hold it about 10 inches from my face. Will this improve? The halo's are bad now also but I heard that would improve in a month or so. Im wearing reading glasses now in order to type this. But I feel great. thanks :dizzy:[/QUOTE]

Hi, just wanted to let you know that I too had trouble seeing up close for the first two weeks or so. I had to put my laptop on my lap to see it, and I couldn't see the computer very well at work for a couple of weeks but after a couple of weeks it was fine and is no longer an issue, so it should get better and is normal from what I've read.
Kari7171, My close up vision is better now than its been in years, I can work and play golf and not have to worry about glasses or contacts. I cant see the computer as well as id like to yet but I hope that will improve over a few months. That was actually my question. How long before i can say" thats as good as they will get". I dont regret having it done and if it doesnt get any better I'll wear reading glasses at the computer and carry on.
[QUOTE=toothbrush1;2819735]Close up vision is worse with glasses and contacts on too. Contracy to popular belief, Lasik is not curing or reversing your condition; it is like putting a permanent prescription in your eyes, except its not permanent; the positive effects of Lasik last for about 6-10 years as an optometrist once told me.[/QUOTE]


I'm wondering why your optometrist told you this since studies have been done on people who had Lasik 10+ years ago and they still see fine. Lasik is supposedly permanent, however most people have Lasik to correct their distance vision, and I know that I was told that when I get into my mid 40's I will most likely need reading glasses. This makes sense since they did not correct my vision up close since there is nothing wrong with it, and most people need glasses for close up vision when they get into their 40's and 50's anyway. I'm not sure where this 6 to 10 years thing is coming into play, since everything I have read and heard is completely the contrary.
DollBaby,
I was thrown by the 6-10 year thing as well. Quite honestly, I can't imagine that they would be able to charge so much for the surgery if each patient would only have 6-10 years of good vision and have to go back and get it repaired again. A car, sure. Breast implants...maybe since they are going to lose the battle with gravity anyway. But, Lasik?

As far as the reading glasses, my understanding is that everyone's eyes eventually become Presbyopic (I think that is the term). It happened to my mom in her 40's or 50's where she had semi poor far vision and great close up vision and soon found herself having to hold the book an arms length away in order to read until she got bifocals. It is just the way the cookie crumbles. We are all predestined to lose our near vision. But, I would rather lose that than deal with glasses and contacts that I have to wear all day just to be able to see anything past a couple feet in front of my face with a decent amount of clarity. And, with my surgery, I have been able to see better than I did with glasses and contacts. So, in less than a decade or so, if my vision close up turns and I have to toss on some glasses to see a book in front of my nose, I'll handle it because I will remember when I couldn't see a stop sign or even the computer screen well enough to do it without glasses. And, I can't blame having had lasik for my loss of close up vision as it happens as we age anyway.
[QUOTE=DollBaby24;2822180]I'm wondering why your optometrist told you this since studies have been done on people who had Lasik 10+ years ago and they still see fine. Lasik is supposedly permanent, however most people have Lasik to correct their distance vision, and I know that I was told that when I get into my mid 40's I will most likely need reading glasses. This makes sense since they did not correct my vision up close since there is nothing wrong with it, and most people need glasses for close up vision when they get into their 40's and 50's anyway. I'm not sure where this 6 to 10 years thing is coming into play, since everything I have read and heard is completely the contrary.[/QUOTE]

I'm not entirely sure. But I read in one study that the people with 10+ years after LASIK did experience a slightly decrease in vision, like from 20/20 or 20/15 after LASIK to 20/30 ten years later.





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