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RE: The state of my vision

by Zarathustra (Beadle)
on Oct 17, 2000 at 00:17 UTC ( #37008=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The state of my vision

I wear glasses, my vision sucks.

... and it's getting worse every year.

Soon I'll be completely blind - I've just been staring at the monitor for far too long now I guess.

Any perl monks out there had laser eye surgery yet?

I've been considering it myself, but am still somewhat cautious of any long-term, as of yet undiscovered, consequences.

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(jcwren) RE: (2) The state of my vision
by jcwren (Prior) on Oct 17, 2000 at 00:26 UTC
    I, too, have lousy vision. I'm slightly myopic at -11.75L, -12.50R. If you don't know what these numbers mean, imagine it this way: I can barely focus on my hand, when the palm of my hand is touching the tip of my nose.

    I've been considering LASIK, and some of the more radical treatments, but I have developed this theory. Until my opthamologist is willing to have a procedure done on himself, I won't do it. He does several thousand LASIK procedures a year, and is very well known. However, he's still wearing glasses. And as long as I can wear contacts, I will, until he does a procedure himself.

    SurgicalEyes is a resource for people that have had unsuccessful LASIK, RPK, RK, AK, ALK, etc procedures. This is the place to look for the 1% that you hear about that have problems. These include such problems as dry eyes, halos, starbursts, retinal tearing, etc. Another link with some good information about how eyesight is measured, how to read the prescription, etc is here.

    That being said, LASIK DOES work for a lot of people. I know directly of 3 people that have had it done, and are thrilled with it. No problems, near perfect vision, etc. They were starting from a more middle ground than I would be however, and as such, were better candidates.

    The new technology is pretty remarkable. Rather than just determining the overall correction factor, as they do for contacts or glasses, they actually map the eye from several hundred to several thousand points, producing a complete retina topology map. This allows them to adjust the correction so that even if the top of the eye is -2.0 diopters off, and the bottom is -2.3, it all comes out correctly. Pretty cool stuff...

    But I may wait until Nikon comes out with Digital Eyes, and just skip this whole analog thing...


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      I don't wear glasses, although my most recent eye-test said I'd probably benefit from some glasses for reading and computer work (+1.00L/+1.25R).

      But I have been doing some reading, and you may be selling your opthamologist short. I'm apparantly far-sighted, and my reading tells me that Lasik doesn't help far-sightedness, just myopia. If your Dr. is far-sighted, then he may need glasses, but can't benifit from Lasik.

      I also have friends who have been told that Lasik likely wouldn't provide enough correction to eliminate the need for glasses. Based on that, they don't see a real benefit from Lasik. Your Dr. could be in the same boat.

      If you are concerned, you might want to ask him why he hasn't gone for Lasik.

RE: (2) The state of my vision
by ybiC (Prior) on Oct 17, 2000 at 00:45 UTC
    I'm told that "clear lens replacement" is a lower risk/higher cost alternative to lasix, and is actually the same procedure as cataract surgery (where the mis-shaped lens is replaced with an artificial lens of correct proportions).

    So... if you're an ooooollld geek with cataracts, insurance will pay for it.   I don't think even our beloved merlyn is that old, though.   ;^)
        striving for Perl Adept

RE: RE: The state of my vision
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 20, 2000 at 22:55 UTC
    Maybe if the font size was one size bigger, maybe most of you guys wouldn't be blind.

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