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Title: how do you see?
Post by: fuhr on May 22, 2014, 03:32:24 PM
I've been blind since first grade and in need of something to help see since then.  Older I get the less hours I can wear contacts at a time and find my fat head smashing glasses onto my face more and more. 
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: brycemus on May 22, 2014, 04:25:16 PM
I wear my glasses almost all the time now.  I have dreams of getting lasik or lasek or however the hell it's spelled. I wear contacts when I know I'm going to be outside and will need my Oakley's.  My eyes just get too dry and tired wearing contacts, doesn't matter what type I wear.
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Post by: DiMaria on May 22, 2014, 04:35:08 PM
I gotten to the point were now I need glasses  :-[ my 20\20 sight is gone! :'(
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: mspart on May 22, 2014, 07:01:04 PM
I need only uses glasses to drive and watch a movie or play or something. 

Vision is a little fuzzy for most things but clear enough not to need glasses.  Is a little embarrassing when I can't recognize anyone by face from 50ft.

mspart
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: ViseGrip on May 22, 2014, 08:29:06 PM
I take my glasses off to read.
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Post by: a guest on May 22, 2014, 08:29:26 PM
classes since I was a little kid.  Contacts when I play sports or when I really need to see clearly. But I wear glasses 99.9% of the time.

20/400
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: fuhr on May 22, 2014, 08:37:31 PM

20/400


Wow.  I don't run into many who are worse than me (of course I don't ask a lot of people either).  I'm 20/200 with astigmatisms' in both eyes.  can't imagine 20/400.   
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Post by: AKIN on May 22, 2014, 11:39:28 PM
I'm perfect.
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Post by: Cougar1 on May 23, 2014, 12:17:44 AM
Who had laser surgery and what was your experience with it?
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Post by: Ray Brinzer on May 23, 2014, 08:26:15 AM
Who had laser surgery and what was your experience with it?

I did.  It was great.

I laid down, they put some anesthetic drops in my eyes, and then moved the machinery over my head.  They covered one eye, and told me to stare at the red light with the other.  They lowered a microkeratome, which is sort of like a guillotine for eyes, and cut a flap in my cornea.  The drops worked fine, and there was no real discomfort there.  Then, the cool part:  they lifted the flap.  It was as if you suddenly realized that you were watching the world on a movie screen, because a giant had come up behind the screen, grabbed a corner of it, and yanked it away.  Behind it was a hazy dark-grey hole, with the neat red light in the middle now shining as if through a cloud.

Then, the laser began working, with a pop-pop-pop-pop-pop sound.  One of the neat things they don't tell you beforehand:  I noticed a burning smell from, presumably, my eyeball.  When I mentioned it afterwards, they admitted that every once in awhile a patient would bring that up.  (I'd declined the Valium; I think they give people that so they don't notice or flip out over such things.)  Pretty soon the laser stopped, the world was flipped back into place, and I had a moment of seeing with perfect clarity, as if I had my glasses on.  Then they covered the eye, and did the other one.

After the anesthetic wore off, I spent about a day and a half with my eyes mostly closed, with the feeling that I'd been chopping far too many onions.  And then it was over, and I had 20/20 vision.
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Post by: Cougar1 on May 23, 2014, 08:32:37 AM
I take it you had both done at once? What was your previous eye condition? Near, far, etc.?
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Post by: Ray Brinzer on May 23, 2014, 08:35:49 AM
Both at once, and very near-sighted.
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Post by: Cougar1 on May 23, 2014, 10:14:48 AM
Thanks for the input. Been thinking about it.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: Rain on May 27, 2014, 07:24:21 AM
And then it was over, and I had 20/20 vision.

So now you don't need corrective lenses for distance, but what about close up? Do you now need "cheaters" to read your phone or a magazine?
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: Ray Brinzer on May 27, 2014, 08:58:47 AM
And then it was over, and I had 20/20 vision.

So now you don't need corrective lenses for distance, but what about close up? Do you now need "cheaters" to read your phone or a magazine?

I do not. I was told I would need them around the time I turned 40, but I'm two years past, and still reading easily. It's probably inevitable, but there's no sign of it happening soon.

You can, by the way, choose how to have your eyes focused when you have the surgery. As you get older, and lose some of the muscular control over the eye, you can choose to have the focus adjusted with another round of surgery, and get good reading vision at the expense of some clarity at distance.

Some people split the difference, and have one eye tuned better for reading, and the other for distance. This sounds like it would be awful, but it isn't; most people don't see the same with each eye anyway, and your brain works to turn what it gets from the eyes into a single coherent picture.
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Post by: Ray Brinzer on May 27, 2014, 09:00:39 AM
Thanks for the input. Been thinking about it.

Short answer: do it. It's a no-brainer.
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Post by: a guest on May 27, 2014, 09:54:18 AM

20/400


Wow.  I don't run into many who are worse than me (of course I don't ask a lot of people either).  I'm 20/200 with astigmatisms' in both eyes.  can't imagine 20/400.

I have back ups for back ups of glasses.  Really want to get laser surgery like Ray discussed. 

I can see much better with contacts, but only use them sparingly.

Luckily, my wife is 15/20, so I hope the kids get her vision.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: Intensity guru on May 27, 2014, 05:07:05 PM
Had PRK back in 2001ish
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: MetsFan on June 02, 2014, 11:11:59 AM

20/400


Wow.  I don't run into many who are worse than me (of course I don't ask a lot of people either).  I'm 20/200 with astigmatisms' in both eyes.  can't imagine 20/400.

I have back ups for back ups of glasses.  Really want to get laser surgery like Ray discussed. 

I can see much better with contacts, but only use them sparingly.

Luckily, my wife is 15/20, so I hope the kids get her vision.

Don't you mean 20/15?  And, how well can she hit a baseball?  Pretty sure Babe Ruth had 20/15 vision.

I've had glasses since I was 9 years old, and my glasses at the time gave me 20/15 vision .. ya know, so I could hit better in little league ;)  Wore glasses exclusively until the end of my senior year of high school when I got contacts.  Wore those for a bit, then went back to primarily glasses for a while, then to contacts again.  I now wear contacts 95% of the time with glasses for backup.  Of late, the over 40 affliction that Ray spoke of seems to be hitting me, though.  Not sure what my approach is gonna be at this point.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: OkieSpladle on June 02, 2014, 11:40:12 AM
The last time the USAF gave me a chart to look at to test my eye site I pointed out that there was a flaw in it where their printer had missed a line.  The technician administering the test couldn't see it until he broke out the magnifying glass.  My eyes are good.  Real good.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: RYou on June 03, 2014, 07:00:35 AM
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Some people split the difference, and have one eye tuned better for reading, and the other for distance. This sounds like it would be awful, but it isn't; most people don't see the same with each eye anyway, and your brain works to turn what it gets from the eyes into a single coherent picture.


This has been my situation for as long as I remember, probably all my life.  Farsighted in one eye, near sighted in the other, but somehow my brain balances out my vision.  For reading, my left eye is clear as can be, but with my right everything is a blur.  Just the opposite for distances over 10 feet.  Lately I've noticed a slight bluring in the 6-10" range while reading or working on something close up up, but if keep my distance st say +12", no problems.

 :o
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: ctc on June 03, 2014, 08:07:01 AM
Thanks for the input. Been thinking about it.

Short answer: do it. It's a no-brainer.
I know a couple people that had a bad experience that they are still physically paying for.  One cannot drive at night now and they other keeps having it regress.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: ctc on June 03, 2014, 08:10:23 AM
BTW, an option was left out - cataract surgery.  I had it done and it flipped my world around.  I use to be near sighted, now am far sighted.  It worked very well for me with the implants.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: FalconWrestlingKY on June 07, 2014, 12:52:28 AM
I have what's called natural binocular vision, I think.

My left eye can only see close up while my right eye is better with far away vision
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: a guest on June 10, 2014, 11:40:33 AM

20/400


Wow.  I don't run into many who are worse than me (of course I don't ask a lot of people either).  I'm 20/200 with astigmatisms' in both eyes.  can't imagine 20/400.

I have back ups for back ups of glasses.  Really want to get laser surgery like Ray discussed. 

I can see much better with contacts, but only use them sparingly.

Luckily, my wife is 15/20, so I hope the kids get her vision.

Don't you mean 20/15?  And, how well can she hit a baseball?  Pretty sure Babe Ruth had 20/15 vision.

I've had glasses since I was 9 years old, and my glasses at the time gave me 20/15 vision .. ya know, so I could hit better in little league ;)  Wore glasses exclusively until the end of my senior year of high school when I got contacts.  Wore those for a bit, then went back to primarily glasses for a while, then to contacts again.  I now wear contacts 95% of the time with glasses for backup.  Of late, the over 40 affliction that Ray spoke of seems to be hitting me, though.  Not sure what my approach is gonna be at this point.

She doesn't do too many sports.  However, her depth perception is quite good.  She is great at parallel parking and she can navigate an airport well.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: a guest on June 10, 2014, 11:44:59 AM
I have what's called natural binocular vision, I think.

My left eye can only see close up while my right eye is better with far away vision

My son just got glasses for that:  near sighted in one eye; far sighted in the other.  He can see the blackboard fine and he can read the book he is holding.  However, everything in between is difficult.  Depth perception is squiggly for him.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: tpay on June 14, 2014, 11:08:08 PM
60 years old, have been wearing glasses for the last 30 years.
Don't wear them when I watch TV up to 9/10 feet away, (that's where my Lazyboy is positioned), but need them to read my morning newspaper & drive, especially at night...........damn got to stop reading the paper at night.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: fuhr on June 14, 2014, 11:11:00 PM
60 years old, have been wearing glasses for the last 30 years.
Don't wear them when I watch TV up to 9/10 feet away, (that's where my Lazyboy is positioned), but need them to read my morning newspaper & drive, especially at night...........damn got to stop reading the paper at night.


especially while driving. 
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: Gantry on June 23, 2014, 01:49:12 PM
Got Lasik 8ish years ago, best money I ever spent
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Post by: Jason Bryant on June 26, 2014, 03:40:22 PM
Got Lasik in August of 2011 ... wanted to get it prior to my trip to Turkey for the worlds. In Moscow, I lost a contact lens and the spares I brought dried out, so I was stuck with some glasses, which then got stepped on by an Iranian journalist (Accidentally, the guy is awesome). Now that I don't have to squint to see far scoreboards and not have to worry about losing my glasses overseas.

I had a pair knocked off my head in St. Louis midway through nationals. They were stepped on and had to rush to a lens crafters before the session.

Worth every penny. Waking up going "oh crap, I overslept" saves you the 15 seconds fumbling for glasses only to say "oh crap, I overslept"
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: Rockhard on June 26, 2014, 07:58:28 PM
I'm told my glasses make me look better. However my face ruins it I think.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: Intensity guru on June 28, 2014, 07:39:32 PM
Got Lasik 8ish years ago, best money I ever spent
Yep. It's a miracle. One of the best things that's ever happened to me. 20/15 vision as soon as I sat up off the table.
Title: Re: how do you see?
Post by: herbp on June 30, 2014, 05:08:58 AM
I've been legally blind in one eye since birth. right eye =20/20, left eye is 20/280(with  glasses )