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considering Lasic eye surgury, cycling opinions?(5 posts)

considering Lasic eye surgury, cycling opinions?Duane Gran
May 31, 2001 7:36 AM
This posting is one of many steps I'll be doing in my research, but as a serious cyclist I'm interested in the viewpoints of others who may have some experience with this.

Basically, I have been wearing glasses & contacts for most of my life. I'm weary of doing it and I am tempted by the possibility that Lasic surgury can give me good eyesight. If for any reason I thought that it would be complicated by cycling or wouldn't relieve me of using contacts then I wouldn't bother to do it. There of course no guarantees, but I'm curious of other cyclists on this board have gone through the operation and had good experiences, or if you know other cyclists who have shared their thoughts on it. I suspect I have nothing to be concerned about, but I'm gathering info.
Excellant resultsSnyderman
May 31, 2001 7:46 AM
I had the procedure done just over a year ago and I couldn't be happier with the results. My vision beforehand was 20/600, my vision is now 20/15! It was wild being able to see without glasses (worn them for 30 years) immediately after the procedure.

I didn't wear contacts while cycling, I always used the prescription inserts. It was always a pain in the butt though. Now I can wear any pair of sunglasses I want.

I highly recommend it. I was worried about there being problems or the correction being off. Like you said, there are no guarantees but I have a couple of friends who have also had the procedure done without any problems. Make sure you find a doctor who has been doing it for a while, with a well known clinic.

Good luck and happy cycling. -- Steven
I'm curious too. Sound off if you've been Lasik-ed.runstevierun
May 31, 2001 9:42 AM
I've been thinking about this too as glasses get covered with
sweat or steam up and contacts are irritating.
Though not an issue for normal cycling,
I've heard that lasik-corrected eyes may experience problems
(i.e., temporary loss of focus and clarity) when
high-altitude hiking (think 14-ers in Colorado)
and when scuba-diving. I don't know if this is true
or just web-gossip. Anyone with real experience out there?
Go for it!Alan B
May 31, 2001 10:32 AM
I was off the charts. My prescription was -14! After 2 surgeries (I knew in advance it would probably take 2 due to the amount of correction), I was 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other. Three years later I'm still 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other. Not bad for a guy who was so nearsighted he literally couldn't focus beyond the tip of his nose.

As to cycling, UNBELIEVABLE! My contacts would always dry out and stick in the wrong place on a downhill (no matter what sunglasses I was wearing). I had to conscioulsly blink to keep them lubricated. NO MORE! To go for a ride wothout giving eyes a second thought is a real pleasure. I never worry about getting that bit of crud "stuck under my lens" at the wrong moment (and when is the "right moment"?). In short, I unreservedly recommend it.

The ONLY downside I've experienced is poor reading vision in low light situations. Night driving has not been a problem, since you rely on headlights, reflectors, lighted signs, etc. But give me a menu in a "romantically lit" restaraunt and I'll have some trouble and my wife notices me turning on lights at home a lot more than I used to. Again, I was warned this might be a consequence of the surgery, but the trade off is insignificant compared to the benefits. Let me know if you have other questions.
re: considering Lasic eye surgury, cycling opinions?mackgoo
May 31, 2001 11:42 AM
I had Lasik done. Great results. The eyes are a little dry after a ride so I use eye drops, that's the only time though.