@chienfou@shahnm@simplersimon - I know a couple people who had it done but one person has had a lot of trouble with night vision since, something else too. The others say it’s the best thing they ever did. Any recommendations/things to avoid? I am SERIOUSLY considering it.
@aetris@chienfou@simplersimon I would do it over again a thousand times. My main problem with it is that my eyes are drier - much more in the mornings. I have gotten used to it, but it might really bug some people. I keep a bunch of artificial tear vials in my night stand, but never, ever bother using them…
The other thing: I had my LASIK done when I was in my young 30s, and everything was great for years. Now that I am in my mid/late 40s, the presbyopia is kicking in, and I am always reaching for reading glasses. It’s still nice not to have to have any glasses for most things, but age always catches up and kicks our asses one way or another…
As for having one done and the other not, I know people who have done that and seem happy with that choice. I think it would drive me bonkers to have to contend with different vision in each eye, but it seems like a good compromise for those who can put up with it…
@aetris@chienfou@shahnm@simplersimon My lasik was 20+ yrs ago. Wife also. Was 20/400, now 20-20 still. No problems ever & my vision was INSTANTLY better. 1 minute after it was done, I could read the clock across the room perfectly. The ‘stars at night’ thing was for a week.
This was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done for myself, I didn’t go to the cheapest place though and it’s worth paying a bit extra for my eyes.
@aetris@daveinwarsh@shahnm@simplersimonDammit… just typed an entire entry only to have it disappear while I was editing it… Sigh.
Once more, from the top:
Definitely agree that is some of the best $$ I ever spent, along with the vasectomy…(shout out to @bleedmichigan).
I never had any trouble adjusting to the “single eye correction”. My mind just ‘focuses’ on the correct eye for the correct situation and ‘tunes out’ the data from the other. IF I think about it I can make myself realize that when I am looking in the distance stuff to the far right side is less clear, but I have to really make the effort. Never had any vertigo or headaches.
I also never had any trouble with my eyes being dry either, and was totally amazed when leaving the office and being able to see individual leaves on the trees by the parking lot. I kept covering one eye and then the other to see the difference. It made my wife laugh that I hadn’'t been able to see that before without glasses/contacts (I had worn hard lenses in the 70’s and disposable extended wear lenses later on until it became too much of a PITA to keep them from getting gunked up by the proteins my eye made naturally)
Oh, and this was over 20 years ago and I’m 64 now.
But, as always… YMMV
TL:DR My take on it: DO IT!
@aetris the husband of a friend of mine does there for a living. I asked him why he still wore thick glasses. He said he wanted to be able to not have to use reading glasses when he was older. He figured, based on his current nearsighted vision, he’d be about 80 before he’d need reading glasses.
@RiotDemon yeah, when I was younger and more vain I went for contacts. These days I’m lazier and glasses are kind of fun to have for style reasons. Oh wait…so maybe I’m back to being vain? No, it’s really all about the laziness.
I’ve needed glasses for myopia (nearsightedness) since I was about seven and wore bifocals for a while in junior high school. I wore contacts on and off in my 20s thru mid-40s, almost exclusively for maybe five years in my late 20s. I started wearing progressive lenses in my mid-40s and also developed astigmatism, though I continued using contacts on occasion even though they didn’t correct it. I eventually stopped bothering and haven’t worn contacts for about the last 15 years. Given my insurance, they’ve been significantly more expensive, plus contacts are just so much more of a PITA.
I’ve been told that I’m an excellent candidate for lasik but it’s never been covered by insurance at all so I’ve never really considered it. No idea if I still am, though my vision hasn’t changed all that much in the last decade and my last glasses were somewhat weaker than in previous years, so I might still be.
@Limewater Not that I’m aware of tho I know that my retinas are not normal in that they have always been asymmetric or some such (or at least this is the understanding I recall when I last asked about this 10-12 years ago). I do know that having retinas like mine supposedly made me more likely to develop (open angle) glaucoma (which I did develop not too long after getting the Rx for astigmatism. (I use latanoprost drops to get my pressure down from ~33 to ~18, plus it gives me great eye lashes.)
I’ve also had 8 laser surgeries to correct a total of ten retinal tears (not detached retinas, merely tears). The first of these was about age 50 and apparently not unusual for someone with myopia like mine (os -5.25, od -4.75 or thereabouts). The last of the retinal tears was about three years ago (so ten tears over 3-4 years, I guess, about evenly split between both eyes). At this time, the only lasting impact from the tears some floaters that refuse to fade, tho most of them have faded away over the years. At first, some of them were something like the Shadow Alien ships from Babylon 5… extremely annoying. Now they are mostly like bugs you see out of the corner of your eye.
FWIW, if anyone suddenly experiences a lot more floaters, get thee to an eye doctor right away (like within a day or three). A retinal tear is a lot easier to fix than the retinal detachment a tear might well become, though I never let mine get that bad.
I was always the only one in the family with perfect vision. Then the dreaded 40’s hit. At about 44 I finally needed reading glasses. Currently wearing these, made by Silhouette. They’re a dark green gradient. They’re so ridiculously light I’ve accidentally tossed them across the room taking them off. Pretty sure I could never do contacts. I’m too squeamish when it comes to putting things in my eyes.
I usually wear a browline frame with metal bottoms. I get them from Zenni so I have been exploring color options lately… currently wearing a darker blue turquoise style (as in with the black and white veins, not the solid bright blue)
I get transitions because my eyes are stupidly sensitive to light, but also have a pair of straight sunglasses because transitions never get dark enough.
I tried progressives, but I always ended up lifting the glasses to see my phone or other close work so I decided I’d rather get some dollar store readers to use as needed and save the extra cost of progressives.
I also get one box (30 days worth) of single use contacts every eye appointment so if I really feel the need to go glasses-less, I can.
I have been severely nearsighted since my elementary school days and have had to wear glasses since that time. Greatly preferable to contacts…I can’t stomach the concept of putting a large piece of foreign matter directly onto my eyeballs every day. Glasses aren’t much better, though…I absolutely hate having to constantly clean them. I’m averse to even slight smudging or scratches on the lenses, because it creates visual aberrations everywhere I look, especially light sources. Very annoying! I’m told they make me look good, though. I’d LOVE to have laser eye surgery done, but there’s no way in hell I can afford $5,000 for it. I wish I could go back to being able to see perfectly without relying entirely upon glasses. I can’t see 2 feet in front of me without them.
EDIT: Here I am! The frames are Oakley ‘Chamfer’, I believe.
@PooltoyWolf do you have anti-glare lenses? I feel like mine aren’t as shiny with that. At work I keep one of those giant microfiber cleaning cloths, not the ones that they give you with your glasses, and it works great for me for cleaning. It has texture unlike the ones you get with your glasses. Cleans much faster.
@PooltoyWolf with regular cloths I get the smearing effect, but not with the cloth I keep at work. If my glasses are dirty in the morning, but I’m heading to work, I’ll just wait to clean them at work because I know it’s easier.
I’ve worn glasses since elementary school. At this point, I feel uncomfortable not having a shield protecting my eyes.
I have myopia and astigmatism. I’ve tried contacts a couple of times, but my astigmatism seems to be at an angle that means the contacts keep rotating out of proper orientation.
i’ll probably need glasses, i’m basically living on borrowed glasses-less time as we speak. i look ridiculous in any pair i’ve ever tried on but there’s no way i could ever do contacts. i can’t even rinse or put eyedrops in my own eyes, and on a couple dire occasions when i had someone else do it i just ended up thrashing around and squishing my eyelids shut.
so what kind of glasses? probably something with a colored but translucent plastic frame, perhaps also filled with glitter.
I love contacts and hate wearing my glasses, even sunglasses. Having something sitting on my face seems so ridiculous and annoying.
I try to convince my glasses-wearing friends and co-workers to switch to contacts because HELLO the eyes are the view into your soul or whatever the saying is. I don’t want to look through a piece of glass to see your beautiful eyes, I want to SEE you, know what I mean?
@chienfou@RiotDemon That was pretty neat to see, Thanks RD! I liked especially how his blue eyes turned dark. I have a boring shade of blue eyes and have always wanted brown eyes. I love when I have to get dilated at the eye doctor and my eyes look so dark! I like to pretend I have sultry, exotic, dark brown eyes for those couple hours afterwards
the preview of the video of him holding that contact with his hand and it looks really big gives me the creeps, it reminds me of weird dreams I used to have (in the olden days when contacts were supposed to last forever and were always irritating) where in the dream I was trying to put a contact into my eye but it was literally the size of a dinner plate. But in my dream I knew it was going to fit and I had to keep trying. So weird. I had that dream many times.
I have a boring shade of blue eyes and have always wanted brown eyes. I love when I have to get dilated at the eye doctor and my eyes look so dark! I like to pretend I have sultry, exotic, dark brown eyes for those couple hours afterwards
@Limewater@moonhat I totally get it about wanting a different eye color. I have light blue eyes that sometimes look grey and I do usually get jealous of people with really intense blue eyes. Oh well. It’s the age old thing of wanting what you don’t have I suppose.
i can’t stand things touching my eyeballs - makes it tricky because i am at risk for narrow angle glaucoma so they had to laser drill holes in my irises and take touch-the-eyeball tests every 6 months or so and they put drops in my eyes… it all makes me nauseated… so contacts are right out.
And… because i am getting “older” i now need bifocals - so i have to have a bigger lens. Because of that i prefer rimless frames.
I wore glasses thru high school; made my ears ache after a long day. Switched to soft contact lenses in 1986/87. Nowadays (with decades of sophisticated cumulative technology improvements), I can wear single-use/daily wear lenses for weeks at a time; 6-8 pairs can last all year.
No readers needed yet but those days may still be in my future.
@compunaut hmmm… so you don’t have to take them out for weeks at a time? When last I wore soft lenses (without any astigmatism correction), the most I could get was maybe ten days and seven was more like it.
Maybe I should consider them again, tho with open angle glaucoma it might not be possible to wear them for so long at a stretch.
@RiotDemon My first contacts were daily wear (wear for up to about 18 hours, take out, clean, disinfect, put back in after sleep) and repeat for up to about a month, IIRC.
After a few years, I got extended wear ones, which I was supposed to be able to sleep with for up to about 14 days before taking out and cleaning, followed by another 2-3 cycles, IIRC (or maybe these I tossed after only one or two cycles?) Regardless, of how many cycles, I was rarely able to get more than about 12 days and 8 or 9 was more like it.