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LASIK Surgery One Year Later

July 20, 2007

Filed under: life — Terry Wohlers @ 16:23

I first wrote about LASIK surgery one year ago after I had it done. My one-year eye exam was last week and I’m seeing about the same as I did the day after I had the surgery. My vision is 20/15* in my left eye and about 20/25 in my right. With both eyes open, I’m seeing 20/15, which is better than 20/20. The slightly underpowered right eye was not planned, but it has come with a benefit: It provides a small amount of monovision, if you’re familiar with it, that enables me to see well when reading. I’m 49 and I’ve never used a pair of reading glasses. At some point, I will need them, but I’m fine for now.

If I had it to do over, would I have the surgery? Absolutely! For me, the results could not have been much better. Objects at a distance are crystal clear. I do not experience halos or starburst effects at night. I’m completely lenses-free for the first time in decades. People often say that it’s nice for outdoor activities, such as swimming or scuba diving, which is true. I find the convenience of not having to hassle with lenses every morning and night to be worth the time and money invested in the surgery. Also, I no longer have to carry lenses, solutions, etc., when traveling.

Over the past year, I’ve experienced some minor eye irritation from time to time, especially when my eyes are dry or tired from a short night’s sleep. They are somewhat sensitive to dust particles, but it’s no worse than when I wore contact lenses. The eye doctor said that this is normal and that some people have more sensitive eyes than others. Surprisingly, my eyes are now less sensitive to bright sun light than before.

Is LASIK surgery something you should consider if you are nearsighted? Possibly. I recommend that you talk with others who have had the surgery, interview eye care professionals, and read the commentary I wrote one year ago. Consider it only if it’s right for you, not because someone else experienced success. I’ve heard a few horror stories, so you need to know the risks and possible complications associated with the surgery.

* What exactly does 20/15 mean? The system of measuring eyesight was created long ago and it was explained to me like this: Letters 15 units in height were fastened to the side of a building. If you could read them at a distance of 20 feet, you were seeing 20/15. The next larger size letters were 20 units in size, the next 25 units, and so on. Your vision is 20/30 if the smallest letters that you can read are 30 units in size.