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Old 03 November 2007, 19:58   #11
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Nos,

Here is a link to an impartial review of laser surgery techniques with an honest apprasal of the risks - it generally seems to have real %age success/complication numbers rather than "very rare" "uncommon" and "extreemly successful" which the marketing people tend to go with!

Hope it helps with your decision...

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[Edit: Nos - the visual accuity for driving referred to in that document is for "normal" drivers. The standard for driving trucks is more specific:

• at least 6/9 in the best eye and
• at least 6/12 in the other eye and
• without glasses/contacts each eye must be no less than 3/60.
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Thanks Polwart. I've just read through that and it all looks good from where I'm sat as I don't have a particularly strong prescription.

Proper facts too. I think I'll go for it during the winter.
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Old 05 November 2007, 05:31   #13
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Thanks Polwart. I've just read through that and it all looks good from where I'm sat as I don't have a particularly strong prescription.

Proper facts too. I think I'll go for it during the winter.
Given that some people are reporting initial problems with night vision driving would it be best to do this when you are least likely to be driving in the dark...

just a thought.
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Finally an update-went for the op about 12 hours ago.

Wow!
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Keep the posts coming, I've been considering this for years.

What sort of op did you go for?
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Finally an update-went for the op about 12 hours ago.

Wow!
sounds like putting up with all the nerves was worth it... do let us know more
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Keep the posts coming, I've been considering this for years.

What sort of op did you go for?
Intralase custom wavefront-basically the most expensive option. It was worth it.Apparently using a laser to cut the flap means they seal back down better when replaced.

At the moment my distance vision is crystal clear, but I'm still having fun focusing close up while my eyes/brain work out what's going on.

The procedure was completely painless and was over in under 5 minutes from going into surgery to leaving the theatre. I was in the clinic about 3 hours all told.

It was an odd experience to say the least-you're looking at a small orange light and you can see your focus changing as the laser works.It's very blurry during the procedure while the flaps are open.

It'll be 4 weeks before I can use the boat again though as I've got to avoid getting water in your eyes til it's completely healed so my next outing will be Priory Bay.
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Forgot to say, you have to wear sunglasses when you leave.
It's a good idea to take a brand new, clean pair of non wraparounds with you. I took an old pair of Liz's wraparounds with me and they distorted my vision a bit compared with not weaing them. I suspect (though I'm just a patient not a doc!) that it's to do with the brain learning to process the changed signals.

Just been outside and I'm getting halos around street lights at the moment, though that should pass.
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Good luck with that and let us know how things progress - the issue I have with the whole thing is how long will it be before I need glasses or contacts again?
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Good luck with that and let us know how things progress - the issue I have with the whole thing is how long will it be before I need glasses or contacts again?
Probably immediately for reading if you're past 40-45. It doesn't halt age related macular degeneration.

I'm having fun focusing at around the 18"-2' range at the moment while looking at the screen.I'm wearing sunglasses at the mo as it makes focusing on the bright screen easier.

It takes a couple of seconds to actually focus as I've got to think about it when changing the focal point from afar to within 5' or so.If I close my eyes for a few seconds everything is in sharp focus when I open them.
I'm fairly sure this is just my brain adapting to different signals.

Eyes feel a bit crusty at the moment as I can't wash/rub them and the eye drops run out and dry after using them. No pain at all though!
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