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Discussion: Lasik Eye Surgery

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Nov. 20, 2006
TerryDarc
22 posts
Lasik Eye Surgery
Has anybody had experience with going from heavily corrected near-sightedness (-3 to -6 diopters) and presbyopia (like we all got after the age of 50 and couldn't focus) to using Lasik?

How did it effect your batting?

How about your fielding? Infield? Outfield? Pitch?
=Terry
Nov. 20, 2006
STONEMAN
Men's 50
535 posts
TERRY DARC: I had Lasik surgery, 2 1/2 yrs ago. It was done @ 4:00pm. At 5:00 pm, my eyes were 20/15. The next morning, I was play' the out field. I saw fly balls better than I can remember. I never had problems seeing, a pitched ball.

Do not get Mono-Vision. That is when 1 eye is distance & the other eye is for reading.

Because of my eye improvement, several other SENIORS, have also, gotten Lasik. The S.S.-L.R., for Kelly's, Rick P, just got Lasik in March. Rick, only wished that he had gotten Lasik Surgery, a few yrs. earlier.

U will see the ball better & be a much better outfielder.

Good Luck........... The STONEMAN........
Nov. 20, 2006
Gene22
Men's 55
78 posts
I had the correction done about 3 years ago. They did a mild Mono Vision on me. It was the best money I have ever spent, however, when they correct with Mono Vision, have them make your distance eye the one cloest to the pitcher....If you are a right handed batter, make your left eye the distance eye. The big difference comes during night games....no glare from the lights.

Gene D. Riddlebaugh
Ohio Silverado #22
Dayton, Ohio
Nov. 21, 2006
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
how far gone should your eyesight be before you do this.i used to be a 20-15 in my younger yrs,now use maginfiers to read with now(2.0).also found out that i have 1 eye that is near and 1 eye is farsided.
Nov. 21, 2006
Gene22
Men's 55
78 posts
I would say that the best thing anyone could do is to find a doctor that doe's this surgery, and go and get an exam. Most give free exams. Check with people that you know. Everyone knows someone that has had this surgery. Do not be mis-lead by low prices. Sometimes after your surgery, you my need to go back in for a tune-up within the first 6 months. Somtime the lower prices do not cover this. Go...Ask questions. It was the best thing I have had done, with the exception of a vasectomy...but that is a whole nother story.How many guys out there found that after having a vassectomy.....you no longer get "Nut Pulls" from streatching out a run to first base or the sound of metal casanets shortly after the surgery? LOL !! LOL !!

Gene D. Riddlebaugh
Ohio Silverados # 22
Dayton, Ohio

Nov. 21, 2006
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
My wife had Lasik surgery after wearing glasses for most of her life...................best expenditure of money I've had.
Nov. 21, 2006
TerryDarc
22 posts
Thanks, all! I wasn't planning on monovision. Tried monovision contacts last year and absolutely hated them, tho didn't try softball. It seemed like the worst of both worlds. No depth percecption and the closeup/reading eye was blurry for everything beyond 7-8 feet. Awful...

The comment about the nearer-to-the-pitcher eye not being the mono-vision eye is interesting. My nearer eye (left eye in this case) doesn't see as well at the back eye. This means I get to turn my head or open up my stance to get a better look at the ball.

Sounds like everyone has had a good experience, tho. No guarantees, I spose.

I'm gonna go in this Tues. and talk to the eye doc for the 2nd time and get the dialated pupil measurement, etc. Try to get in shape for next season which starts late March in the northwest. See yall on the fields next year.
=Terry
Nov. 22, 2006
docswear
Men's 55
97 posts
TerryDarc:
I have been working with two large LASIK centers for the past 7 years or so and do pre and post-op care. Due to the tremendous advancements in "weeding out" potential poor candidates for the procedure, the number of complications has been reduced dramatically. A small number of patients still experience dry eyes, halos around lights, occasional hazy vision as well as the expected loss of near vision due to the aging process known as presbyopia. Since you play softball (presumably at night as well as daytime), I would probably discourage you from doing monovision (unless, of course, you would be willing to wear either a contact lens in your near vision eye or glasses) due to some loss of depth perception and general acuity. If you want more info, feel free to contact me by e-mail at docswear@cs.com. Well over 90% of patients are completely satisfied (if not thrilled) with the experience and results in our practice.

docswear
Nov. 26, 2006
the wood
1075 posts
Docswear, a likely name indeed.. this is info all good and well... however, since you refuse to use your real name, we can only speculate as to the validity of your post.
Besides, didn't I see you at the Holiday Inn Express this am stuffing yourself with the free Krispy Kremes?
I always thought that you were a proctologist. Have you made a career change? Perhaps you grew tired of seeing so many of your 'patients' at the tourneys.
I hope all is well with you...
The Wood (as you know, a misnomer, too)
:-)

Nov. 27, 2006
docswear
Men's 55
97 posts
Woody.... Thought I might throw my hat into the message board ring. I missed the Krispy thing because Dunkin Donuts was having a half-off sale on donut holes. I left the proctology practice long ago to try my hand at a field with less openings.

See you soon.. docswear
Nov. 27, 2006
nofencetoofar
Men's 50
7 posts
Had Lasik done in '01. Turned out to be the best thing I had done for myself in a long time. Having lasted until
45 without any noticeable change in vision that I was willing to admit, I was not too happy with wearing glasses for distance sight. That led to: prescription lenses for driving, racketball, snow skiing, etc.

Then: a redo about every two years not to mention the occasional lost or broken glasses or goggles. Also night
play was difficult at best in the outfield with glasses. Add
rain to that or just sweat steaming up the lenses. What a
pain just packing all that stuff around.

The surgery solved all of that. Get checked out and see
if it will work for you. If it will, you will be one "happy camper". Good Luck.

Blessings,

Tom
Nov. 27, 2006
the wood
1075 posts
Docswear, you have been extremely modest about your practice. It's doubtful that the other readers have any idea of just how eminent you've become. I mean who else (eye Drs) has Stevie Wonder, George Sheering, and Jose Feliciano on their patient list? Can Andrea Bocelli be far behind?
Still, this beats your previous endeavor.
I'll keep an eye out for you...
:-)
BW
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