Anyone had lasik and has it changed your shooting?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by dpowers311, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. dpowers311

    dpowers311 New Member

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    Thinking of getting it done and was wondering if anyone else has had it done. I need it to see far away. I am about the age when I will need reading glasses my dr says so I might get one eye near and one far. The far eye is my dominate eye if I do end up needing reading glass how will that change my sight picture.

    So has anyone had this or thought of doing it.

    Dave
     
  2. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I had LASIK done in 06 and haven't had any problems with it when it comes to shooting. After all, you need a clear front sight when shooting not a clear target down range. Only issues I have had with LASIK is seeing at night. Lights are a tad brighter than they were before and I see halos around lights. I say go for it! I don't miss the hassle of putting in contacts and my vision is 20/15 in both of my eyes. Not too bad for having a NAVY doc conduct my surgery.
     

  3. countryboy

    countryboy New Member

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    I'm so glad you included the last part, I'm having mine done at portsmouth a week from Monday...

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  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I had mine done about 12-15 years ago. Improved my shotgun shooting. I am more sensitive to light so I always wear sunglasses when outside. Best thing I ever done. My wife had hers done about 8 years ago and my oldest boy had his done about a years ago.
    A good prep for SHTF.
     
  5. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Think carefully about that. You might lose your ability to see depth of field, i.e. to judge distances.
     
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    My stepdad had much the same experience as silverado. One thing though, he couldn't shoot worth a darn before, and he still can't.
     
  7. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Thinking of having it done myself, I am the opposite of you, I can't see the front sights on a hand gun clearly and the bifocal shooting glasses are annoying as h&ll.

    One thing I did see in my research though, if you are active duty or reserve status there are restrictions and limitations as well as FAA restrictions. If applicable, be sure and clear any type of eye surgery with your respective branch especially if you are in Special Forces or Aviation.
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I tried the near far thing with glasses and it did not work. I had the glasses changed after 2 days. You are not going to be able to do that with lasik. I came close to falling down a set of metal stairs and then there was trying to work on a computer screen. Your eyes are supposed to work together and be additive. With the near far they are working against each other and subtractive.
     
  9. chewchew

    chewchew New Member

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    I'm 66 years old and have good sight near and far, but I have trouble seeing at night while driving.
    I'm considering having it done but after reading this, I might abstain.
     
  10. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm 75 years old. About fifteen years ago I realized I couldn't see at night. Turned out I had cataracts. It was explained to me that cataracts act as a light filter and lessen the amount of light that passes through the lens. After surgery my night vision was restored, as well as my far vision. (The artificial lens they install has a prescription.) I only have to wear reading glasses. Didn't solve my problem with pistol sights. Blurry as h***! Comes with age, they say.
     
  11. Hotshot

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    I had lasik about 5 years ago-best thing ever. If your eyes are bad like mine, can't see the clock in the morning, get both eyes done but if not too bad you could get get one done. My friend had one eye done and had no problems. Shooting and most everything else is better. Yes the night starburst effect is annoying at times.
     
  12. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    I had lasik done and it greatly improved my shooting with iron sights. It also improved my shooting with a scope. I used to have to take my glasses off to shoot through a scope but since having lasik I can get my sight picture a lot faster and easier. I have some glasses I wear sometimes just for long distance and I use them with iron sights for distances greater than 100 yards. They allow me to see objects in the distance clearly and still be able to focus on the front sight.
     
  13. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I had cataract surgery done too. I can handle pistol sight to 10 yards but 25 yards is pushing it. I need peeps or optics on rifles. Night vision is not a problem. I still wear glasses as I have astigmatisms. There are new toric lenses available now but they wont redo the surgery. I could get lasik to correct the astigmatisms but I feel I may be too old and have seen some seniors that had trouble.
     
  14. jeepejeep

    jeepejeep New Member

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    dpowers, I had the exact procedure done about 15 years ago and it was the best thing I've ever done. I was extremely near sighted and he made my dominant eye for distance and off-side eye for close. I've had no problems at all in all these years. Now I was told I'm getting cataracts and will need them operated on probably next year but these conditions are not related. The cataracts come with age. I heartily recommend the lasic surgery.
     
  15. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    JTJ

    I was thinking about having a set of glasses set up this way, but only intended to use them at the range. Did they work for that?
     
  16. dpowers311

    dpowers311 New Member

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    Before you ca have it done in lasik you have to have a trial period with contacts to make sure there is no problems.
    What my concerned is as I get older and need reading glass how will it interfere with seeing the sights on a handgun?

    Dave
     
  17. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I did not have them long enough to try shooting. They would not work for me.