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Laser Eye Surgery for Rifle Shooters?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Thin Black Line, Feb 22, 2007.

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  1. Thin Black Line

    Thin Black Line Member

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    I'm wondering how many rifle shooters here have had laser eye surgery and
    how they would compare the before and after of the surgery with their older
    corrective methods (glasses/contacts).

    Did it seem like a big improvement? Any help/hindrance when it came to both
    iron and optical sites (both dot and magnified)? What type of corrective
    surgery did you have? Was it worth the money for the difference in the
    shooting sports (ie, social life aspect of it isn't relevant here)?
     
  2. High Planes Drifter

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    My older brother had it done slast year. He swears it helped him. He claims it was worth every penny. He was nearsighted before the surgery, he shoots fine with open sights now. Much better than me.
     
  3. .41Dave

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    The money I spent on Lasik was the best money I ever spent.
     
  4. gazpacho

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    I had VERY bad eyes, so Lasik wasn't an options for me. Verisys lens implantation was. Lots more expensive, but 100% correctable and reversible. I now have slightly better than 20/20 vision, but hav some difficulty using a longarm rear iron sight if it is closer than about 8 inches.
     
  5. USMC Tanker

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    LASIK was the best $1200 I've ever spent!

    I was horrendously near sighted, i.e. couldn't count fingers from across a room!

    I now see better than 20/20, with only VERY SLIGHT halos at night, which haven't effected my driving and/or night operations or training.

    It's insanely better than dealing with glasses/contacts, don't have to worry about prescription sunglasses or shooting glasses, and made shooting expert very easy this year.

    I won't go so far as to say it will make you a better marksman, but will definitely make improving your abilities that much easier.

    I will however, go so far as to say that it certainly WILL NOT hurt your shooting!
     
  6. taliv

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    hey, where are you guys getting lasik for $1200? maybe i'm missing something, but the prices i'm seeing are 3x that
     
  7. USMC Tanker

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    Got mine done at Global Laser Vision in San Diego, CA this year. It was approx. $1200 with military discount (which took about $85 off).
     
  8. .41Dave

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    Shop around. My wife and I both had it done for $500 per eye.
     
  9. 270Win

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    Plan on getting this done this coming summer. Glad to hear all the positive reports!
     
  10. casio02478

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    Army did my eyes, it was like night and day. Cannot say enough good things about it.
     
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    Got mine done 5 years ago, and have never looked back.

    If you can have it done by a reputable outfit then go for it. Just remember this is someplace where you do not want to be cheap.

    Steve
     
  12. jobu07

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    The best money I ever spent. Go for it, you won't regret it.
     
  13. 3sixbits

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    Just remember if you ever want to become a pilot you will not be able to pass a flight physical once they do the procedure.
     
  14. Thin Black Line

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    LOL, ok, that discount won't cover my air fare.

    Really? Please pm w/ more info.

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I had considered this years ago when the
    price was much more. Also, when I got tested for it, someone double dropped
    my eyes for the dilation during the exam and I was near-blind for the rest of
    the day. Plenty of times when wearing polycarb corrective lenses have also
    been helpful safety-wise, too.
     
  15. taliv

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    you mean a military pilot or just a private license? they'd prefer you have glasses instead?
     
  16. RTFM

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    I'll talk in general terms because I just can't remember the terminology.
    But, my best friends older brother is a United States Marine and has had the eye surgery.

    The Marine Corps said that Lasic was not "hardy" enough for rifle firing / daily duty. Basically it is a clean slice off and let the slice re-heal.

    The surgery Kevin was allowed to have (and this is where I do not remember his terminology) but once the lens was removed, they scuff up/rough up the two mating surfaces of the operation, allow a better heal/seal for the surgery.
    Allow them to shoot, jump fight with out the worry of the Lasic smooth cut surgery "popping out/off" during hard use.

    Hope my generalizations... help.

    RTFM
     
  17. trickyasafox

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    i got zyoptic, a slightly more invasive form of lasik, better for people with worse eyesight.

    im 22 years old, and have had it done for just a bit over a year i think. . .it took my eyes about 8 months to 'settle' until that point i had astigmatism that was changing angles, so my vision was improving and degrading slightly over that time frame. It was a bit frustrating, and for a long time i had trouble focusing on the front sight, and it was especially noticable when i tried to focus to shoot a bow. now that my eyes are settled, im very pleased. i went from -5.5 in each eye to 20/20- but you have to be patient for your eyes to heal up.
     
  18. spalit

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    I guess i'm about to find out since I have my Intralase LASIK surgery TOMORROW :p

    I'll post something on this thread over the weekend and let you know. I might not be allowed to shoot right away. My doc is a big heavy recoil fanatic, so he says I should be good to handle 458 Lott after this procedure :eek: . Not that I'm about to - I can handle 30-06 heavy loads and that's my comfort level Supposedly, this relatively new procedure does not use a scalpel to cut the cornea flap, but another kind of laser to make the flap
     
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    Marvelous seems to fit.

    I had my cataracts removed 2 years ago and then the laser to clear up the fluid in the eyes this year as well. I used to see a 10 inch target at 50 yards as a mis-shaped gray blob. Now I shoot 200 yards with iron sights, and I'm fairly good at it too. Oh, and I no longer wear glasses after 45 years of hating them.

    I don't think it gets much better then all that........
     
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    I haven't shot rifle since mine was done 2 months (weather has sucked whenever I have free time) ago but I might this weekend. Handgun shooting is as good if not better than with glasses or contacts.
    That's what I had. I'm sure they'll tell you, but you go blind for a minute in the eye they are cutting the flap on (suction thing puts just enough pressure on your eye to stop movement and cut off the vision while it does it's thing). That was the weridest part for me. Wasn't a big deal at all though (the valium might have helped that :p )
     
  21. H&Hhunter

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    Discount LASIK sounds alot like discount parachute packing to me.;)

    So if I were to get LASIK there is chance that I could get disattached lenses from heavy recoil?

    NOT GOOD...

    I'll have to look into that.
     
  22. SSN Vet

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    consider going to Montreal.

    they've been doing Lasik in Canada for ~ 10 years longer than they have in the states.

    the exchange rate isn't as good as it used to be, but I'm told it's still about 40% cheaper.

    make it a vacation long weekend and get your eyes zapped to boot.

    February might not be the best time to go that far north.....:eek:

    unless you can get tickets to see the Habs. :)
     
  23. H&Hhunter

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    True story.

    Had a co-worker get a botched LASIK in Canada. She is no longer able to work as a commercial pilot as eyes tend to be important in this job.

    Now she is out of work and has little or no legal recourse as the procedure was done in Canada.

    She is basically blind and shut out for life.
     
  24. Frog48

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    Be careful... Getting eye surgery is not something in which you should go cheap. My cousin had Lasik performed by some guy advertising on TV, because he was the cheapest in town. The first sign of trouble was relentless intense pain for more than 2 weeks after the procedure. It left him practically night-blind, and even during the day his vision isnt very good. Theres not alot he can do about it, because they have you sign waivers/releases/etc.

    On the other hand, my mom and little brother had "Intra-Lasik" done a few years ago. They now have great vision... however they each paid 3x more than my cousin.
     
  25. Patriot-Brewer

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    TBL...I started shooting in 1989 and did it a lot. By the late 90's my right eye (my dominant eye) started going bad (nearsited). Anything past about 12" started to get blurry and got worse the further I looked. I got glasses but I hated wearing them so never did (my left eye took over past 12" so I could drive, etc and still see clearly but w/no depth perception.). Shooting started to fade as life got busy and my shooting eye got worse.
    Then I met my wife (optometrist), tried contacts and hated those too but use them when quail/dove hunting just to hit something, or when I had to take a drivers test:uhoh:
    Last year I went to TLC laser eye centers which my wife's practice is associated with and got my right eye fixed...went from 20-200 to 20-15.

    The result--- I've shot more in the last 6 months then the last 6 yrs and bought 3 new firearms.

    Do it, you won't regret it. And no, it doesn't hurt.

    Like others have said...DO NOT GO CHEAP...it's your eyes. I HIGHLY recomment TLC
     
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