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lasik surgery and shooting

I would like to know how lasik surgery and using a scope or iron sites will effect my shooting

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from Dave59 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I had LASIK in May 09, 2 months before my 50th birthday. As Charlie Elk stated, I have occasional glare issues at night, but not all the time. I also have/had astigmatism and wore progressive bifocals. TERRIBLE for shooting, especially with a scope. The negative about LASIK for those of us over 40 is that we WILL be wearing reading glasses but the distance is so much better without glasses! Another big negative is the eyes tend to be a lot dryer than before surgery so you will use a lot of eye drops. Personal recommendation is OPTIVE brand, but get the double size package at your local BJ's or Sams Club.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The other side effect is stigmatism as you age. Now I wear progressive lenses to correct the stigmatism and see things up close. Bifocals did not work at all for shooting where as the progressives have been worth the extra bucks. Had to learn to find the "sweet" spot in the lense while shooting now it is as natural as without lenses.
Doctors have told me they can fix via surgery the stigmatism which I have not done. Don't like the odds at my current age.
If your young enough Kody I would do the lasik. Even though mine was crude compared to the advanced surgery techniques now I would do it all over again.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I have been considering that procedure and wondered about its effects when sighting a rifle. Glasses , especially progressive bi-focals don't have the right correction at the inner section that you peer through when sighting the rifle. It can be remedied upon special request but is less than satisfactory. Thanks Charlie Elk.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

The only problem I have is glare anything lighted like red dot scopes or illuminated crosshairs look like star bursts. There is no fix as a result I can not use these.
Iron sights and regular scopes are no problem. Because I can see better my shooting improved. Had my surgery about 30 years ago as part of the FDA approval study.

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from Dave59 wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I had LASIK in May 09, 2 months before my 50th birthday. As Charlie Elk stated, I have occasional glare issues at night, but not all the time. I also have/had astigmatism and wore progressive bifocals. TERRIBLE for shooting, especially with a scope. The negative about LASIK for those of us over 40 is that we WILL be wearing reading glasses but the distance is so much better without glasses! Another big negative is the eyes tend to be a lot dryer than before surgery so you will use a lot of eye drops. Personal recommendation is OPTIVE brand, but get the double size package at your local BJ's or Sams Club.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

The only problem I have is glare anything lighted like red dot scopes or illuminated crosshairs look like star bursts. There is no fix as a result I can not use these.
Iron sights and regular scopes are no problem. Because I can see better my shooting improved. Had my surgery about 30 years ago as part of the FDA approval study.

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from Kody wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

I have been considering that procedure and wondered about its effects when sighting a rifle. Glasses , especially progressive bi-focals don't have the right correction at the inner section that you peer through when sighting the rifle. It can be remedied upon special request but is less than satisfactory. Thanks Charlie Elk.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The other side effect is stigmatism as you age. Now I wear progressive lenses to correct the stigmatism and see things up close. Bifocals did not work at all for shooting where as the progressives have been worth the extra bucks. Had to learn to find the "sweet" spot in the lense while shooting now it is as natural as without lenses.
Doctors have told me they can fix via surgery the stigmatism which I have not done. Don't like the odds at my current age.
If your young enough Kody I would do the lasik. Even though mine was crude compared to the advanced surgery techniques now I would do it all over again.

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