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    Default Re: LASIK procedure and astronomy?



    BTW, if you wanted to see the video of mine, they let me record it (not for the weak stomachs if you dont like close up eye images with slicing).
    Still, I dont regret getting it one bit. I do not miss my contacts and glasses what so ever!!
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    Default Re: LASIK procedure and astronomy?

    I have considered having LASIK performed, however, my vision keeps me from having it done. Up close, great, Medium distance has problems, Long Distance, just barely okay. I would love to have 20/20 again without glasses.

    Clear, Dark and Steady Skies,

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    Default Re: LASIK procedure and astronomy?

    Wow Skaven, I never even thought of Lasik. I have a big vitreous floater in my left eye and sometimes it clouds my vision to the point to where I have to hold my head at an angle and shake it really hard and the floater moves out of the way of my vision. Weird huh? I got a small laptop to hook to my camera so I don't have to always look through the EP but I like looking through the EP instead of a computer. The laptop does really let you see more detail but something about looking at the sky like Galileo did is more awe inspiring to me. Whatever you do, good luck. And thanks for the thread,
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    Default Re: LASIK procedure and astronomy?

    I am late to this party, but it looks like it could use an update. The whole thread should be read by anyone contemplating surgery to get an overview of the recent history of several individuals and to appreciate that the current technology and the number of very experienced practitioners is vastly superior compared to a few years ago. Any non-essential medical treatment should be very thoroughly researched before electing to proceed. I had very successful first generation Lasik done in 1998, so my experiences are irrelevant to current treatments, but I am an example of a very successful initial outcome with no long term regrets or side effects. My process to chose my practitioner remains relevant because very few of my friends who subsequently elected to have this treatment based on my recommendation, bothered to thoroughly research all aspects of the process before "buying in". The pre surgery evaluation is especially critical for an astronomical observer. American and Canadian medical services are provided by very different bureaucracies, but if you explore the choices, you can usually persuade your medical board or insurer that you qualify for a procedure in a hospital (preferably a teaching hospital) rather than being treated in a commercial clinic due to your need for maintaining excellent night vision. The clinics are in the business of selling you a product, so they will "guarantee" you a successful outcome and offer an "apology" if you are not pleased with the result. A hospital will evaluate you objectively and recommend against surgery if they have ANY doubt about achieving your desired result. In 2004, I had a friend with extreme myopia who was about to get a procedure at a commercial clinic. I suggested that he consult the Doctor who treated me. He was told to wait a few months because he was a borderline candidate for current treatment, but an equipment update was being installed at the hospital which would greatly improve his chances for a better outcome. There are many physiological characteristics that contribute to how well your vision functions at night, and there are many side effects to Lasik that will vary from one individual to another. Most of these can be readily predicted by a good practitioner. This thorough pre-surgery evaluation may cost you some money, and ultimately be "lost" if you decide against surgery, but it will also prevent a lifetime of frustration that impaired night vision will cost you.

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    Excellent update and a good spot to close this rather old thread.
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