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Laser eye surgery and night vision
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 6:26 PM
Joined: 14/08/2008
Posts: 2

I am just hoping to hear from someone who has has Lasik eye surgery before and how it has affected their night vision afterwards.
I am considering having it done but I'm concerned that although your vision is better, you night vision decreases and in this industry one relies on ones eyes quite alot, especially carrying out a safe navigational watch.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 10:56 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

Dont know. Few years ago I had to have cataract surgery to repair a lifetime of UV damage at sea. Being legally blind and concerned about my future I sought out a specialist Eye surgeon in Germany. Knowing that I was a sailor who needed his eyes for the job , the surgeons advice was naturally to replace my damaged lenses so I could walk..... but NOT TO CORRECT MY VISION.... for fear of a loss in night vision. I still wear glasses. I Suggest you also consult a specialist for advice.
Rusty Wrench
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 2:58 PM
Joined: 21/09/2010
Posts: 207

Daylight or night time, lasik will correct your distance vision very well in both cases.

You may only need to correct one eye to achieve very good distance vision (as in my case)

Good idea to consult more than one lasik eye doctor/surgeon before you decide.

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 3:28 PM
Joined: 25/08/2009
Posts: 1

I've had lasik 4years ago. best money ever spent. has not affected my night vision at all. obviously visit more than one surgeon and see the world in a different view!

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 4:29 PM
I had LASIK surgery exactly a year ago and do not regret having it done as it has transformed my life, not having to wear glasses any more. I sought the advice of a top eye surgeon in the UK, on a referral from my optician, as I had previously had retina surgery. I truly believe that you get what you pay for as their service and after care has been fantastic, whereas some other people I've spoken to paid a lot less and were not happy with the result or service from the clinic they used. £4,000 was a lot of money but what price can you put on your eyesight! However, to answer your question, I do find that lights are now a little flared but everyone is different, it didn't affect me on night watch though. My surgeon told me of a Pilot who was referred to him because his prior surgery at another clinic had not been entirely successful and he was seeing a lot of halos at night, ultimately he lost his job as he couldn't fly at night any more and there wasn't a corrective procedure. The healing time with LASIK is a lot longer than Lasek so you will need to consider how much time you can take off work. They say you should be able to drive again within weeks but it takes a few months for your vision to fully settle and you will have several check up appointments to monitor the progress. My advice would be to do your research before you make any decisions and make sure you go with a reputable surgeon/clinic who are using the latest laser technology. Good luck.
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 6:37 PM
Joined: 22/08/2010
Posts: 1

I had the surgery last Thursday and now I am seeing better than 20/20. Going to Pannu Laser and Vision Institute was honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made. I would definitely get it done.
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 7:37 PM
I had Lasik three years ago and would totally recommend it. Day and night vision + reading fine but be warned ! I recently failed my eyesight test during my ENG1 and had to buy glasses to correct the eye which was adjusted for reading during the long sighted eye test. Has anyone else had this experience?
Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2011 12:55 AM
Joined: 07/09/2011
Posts: 14

I had Lasik about 3 years ago best money I have ever spent! I am not much of a salesman but I recommend Lasik to anyone considering it. I can see much better than I ever could with contacts and am a much better watch keeper for it.

James Zach Scholz
Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 9:42 PM
Joined: 22/12/2010
Posts: 3

Not sure where you are located but I was just reading in a magazine during a flight that one of the top US eye guys is located in Fort Lauderdale I'm sure with some research you could find him. I believe the article was in the first-class magazine American Airlines offers.
Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012 9:53 AM
Joined: 14/08/2008
Posts: 2

Thank you to all for the helpful replies. I just got Lasik surgery done with Millennium Eye Surgeons out in Sunrise, Florida and I can say that I am pleased with the results. All up the procedure took 4 visits over 6 days with the actual procedure day taking an hour. It cost me $5900 for both eyes done and was well worth it.
I would recommend them to anyone.

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