LASIK one year later

IMG 1438 225x300 LASIK one year later

I did have to spend two weeks in glasses before LASIK, but I survived.

I had my vision corrected with LASIK about a year ago. When I posted about it last year, I received quite a few emails from people who were intrigued by the procedure, but who were sitting on the sidelines from fear. For those people, this post is all about saying go for it!

I lived with contacts for about 30 years. I never really thought of them as that much of a burden, but when you swim, bike and run, along with spending your share of time on a computer, they can get old. I finally ran out of patience for mine last year.

The LASIK procedure itself couldn’t have been easier, as was the recovery. Yes, I had to use eye drops several times a day, but that phase didn’t last all that long for me, and it still wasn’t the pain that contacts was. My vision? Amazing! When you’re nearsighted for as long as I was, it truly is a gift to regain perfect (or even better than) vision.

The only drawback to the procedure to me was the hit my farsighted vision took. The eye doctors prepared me for this, however. The procedure overcorrects your vision, so if you’re of a certain age, you may find you need reading glasses (or need them more often!). This was definitely the case for me, but as the summer progressed, I gradually returned to where I was prior to the procedure, which is needing the cheaters only on occasion. For the younger folks out there, I don’t think this is an issue at all.

Today I still see with 20/15 vision and have absolutely no issues with seeing halos or any other side effects from the surgery. As an athlete, not having to hassle with contacts and not having to deal with the drying out effects that come with them has been an absolute gift. I wouldn’t go back for anything!

Have you had vision correction? Would you ever consider it? 

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  1. Thank you for this update. I’ve been going back and forth on LASIK. Contacts are OK but like you said, they are a pain sometimes when you’re active and especially in the water. Swimming was OK but when I started surfing? That was a different story. I lost so many pair of contacts in the water! I would love to have the procedure done!
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  2. I haven’t really considered Lasik but your review certainly makes it intriguing. I guess the only way to find out if my eyes can be corrected would be to go see someone about it.
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  3. Would love that, but money is a problem, and medical aid won’t pay is my eyes aren’t bad enough.

    So when I win the LOTTO I will look into it…

    After years of glasses I finally found a guy who would give me contacts and they are amazing for trail running…
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  4. I’ve always wanted to get LASIK but have been on the fence. I don’t mind wearing contacts. It’s second nature after 20 years! But there are days (especially allergy season and all the pollen) that I wish I didn’t have to bother. Thanks for the update!
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  5. MaryEllen says:

    I had LASIK in 2000, so 13 years ago! I was corrected to 20/10 in both eyes and 13 years later, I’m 20/15! Now that I’m 52, I need reading glasses for, well, reading and craft work, but my distance vision is perfect. As a runner and swimmer, no contacts is truly a blessing!

  6. I had LASIK in 2010 and I’ve never looked back! Glasses when I was 2 and contacts in my 20s and I’d ask about surgery every year during my check-up. I really wanted to be without glasses and I am now! LOVE IT. I’d do it again! I am with you – so much easier to grab a pair of sunglasses instead of contacts or glasses when I am getting ready for a workout! I had bad astigmatisms in both eyes and they said I’d need a touch up that summer after but I never did. Fingers crossed that I keep defying the odds.
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  7. I’ve always wanted to do this but everyone I know thats had it done needed readers after. I have no problems with close up work now and dont want to start. I work as a dental hygienist and do close up work all day and need to wear safety glasses which is fine with contacts but dont want to have to deal with readers to be able to work so it leaves me leary of having it done. Im sooooo on the fence. Would love to give up my glasses/contacts but couldnt deal with replacing them with readers! Any thoughts?

  8. I’m glad to hear this worked so well for you! My FIL had LASIK, and he experienced the same overcorrection but it didn’t resolve as well as yours. I don’t wear glasses/contacts, so I never really thought about what a pain it must be for athletes! I do experience a lot of eye fatigue after long days at the computer, so I’ll be interested to see if I need anything at my next eye check-up!
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  9. Nothing for me, happily. :)
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  10. I wish, wish, wish I were a candidate for Lasik, but my cornea is too thin.
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  11. Question, though: Did your doctor recommend a different type of surgery – basically cataract surgery – as an option? I heard it works even with thin corneas but is pricier.
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  12. My vision has been the same for the past 4 years or so and my doc recommends it but we want to fit it into the budget when I stop signing up for races lol
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  13. I had Lasik done 6 years ago – best thing ever!! They did mine as a mono-vision (only operated on one eye) to try and prolong my need for reading glasses. I think I’ve reached the end of the road on that but I’m trying to hold out a little longer!!

  14. i’ve thought about lasik so many times. not sure if i’ll ever take the plunge though
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  15. I’ve been thinking this might be my “post IM” treat to myself. The gift of sight! I’ve worn glasses since 3rd grade and you’re right – with a very active lifestyle it’s a pain.

    I’m glad you had such a positive experience!!! It’s reassuring to hear so many success stories!
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  16. I have really contemplated this procedure. I have worn contacts for about 17 years and they are such a hassle. I have done a little bit of research and was told that I should wait until I am in my mid 30s before having lasik. I am glad that you had such a terrific outcome from the procedure!
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  17. Hmm, might be something I try at some point. I have contacts as well, and am so used to them I forget about it most of the time. But you’re right, for swimming and really any sport, they can become an issue. Glad you had such a successful experience!
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  18. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been looking into it and my brother actually gets his done today! I’m interested to hear how his goes, then I’ll have to save up some money :)
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  19. GREAT UPDATE! I have always wondered about this. I wear my contact probably 80% of the time, so this has always been something that has interested me. Hmmmm
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  20. I want to do this but I’m so scared! The thought of a laser cutting into an eyeball kind of makes me want to vomit. Maybe one day! haha
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  21. I wear glasses (sometimes…most people don’t know it)..and Contacts… My sight isn’t bad enough where I have needed to consider LASIK. I can actually go without glasses or contacts (except reading, or driving at night). But I know so many who have done it and said it was one of the best choices they have ever made.
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  22. So glad the surgery was a success! My eyes have always been good but lately I notice them getting blurry. I hate to touch my eyes so I don’t think I could do contacts and I look like my mom when I wear glasses so that is out too;) I may have to look into surgery if my eyes get any worse:/
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  23. It’s been about 3 years I think since I had my eyes done. LOVE IT!!
    Best money you could ever spend on yourself.
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  24. I got LASIK 3 months ago, and so far have liked it so far. Like you, I have some halos at night while driving, but I’ve started to notice that less and less. The eyedrops are pretty annoying, but I think over time I will be able to not have to use them as much. I’m glad that I did it.
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  25. My dad had Lasik in his 70′s and loves it like you do. I just got contacts (the kind that stay in for a month or 3) and so far so good.
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  26. It’s great to hear that the LASIK worked so well for you. I’m too scared to get it done (although no contacts would be WONDERFUL!) but my husband wants to do it soon. I’ll pass along your success story to him!
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  27. That’s so awesome! I only wear glasses occasionally for distance so I wouldn’t be a good lasik candidate, but if I was, I’d definitely do it. I think it’s an amazing procedure.
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  28. Yay for you! My mother in law has contemplated this procedure but was worried on side effects…sending her your link!congrats to you & glad it produced lasting results!
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  29. I second this. I got Lasik 8 years ago and it has been great. I forget what it was even like to wear contacts and glasses all those years!
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  30. I wish I was the right candidate! I have to run blind. I can’t run with contacts because my eyes are too dry. So glad it worked out well for you!!
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  31. Happy to hear the update is a positive one! :)
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  32. Nice follow up info. I’ve wondered if people, specifically athletes, have been happy after having LASIK.

  33. Oooooh… I have considered this. So many times. I have a terrible time with my right eye (as far as contacts go). I wear contacts daily and my glasses when I can’t . I’ve worn them since 7th grade (12 years old, right… that makes it almost 26 years). This is tempting! recently posted..The Color Vibe is Tomorrow!My Profile

  34. I have worn contacts for years but never had the courage to trust my eyes to laser surgery. I am very happy it worked out so well for you, I am sure you will appreciate the advantages.
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  35. I want to get the Lasik surgery done. For the past five years my eye doctor has told me I’m the perfect candidate.
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  36. I’ve had Lasik. i did have some complications – Dr did not prepare me for changes in vitreous gel that resulted in two retinal operations because I was very myopic (-850). Other than that, I am glad I had it done!
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  37. many of us have had our lives ruined by this procedure. you have a flap in your eye that can now be dislodged for the rest if your life. you are at risk of ectasia. and you will regress back to your pre op myopia in a feq years. all for a lousy temporary vision correction. spare a thought for Colin dorrian

  38. Glad u did well. I have been doing lasik for 15 years and find this to be the rule rather than the exception. It is sad that many are still held back from this life changing experience by fear. Thanks for your post. If it helps a few people over one their reservation they undoubtedly will appreciate your encouragement that enabled their visual freedom!

  39. Suvidha says:

    I had numbers in my both eyes around -5 & -6 & had no idea about lasik procedure and its cost, checked on website & got to know about Dr. Kenia eye hospital in Mumbai who has latest lasik machine & all lasik facilities.

    I contacted them got through the check up & lasik was performed with Femtosecond machine & it was within my budget.

  40. Glad to hear you are still loving it. My sister considers LASIK, I’m way too scared and contacts really don’t bother me as much.
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  41. Thanks for this great update. Your are really looking good!

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    I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read extra of your helpful info.
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