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Message: [Acro] LASIK Surgery Details -- Experience in Arizona??
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From: Larry Lowe <webmaster at airspacemag.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 00:56:49 UTC
I'm sure this subject has been discussed in general in the past, but I am looking for several specific bits of information on LASIK eye correction and aerobatics. I'm within spitting distance of 50 years old, with 20/1200 native vision corrected to more or less 20/20 with a pair of coke bottle bottoms set in flimsy wire frames. I am planning to have LASIK performed in the near future and want to find out the following details, which probably are best sent to me off-list to avoid cluttering up the list: 1 Any PIREPs from aerobatic pilots who have had LASIK corrective surgery at the following Phoenix eye care centers: Swagel & Wooten Barnet, Dulaney, Perkins Schwartz I am given to understand an aerobatic pilot from Tucson has had LASIK at Swagel & Wooten and am keen to hear what the procedure was and the results are. 2. Any discussion from pilots who have had LASIK regarding where to set the optimum vision distance. As I suffer from age induced prespreopia, (hardening of the cornea), I will have to choose some location for generally optimum vision and settle for modest correction in the other area. Typically the vision is set for distance vision and reading glasses are required, just like any older person. My plan is to set the eyes up for, say 1000 yards best vision, rather than infinity. 3. Any discussion from pilots with narrow dilated pupil diameters (mine is 4.25 vs. a normal of 6 or so.) where the laser correction is applied to a relatively narrow area in the center of the cornea rather than the normal wide range. This tactic has been suggested by one eye care specialist as a means to preserve the 'meat' of the cornea for potential fine-tuning. A good thought, since my correction is so large that it will be difficult to get the tuning exactly right on the first pass. A bad thought, if the resulting edge of correction ends up infringing on my peripheral vision. 4. Any discussion of the LONG TERM side effects, particularly to night vision, spectrums, blurries, peripheral vision and the like. 5. What to expect on the day of the event. Frankly, the thought of letting someone cut my eye open scares hell out of me. Everyone (that I have talked to) seems to say that it is way easier to go through than it is to explain. But I am still anxious. 6. Any good reason not to consider LASIK if I intend, in future, to do advanced and unlimited level aerobatics. I believe, after checking out a good number of eye centers, that I have found a competent surgeon, but want to make certain I hear all the pros and cons from the aerobatic community, particularly those in Arizona, before committing to an operation I cannot just 'Undo" if I don't like the result. Thanks in advance to my aerobatic colleagues, Larry Lowe llowe at cyberflyte.com