KD, thanks for the ongoing blog. I am seeing more evidence that one gains back his far vision and the expense of short distance (reading) vision. I have a coworker that just had the lasik surgery about 3 months ago. His vision was pretty bad prior to the surgery but he could read without his glasses up close really well. Post correction, he is now very happy with seeing the clock on the wall and things at distance but tells me that the food on his dinner plate is no longer clear. Reading or computer work is pretty much impossible for him.Is your coworker over 40? Did he/she have LASIK with either a wavefront-guided or optimized system? I'm curious to know more about this.
I currently wear contacts to correct -3.75 in one eye and -4.0 in another and have no problem reading small print. Making out my finger print pattern is about as fine as i can see with my contacts. With no contacts I can see even better close up. My big worry is close up vision getting worse than i have now with contacts. What do you think?
I am under pressure to do the surgery this year because I signed up for 5K FSA for this year prior to doing the proper homework on the procedure. If i don't do the surgery, i lose the money :(.
In my small sample size of individuals who had LASIK, no one has reported this. However, that doesn't make it non-existent. In my research, I've came across occurrences of this. For many with nearsighted, it takes a while for the muscle in the eyes to adjust. Here is another thread where users reported issue that eventually cleared up. Here's an experience that or may not be similar to your friend's. Then again there are these two who still had blurred vision at 5 months.
I wish I could tell you that LASIK is perfect and you have nothing to worry about. If that were the case, you wouldn't need to research into it. Unfortunately, LASIK is a type of surgery and there are possibilities of complications. The human population is not uniform and there are slight variations in individual's physical attributes. There will always be a percentage of the population whose eyes react differently to the surgery. I wish I can tell you that your LASIK surgery will be perfect and there will be no complications. However, that's not necessarily true. Even my wife's surgery is not perfect even though she's thrilled with the results so far. As far as I know, her vision is not 20/20 but she doesn't have blurred close up vision.
You should discuss your concerns with your doctor and make the best decision you can with the information available.
What I can tell you is that like you I was concerned about the implications of LASIK surgery gone wrong. I was the one that did all the research. The more I read about horror stories, the more I was hesitant to tell my wife to go through with it. Well, she didn't care and was very gung-ho about it. She was going to do it regardless the potential complications. Ignorance is bliss.
What I recommend is that if you're not comfortable with it, then don't let the money be a consideration. It's better to lose the $5000 than to be pushed into surgery if you're not comfortable with it. For my wife, she could barely see without her contacts so the surgery was worth it and the decision to have LASIK was an easy one. For someone who has good vision nearsighted, it's a more complicated matter and only you can answer that after discussions with your doctor and your family.