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Hey all,

after 30+ years of glasses and contacts, I’m getting LASIK done this Friday. I’m curious if any of you out there felt like there was anything different in your golf game after the procedure. I don’t expect anything dramatic, positive or negative, but just curious if there were any subtle differences. Thanks!

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People I know that have had LASIK are very happy about it, but none of them play golf.  Having played with glasses for years, I know what that's like, so hopefully you will have a great experience afterwards.

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1 hour ago, Kenny B said:

People I know that have had LASIK are very happy about it, but none of them play golf.  Having played with glasses for years, I know what that's like, so hopefully you will have a great experience afterwards.

I've worn contact lenses since before I started golfing, so I've golfed almost exclusively wearing them. Problem for this week is that I need to keep contacts out for 5 days before the surgery, so the choice is either put down the sticks for the week or golf in my glasses. Guess I'll be golfing in my glasses. 😃

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Just now, Cory O said:

I've worn contact lenses since before I started golfing, so I've golfed almost exclusively wearing them. Problem for this week is that I need to keep contacts out for 5 days before the surgery, so the choice is either put down the sticks for the week or golf in my glasses. Guess I'll be golfing in my glasses. 😃

I tried contacts many years ago, but during the summer I have allergies; dry itchy eyes.  Couldn't get them out one day, so I gave up on them.  I only needed glasses for distance while driving, and I could play golf without them.  When you hit the ball as short as I do, glasses aren't necessary.  😆

Good luck on your rounds!

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55 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

I tried contacts many years ago, but during the summer I have allergies; dry itchy eyes.  Couldn't get them out one day, so I gave up on them.  I only needed glasses for distance while driving, and I could play golf without them.  When you hit the ball as short as I do, glasses aren't necessary.  😆

Good luck on your rounds!

Without contacts or glasses, I couldn't see the ball 5 feet in front of me lol

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I've developed astigmatism over the years and have to wear glasses. I've tried a couple of different contact brands, but can't ever seem to get past about 6-8 hours with them before my eyes have had too much - by which point I struggle to see well even after switching back to glasses. I've been leaning heavily toward LASIK and have wondered the same thing. I hate having to wear glasses - I hate the way they look on me, I hate every time they get dirty or I drip sweat onto the lenses from playing golf. I used to wear sunglasses regularly so you'd think I wouldn't be bothered by it so much, but if my sunglasses got dirty or something, I could just take them off and still be able to see! 

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I'll be sure to report back after with my results and opinions. Couple of things right off, I'm doing just about the highest end surgery available with one of the top clinics in LA. Mostly because I have to because of how bad my eyes are, but also because I'm not really sure I'd trust those places that advertise around $1000 per eye. So my procedure is completely bladeless, will be finished in just a few minutes and (I'm told) I'll have fairly normal function the next day. All in, I'm looking at $3600, so definitely not cheap, but if I can wake up every morning for the next 15ish years (at a minimum) and be able to see, I'll consider it well worth that price.

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27 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

Without contacts or glasses, I couldn't see the ball 5 feet in front of me lol

Same here, worn glasses since I was 4 years old and contacts since I was 12. I don't meet many people with worse eyes than mine.

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3 wood: GigaGolf TRX 15*  Grafalloy Pursuit M2T S-flex
Hybrids: GigaGolf TRX 18* and 22* UST HDX 70 S-flex
Irons: GigaGolf TRX PowerSlot 5-PW UST HDX 80 S-flex
Wedges: GigaGolf TRX 6.0 50*, 55*, 60* Dynamic Gold S-flex
Putter: Ray Cook M1 (2020) 34”

“Golf is a good walk enhanced”

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I'll be curious how you feel after. I never played with glasses until a few years ago, and I HATE it. I'm convinced it's not helping my golf game (repeatable contact), but I don't know if it would make a real difference to get LASIK or not. I'm sure there have been some bad outcomes, but I've never known anyone personally who wasn't thrilled with their outcome. Still on the fence...

This sounds reassuring though (includes Tiger)  https://shapirolaser.com/professional-golfers-who-have-had-lasik-laser-vision-correction-eye-surgery/

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Got LASIK 14 years ago. Such a world change to no longer need glasses. More depth perception. Never could get contacts to work for me. Best money I’ve spent. 

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I had Lasik in 2006 and it is simply amazing.I found it easier to judge distances and everything is so much clearer. Only thing you will need is good pair of sun glasses. The best thing I found was when you go swimming in the surf,  you can actually see the waves clearly before they hit you. 

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2 hours ago, Middler said:

I'll be curious how you feel after. I never played with glasses until a few years ago, and I HATE it. I'm convinced it's not helping my golf game (repeatable contact), but I don't know if it would make a real difference to get LASIK or not. I'm sure there have been some bad outcomes, but I've never known anyone personally who wasn't thrilled with their outcome. Still on the fence...

This sounds reassuring though (includes Tiger)  https://shapirolaser.com/professional-golfers-who-have-had-lasik-laser-vision-correction-eye-surgery/

You hardly feel anything, mine felt a little gritty when I woke up but were fine within a few hours. They put like Vaseline in your eyes after the op and you have to go back the next day to get a check up and they remove it. However the amazing thing is that you can see perfectly when you wake up. You have to wear little triangles over your eye when you sleep for a week to stop you from accidentally rubbing them. Best thing I ever did back in 2006.

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My wife had Lasik 20-ish years ago, and is doing fabulous. My eye doctor recommended against it for me. I have strongly curved eyes with bad astigmatism, and he said the results are not often good. My older sister has the same eyes as me (thanks, mom!), and her doctor also advised against it, but she had it done last year, and now regrets it. Therefore, my recommendation is to get an opinion from a doctor who doesn't do the surgery before making a decision. Either way, best of luck!

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1 hour ago, Firebird said:

I had Lasik in 2006 and it is simply amazing.I found it easier to judge distances and everything is so much clearer. Only thing you will need is good pair of sun glasses. The best thing I found was when you go swimming in the surf,  you can actually see the waves clearly before they hit you. 

 Rut row (for me). I don’t think I can play golf with sunglasses, never could when I had 20/15 vision or since. LASIK might be a no go for me. I’d rather play golf with glasses than risk giving up golf after LASIK.

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Thanks for the input everyone. I played today in glasses (might be the first time I’ve played a full round in them, at least as far back as I can remember) and the whole time things just felt off. Encouraged to hear the positive results from a few of you and I’ll report back after the surgery.

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Putter: Ray Cook M1 (2020) 34”

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I had this done 15 or more years ago. I had it on Wednesday and played golf on Thursday morning. They biggest impact it had on my game was I had to wear wrap-around sunglasses. But “had to” was only the next day. I went from 20/400 vision to 20/10 vision. Or however that should be written. I could see at 20’ what normal people could see at 400. Now, as of June when I was last tested, I can see 20’ what others see at 10. Although I do have trouble reading. Gives me a headache. I have spent $7.50 a couple of times on some of the finest glasses money can buy in the check out lane at Walmart and that solved that problem.

No problems at all. But it is scarier than you think. I was not prepared for the sounds and smells. The first sound is like cutting an onion. Then they flip the lens back and everything is blurry. Then you hear the laser moving and you smell something burning. And you think “holy $#!t that’s my eye!!!!” Then they put a drop of superglue on you eye and flip the lens back and it’s over. Pay the lady on the way out.

Although it probably wasn’t superglue, because if it was I would have had a surgical glove stuck to my eye. 🤣

I believe I did have some difficulty seeing the ball flight at first. I remember on the second hole I didn’t see it at all, but also remember I could see it on hole 11, and no, it wasn’t because the ball never left the tee box. 🤣


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LASIK was such an awesome investment for my overall quality of life.

I no longer need to worry about contacts/glasses and can just wake up and go with my day.

As to my golf game, it has helped me accurately track how far out of bounds my ball travels. Overall, I am a better judge of distances, can see undulations in the green more accurately, and have an overall better experience on the course. I never have to worry about losing a contact, or having it dry out.

The only "side effect" I have is that my eyes are more sensitive to light than in the past, so I wear sunglasses for almost every round, even if it is cloudy or grey.

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13 minutes ago, palvord said:

As to my golf game, it has helped me accurately track how far out of bounds my ball travels.

That's essential. 😃 

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I am also thinking about getting lasik .. I wear contacts not and use eye drops if they are dry/itchy and been workings for the last 10 years but lasik sounds nice

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I had Lasik done close to 20 years ago. The best thing I ever did. Word to the wise. Schedule a late afternoon appointment. After you are done go home and go to sleep when you wake up the next morning everything will be perfect. I actually shed a few tears the next morning. Saw things I never saw before with such clarity.  I said to my wife "did you know the trees on the mountain actually have leaves on them!" 

If you don't go to sleep it will feel like you have sand in your eyes. I talked my sister in law into getting the procedure. She called up screaming at me because her eyes felt like they had sand in them. I asked her if she went right to sleep like I told her and she said no she wanted to read a book without glasses for the first time. I told her to go to sleep and call me the next day. Well the next day I returned to being her favorite brother in law. 

I do not wear sunglasses while playing golf but I do wear a hat to keep the sun out of my eyes and to keep the top of my head from burning!  Playing in sunglasses just doesn't work for me. My vision was at 20/15 once corrected and it lasted about 10 years and slipped a little. I wear contacts again +1.0 now but legally I don't need to, but I want to see the ball 250 yards away. To get another correction you need to be 20/40. 

Follow doctors orders! Keep your contacts out for at least 5 days. This allows the shape of your eye to go back to normal and your correction to be perfect. Each eye only takes about 10 seconds once the laser starts. Then go home and GO TO SLEEP!  Have I stressed that enough in this post.

Good luck

 

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