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Old February 19th, 2012, 02:28 PM #21
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I tried the Nettipot, last time I felt it coming on. The next week I had the worse sinus infection Ive ever had. Could have been a coincidence but not willing to try it.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 04:33 PM #22
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Lasik is the best money my wife and I ever spent. It took her from legally blind without glasses to 20/15.

For self-defense, I can't imagine NOT getting Lasik.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 04:47 PM #23
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i have indeed thought about lasic in this sense. glasses are definitely a disability in a shtf scenario. but at what point is it worth it? my eyes are bad but not that bad. i need glasses to drive only so i can read signs, is it worth the risk of the surgury? what is the success rate?
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:12 PM #24
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I'm not sure what they use other than a laser but there is "fix" for presbyopia where one eye is "corrected" for short distances and the other for farther away. A co-worker had this done.
The place I went to called that Mono vision. The simulated it by giving me two different contacs. You actually give up some of your "far" vision for this. It is a compromise and does not give you 20/20 vision. It allows you to read your watch or price checks, product labels etc but if you actually read something longer or work on a computer you would still need reading glasses. And of course it is only temporary until your vision further deteriorates. The first day I had the contacts I hated it, then I adjusted and loved it for the next 3-4 days. Then when they were taken out I was like WOW - everything seemed so much clearer. I have basically 20/20 vision but cannot read anymore. With this procedure I sooner or later would need glasses to pass the driver license eye test which I do not need with my vision now.

I debated it for very long time but did not feel like giving something up that was still good, like when the dentist has to shave off enamel to fit a crown. You can never get that enamel back.

I was told if I had the Mono vision procedure done I still would need to wear glasses since I work on a computer all day long, that did not seem worth it.

But what I meant with my post was that Lasik can 100% correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, it cannot do this for age related presbyopia, it will not give you 20/20 near nor far.
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i have indeed thought about lasic in this sense. glasses are definitely a disability in a shtf scenario. but at what point is it worth it? my eyes are bad but not that bad. i need glasses to drive only so i can read signs, is it worth the risk of the surgury? what is the success rate?
Success rate is north of 95%. Researchers calculated the risk of significant vision loss consequence of LASIK surgery to be around 1-in-10,000 cases.

The FDA received 140 "negative reports relating to LASIK" for the time period 1998–2006 according to a 2008 NYT article
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Wish I could but a tumor in my right eye precludes any fiddling with my left. I will be spending Lasik level money on an RMR and Stream light TLR. Anyone know how I could use my flex spending money on optics? I typically get the second pair for half price glasses deal at Costco so I guess I could be guilty of stockpiling.
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The OP's question reminds me of the classic twilight zone episode with Burgess Meredith:

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Great video. More worried about survival than reading. So where does everyone get there cheap glasses online? How cheap are they? I don't have the money for LASIK, but I have been thinking about the down side to glasses and contacts.
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i plan on just beating up nerds and dweebs and taking their glasses.
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I recently started wearing glasses to correct a very slight problem. I would be comfortable without them if need be. I'm not nearly bad enough to warrant getting lasik. (besides, glasses make me look smarter) haha

I've decided to make use of the online companies and pick up a few very basic sets of glasses to stash around the home and office. My friend gets his for $15 and while they aren't super tough they do the job just fine.

For 45 bucks I can have a pair in the car, office, and BOB. In addition to the pair I've got on my noggin' now.

Seems like the best idea in my situation for sure. Probably not right for a lot of people though.

In a SHTF situation I want every advantage I can get.
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