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13th-Apr-2010 09:42 am
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Poll #1550655 Vision

Which of the following describes your current vision? (Check all that apply)

Near sighted and wear glasses for distance
31(31.6%)
Near sighted and wear contacts for distance
7(7.1%)
Far sighted and wear glasses for reading
2(2.0%)
Far sighted and wear contacts for reading
0(0.0%)
Near sighted but do not wear glasses or contacts
1(1.0%)
Far sighted but do not wear glasses or contacts
0(0.0%)
Perfect or near-perfect vision (no need for correction)
21(21.4%)
Legally blind
0(0.0%)
Have had surgery to correct vision
2(2.0%)
Wear sunglasses at night
0(0.0%)

Thoughts on LASIK/corrective surgery:

I would consider having LASIK surgery or another surgery to correct my vision
26(26.3%)
I have had LASIK or another surgery to correct my vision
4(4.0%)
I would not consider having LASIK or another surgery to correct my vision
16(16.2%)
I would not benefit from corrective vision surgery
6(6.1%)
I do not like anything touching my eyes. Aieeeee.
8(8.1%)
I have no opinion but I must have a box to tick
11(11.1%)
I will just put my opinion in the handy dandy comments section
3(3.0%)
Comments 
13th-Apr-2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'm not really sure if I'm nearsighted or farsighted, but I wear my glasses all the time and I have bifocals. But my bifocal is apparently just a "stronger" version of my regular prescription? I really don't understand it at all. Also, I lack depth perception without my glasses.
13th-Apr-2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I didn't tick anything off in the first section because I didn't fit any of the categories. I have weird vision - I am near sighted in one eye and far sighted in the other. Yeah, some of my eye doctors have laughed when they did my exam.

On the subject of Lasik - no way in hell. I used to work for a company who would have paid for it completely and I still said No. No one is coming near my eyes with lasers unless it is absolutely necessary. I'm fine with my contacts, thanks.
13th-Apr-2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
It does seem a little Bond James Bond to me...the lasers coming at your eyes. ... ... Ick.
13th-Apr-2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I am near sighted in one eye and far sighted in the other.

Same here, though I never though it weird - it runs in my family.
13th-Apr-2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Cool! It runs in my family too - my dad had it and my daughter does too. I've never met anyone outside of my gene pool who had it.
13th-Apr-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)


Yessssssss.
13th-Apr-2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm near-sighted and usually wear contacts but sometimes glasses to correct my vision. As I can see only as far as the end of my nose I'd love to get corrective surgery, even though my optometrist says there's no way it could get me to 20/20.

I DON'T CARE. I just want to be able to see a LITTLE better, so I'm not legally blind by the time I'm 40.
13th-Apr-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
See comment above for why I don't fit into the first question. As to corrective surgery, my correction itself is so minor that some people can't even tell that I have corrective lenses. I probably wouldn't wear glasses except for the near/far thing (and the geek factor). Also, one of my eyes is super-stigmatic, which (or so I was told by an admittedly well-coked up eye doctor, so who knows) makes surgery far less effective and contacts a little more difficult than regular.
13th-Apr-2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm nearsighted to the point where correcting for 20/20 causes eye strain because I spend so much time reading things up close, which because it's a smaller distance is an overcorrection.
13th-Apr-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
I've been told that my vision is so bad that even after the surgery I would still need glasses :/
13th-Apr-2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
I would love LASIK surgery if the results were good, I'm near sighted and have to wear glasses all the time. But I just don't think there has been enough research carried out on LASIK to satisfy me enough to have it done.
I would defintely consider it in the future.
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13th-Apr-2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
My eyes get worse every year, too. I didn't know that made you a non-candidate for LASIK. Hm, live and learn. I thought of this question because my nonboss just had cataract surgery and he got his vision corrected to 20/20 at the same time. Or at least one eye -- the eye that he has had done so far.

MY EYES HURT IF WATER TOUCHES THEM. Do I have oxygen deprivation? I would like to start using this term.
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13th-Apr-2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I am nearsighted (as my eye doc likes to tell me, I'm almost legally blind); I've worn glasses or contacts since 1971. Except for the last five months or so -- my glasses got stolen along with my backpack, so I've lived in a very fuzzy world since.

I would never, ever have Lasik surgery. One "oops" and I'd be blind. No, thanks!
13th-Apr-2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I had trouble answering the first part of the poll. I have a lazy eye, so basically my one eye is absolutely perfect, and the other one is the complete opposite, I can barely see out of it. Glasses don't even help, it's that bad, and I literally rely on the one good eye that I can see out of.
13th-Apr-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
Every time I think up a poll, I miss some huge portion of the population's answers. I don't know how I do it every time! I must be pretty narrow minded. :\ And I apologize for that.

It is interesting how two eyes can be so different, but then again, I guess that's true with other paired body parts pretty often as well.

Does it affect your life in any way, having only one eye with excellent vision? Does it affect your driving or anything like that?
13th-Apr-2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
No need to apologize. People shouldn't get upset if their particular answer isn't on a poll, they should just take it for what it is and accept that the person composing the poll did the best they could to think up a reasonable set of answers.
13th-Apr-2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
It sure doesn't stop me from posting polls. Most of the time I think, hmmm, if I could start this poll over I would have a lot better options. Ha ha. :P
14th-Apr-2010 10:53 am (UTC)
That's okay, it's not really a commonly known thing. I could've answered the poll with both perfect vision and legally blind :)

I didn't get my license until I was 25, and I was concerned how that would go. I passed the vision test and I find I can drive well, but my left blind spot is a little bigger than most, and I have to really turn my head in order to see it.
13th-Apr-2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Other on the first question: I wear bifocals (although it's mainly for distances and driving, not so much for reading.)
13th-Apr-2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I thought bifocals would mean that you would be far-sighted and near-sighted (thereby having to check both those glasses-wearing options). I am learning a lot about vision in this poll, more than I thought I would!
13th-Apr-2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
I never thought of that, but you're right of course! Thanks :)
13th-Apr-2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Near-sighted in left eye, perfect in the right eye, don't have to wear glasses if I don't want to (do own a pair).
13th-Apr-2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
I have worn glasses since before I have memories (about 25 years worth) and in all that time I have not yet cared enough to remember whether I am far- or short-sighted.
Practically everyone that tries to see through my glasses is amazed that I can see without them, and yet when I got new glasses at the end of 2003 I was told I wouldn't need them to drive. I also seem to see better in the dark than a lot of people, I typically turn on lights later than others would.
There is no way I'm getting LASIK or anything similar. I won't even consider contacts because they'd need to be on my eyes. (I can't even bring myself to open my eyes under water.)
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14th-Apr-2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! That is what my boss said he had. He explained the permanent lens thing, but I thought he was just confused. He had the cataract surgery and they corrected his vision at the same time.
16th-Apr-2010 04:04 am (UTC)
i'm lucky to have more than perfect vision. last time it was tested it was 20/13, but i'm wondering if it's still that after all the computer time. yikes.

my mom is in her mid-forties and doesn't wear glasses and my dad started wearing glasses when he was almost 50 due to diabetes.
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