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    Thought I'd post something on here that has nothing at all to do with riflescopes, binoculars, hunting or shooting. It does deal with optics though-you're eyes.
    I had been blessed with good vision until about five years ago when I started having to wear reading glasses to read small print, tie on a lure and so forth. Not uncommon at my age, I'll be fifty later this year. Then I began noticing it was becoming more and more difficult to drive at night, particularly with headlights shining in my eyes. Finally went to get my eyes checked and they prescribed me some bifocals but said I had the beginning signs of cataracts in both eyes and would have to get them fixed at some point. As time progressed my eyes became worse. I started seeing "ghost" images, at things I tried to focus on. Shooting at a target i would see kind of an oval shaped bullseye instead of a round one.
    Last week I took the plunge and had cataract surgery on my right eye, and in two weeks they will do the left one. Basically, what they do is remove the lens in your eyeball, and replace it with an implant. My right eye isn't completely healed yet but i can already tell a huge difference. Mostly in colors, which I hadn't even noticed were a problem. When I close my right eye, the repaired one, my left eye sees a light yellow color instead of white. My right eye actually sees that a white object is white. I suppose over time your brain compensates for this and you think that the white wall your looking at, is the color that you're seeing, but it may not be what everyone else sees. That people see the same things differently is something that never crossed my mind. Everything appears a lot sharper with my right eye too, though at close distances I may still need reading glasses.
    I expect that this surgery is going to end up helping me a lot. Most of the hunting I do is at night, for hogs and coyotes. I looked through my Trijicon scope under the full moon last night and cross-haired my dog, what a difference. More than anything else though, it will help with just everyday life.
    Just thought I'd share my experience and hope someone finds it helpful. The best equipment made can't compensate for poor eyes, so take care of them and get them checked as you get older.
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It's nice to know that corrective surgery is working well...might need it someday myself. Meanwhile, the OP is a good reminder to take care of your eyes. I need to spend less time in front of a monitor and more looking at things in the distance...with a good pair of sunglasses. I don't always remember to bring them along when outdoors.
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Sounds like you are progressing well and, hopefully, the other eye procedure will turn out equally well. I've been plagued with poor eyesight my entire life...and it's getting worse with time's passing. Guess we just have to deal with these issues as best we can. Good luck to you Sir!
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hmm, I just turned 47 and have noticed over the last few years of struggling a bit
 
Probably time to go see an eye doctor to get checked out
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tejas- glad to hear your 1st surgery went well and I hope the second is even better.

My eyes are bad enough that I'd better remember where I set down my glasses, or they'll be ever so hard to find. For that reason, good optics are important to me. I only have one instrument (Swaro) which could be considered top tier, but all the rest work well for me. We are fortunate that today there are many fine scopes/binos/spotters which aren't Alpha class, but perform far above what was available not so very long ago and at an attractive price point.

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Originally posted by ccoker ccoker wrote:

hmm, I just turned 47 and have noticed over the last few years of struggling a bit
 
Probably time to go see an eye doctor to get checked out
 
Charles we are in Texas, the sun is pretty stong here. lol. Cool
 
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  Be a good idea to have your eyes checked every year.  No insurance for it, but we get a reminder from our optometrist.  So we just go get it done. I'm 55 and my eyes are much worse than what they were 10 yrs ago.... Part of aging I guess.  Bruce
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