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Sparred a few times where my contact lens came flying out and I had to stop the session. This gets kind of annoying. 

and I never competed yet, but heard you cannot wear your lenses. I cant see at all without glasses, I have -8 and so I am trying to decide if I am going to get laser eye surgery. I have a consultation in a few days.

I was wondering, and hoping some of you have had some experience with this surgery. If so how was it? 

How long do you have to wait until you can go into pad holding, or hitting the bag. I think its 6 months for sparring, but not to sure. If any of you has had this I would like your input. 

Thanks guys! 

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Hi, there's a thread here that talks about vision/lack of vision and fighting/sparring!

The thread is called Sparring, Fight and Vision. Someone mentioned they fought in a matter of months (P.Evi mentioned this in that thread).


I've been sparring without contacts or glasses. My eyesight is like -8.5 or worse. Everything is a blob to me. I got used to not relying on eye movement, just body movement during sparring. There is a fighter at my gym who is great and who can't wear his glasses. He's really near-sighted, too. He said he got used to it and relies on his other senses to help during his fight. I don't have his spidey senses yet, but I'd rather spar with no glasses, especially since Lasik is so expensive.


Good luck!

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I'm also thinking about an operation, but also should make an appointment with a doctor first.
I got something wrong with an axis also in my eye so maybe they can't do it (and probably it will raise the price a lot!).

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I had LASIC almost two years ago. I've started training about two months after having it. I told my sparring partners that I had eye surgery and wore head gear for added protection (it had padding around the eyes and cheek bones, so made it more difficult to get hit directly in the eye). I stopped wearing head gear three months after the surgery. I have been hit in the eyes a few times since then but never particularly hard (not even a black eye). According to my doctor after one year mark, things that can harm an operated eye will also damage an unoperated eye, so I don't worry about it much.


I am really happy with the results of that surgery. The only thing I regret is that I haven't done it earlier.

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Hey guys! thanks for the tips. I decided to go for the surgery!!  :woot:  :woot:

I have it scheduled for tomorrow and that means I am out of the gym for intense training for a month. In between that I can do some light weights and runs, stuff like that.

Im pretty excitied about it, talk to you in a few days.


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Hey Guys, So i am on day 6 out of eye surgery. This is incredible, from going -8 per eye to perfect vision is a miracle guys.

The procedure was super uncomfortable for me, there were a group of us doing the procedure one after the other (about 5 i think). Three people went ahead of me, and I think one person got light headed and had to rest up after, the two girls after him were fine. Looks like girls are the tougher ones for sure, cuz when I completed my procedure I had to lay down for a while. lol. 

Post surgery is amazing, and the surgery itself is not to bad I guess, it was fast, I just didnt like it. Others in my group I heard say it was a cool experience. 

There are 5 days after surgery where you need to put eye drops throughout the day, and my eyes are getting dry pretty easily. 

Things are still blurry and I am still nervous about getting my eyes touched.  I spoke to the surgeon about training, and he said I can do padwork and hit the heavy bag about 4 weeks out. so October 5th will be when I will be going back to the gym, I feel empty without training lol. But I can SEEE  :smile: so thats okay.

I picked up a pair of safety goggles in case a leg or fist come at my head, I cant spar until 6 months with eye protection, then a year without it. So pads and bag work basically till then. 

Let me know if you have any questions on post-op, happy to share my experience with you guys. 

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Whoa! Nice, I'll bet its a nice feeling to finally see without having to wear contacts/glasses everytime....waking up in the morning and seeing everything so clearly! I'm already at -7.00 both eyes.... i'm sure you know that feeling of being blind as a bat before. I've been thinking about getting laser eye for a while but just worried about post-surgery and the healing duration. Not as bad as I think it is coming from your most recent post - I hope to do it soon but I'm heading to Thailand in Jan/Feb so I'm not sure if my eyes would heal by the time I leave, as I'll be doing some intense training/sparring with also a possibility of a fight.

All the best!

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yup for me, I have to wait a year until I can do sparring or fighting. So until then I will be hitting pads. Recovery is going well, and no glasses are amazing. 


I haven't been practising mt for just over a month now but am planning to get back into a new gym in 2 days. Pretty excited about it, and hope it goes well. 

I had the same vision as you, basically blind, and I would just hold off until you get back if your planning to fight. It definitely sucks to take the break and then even training will be scary for myself lol cuz im very cautious now. but next year itll be wicked awesome. 

let me know if you have some more questions!

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