100% regretful. At age 45 I wore contacts to see far and my normal up-close vision (without contacts) was great. I explained during my consultation at Restore that I was looking forward to life without contacts and glasses and I was heavily involved in combat sports such as wrestling & boxing. Furthermore, my girlfriend who is 4 years younger had the surgery at Restore less than a year prior and experienced outstanding results.
It was stated several times that I would “eventually” need reading glasses. Never was it said that I would need them instantly after the surgery. In addition I was told my vision would fluctuate during the first 3 months as my eyes were healing so not to worry. It is upsetting to say that 5 months later I cannot see well up close. Everything is a blurry mess. I used to be able to read with no problem. Now I can’t read a text message without holding my cell phone at arm’s length, use a camera to take photos with LCD screens, cut my fingernails, change a small screw from the back of my watch to install a new battery. My contacts took care of distance vision & I was able to see up close. I watched a video at Restore that illustrated the risks such as halos at night but nothing addressed this. After addressing my disappointment to the doctor he said he discussed “the loss of near” with me and that my “near vision would get much worse.” I never heard that I would “lose” anything!!! Everything was stated as “eventually.” I was not informed the surgery would accelerate the need, let alone the next day my near vision would be horrible. I was offered more surgery free of cost. I wish I could be put back the way I was to begin with. The last kicker is that after 5 months I am still using eye drops around the clock, especially in the morning. It feels like I fell asleep with my contacts in. So the perk of no longer having contacts is null when my eyes are so dry it feels like they’re in anyway & the excitement of no longer needing glasses is shattered when I need them to read.