July 2010. It's been 3.5 years since my original Lasik.
Time for reading glasses. My 44 year old eyes are still great at distance, but I struggle with menus or credit card receipts at night or in low light. I still read pretty easily in daylight or under good florescent in my office.
They told me that, at age 40+, I would need readers immediately after Lasik if I was corrected for best distance vision. I beat it by a couple of years.
Went to Doc for a checkup. He said I read 20/15. I did nail the 20/20 page with no problem, but the 20/15 page was a bit of a struggle. A solid 20/20 or a little better in my book. I'm happy with it.
Doc looked inside the eyes and said all looked great post-Lasik. As for readers, he said just pick up some 1.5 power at the drugstore. I did, and they work fine.
I still use Systane drops each morning. Sometimes, maybe once a week, I take another hit in the evening if I've read a lot or otherwise dried out, but the morning drops usually see me through the day. I believe my need for readers in the evening is somewhat related to dryness at the end of the day (as well as just getting old). Maybe not, but that's my spin.
I originally had a strong desire to be drop-free, but I eventually realized that using drops once each morning is WAY better than wearing glasses all the time. I made peace with using the drops. It takes 10 seconds. No big deal.
Doc suggested I get back on fish oil pills to help with the bit of dryness issue I still have, so I did. He is a big Restasis fan, but I really don't won't to go back to it. Very $$, and I did not see a big improvement with it for me.
So far, so good. I'm still glad I did it. It's really been nice to ditch the glasses. When I do wear specs, it's my Maui Jim sunglasses, which I love.