/ Laser eye surgery and altitude
Have heard tales of people having vision problems at very high altitude but I would be alpine climbing so no higher than 5000m.
Does anyone have any experience of this?
Lasik is fine at altitude.
The people who had altitude issues had radial keratotomy, which isn't really done any more.
I had lasik done, have never regretted it, and have climbed above 4000 meters on numerous occasions without issue.
I had PRK (the old type) in 1993 and have since climbed to 4500m without problems if that helps.
You need to discuss the surgical options with your NHS specialist. Ensure he/she is aware of your mountaineering ambitions. The UIAA website has a specific advice paper, authored by two UK mountaineering eye surgeons with a section on this topic. See the paper on "Eyes on Expeditions" in the medical recommendations section of this website:
http://www.theuiaa.org/medical_advice.html . It might be worth taking a copy of the recommendations to your specialist appointment.
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