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I have -6.00 vision in both eyes and it could get even worse. I am afraid of getting a retinal detachment at some point and it hindering my vision. Any myopes out there in Path?
 

icpshootyz

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It's not your vision I'm concerned about, it's the fact that you spelled "eyesight" as "eye site".
 
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I have -6.00 vision in both eyes and it could get even worse. I am afraid of getting a retinal detachment at some point and it hindering my vision. Any myopes out there in Path?
I'm -10 in both eyes. Just completed 17 years of practice, with no plans to do anything else until retirement.
 

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I would be more concerned with your foresight. Pathology has a terrible future ahead with its oversupply and resulting lack of leverage.
 

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If you aren't nearly blind before becoming a pathologist, you will be after a few years of practice. It is another health sacrifice you make besides ruining your back and cardiovascular system from sitting.
 

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If you aren't nearly blind before becoming a pathologist, you will be after a few years of practice. It is another health sacrifice you make besides ruining your back and cardiovascular system from sitting.
I saved my back by setting my chair low so that I have to hyperextend my spine a little to see through the scope. Never had a back problem.
 

WEBB PINKERTON

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Stand up desk does wonders as well. Wish I had had that before I threw all those clots. The hazards aren't discussed enough. It is very dangerous to sit all day peering into a microscope. Seen many buddies get DTV or emboli over the years, one of whom died at a previous workplace. If I was a female pathologist, I definitely wouldn't take the pill.
 

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I'm -10 in both eyes. Just completed 17 years of practice, with no plans to do anything else until retirement.
I'm -8 in both eyes without any difficulty so far. No one has ever asked about it on disabilty insurance. I imagine if you were unable to work in pathology you'd be covered by disability insurance if you had same specialty coverage. Has anyone here had LASIK surgery? I've considered it off an and on, but glasses aren't really a bother to me most of the time.
 

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I know at least one very famous dermatopathologist that got Lasik and did fine. Not to mention how many famous athletes get it once if not multiple times over their careers. I have very mild myopia (told it was around 20/50) and I've thought about it. I hate wearing glasses, so I generally just don't and deal with the fuzzy distance vision. I'll let everyone know if I bother to do it.
 

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Yeah, I know there are more success stories than bad outcomes. It's just your personal risk tolerance. I really don't mind wearing glasses or contacts so to me it really isn't worth it. I used to hate wearing glasses, I probably would have considered it when I was in my 20s more but that was when I was hearing the horror stories.
 

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I would be more concerned with your foresight. Pathology has a terrible future ahead with its oversupply and resulting lack of leverage.
Please cite reference - I was unable to find it.

On topic: Bad vision here also - but you can have those things checked out. So, if you are concerned have your optometrist or other eye specialist recommend a retinal specialist for evaluation.