Originally Posted by MikeG
I wrestled with all of that for years and finally settled on getting lasik. It just seemed crazy to lose vision or depth perception in the middle of a class V rapid, even if that was only a few times per season (it wasn't for me). I got the surgery about ten years ago specifically for kayaking and it has honestly been the best money ever spent. I really had to scrape the funds together at the time but I've probably more than made up for it now without needing to buy all of the accoutrements associated with contacts. I've also heard that folks may still need glasses for reading and, particularly night driving but that hasn't been the case for me (knock on wood). Even if it was, its a lot easier to wear glasses driving to the put-in than it is to keep them clear on the river.
If there's any way to get lasik, even if you have to charge it, its safer and cheaper in the long run. I was 20/400, had lasik, and am now 20/20, sometimes 20/15. And thats at the age of 45. Am 56 now, still perfect vision. It is true, however, that at some point you will still need readers. Got mine for skiing, handier for paddling though. It does require patience, you have some night vision "starlight" issues, and a little dryness for a few months. With the price of specs, lazik will be a break even in just a few years. Plus, its so cool being able to wear off the shelf shades.