Friday, September 16, 2011

Lasik. Here I Come.

“My main issue is the eye drops. I cannot stand eye drops. I freak out over eye drops. My hand is even shaking at the thought of eye drops,” I told the lady seriously.

She gave me a soft smile. “The eye drops will be worth it though, don’t you think? To be able to see without glasses will be a fabulous thing.”

I swallowed. She was right. I could have a life without glasses. I could wake up and instantly be able to see.

I was at my Lasik Consultation. For years I had been flirting with the idea of getting Lasik but I was always too afraid. And let’s not forget the hefty price tag. But each morning when I’d stick my glasses on my face, I’d sigh and think, “I’m tired of these. I’ve worn them most of my life.”

So I scheduled a Lasik Consulation at the ClearSight Center in Oklahoma City. (And no, I’m not getting compensated for mentioning their site. I wish.)

I really detest my eyes being messed with which is why I always backed away from Lasik. If I could push two kids out of my nether regions, surely I could deal with eye stuff. Right? (RIGHT?!!!)

Anyway, I was put through a series of tests. They did NOT make me do that eye puff test. They had a better machine that doesn’t do that, praise chocolate. I hate that eye puff test so much. Remember that episode of Friends where Rachel backs up before the puff is even done? That’s me. I can’t help it.

In the end, it turns out that my eyes were healthy enough to do Lasik.

And then we started talking money.

Or rather, how we could afford this.

Unfortunately, the military does not cover Lasik for spouses. I asked. Twice.

They did have a financing option, which is what we decided on. We were approved for that but still, I was hesitant.

I mean, after all. If I did Lasik, I’d have a laser in my eyes. I’d have to lay there while it happened. I couldn’t shut the world out by closing my eyes like I did when I had my kids. I’d have to face this. Literally.

And then the eye drops.

And the ugly black goggles I’d have to wear afterwards.

As I sat there debating, I suddenly thought of the episode of Newlyweds (remember when Jessica Simpson and Nick were married?) when Jessica got Lasik, had to put on those black goggles and then she went out to eat afterwards and was surprised that she couldn’t see well. I think she got stuck against a wall or something.

What if I got stuck against the wall?

Granted, Tom would be with me and he’d probably take the crook of my elbow and lead me away from the wall and say, “No darling, that’s not the door.”

Still.

A life without glasses.

Tom and I discussed it and agreed that I ought to do it.

So.

On Friday, September 23rd, I’ll be doing Lasik.

I’m told I should be back to my normal self on Monday.

But if you see a woman against a wall, that’s just me. Calmly lead me to my destination and know that I haven’t been drinking, but have just had lasers in my eyes.

Okay?

44 comments:

  1. You'll do fine! It'll be great! You... okay, I'm done with the pep talk. But you will be fine. Good luck!

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  2. Great decision and worth every financed penny!

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  3. SOOO jealous! I want Lasik so bad (maybe even worse than a boob job. Maybe). Everyone I know who has had it done says it was the best investment they ever made!

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  4. Yea!! I told my husband after I'm done having kids that's my gift to myself! I want out of contacts & glasses SOOOOO badly!

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  5. Oh, that horrid puff machine...which reminds me, I need to schedule my annual eye exam. But that puff machine they still use at my doc's place. Eeek.

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  6. Be brave! Can't wait to see the new glasses-less you!

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  7. I hate the air puff test!!! I recently went to the ophthalmologist and asked if he was going to do the puff test. I was so happy when he said he doesn't use those machines and used something else!!! Good luck with your procedure. And good luck with the whole wall thing.

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  8. JEALOUS! SO VERY JEALOUS!!! I want to have Lasik more than...more than...more than anything in the whole wide world!

    One day, I swear I will!

    And damn that puff machine! It's evil!

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  9. Put your fingers just below your eye & gently pull down; put eyedrops in the little "cup" that your lower eyelid forms, then blink. It's *much* less traumatic than trying to splash the damn drop right in your eye.

    Good luck!

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  10. I'm so jealous! I'm not afraid of much but like you the puff in my eye and eye drops, yikes! Then the thought of laying there, wide awake while they perform surgery on my eyes...scares the ever-loving crap out of me. I am going to schedule a consultation soon though, I swear.

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  11. I hope all is going well - and you recover quickly.

    My mom had this done - and she can see wonderfully again (she remarked on seeing things she never even knew was there - and how much brighter and brilliant the colors were).

    She still needs little reading glasses... but its so odd to see her walking around without glasses after she wore them daily for 70 years or so...

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  12. so jealous! I've had glasses/contacts all my life! Be brave - it will be worth it! And it won't be as bad as you think. Good luck!

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  13. Best thing I have ever done for myself. I absolutely love that I can wake up every morning and see immediately! I can go to water parks, lay in bed in weird positions and read, YOU NAME IT. It is easier. You'll love it. Like having a kid, won't remember the pain.

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  14. I had epi-lasik a year and a half ago and it is was the BEST decision I EVER made. Get used to the drops though because your eyes will probably be so dry you will be begging for eye drops. I used them all through the night for a while - I still have dry eyes but had them before the surgery. I had NO pain what so ever - I went straight home and make sure you take sun glasses the sun is SO bright and you will want sun glasses, I also slept with sunglasses on not goggles - it is mainly so you won't scratch your eyes while they are healing. I was able to see 20/50 when I left the office, next day 20/20 and 3 days later 20/15 - BEST decision EVER I promise I did all the research and watched tons of you-tube videos of it being done (I don't recommend if it will freak you out) but seriously NO pain at all. Good luck!

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  15. You go girl!!

    I'm jealous!

    Can you convince my husband to let me be next??? I hate my glasses.

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  16. yippeeeeee!
    i'm excited and so jealous!!!
    can't wait to hear how it went!!

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  17. Good for you! I don't like my eyes being messed with either, but I only need glasses for distance. I'm sure it will work out great:)

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  18. you will not regret it!! totally worth dealing with eye drops for a few months.

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  19. You're braver than me.

    Although I am getting to the point where they can't completely fix my vision with glasses, so it could be in my future as well.

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  20. Oh I have wanted to do this for years....but I am terrified of it! I cant stand things near my eyeballs. Good luck and congrats!

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  21. I would love to get Lasik, but I don't know if I could face it lol. Good luck, bet it will be awesome to see without glasses!! :c)

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  22. You will love it....my hubby had it done it was fast and now his vision is better than anybody...really he will tell you that! I didn't even finish reading a People magazine and he was done!

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  23. I had Lasik done about 5 years ago, and I love it! I was terrified of having it done (Lasers?! Lasers pointed at my eye?!!), but it was insanely fast and super simple. No joke, the total time for both my eyes (and I was blind as a bat!) was less than a minute and didn't hurt at all!). Plus, they give you valium and my place gave me a teddy bear to clutch for dear life while the procedure was done.

    It was the best decision I ever made. And stock up on sunglasses- the sun's kinda bright right after the surgery :)

    Good luck!

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  24. You sound exactly like me when it comes to eyes. It seriously took me nearly 10 years to be able to put contacts in my eyes, and I never was able to put eyedrops in. I hate the eye puffy thing, I hate people touching my eyes, and the idea of Lasik terrified me. But I did it! And I have to say, you get used to eyedrops. It isn't that bad.

    Monday the 19th marks my 3 year anniversary of my magic eyes. I'm going to write a blog about it :)

    I could see right afterwards, though it was blurry. It didn't take too long to balance out to normal.

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  25. You are going to LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!!! Jessica is stupid - don't judge her experience. I was able to see AS SOON AS I got into the car after the procedure was over...it was such a blessing. I got mine done in 2002 and my life hasn't been the same since...it is glorious! You are really going to love your new vision!

    wm

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  26. You'll be so glad you did. Lasik was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Um...aside from marrying my groom and having The Cherubs. :)

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  27. I had PRK and have been so happy. Wish I would have done it 10 years sooner.
    Its great to be able to wake up and see.!

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  28. can't wait to hear how it goes! I told my husband that when we move back to the states, I am getting it done. I figure with as much as I spend on contacts a year (and I get the cheapest ones!), it will pay itself off relatively quickly.

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  29. I found the surgery took a long time--20 minutes per eye and it felt forever--but then again, I was blind as a bat. Seriously. I was 20/800, now I'm almost 20/20. And I will honestly say it was the BEST thing I ever did for myself. I love, love, love being able to see in the middle of the night, in the shower, etc. You will not regret it. It's worth it.

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  30. Wow, good for you! I'm totally jealous. Someday. . .

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  31. AH! I totally watched that episode where Jessica got the Lasik! ..Which is why I've been putting it off... staring straight into it?! Creeps me out! I want it SO BAD... and actually just got another letter in the mail from a place I inquired about it!
    I cannot wait to hear how it goes... !!

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  32. Lots of prayers your way, lady! I can't have it done, because my eyes aren't bad enough yet! My mother had it done right after we moved in with them for a year. My kids were 4 and 2.5. I will never forget the look on their faces when Gram made her Valium fueled pilgrimage from the car to the house wearing the 'bug glasses'. Classic!

    FTR: Almost five years later, she's happy!

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  33. I SO remember that episode of Newlyweds ... oh, how I miss that show! You'll do great! I'm a teensy bit jealous of you, thought. I'd love to get rid of my contacts & glasses for GOOD!

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  34. I'm the same as you - hate people fiddling with my eyes. I once had to go to the emergency eye department because of terrible itching and was told I had a poppy seed in my eye. I had no idea how it got there, but I hated having tweezers in my eye to get it out. yuk.

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  35. After years of trouble with contacts, I got LASIK 10 years ago. Best. Decision. Ever.

    I too am squeamish about my eyes. Can't stand things pointed at them. But if I can do it, anyone can.

    It's really an easy procedure. Good luck!

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  36. Oh I'm so jealous! I actually tried years ago to do it, and they told me I am not a candidate because my corneas are too thin. Ugh! I want to hear all the details.

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  37. Love the Friends reference because I was totally thinking of that same scenario. :) My husband is the same way about his eyes. I'm sure you'll do fine. Enjoy the valium while it lasts.

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  38. I will live vicariously through you...after two kids who will need braces, maybe I'll get my eyes done. Maybe. Good luck!!

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  40. Very jealous...I've had glasses and contacts so long. I'm sick of them. But no lasik for me too $$. Happy for you though!

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  41. I'll try to come save you from the wall ;)

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