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I can see clearly now

I think I found the most expensive way to lose a fraction of an ounce: LASIK surgery. That’s right y’all, I got my eyes zapped yesterday and I’ve never been happier to be several grand poorer. I’m sure I could have found a kid to shine a laser pointer in my eye for free, but fancy surgeons with high-powered lasers cost a bit more. Maybe I should get out a sharpie and append my t-shirt that says “Being this cute is exhausting” to say “Being this cute is exhausting …and expensive.”

I’m typing this on my computer without my glasses on and I can see just fine. I’m also trying to remember to blink frequently to keep my eyes lubricated. (blink) While I probably lost .001 of an ounce when they fried off parts of my eyes, the real benefit during my weigh-ins will come from losing my glasses which weigh one entire once. (blink) Between this, my gall bladder, and those wisdom teeth I had removed perhaps I should start handicapping my weight for you people who still have all of your original body parts. (blink. Okay enough blinking)

I started looking into LASIK a couple months ago, and it was the reason I ran into the German nurse who called me well-nourished. I didn’t mention my plans here because I didn’t want to hear horrible LASIK stories. I didn’t want someone to say, “No! Don’t do it! My aunt Lorraine had LASIK surgery and they accidentally transplanted her eyes to the back of her head!” I’m very sorry your aunt Lorraine now has to walk backwards and part her hair funny, but I don’t take serious medical advice from strangers on the Internet. Sure, I’ll consult you guys about why my knees hurt, but when it comes to the possibility of someone screwing with my vision, I keep tighter counsel. I asked friends for references (including a friend who works at a blindness prevention organization), did lots of research online about the procedure, and consulted with two different surgeons before making a decision.

I ended up going to Price Vision Group, which fortuitously enough is pretty close to where I live, though that’s not why I chose them. Some people in the waiting room had come from out of town and were staying in hotels. I suppose if you don’t live in a major metropolitan area you would have to travel to have the procedure done. I don’t know of any renowned surgeons who keep their lasers in the barn next to the strawberry patch. It was a pretty fun waiting room to be in since everyone was there by choice and was going to experience an improvement in the quality of their life. It wasn’t like other hospital waiting rooms where people tensely clasp Styrofoam cups of coffee waiting to learn if their loved ones will be okay. They had china coffee cups here. And cookies. I admit, I had a cookie, which I justified with the fact that I had to go home and take a five hour nap after the procedure. That cookie was lunch. And sooooo yummy. Good to know some of my cash was going towards quality bakery products.

It’s ironic that I spent hours upon hours researching and consulting about the procedure, but the whole thing only took about 15 minutes. I had a two-hour appointment several weeks beforehand where they tested every possible thing about my eyes – the thickness of my cornea, whether I could see the big E (I couldn’t), whether I had glaucoma, etc. For any ophthalmologists out there, my left eye needed -4.75 diopter correction and my right eye needed -5.5 correction. Plus, they both had astigmatism. That’s about 20/400 vision. Big E, what big E? After that I was scheduled for surgery. I came in Friday morning and the surgeon wanted to double check the astigmatism in my right eye. It made me feel good that he was being thorough. The test was a quick one where I looked through the vision machine while they flipped two different lenses back and forth asking which was better, “One or two? Three or four?” They got to five and six and I honestly couldn’t tell anymore and I told them so.

After that I waited in the waiting room reading a huge Reader’s Digest with large print for the visually impaired. That Hillary Swank is a tough chick, ain’t she? And did you know they are working on technology to zap fat cells with a laser so you can have liposuction without cutting the skin? As I was reading about the five ways to achieve what you want in life, a girl got called back, zapped, and walked out with a big old smile on her face, which again added to the happy-go-lucky feeling of the waiting room. I sure didn’t smile like that when I was waking up after having my gallstones removed. Honestly, I was just happy to wake up from that surgery without experiencing a pulmonary embolism.

I got called back about an hour and 15 minutes after I first arrived. I took off my glasses for the last time, handing them to my mother who got to watch the surgery on a closed-circuit camera feed in a private room. I was led back to back office area where they put some numbing drops in my eyes and a cap over my hair. The technician told me to keep my eyes closed so the drops wouldn’t dry out my eyes. He said this was because eye dryness could affect the procedure, but I had to wonder if this was a game the staff would play where they’d make funny faces at the patients while they sat with their eyes closed. He could have been waving his junk in front of me for all I knew.

I waited a little longer and heard a buzzing sound in the other room. “That is the laser burning off part of someone’s eye,” I thought. Then they led me to the room with the big honkin’ laser, or as I like to call it, “The Jesus Machine” because it gives sight to the blind. The LASIK procedure has two parts. First they cut a flap on both of your eyes. Then they peel back the flap, zap the underlying tissue to correct your vision and put the flap back. In the past they only made the flap with a blade called a microkeratone, but recently they’ve developed technology that makes the flap with a laser. There are pros and cons to both methods, but I opted to go with the laser.

I laid down on the table and they maneuvered the first machine, which makes the flap, over my head. I looked up at a ring of white lights that resembled an alien spaceship trying to land on my eye. I focused on the red light in the center while they put a suction device over my eye. Then my vision went completely blank. I literally could not see anything. The male technician started talking softly in my ear saying, “This laser doesn’t make any noise and will take about 30 seconds to make the flap.” Then a female technician said, “We’ve got good placement,” as if she were docking the space shuttle. Then the doctor said, “Okay.” With all these different voices in my head I realized this must be what it’s like to be schizophrenic. Thankfully none of the nurses were telling me to shoot Ronald Reagan. The male technician started counting down, “You’ve got about 20 seconds left….another 15…10…” on and on. I found myself relying on my Pilates breathing to keep myself calm. All those TurboKick classes and weight-lifting sessions had taught me to remember to breath under stress. In and out. In and out. Even though my instinct was to hold my breath to keep still, I knew it was better to breath so I could remain calm.

After that, I sat up and walked two steps across the room to the other laser that would fry part of my eye off. I laid down again, they put a pillow under my knees again, and put a blanket over me which made me feel somewhat safe and tucked in like a child. I then had to look up at a green light while the doctor put a speculum on my eye to keep me from blinking, like in A Clockwork Orange, minus any Beethoven playing in the background. I could tell when he was peeling back the flap because my vision looked like it’d been hijacked by a drunk camera man with a steady cam. Moving the flap distorted the way light went into my eye and made the lights appear to move. The green light first appeared like a pinpoint, but when my flap was flipped up it became more of a big blob. I stared at it while the laser turned on. This time I could hear it and more disturbingly smell it. The funny thing about the sense of smell is that you are actually inhaling particles of what you are smelling. I laid there thinking, “Right now I am snorting my eyeballs. And they smell like burning rubber.” Actually, I only thought that later because at the time I was thinking “Sweet Jesus, keep looking at the light! Don’t flinch! Don’t flinch! Breath! Aaaah!”

And then it was done. The doctor placed the flap back over my eye and smoothed it out. I sat up and I could see. There was a white haze over everything, like I was trapped in a fantasy land filled with white mist, but I could see, though I couldn’t see any fantasy unicorns skipping around. I had red blotches in my eyes from the suction cup used to make the flap which my surgeon called “eye hickeys.” My mom drove me home and I took a five hour nap. This was for the best because my eyes started to feel very irritated when the numbing agent wore off. I went through at least 8 tissues blowing my nose. My eyes were scratchy like my eyelids had been replaced with wool. I had to wear goggles during my nap so I didn’t accidentally rub my eyes when I woke up or bump them in my sleep. I took a sleeping pill, but I think it was more like a “napping” pill because it only knocked me out for four hours. Luckily by the time I woke up the pain was all gone and a lot of the fuzziness had cleared.

A day later I feel perfectly fine. I’m seeing slight halos around points of light, as if they were smeared with Vaseline to give off a glow. This is supposed to go away within the month as my eyes heal, which is good because I don’t want to confuse every headlight with a vision of the Virgin Mary. I’m going to get very good at using eye drops since I have to take both an anti-bacterial drop and a steroid drop that prevents inflammation four times daily for the next week. For a month after that I take a non-steroid drop that prevents inflammation four times daily. And on top of all that, I’m supposed to use non-preserved artificial tears four times daily for at least a month. When they made the flap in my eye it severed some of the nerves that tell my eyes to blink and to lubricate. They will grow back within a year, but in that time I need to be cautious to keep my eyes wet. I also need to be sure I blink while doing tasks where blinking naturally slows down, like reading and using a computer. (blink)

I went back this morning for a post-op check-up and they said my vision is really great. I’ve got 20/20. I go back again in a week and then in a month just to make sure everything is still okay. I can’t get water in my eye for a week, so I’m grateful I have curly hair which doesn’t really need to be shampooed every day. I can make do pointing the showerhead lower and keeping my eyes closed.

It’s so strange to stand back from the mirror and be able to see myself without my glasses on. I wore contacts one summer in high school, but decided I didn’t like sticking something in my eyes every day (though I have no problem with someone shining a laser in them). Other than that, I’ve only been able to look at my unadorned face extremely close-up. That was always a problem when I was shopping for glasses because I could only see what I looked like from 6-inches away, which was not how most people would see me. I’ve taken photos of myself without glasses before, but the 2-D image is not the same thing as a 3-D reflection. With my glasses gone it’s like a piece of my face is missing. I feel like my eyes are wider apart or my face is longer or something. But I’ll adjust and it is awesome being able to see. It’s like I’m wearing my glasses, only without wearing my glasses!

Now, if I can just find those cute tortoise-shell sunglasses I bought the summer I wore contacts. They must be in a box around here somewhere.

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54 Comments

Drina • June 23, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Kudos for your bravery. I’ve never managed to get the nerve to have that done myself. I can’t stand the idea of somebody peeling my eyeballs and zapping them with lasers…

You look great BTW :D

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Patty • June 23, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Way to go on the eye surgery! Woohoo, no more glasses except for cute ones or sunglasses.

You cracked me up with your thoughts that were going through your head during the surgery. You are funny.ha.

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Drina • June 23, 2007 at 12:39 pm

By the way, does anyone else see a hint of Katie Holmes in this pic?

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PastaQueen • June 23, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Drina – There is regular commenter around here who’s compared me to Katie Holmes a couple times. Why can’t I look like someone not married to a kooky Scientologist? :) Strange fact: Katie Holmes babysat my cousins one summer before she was rich and famous.

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anji • June 23, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Ohhhhhhh, looks good!

My hubby was supposed to get that done last year when he got back from overseas but… we got posted and ended up having to use the money we saved for the surgery for a house downpayment instead. Hopefully when I get a job, we can save up so he can get it done :)

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GroovyBabe • June 23, 2007 at 2:23 pm

You’re so brave! Thanks for such an informative post. I know someone who had that done and they went blind for two days afterwards :S Good for you for going through with it!

PS I like the idea of zapping my fat cells away!!

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LasikExpert • June 23, 2007 at 2:27 pm

I greatly appreciate your excellent telling of your personal experience with Lasik. I especially am delighted to hear that you took this seriously and did your research.

I work for a nonprofit Lasik patient advocacy. We don’t do Lasik, we just provide information and certify Lasik doctor patient outcomes. Lasik is real surgery and everyone should do the research you have done. Your posting will give them a good idea of what the process is like.

Best of luck on your continued recovery, and do keep those eyes lubricated. Lasik induced temporary dry eye is a common problem. If you need details on dry eye treatment, visit our website.

Glenn Hagele

USAEyes

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Sarah • June 23, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Congtrats on the new improved eyeballs!

I was always told you couldnt have LASIK if you have an astigmatism. Maybe they’ve advanced the technology since I’ve checked last! I’ll have to check again. Like you, I can’t see the big E without my contacts or glasses in and have always wanted to have LASIK done. I get pretty faint when I have stuff done to me (a doctor put eyedrops in my eye once and I had to sit with my head between my legs for 10 minutes to keep from fainting) so I don’t know how it would all work but it’s definately something I’ll look into now. Thanks!

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Tiffany • June 23, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Congratulations Pasta Queen!!! :) I had LASIK done 11 months ago, and it was the best money I have ever spent!!! I had really bad vision before that. The dryness goes away in a few months, and you won’t even need those drops. :)

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Charity Froggenhall • June 23, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Congrats! I had PRK back in 1998, and they got me down from -8 in each eye to -0.75 and -1.25. I still wear glasses to drive, but that’s it. You are just a whole new girl. Keep up the good work!

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Joy • June 23, 2007 at 3:57 pm

I’m with Sarah: I have astigmatism and thought I could never have this surgery. Time to do the research! You look terrific – and that t-shirt is adorable!

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melsky • June 23, 2007 at 4:31 pm

Thanks for writing this, it’s something I have been starting to think about too.

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craftypants • June 23, 2007 at 5:05 pm

Glad to hear you have had such a positive experience with laser surgery. I too hope to have it some day for my -6 vision.

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Chris H • June 23, 2007 at 5:06 pm

That is so awesome! My hubby wears glasses 24/7 and would love to have the surgery… maybe one day… I am so happy for you, it will make a huge change to your life I am sure. All positive stufff.

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Debbi • June 23, 2007 at 5:26 pm

You look faaaaaaaaaabulous, dahlink! And kudos to you for keeping it to yourself until it was a fait accompli. It’s hard keeping secrets from thousands of your best friends, but it’s so much fun when it’s time for the big reveal!

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lulu • June 23, 2007 at 5:57 pm

Glasses can be a problem on TV, so you’ll be extra glad you had this done when you are on all the chat shows after your book is published!

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dg • June 23, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Wow, that is brilliant and you look FOXAY! I loved the vivid descriptions of your experience. SMELLING your own eyeball is hella cool :)

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Dreamboat • June 23, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Wow! You look 15 years younger! When you go out in public now, please remember to carry a big stick. You’re going to need it to beat the men off. Er, why does “beat” not exactly sound like it should in that sentence?

I’ve always been thankful that my vision problems are very mild, because that Laser stuff scares the bejesus out of me. And your detailed account only made it worse. Good on you for doing something so scary!

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Carolina • June 23, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Super cool, you’re doing a 360 improvement of your life, this is really inspiring. And yes when I see your picture you remember me Katie Holmes.

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Marshmallow • June 23, 2007 at 7:18 pm

Awwww man, how awesome! And there’ll be no more walking around in the rain with spots all over your glasses and having them fog up every time you eat noodles or drink a cup of coffee. Alas, since I have already had surgery on my eyes, LASIK surgery is not an option for me – though with my initial surgery, the guys were semi-clever and strengthened my eyes so much that as time goes on, I’ll proceed naturally to 20/20 vision and not need glasses when I’m older. Thanks for your detailed account of this experience! My surgeries just count of “went to sleep, woke up, was like, ‘Huh?’”

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yo • June 23, 2007 at 7:55 pm

I’m the “you look like Katie Holmes” troll — and you DO look like Katie Holmes, even more so now!

Way to go on the Lasik!!! You look so pretty. Having a good breadth between your eyes is a sign of beauty (like Britney Spears) — now you can show off your pretty eyes!

Also, that was super savvy of you not to post re your plans here. You are SO right that people would be all “My third cousin’s girlfriend’s mom’s friend went blind” and stuff.

Finally, you look so thin in that pic. Look at your torso! my gosh.

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Bananapants • June 23, 2007 at 8:10 pm

I absolutely LOVE the t-shirt. Wear it with pride. And congratulations on the new look & lookers.

Just think no more sweaty nosepads from exercising. Do be sure to purchase a pair of safety glasses for when you’re doing something crafty or construction-y. It would be terrible to flush thousands down the drain for lack of $5- eye shields.

May you heal fully and quickly. Keep up the great posts!

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Brigitte • June 23, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Thank you Pastaqueen for the great description. It is so informative. I was always afraid of the surgery as I had imagined scalpel and sharp metal tool along with the laser. But now I can honestly say that I am tempted by the surgery.

You look amazing.

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Rah • June 23, 2007 at 8:18 pm

You look so fine, PQ! It’s the whole pix–the wonderful shape, your obvious happiness, AND then just incidentally the loss of the glasses! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing details about the procedure.

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ann • June 23, 2007 at 8:28 pm

You look fantastic! And thanks for the report – like some of the others, I had heard you can’t get lasix for an astigmatism. I’ll have to rethink it…kewl.

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Melissa • June 23, 2007 at 9:22 pm

You look Fab-u-lous! Thanks for the thorough explanation. I have been interested in LASIK surgery for a while, too and your blog was very informative! Congratulations! Melissa

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hopefulloser • June 23, 2007 at 9:51 pm

You look awesome and definitely a bit like Katie Holmes. And you are very brave.

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Patricia • June 23, 2007 at 10:49 pm

You look fantastic!!!

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Lynette • June 23, 2007 at 11:05 pm

You look fantastic! So cute and feminine!

I had lasik about 9 years ago for my very nearsighted eyes and I’m so glad I did. Some of the best money I ever spent. Definitely worth a few grand.

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starbird • June 24, 2007 at 12:00 am

Your arms look great, too! When did that happen?

That t-shirt is sooo cute, just like you!

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PJ (RightNow) • June 24, 2007 at 12:20 am

I had LASIK about 14 months ago and I couldn’t be happier I think. I had huge coke bottle glasses. I didn’t just feel like my sight improved. I felt as if I’d been interacting with the world through some kind of interface and suddenly, I was totally THERE.

It is really, really, really, really, really important that you keep your eyes moist. I mean get natural, mild, no-preservative eyedrops (they are not cheap) and use those suckers ALL THE TIME. And, most importantly, use them for like A YEAR.

You do not the feel the dehydration that dominates the eye because it is literally “inside”. Often the eyes don’t feel or look dry at all — but they really are, they’ve been fried deep inside LOL. Over the first year the eyes will change and adjust, and if you keep them lubricated well it should be fine, but if you don’t, the vision can be less perfect, even though it starts out perfectly. I wish I had understood this better. It can also occasionally lead to headaches that don’t seem connected but are and relate to dehydration. Your eye isn’t able to hydrate the way it was before surgery (said my doc), so it’s critical that you help it with drops.

Congrats. It’s a HUGE thing. Added to losing half your body weight, you’re really becoming a new person. ;-)

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Kriss • June 24, 2007 at 8:44 am

You look great, but the thought of having my corneas pulled back & going temporarily blind gives me the crawlies.

I’ll keep wearing my daily disposable contacts, thankyouverymuch.

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Kalyn • June 24, 2007 at 9:51 am

My dear you look downright hot! How fun. My eyes are even worse than yours but I’ve had good luck with contacts and when I asked my doctor about Lasik he told me I was “too old.” What a jerk. I’m still thinking about it, although since I also have the over 40 farsighted thing it’s more complicated.

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Heather • June 24, 2007 at 11:34 am

My eyes are -8.5 and -8.

One of these days (okay, years from now) I’ll have LASIK.

For now, it’s contacts and glasses.

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kim • June 24, 2007 at 12:23 pm

I am so glad you took a pic with the hello kitty shirt. Those arm muscles are amazing.

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Megan • June 24, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Wow, congrats on being brave enough to do the LASIK! Everyone I know who’s had it swears by it. Did they give you any kind of sedative to keep you calm for the surgery? I would love to get LASIK, but think I would get hysterical during the surgery and start involuntarily clawing at people if they got near my eyes, as I get all freaked out even trying to put eye drops in my own eyes and during the glaucoma test at the eye doctor’s.

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K • June 24, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Oh, you are brave. I can safely say I would never have the nerve… Fortunately, my vision is fine (though my hearing is rubbish to compensate).

I do like the T-shirt! And I can’t say you look very pretty without your glasses because I’m not at all sure I’ve ever seen you with them, but you look very pretty in general.

Do people with straight hair usually shampoo every day? I don’t…

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Jessica • June 24, 2007 at 5:09 pm

GOOD GOD. Your before and after pictures are going to look even MORE dramatic side-by-side now!

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katrina • June 24, 2007 at 8:23 pm

congrats!! Way to do something nice for your body.

I had LASIK 5 years ago– and it has been amazing ever since:) Wishing you good luck as well!

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cari • June 24, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Congrats on the surgery…you are very brave.

ps. You look tiny. Very Narrow! WTG!!!

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NicoleW • June 24, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Congrats! And also, AIEEEE. I’m such a wimp that I’m grateful I was already sprawled on the sofa while reading this, else I’d probably have gotten all woozy. You’re lookin’ great!

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Mich • June 24, 2007 at 10:31 pm

At -8.75 territory, I can certainly relate to the “what big E?” question. Were there any specific things that require (or are easier with) perfect vision that you look forward to doing post-surgery? Scuba-diving, joining the airforce, that sort of thing… :-) Congratulations and best wishes for a quick recovery!

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Lily • June 24, 2007 at 11:11 pm

Thanks for this post. I’ve been thinking of getting one myself, and I found this post to be helpful.

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Mymsie • June 25, 2007 at 9:39 am

Exciting…but now my eyes are watering. :)

“…He could have been waving his junk in front of me for all I knew.” Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

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Jennileigh • June 25, 2007 at 9:53 am

I had the surgery done about 5 yrs ago. It has been great. Before the surgery my husband asked what my vision was currently, (in terms of something like “20/400″) the doctor chuckled and said….”ummmm…fingers at 3 feet…I mean she can tell that I have fingers at 3 feet but not necessarily how many finger I have.” It was funny. Now I see 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other.

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PastaQueen • June 25, 2007 at 10:19 am

Mich – There wasn’t really anything in particular I was looking forward too since I’m looking forward to everything. It will be a lot more fun going swimming or going to a swim park since I’ll actually be able to see. I’ve never been too fond of pools because I felt vulnerable not beeing able to see what was going on.

Also, I have to say I don’t think I was all that brave to have LASIK because I honestly wasn’t that scared to have the procedure. My gall bladder surgery was riskier, particularly because of my high weight at the time. Once I researched LASIK and had a thorough understanding of the procedure and the low risks, I felt very safe having the surgery.

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dee • June 25, 2007 at 11:27 am

you are too funny, and look excellent! you are so right about us sharing stories, good thing you kept that close to your chest because I would of shared, because i can’t keep my mouth shut! you are smart, and funny, but we knew that already. my hubby had the operation on both eyes about 11 years ago and still reaping the benefits, and my best friends sister had it as well, and was only one of two people in the world (at that time) that got a very serious infection that did cause blindness in both eyes, – she is / was a nuerosurgeon, and is still recovering – has a cornea transplants, and is now able to see, still a doctor but obviously unable to perform surgeries! whew! aren’t you glad you do some things on your own!

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Laura • June 25, 2007 at 11:40 am

Congrats on no more glasses! You truly look adorable in that T-shirt too. Thanks for posting the pic. Go buy yourself a new pair of sunglasses, for goodness sake. You deserve them. =)

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Stephanie • June 25, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Congratulations! Lasik is wonderful. it took me about 6-9 months before I stopped reaching for the glasses off the nightstand out of habit. Definitely keep up with the eyedrops, particularly when spending a lot of time at the computer writing your wonderful posts. Blink, blink, blink!

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jae • June 25, 2007 at 2:37 pm

Good for you, you look so cute! My hubby did the surgery quiet a few months ago and is so glad he did. He kept quiet about it too so he wouldn’t have to hear the horror stories. I got to go into the room with him and watch; he still doesn’t want to know what they did, he gets queezy thinking about it. The funniest part was for about a month he would either be looking for his glasses or I would ask him where his glasses were. Just a reflex I guess. We would realize our mistake and have a good laugh. Anyway, did I mention how cute you look??? ~j

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Salma Gundi • June 26, 2007 at 6:31 am

Holy Moley! Someday I too will make the Lasik jump. Good for you for deciding and going after it without all of the internet being you on this one. I’m so impressed!

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crankybee • June 30, 2007 at 8:53 pm

I read your post 5 minutes ago. Why has it taken my so long to comment? Because I have been wiping diet coke off the screen and keypad – it sprayed out at great force through mouth AND nose after I read that wonderful line…

“He could have been waving his junk in front of me for all I knew.”

Please tell me you have seen that SNL “Dick in a box” clip…that was the first time I heard the ‘junk’ expression…

I am still laughing…

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BrightAngel • July 1, 2007 at 9:05 am

You are very brave.

Congratulations.

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Luinel • September 21, 2008 at 2:07 am

i have been gradually reading through your archives and must say that you have really inspired me. i have just started the C25k program in hopes of losing 80 pounds and getting back to the weight i was the summer i lifeguarded in high school.

Thank you for writing about this, i have just recently started wondering if i could possibly do LASIK and must admit that it scares me a lot more than getting my wisdom teeth removed a year ago did. i have really bad astigmatism and have been wearing glasses since i was three, so it would be a really big step for me. Any advice you have for me would be greatly appreciated, otherwise, thanks for sharing, i didn’t realize that the surgery only takes 15 minutes!

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