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Time:12:18 pm
I had LASIK yesterday!

It's something I've been thinking about for almost a year, but I've been trying to keep under wraps, because there are a ton of ways to get disqualified as a candidate. Like, they won't do it if your corneas are too thin, for example. Does anyone here even know how thin their corneas are? Like, is that information normal people normally have? Thus, to me, a lot of it felt like "go in for the preliminary exam and roll a die, if it turns up 6, you can't have LASIK." I tried to keep the whole thing a secret, because I didn't want to make a big deal only to have the disappointment emphasized further by having to re-explain it to everyone else, you know? Like, the fewer people who even knew I was thinking about it, the fewer there would be to which I'd have to give the "oops, never mind, I'm not a candidate after all :(" speech. I figured the rejection would have stung enough as it was, without having to relive it with all my friends and family who were all waiting to see how it went and everything.

Still, it turns out that all that worry was for nothing; I passed, and the procedure was done yesterday. No more glasses for me!

Right now, my vision is mostly good at any range, but there's a bit of fuzziness in general, just because I'm just coming off of surgery. My corneas are all beat up, and the ability to focus in on things is still on the mend, because, you know, they just did this whole thing yesterday! I hope to attain perfect vision by the time I heal up. I'm already no longer nearsighted; it's not like the "things are blurry up close and even blurrier as they get farther away" sensation, like it used to be without my glasses. Right now, I have the same level of good vision at any range, just with some blurriness on top because I'm still healing. Once that passes, I stand a decent chance of healing all the way up to perfect 20/15 vision once I'm better ... but according to my followup today, I'm already 20/20 even right now (even if the unrelated-to-visual-acuity blurriness makes using the computer a bit annoying.)

Now, of course, the question becomes this: what about Teo? You know that I always try to match his appearance and accessories to mine--his hair grew out when mine did, etc. No more glasses for me ... so ... no more glasses for Teo? Is this the end of an era? :O

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slither
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Time:2012-12-17 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hi, David!

Fuzzbrain is being kind of dramatic here. There is absolutely no strapping down at all. There's nothing stopping you from standing up and wandering off during the procedure other than the knowledge that it isn't over yet.

Also, I had mine done without Valium (Fuzz and I had it done at the same place, the drug is just optional), and it really isn't all that bad. In terms of discomfort, I found that having fillings done is much worse.

I wrote up that description for someone else some time back, but I hope it's helpful for you! If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them and provide a counterpoint to the fuzzings.

It's a year and a half after my procedure now, and having Lasik done is easily the best thing I've ever done in my life.
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davidn
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Time:2012-12-17 11:35 pm (UTC)
It's... fantastic to hear of it making such a positive difference to your life :) If I had a question after your description and his it would probably be "Why would ANYONE put themselves through that?", but I can take it on trust that it's not as bad as it seems when you're numbed and on a sufficient amount of drugs. (When you got to cutting the cornea, I was already at the stage where I was unsure whether I'd ever dare to open my eyes ever again.)

It's not something I often think about - like I said, I was sometimes bitter about not being able to see like other people, but my glasses have never bothered me enough to seek alternatives - it's something I've accepted as a fact of life now, and as I would still have my colourblindness even with short-sightedness corrected, perhaps it doesn't seem as much of a... step towards perfection as it might for me. But conversations like these... remind me that the option is there, that it's no longer an expensive and rare treatment.
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slither
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Time:2012-12-18 03:10 am (UTC)
The turning point for me was when I lost my glasses while on vacation (ditched a jet ski some distance from the shore and came up without them). That was when my mental appraisal of wearing glasses changed from "these things are inconvenient" to "I am crippled and helpless without my glasses." That got me started thinking about it, and when I learned that one of the premier Lasik surgeons in the world operates in my town, well, it was only a matter of time.

Even if the procedure absolutely scares the hell out of you, I really do urge you to at least consider it. Many Lasik offices will give you a free consultation to find out if you're a candidate for the procedure (most people are). If you went and had that done, then you could at least know if it's an option for you. If you get DQed, then you never have to worry about it again. Otherwise, maybe learning more and talking to the surgeons could help. ^^
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-18 03:20 am (UTC)
I'm going to chime in here to add that I'm a bit less quick to recommend it to everyone, but that's probably because A) I'm a pacifist non-confrontational hippie, and B) our "before" states had vastly different levels of severity; my LASIK was mostly to correct minor quality-of-life annoyances like "gee, it sure would be neat to be able to look down without my glasses slipping" whereas Slither was almost Blind Without 'Em. If I had an incident like that Jet Ski thing before I had my vision corrected, I would probably become the biggest LASIK evangelist ever.

Though, one thing on which we are in absolute agreement is that, if you're curious anyway, free consultations fit nicely in the "eh, why not at least check?" pile.
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slither
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Time:2012-12-18 03:23 am (UTC)
Legally, I -was- blind without them!

Anyway, all the standard jazz about how all medical procedures carry risk, results not guaranteed, ask your doctor if it's right for you, blah blah blah.

Seriously, though, at least see if you're a candidate. ^^
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-18 03:27 am (UTC)
Indeed. No harm in checking, anyway. The candidate thing was why I kept this whole thing top secret until after I already had it done; I didn't want to tell everyone I was thinking about it, then have to go back and re-tell everyone "oops, turns out my corneas are thin, haha, never mind. :(" But then I actually passed and then they did it and now I can see!

Anyway, Slither is right in that, if it's something you're on the fence about, and then you go in and get disqualified for something like that, then at least you have your answer and don't have to worry about it and play the "what if" game anymore.
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davidn
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Time:2012-12-18 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ah... yes, then that would definitely cause an issue - and it must have been amazing to have been cured from something that dramatic. We are capable of such miracles sometimes...

I'm at the level where I don't feel the need to wear mine except when required to (realistically, I can drive fine without them, but legally I can't). Now that you mention losing them, that caused a panic when I misplaced them one evening during our recent holiday in the UK.

It's not something I even considered that I might be on the fence about until I was reminded by this post that this procedure... exists, is quite common and isn't outwith my grasp any more. At the very least, it's reminded me that I should get my eyes tested, because I haven't since 2005.
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