On June 12, 2008 I had LASIK. It’s been two years now, and I’m not sure I remember what it was like to wear glasses!
One of my friends was gathering information to decide if she wanted to have eye surgery done herself, and she asked me a few questions. I thought it might be fun to share my thoughts here:
Question: Are you glad you did it? What do you wish you had done differently? How has it affected your life since? (Was it LASIK?)
I am glad I did it, I do not wish anything had been different. It was lasik. Four years ago, I would not have been a candidate for eye surgery at all, it’s only because of the wavefront technology that they were able to correct my vision.
How are things different… When my little sister got her glasses for the first time, she tried to explain to me how the world had suddenly become 3D to her, how there were leaves behind the leaves on the trees. I have always had better vision than her, but I thought I knew what she was talking about… but I don’t think I’ve ever had depth of field vision like I do now. It chokes me up when I see how beautiful the world is.
On a more practical note:
- I have consistent vision. I don’t think you can appreciate this until you have it. Maybe it’s like going from dirty glasses to contact lenses, but I never could handle contact lenses (I had toric lenses, which drove me batty).
- I don’t have to worry about breaking or losing my glasses. This also means I occasionally have to worry about getting crap in my eyes (the glasses protected my eyes). I did actually lose a pair of glasses in a lake. It took me over a week to get replacements because my superscription has to be special-ordered. It was an unpleasant week.
- After the initial adjustment period, I have better night vision. I had lost my depth perception at night [before lasik], this is not a problem now. And I can also see stars at night!
- I don’t have to buy prescription sunglasses. Those are expensive!
- I don’t have to put contacts in or take them out (this was hell for me, on the rare occasion I wore them).
- You can see my eyes. They’re quite pretty, IMO.
Here’s a topographical map of my eyes before (top) and after (bottom) my surgery. The green areas are smooth, the red areas are pits. I had astigmatism, which means my lenses were really wavy, a lot like those crazy mirrors in a fun house at a carnival.