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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
What is it like to see when you wake up? See crystal clear I mean.

I can't even remember because I mostly see a blurry doorway, outline of a dresser, a blurry light from my iPhone and have to feel my way to turn on the lamp because I make out the silhouette, not the actual on switch.

I've worn glasses since age 11 when I thought I was soooooooo cool to finally be able to get a pair of glasses.

Why on earth did I want glasses as a kid?

Oh yes, that is a jean collared shirt for my 12th birthday and I still love funfetti cakes.

 Before I entered 8th grade, I convinced my parents that I needed contacts so I was the frequent owner of every color from turquoise to blue to purple to green, where I consistently lost one every day because I wasn't that used to the whole thing-in-your-eye situation yet. It takes a minute to get used to contacts and I'm sure my parents loved all the extra costs I incurred as I learned to navigate the new world of contact wearing. Never mind the fact that my actual eyes are an interesting blend of blue/green with yellow in the middle but of course I didn't want my real eye color to show through. Not at all.

Seeing as I have only two pairs of contacts left, I decided to pull the trigger to sign myself up for a LASIK consultation at a fine laser eye establishment.

serious with crooked librarian glasses; laughing about the fact that I'm wearing crooked glasses
 I long to wake up in the morning to see clearly, not worrying about having "travel size" contact solution, or having eye allergies to solutions that apparently one develops over time when they have been wearing contacts for a long period of time. Oh, and did I mention I have an astigmatism but correcting it with contacts causes major headaches and double vision? So I don't have 20/20 vision with my contacts but with my sweet glasses I do!

So, for the next few days, I'll be rocking the glasses, slightly crooked I found out, as I tried to take photos of myself to prepare for what will hopefully be a successful appointment, giving me the green light to have the surgery in just a few short weeks.

Have you had LASIK? Is it one of the best things you've ever done? (I'm hoping you say an excited "yes!")

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12 comments:

Lisa said...

Had Lasik done about 8 years ago! LOVED IT. But unfortunately with age my vision has changed and I am back in glasses/contacts. It's a slight change but enough that I couldn't see as clear. I know many that have had it done and it's still going strong to this day. Enjoy it. It's an amazing feeling to not have to bring any contact lens "stuff" with you.

Jill said...

I'm the same as you, TERRIBLE vision. I was so excited when I got glasses in 4th grade, for about 2 weeks. Now I live in my contacts and long for the day that I don't have to do anything before waking up or going to bed. Unfortunately I can't get Lasik just yet b/c my doc said your eyes can't change for two years before doing it, otherwise I'd have to just get it done again. And my eyes continue to get worse. Also, I'm slightly freaked about the thought of them messing it up and going blind. It's my vision and if I see okay now then why mess with it. But I'm definitely jealous you might be getting it. Good luck!!!

Jill
www.LifeLoveandCake.com

katelyn said...

totally had those same glasses when I was 12.

Suburban Sweetheart said...

You should chat with @reinventingerin. She JUST had it. I'm desperate for it... wouldn't it be nice to be able to wake up in the morning & SEE the alarm clock?

Kristian said...

I got Lasik in 1998 (so 14 years ago) and just had my eyes checked last month (still 20/20).
I am 38 now (so 24 then) and haven't had any problems.

The first month had some halo effect around lights at night time and this really went away a few months in. Other than that, I really haven't had any problems.

If you get it, you'll LOVE the benefits of non-glasses-wear. Looking at the clock at night. Swimming in the pool. Being on a boat with the wind coming at your face. All great stuff!

For the record, I was near-sighted with a strong astigmatism (spelled right?).

Best of luck with it!

Heather said...

I had lasik done 7 years ago. Best money I ever spent. 10 minute surgery + 6 hour nap = 20/20 vision!
I had it done at TLC. Is that where you're going?

Crystal @EarDrinkClev said...

I would LOVE to get it done but I'm too chicken! I hope they give the green light and you love it. Best of luck!

Kimberly said...

Good luck! I'm excited for you. I'm saving up for Lasik, so come back and tell me where to have it done. I'm to wimpy to even touch my eye, so no contacts for me, but thankfully I only need my glasses to read and drive. I'm vain and scared that all this squinting is giving me crows feet :)

Sara said...

I had LASIK 2 years ago and am so happy I did. My vision is perfect and I don't have to deal with glasses or contacts anymore! For a while, it's amazing to wake up and see the clock in the middle of the night. Slowly, you forget what it was like NOT TO be able to see well all the time! Good luck!

Fizzgig said...

Oh, I havn't experienced lasik, but I'm super excited to hear of a "local" going thru it to see how you like it, and how bad it is! I want this so bad, because like you, I have a stupid astigmatism, and the best fix is glasses. I wear contacts out, but i would love to know the feeling of being able to see all the time!

Can't wait for your update!

LWLH said...

I would love to get Lasik done. I am sooooo over wearing contacts and glasses. I just need to save the money first.

Lenaia K said...

I had it done back in 2007. I was like you and as blind as a bat. It was the best thing I've ever done for myself. It was so awesome to wake up and see the clock, to not have to search for my glasses & then knock them off my side table & have to blindly search for them under my bed (yeah that happened more than I care to admit) its expensive out of pocket but when you think about how much you're saving in glasses, contacts, and perscription sunglasses LASIK is saving you a ton! Best of luck toy you!!