Thursday, May 25, 2017

Laser eye surgery

Bundled up for a blurry-eyed walk - no contacts. 

Hey friends,

I'm booked in to get laser eye surgery in a couple of weeks and I'm super excited. (Also slightly nervous as eye things make me squeamish. But mostly pumped.)

Since I started wearing glasses/contacts 15 years ago, I've thought about laser eye surgery a lot. My sister had it done years ago and loves how free it's made her. Yet I never felt justified spending the dosh on it when there were houses to save for and kids' everything to pay for. Besides, my contacts worked fine during the day and being short-sighted meant I could still read in bed after I'd taken them out at night, so I was managing fine.

But then my contacts started irritating my eyes. I bought glasses as a back-up to give my eyes a rest, but the glasses made the world tilt at weird angles, which made me sea-sick, so I returned them and have been going blurry eyed a lot lately to try and give my eyes a break from the contacts.

I had a check up with my optometrist recently and she said I can't wear monthly contacts anymore. My eyes are rebelling. I need to change to dailies, which are thinner and softer. Also a heck of a lot more expensive. We tried some daily samples, and they didn't irritate my eyes - win! But the price was so much more than I'd been paying for monthlies that it suddenly made financial sense to get the laser eye surgery and be done with the whole thing once and for all.

I got all measured up this week and it seems I'm good to go. I'm so excited about the surgery that I'm nervous there's going to be some last minute hitch and I won't be able to get it done after all. But I'll keep you posted.

Have you or anyone you know had laser eye surgery? How did it go?


  1. Have thought about it but just wear very mild glasses at the moment. Interested to see what you think of it.

    1. If your prescription is mild, and you are short-sighted, you're probably better off without it, because you'll still be able to read without glasses in your old age. I'm sacrificing that a bit earlier than I would be, apparently. But it's worth it to be able to see long distance clearly.

  2. One of the best things I ever did! Worth every cent. It was uncomfortable at times, but never painful. This was about 15 years ago, so I'm sure the process is even better now. Everything went well for me. They have to warn you of the risks beforehand, just follow all their rules.
    One thing - be prepared to see your shower as it really is! I had never worn my glasses before in the shower, it really needed a good clean!
    I bet you'll be putting your hand up to take your glasses off for ages. Good luck and let us know how it went.


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