Through New Eyes.

Every once in a while, I get a wild hair. By this I mean that certain ideas sort of smack me over the head. I go from something being entirely off my radar to suddenly knowing that THIS is what I’m going to do. Knitting was like that. And starting a blog. And buying an iPad. Sort of minor stuff in the grand scheme, you know?

Deciding to apply to law school was one of the more wild of the wild hairs that got me. Luckily, that worked out, as I passed the 20-year anniversary of my swearing in last May and I have practiced full time for that entire span.

Recently I got the wildest of the wild hairs of my life. I decided to have Lasik surgery. I have needed vision correction since the fourth grade. I wore contacts through my teens and twenties, but became increasingly intolerant of them as I aged. My last try at the latest technology in both contacts and cleaning solutions failed. I got new glasses last winter, and found them uncomfortable. In addition, my close vision, which had been OK with glasses, started to go, so I was looking at needing bifocals soon enough. Finally, I had enough. I happen to see a very fine Lasik surgeon for general ophthalmology, so I called for an appointment.

The preliminaries took some time, so I certainly could have backed out. I had an initial consultation, was cleared as a candidate, and set an appointment that was sufficiently far in the future as to seem distant. I had a vacation, the surgeon had a vacation, summer drew to an end. I saw my glaucoma specialist just to be sure he was still on board, then had my pre-op screening and prep. I got more excited, then nervous.

Last Thursday was the big day. There are many step by step accounts of the procedure available on line, so I won’t add another here. I will say that it all went just beautifully. No surprises, excellent and professional care, and it really took no time at all. I was out of the laser room within 15 minutes, and only a fraction of that was spent on the actual procedure. I had iLasik with wavefront guided correction, which means that everything was done with lasers, and the correction was based on a mapping of the exact refractive issues and shape of my own eyes, rather than a model. This is the most expensive of the surgical corrections, but considered to be the safest and most effective. Anyone over 40 will need reading glasses after the procedure, but I was having issues with that anyway so felt this was not a big deal.

The hardest part was the immediate aftermath, when I was sore and blurry. I could tell that my vision was corrected, but the procedure does beat up your eyeballs and they have to heal. I followed instructions and went home to try to sleep or at least keep my eyes shut for most of the rest of the day. By the next day I was reading and functioning normally, but still a bit irritated and hazy. Over the weekend, I continued to heal, and I would say that today, 4 days post, I’m at a good 95%. My distance vision tested 20/20 one day post op, the reading glasses take care of the close vision, but the mid range continues to be less clear as I heal. This will just take some time, and I have noted imrovement each day.

In all, I call it pretty amazing! Today will be my first day back in the office, so I’m sure it will be somewhat tiring, but I’m excited to return to normal.

And that’s the story of my wildest wild hair, and my new eyes.

Happy September, everyone!

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8 responses to “Through New Eyes.

  1. Yay – it sounds like it has gone well for you. I hope your eyes are totally healed soon, and that you’re thrilled with the result. Most people I know have been very happy with it.

    My eyesight is so poor (and with a lot of astigmatism), that I was always too worried about how it would turn out. I don’t have any trouble (yet!) wearing contacts, and I have monovision lenses so that I don’t need reading glasses. But still, I always fantasized about it – actually being able to read the alarm clock in the morning without putting on glasses would be nice, but my vision is blurry at 6″. When my husband got evaluated for lasik, I figured I might as well too. I think I was somewhat relieved when I was told I wasn’t an acceptable candidate (my corneas are too thin and my pupils are too big). The surgeon (one of the top in the country) said I could have a lens implant, but then I’d also need PRK on top of that to correct the astigmatism. Gaah. Sounded way too risky. On the other hand, my husband was a good candidate, but they said they’d only do one eye, because he needs only a slight correction and that would give him natural monovision. But he ended up deciding not to do it, and instead wait a few years and consider the corneal lens implants instead.

  2. That’s wonderful, I’m glad the surgery was so successful and that you are feeling well so soon afterwards.

  3. Nice! I hope you continue to enjoy better vision. I get so frustrated when I can’t see something clearly.

  4. Woo Hoo!

    Congratulations, our Nora! Being able to see well without glasses/contacts must be a huge change for you. I can’t imagine life without glasses at this point.

    Looking forward to seeing what your next wild hair is. ;^)

  5. Thanks for that account. And congratulations!! I’ve needed correction since 8th grade, though didn’t really take it seriously until I began to drive (good thing, eh?). A short period with soft contacts for a while, then extended-wear contact lenses in the early- to mid-80s, I’ve exclusively worn glasses for the past 25+ years. I’ve had fleeting thoughts, but have never really looked into it or done any research, so I’m very happy to read all about it here… from a real person… someone I know!

    And, yeah, I can’t wait to see what your next wild hair leads to!! 🙂

  6. Yay! I’m so happy for you. I know that friends who have taken this step have all been so pleased with the results and love the change in their lives. I hope the healing process continues at a great pace with no troubles.

    Speaking of things you do with your eyes, based on your recommendation, I put myself on the library waiting list for Defending Jacob. I finally got to read it last month and am so glad I did.

  7. Congratulations on your latest wild hair! Sometimes those are the best ideas.

    I have worn glasses or contacts since age 9. Although I have bifocals and need reading glasses when wearing my contacts, my uncorrected close vision is still good. Until that goes I will hold off on the lasik.

  8. You’re going to need a new avatar, Nora! 😀 Congrats on having good results and vision!

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