Except For the Part With the Smokin’ Hot Laser In My Eyeball, It Was a Good Day

About ten days ago I had LASIK eye surgery. After 25 years of glasses and contacts, I'm now walking around with superhero vision; only 18 hours after my surgery, the doctor confirmed that my vision is now 20/15. And I've only been the tiniest bit melodramatic about it: I've tried to limit my shouting of "I CAN SEEEEEE!" to once every half hour.

I've wanted to do this for ages, and I've been socking away my pennies for over a year. Mostly, I've been summoning up my nerve. Because while this procedure was utterly painless (and–I'm not kidding you–eight minutes long), the thought of this procedure was horrifying.

Blades? Lasers? In my eyeballs?

Thankfully, I found a doctor I loved. Melanie recommended him to me, after he did her LASIK years ago. His name is–well, if you tilt your head sideways, his name sounds just like Dr. Einstein.

( This was a bizarre source of comfort to me; if someone is going to approach my eyeball with blades and lasers, I would very much prefer him to be named Dr. Einstein, as opposed to, say,  Dr. Griswold.)

Several friends have asked for a play-by-play of the procedure; they're considering it themselves and wonder what it's like. I'll oblige, but be warned: if you're super-squeamish about eyeball-related stuff, you might not want to read on.

I arrived at the surgery center at 1 pm. The only advanced prep I had to do was a few rounds of antibiotic eye drops. By 1:30 I was checked in, and they had "mapped my cornea" (read: I stared at a red light for several seconds).

I will tell you, in all honesty, I was really nervous. I was so excited about the procedure results, that I hadn't given much thought to the procedure itself. They seated me in a massaging recliner to wait my turn (nice, thanks). I was third in line; two other women sat rattling and vibrating in the chairs next to me.  We all smiled nervously at each other; it seemed like we wanted to wish each other well, but this would require acknowledging that there was about to be a laser shooting into our eyeballs on the other side of THAT WALL, RIGHT THERE.

Some things are better left unsaid.

A very kind nurse offered me an Ativan to calm me. Oh yes, please–my sweaty palms popped that sucker just as fast as I could. I closed my eyes and waited for the magical moment in which I would no longer care about the laser-in-the-eyeball issue.

That moment never came.

" 'Scuse me," I said a little too loudly, "I don't think this Ativan iz workin' 'n I might need another one."

(Hint: if you have enough nerve to ask–loudly–for another Ativan, then rest assured the Ativan is working.)

Even with the pharmaceutical help, I still felt nervous. When it was finally my turn, Dr. Einstein called me in. I thought about cracking a joke about the Theory of Relativity, but then I remembered that a) I don't know what the Theory of Relativity is, and b) I was on Ativan, so I summoned the good sense to keep quiet. He walked me to the laser table–it looked like something out of Star Trek. As I lay down, I had a brief moment of panic in which I almost–almost--stood up and said I couldn't go through with it.

But my kind astrophysicist opthamologist just looked so capable, I took a deep breath and went for it.

*Squeamish people,  stop reading here.*

They used tons of drops to keep my eyes both deadened and  moist. He did one eye at a time (the other one was under an eye patch). A tiny little metal contraption held my open (it sounds weird, but there was nothing to it). Then the good doctor gently put a small circular dealihoo right on my eyeball for a few short seconds–this was the flap maker. No pain, just pressure, and only very quickly.

This is where things got strange. He lifted up the flap–and I could actually see him doing it, though it was fuzzy. Combined with the Ativan, you can imagine that this was a little trippy. He pointed the lasers at my eyeball, warned me that my vision might black out for a second, and then pop! pop! pop! went the lasers for a few seconds.  He lowered the flap, and…done. That was it. He let me rest for a couple of minutes, then he did the same thing with the other eye.

Eight minutes after he started, I sat up in the Star Trek chair, and I could see  (SEE! I can SEEE!) the clock across the room. He gave me some funky sunglasses and walked me out to Hubs, who helped me into a chair to get my post-op instructions. I was of NO help at this point–between the Ativan, my giddy relief that it was over, and (most of all) my sheer wonder that my eyes were working, I just grinned like an idiot and nodded, and I counted the stripes on the wallpaper across the room.

Hubs was, thankfully, paying attention (and laughing at me), and he drove me home.  Per doctor's orders, he gave me a very strong sedative, darkened our curtains, taped some plastic eye shields to my face and put me in the bed. I reached out for him. "Oh please, stay in here and talk with me because I'm just so excited I know I won't be able to slee…." And this is when I feel asleep.

SIX HOURS LATER, I woke up hungry, and went downstairs for some food.  Still totally toasted from the medication, I stumbled all over house. "Look! I can see that clock from here!" "Look! I can see your fingers from here!" "Look! I can see the TV from here!"

Poor Hubs. The only thing harder to manage than a stubborn woman prone to melodrama is that same woman on massive sedatives. He corralled me back up to our room, where I once again conked out for many hours. When I awoke the next morning, to my astonishment, my vision was absolutely normal. I could see Hubs in bed next to me. I could see the alarm clock. I stumbled into the bathroom and I could see….wow, is that what I look like first thing in the morning?

And that's it. I'm ten days out now, and I couldn't be happier with the results. My eyes are a little dry, but that's to be expected. My vision is excellent. My night vision is taking longer to adjust, but I'm assured this is normal. I'm THRILLED.

So, there you have it. Nothing to be scared of at all, and that's coming from a certifiable wimp. If you're thinking of it, talk to your doctor. Save your pennies (it isn't cheap, and I think most health insurance plans don't cover it), but don't hesitate to shop around. I looked at several different places and the prices varied much more than I would've expected.

Oh, and one last thing.

 Noglasses

"I CAN SEEEEEE!"

92 thoughts on “Except For the Part With the Smokin’ Hot Laser In My Eyeball, It Was a Good Day

  1. se7en says:

    Oh my word – why did I read all those gory details!!! waaahhhhhaaaaaa – For all that you look fabulous and what can I say I think I might need one of those calm me down tabs now that I have read it!!! Brilliant you can see again… a small price we followers have to pay for your discomfort and pure vision!!!

  2. Milissa says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I had LASIK in December 2005 in Richmond, VA and my experience was almost identical to yours. I laughed out loud at your “ATIVAN isn’t working because I did the EXACT same thing…except in my case it was Valium. I said loudly to everyone that worked there and therefore could help me out (by possibly giving me another) that “the Valium just isn’t working.” haha. I guess that’s a natual thing to do/say in this experience. 4 years later, I’m still grateful I can see without glasses/contacts. It’s amazing. It will seem to take a while for the night vision to get better and your eyes to stop being uncomfortable due to dryness/watering…but it goes away…and it goes away silently…just one day you will notice and your dramatic statement will change from “I can seeeeee” to something like “oh my gosh, I can see…day or night…and my eyes are normal…no dryness…no watering…it’s a miracle.” People with good vision so don’t get this. πŸ™‚

  3. lauren says:

    Thanks for sharing this–I’m so interested in LASIK and will be contemplating it in the next couple of years. My optometrist says I’m a good candidate and I’ve worn contacts (-6 and -6.5) for the last 13 years with very sensitive eyes. I would LOVE to be able to just wake up and see!

  4. Amy @ Finer Things says:

    I am so beyond jealous. 8 years ago I went in for lasik. Instead of making the flap, the guy cut the whole thing off! Then he took all of the apparatuses off and said “your eye must be too small for this procedure.” What?! Obviously, I got my money back, but I was quite traumatized by the experience. Would love to meet a more competent dr. but the money has all gone to raising my children. Wouldn’t trade it. πŸ˜‰

  5. Bailey's Leaf says:

    Okay, I couldn’t do the gross eyeball stuff, so I basically read about 1/10th of your post, but I’m still laughing out loud about the Ativan. Good stuff it is. Good stuff.
    Still chuckling!

  6. Shannon says:

    Oh, how awful. Have heard lots of horror stories like that from people who did it 8-10 years ago. I think they’ve really fine-tuned the technology since then (another reason I waited this long!)–so don’t give up!

  7. Shannon says:

    I know, it sounds horrible! I PROMISE, the description is a million times worse than the procedure. In fact, when he finished the first eye, I thought, “is that ALL?” πŸ˜‰

  8. Shannon says:

    Thanks! πŸ˜‰ (I’ve lost some weight lately, so it’s not your imagination. Between that and the surgery, I’ve told friends I’m entering witness protection… *grin*)

  9. Amy says:

    Shannon, you look so trim and healthy! I don’t think that’s from the eye surgery! Congrats! (On both seeing and taking great care of yourself!) You look great!

  10. Rebekkah says:

    Congratulations. I understand your excitement as a person who bumps into things right in front of her without glasses or contacts. People should know though that this isn’t the only possible outcome. I know two people who had LASIK surgery recently with two separate doctors and both of those people are blind now. I’m still jealous of your new vision though.

  11. suzanne says:

    Haha, now you can sing Amazing Grace with new meaning! πŸ™‚
    congratulations. I’ve always had great eyesight until forty hit, then it’s been downhill ever since. I can understand your delight that you can seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee……..;)
    Suzanne

  12. Maggie says:

    I had mine Dec 2005. I am still 20/15 in one eye but 20/25 in the other. The eye doctor said in a few years I may need magnifying readers, but that will be Ok at 45+. I first got glasses int eh 5th grade. I remember sitting in the exam room before the proceedure (no recliner for me) and having the valuim circulate. I could barely make out the big E on the wall. The next mroning I sat int he very same room and could read the bottom line of the eye chart. That was my presetn when Hubby graduated from College in 2005. He had to push me, even though I had talked about doing it for years. (my brother and Mom both had theirs doen before me).

  13. We are THAT family says:

    You look amazing (but that’s not new)…
    Did I ever tell you about the time I had PERFECT vision?
    I was 16 years old and my best friend spent the night. We stayed up late watching movies. When I woke up the next morning, I opened my eyes and had PERFECT vision. It was a miracle. I ran around the house, screaming and my BFF was like, “O my Gosh, you’ve been HEALED!”
    And then I remembered I slept in my contact lens.

  14. Karen says:

    Totally jealous. I have been wanting LASIK for about 9 years now. Actually had the $$ for it and went to the doctor for the eval, but he shut me down because I was still nursing a child. They won’t do surgery until at least 6 mo. after weaning, because the hormones affect your vision. By the time he was weaned, the $$ was gone. (And we had moved to another state.) 😦 Getting ready to move again and will be near a schoolmate who is an ophthalmologist. If I can come up with the $$ again, maybe she will be able to recommend someone.

  15. Laura@HeavenlyHomemakers says:

    I’ve thought about saving up for the eye flap pop pop procedure. Thanks for the nitty gritty details.
    I KNOW I’d be right with you on the “I can SEEE!!” stuff. How amazing must it be to wake up and see the alarm clock!!!
    Of course I can see mine now because hubby and the kids got me one of those with six inch numbers screaming at you.

  16. Aunt Murry says:

    I had PRK (the precursor to LASIK) about 2 years ago. Lots of reason why I didn’t do LASIK but…I CAN SEEEE! I still think sometimes I have to take my contacts out or I will reach for my glasses but I am soooo glad I did this. Because…I can SEEEEE! I am at 20/20with a wee bit of astigmatism. Reading glasses when I am at the computer but that is all!
    So glad you joined the club.

  17. Melanie says:

    Congrats to you! I’ve heard the praises for this procedure. I only use glasses every now and then, but I’m so glad this is now available.
    You look great, BTW!! Hope you are enjoying some rest and time with your family.

  18. Colleen says:

    I’m happy to read that it all went well.
    Reading this post made me realize how much I’ve missed your writing while you were busy writing your book. And then I got to your picture.
    Let me get this straight.
    You wrote a book. You now have perfect vision. And you’ve lost weight and look amazing.
    I’m kind of in awe. All that I can claim to have accomplished this fall is finding the bottom of the laundry basket for a brief 18 hour period back in October.
    I’m impressed, Shannon!! And you DO look amazing!

  19. Rebecca at Toothwhale says:

    I thought of my LASIK experience as somewhat like when Tom Cruise gets new eyeballs to hide in Minority Report. After 20 years with glasses, I’m very, very happy to be without them. I’m glad the procedure went so well for you. (I laughed out loud a few different times at your post. Thank you!)

  20. TRS says:

    Wow! Congratulations.
    Reading your description of being able to see – EVERYTHING – reminds me not to take my vision for granted.
    I have great vision – the last time I went to an eye doctor (just for a check-up as it was covered by ins) they just shrugged their shoulders and marveled, “We don’t see eyes like yours in here.”
    Not bragging – just wanted to share that you reminded me to be grateful for my vision. I can’t imagine not being able to see the bricks on the house next door, or each individual blade of grass. I forget that other people struggle with it so thanks for the reminder.
    PS Lasik seems really scary!!

  21. Shannon says:

    That cracks me up. (If it makes you feel any better, nearly every night I catch myself thinking I need to take my contacts OUT, and then I remember, oh yeah, surgery…)

  22. Shannon says:

    Well, thank you–for starters, I haven’t seen the bottom of my laundry basket since 1998, so you impress me! And as for the other stuff–they kind of go hand-in-hand. The stress of book-writing means I haven’t had time to finish a meal since July. πŸ˜‰
    (Thanks for your kind words!)

  23. Shannon says:

    Thanks, Karen! I actually thought of you when I was sitting in that chair nearly hyperventilating from nerves. Thinking of my friends who’d done it before me gave me a boost of confidence! πŸ˜‰

  24. Shannon says:

    Oh Steph–you gave birth to all those babies without medication (OH MERCY, I DID NOT!), so a silly eye surgery would be like a teeth cleaning for you! Go for it! πŸ˜‰

  25. Genny says:

    Congratulations!
    I’ve actually never needed contacts or glasses…. until about three years ago when things started looking a tad blurry at night. Not enough to have surgery, but I did get some cute little night glasses. πŸ™‚ Sounds funny, I know, but I actually thought it was fun to get the glasses. (When I was little, I used to pretend I needed glasses. Braces, too. I remember I’d put paperclips around my teeth to make it look like I had a retainer. The things we do! Or maybe it’s just the things I did! lol)
    Genny
    http://www.mycup2yours.com

  26. Jan says:

    You know, I was just discussing crazy people who get eyeliner permanently tattooed on their eyelids with my husband and daughter today, and I believe I said something along the lines of “NO NEEDLES ANYWHERE NEAR MY EYEBALLS EVER” at some point during the conversation. So little flaps on my eyeballs?
    Um…no.

  27. cheryl says:

    I rarely comment, but have read your blog for a long time and just had to jump over here to say you look stinkin’ adorable! :o)
    Congrats on being able to see!!!

  28. rrmama says:

    You look wonderful!!!! I went with a friend over 15yrs ago to have hers done and she was she same way. She kept saying she could see and WOW look at that!!! She still has great vision to this day and she is still glad she did it.

  29. Musings of a Housewife says:

    Oh my word. This is making me clench my… nevermind. YOU CAN SEE! Woohooo!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ That’s awesome. I’m still far too nervous to do it. My dad had it done with very unfortunate results. ACK. And then there’s the heebie-jeebies I am getting just READING your post. But good for you!!!! I’m sure it’s such a relief.

  30. melissa@afamiliarpath says:

    absolutely terrifying, but worth it. though i have not done it myself mind you, i just know being able to see without glasses or contacts would be awesome. i’m still too scared to do it though. thanks for the encouragement.

  31. JC says:

    It is like a mircle, isn’t it? I had it done years ago and it took me two years to quit trying to push my “phantom” glasses back up on my nose. I don’t know why my face thought my glasses were slipping down, but it did, and every time I was thrilled all over again that they were no longer there.

  32. Melessa says:

    Thank you so much for the details. Even though I am squeamish, I read anyway because I’ve been contemplating/fearing this procedure for years. I was supposed to do it this year, but instead we had the new baby. She was worth it. Now it’s back to saving pennies for this. I *think* I can do it now.

  33. Nancy says:

    So happy you got such good results. I had it done in 2000 after years of being legally blind. I wore coke bottles for glasses to see miminally, contacts helped but the lasik was my saving grace. I now need reading glasses only because of age related issues, which I can deal with.. It truly is a miracle procedure!!!

  34. Sallie @ a quiet simple life says:

    I remember when I got my glasses in fourth grade. I stood at the window looking outside, amazed that I could see the individual leaves on the trees across the street. Amazed that I could see the individual hairs on people’s heads. I had no idea this was “normal”. So I can imagine how thrilling it is to be free of all the “stuff” needed to see normally. πŸ™‚

  35. Pamela Elmore says:

    Such a great description!!
    I had the surgery nearly eight years ago, and my experience was exactly like yours (except I got Valium).
    And I still have near-superhero vision.
    Hey — I can SEEEEEE!! πŸ™‚

  36. Holly says:

    I had Lasik almost 6 years ago and I tell my husband all the time that if they called me tomorrow to inform me that I owed more money for it, I’d pay up. It was the BEST money I ever spent! I do have a funny story about my procedure though. Right at the time that the Dr was cutting the flap and talking me through it, the nurse over-shot the saline and it squirted ALL OVER MY FACE. Well, since I had just heard the words, “I’m now cutting the flap…then I felt liquid on my entire face…what was I to think?” Let me tell you. You don’t really know fear until you think that your eyeball just exploded all over your face! Talk about drama…I started freaking out! When I went in for my checkup, he stood in the doorway with this grin on his face and said, “Oh…it’s Mrs. Moran and her Exploding eye ball!” Apparently he had told everyone he knew about that! Not my finest moment. Hilarious now, but at the time I was so worked up I actually fainted when they stood me up! Regardless- totally worth it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Especially now that I know that it’s almost medically impossible for one’s eyeball to actually explode during the procedure. πŸ™‚

  37. Kristin says:

    So great to hear your story. Mine was so similar. I had LASIK almost 2 years ago and it’s the best gift I’ve ever received. To go to be and get up and see whenever my eyes are open?!??!? Amazing. I went from 20/700 to 20/15. Dreamy.
    The worst part? No makeup the month before and weeks after. I’m far more vain than I ever thought.
    Advice? Do everything the follow up doc tells you to do. Take all the drops for months and months. They are the only two eyeballs you’ll ever have so take care of them!

  38. Lisa B @ simply His says:

    I had to skip the gory details πŸ™‚ Congratulations on this! You look absolutely beautiful with or without glasses. My husband had this surgery about 11 years ago (ancient times) right after it first came out. The dr/nurses had said it was ok for me to go in, but someone had to walk me outside in the hall before they started cutting. My knees went weak and I almost passed out. Guess God knew that about me and that’s why He gave me a girl πŸ˜€

  39. Kristin says:

    Thanks for that – I have wanted to do it for years – and I actually worked for a Dr. who did this procedure when it first came out – and I got to watch – SO….because of that I haven’t wanted to do it – because I know what is coming. But….I am tired of NOT seeing. I may start saving : )

  40. Sarah says:

    Hahahaha…funny post…thanks for the chuckle…
    and congratulations on your new vision…I went through a much smaller recovery of my smelling when I started taking my allergy medication and it was wondrous…I am sure I was annoying everyone with…wow, this smells wonderful…wow, I can smell this tomatoe…you get the picture…
    blessings,
    Sarah

  41. Pam says:

    The LAST thing you want with this surgery is the cheepest!!!
    You want the Dr. with he most experience. DO NOT be afraid to
    ask “how many of these have you done??” If they know what they
    are doing they will NOT be offended…..if they are then run
    don’t walk to someone else!!God Bless, Pam, South Bend

  42. Ashleigh (Heart and Home) says:

    Now that I’m old enough for my (horrible, terrible) eyesight to stop getting worse every year, the doctors keep telling me to get this done already, but I’m a skeerdy cat. Though, if it’s only eight minutes and I’d get me an Ativan (the conservative, sheltered SAHM version of getting high, ha!) maybe I should start saving my pennies too.
    Also, you look Ah-May-Zing. That is all.

  43. Paula says:

    My son is only 18 and already says he wants the surgery someday. I appreciate your take on it! It was a very enjoyable read!
    (I love the way you have Reply set up on your comments. Is this something I can learn to do when your book comes out? Looking forward to it!)
    Paula

  44. Jamie John says:

    I’ve been thinking about this for a few years, but I’m too chicken. My husband brings it up every year with putting more money in the health expense account, but I just can’t go through with it. Maybe for my 40th in a few years….

  45. Aimee says:

    You look amazing! Congratulations on the surgery. I’d LOOOOOOVE to do it. Maybe when my ship comes in. Or we have our emergency fund funded (a la Dave Ramsey), and have saved up for some more pressing needs. I imagine I’d do the same thing. I might even cry a little. πŸ™‚

  46. Cathy says:

    My hubby had the PRK (similar but slightly different, due to his particular astigmatism or something like that) done about 2 years ago. Lucky guy…his was done by the military since he’s active duty. Wish they’d do the same for family members. I have to admit to being a little jealous at times, specially about the alarm clock thing! πŸ˜‰
    Glad to hear yours went well…maybe I’ll get there one of these years.

  47. Donnetta says:

    First let me say you look GREAT! Next, thank you for sharing this info! I can’t imagine seeing without my glasses. This makes me consider doing it and maybe even to start saving my pennies with this in mind.

  48. Krystina says:

    I want to get Lasik surgery so bad, so very much! I am glad you shared your experience about it. It might make me feel a bit more…willing to take the first step. I think the part I’m most nervous about is having to be awake to see what’s going on. And, then, what if I get stuck with a Dr Griswold, not a Dr Einstein? what if I look too long at the laser and it completely burns my retina? what if…what if…I’m such a worrier. I hope I can work up the courage (not to mention the $$$) to get it done before my prescription gets up to coke bottle glasses size πŸ™‚

  49. Jenny in Ca says:

    good for you! My dh had it done maybe 6 years ago, and he said it was one of the best things he has ever done, so worth the money.
    You look wonderful, by the way, I wouldn’t have recognize you!! so, are you going to share diet and exercise tips with us? You look so young now! um, not that you looked bad before, my my easy to put a foot in your mouth, isn’t it? You know what I mean…!

  50. Amber says:

    I will do it when they are willing to sedate me. If Ativan and Valium can’t keep me from panicking on a plane, they’re not going to work for cutting open my eyeballs. Anyway, you look awesome! Congrats on being brave.

  51. Shannon says:

    You sure can! (Hint: for now, all you have to do is enable TypePad Connect on your blog–to do this, go to your blog’s Settings tab, choose Comments (on the left), scroll to the bottom and it will say something like “Enable TypePad Connect”. Choose that option, and that should do it!

  52. missy @ it's almost naptime says:

    Friend, I know EXACTLY what you mean. I had it done about 10-12 years ago and went from 20/1200 to 20/20 in five minutes. So imagine how sad I am that pregnancy/hormones/age/whatever has made my eyes go bad and just as of recently I have to wear glasses again….grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Btw, do you know how they discovered Lasik? Some Russian kid’s glasses broke in his face, and when they picked all the glass out of his eyes, he was healed. Thanks, clumsy bloody eyeballed Russian kid!

  53. Tracy says:

    I had Lasik in 2003. Before that I was not able to see my alarm clock in the morning without putting on my glasses. One of my dreams was to be able to see clearly. I actually won the money to pay for the lasik surgery. Yea!!! I have been seeing clearly since then. In 2005 I thought it was not working because I was becoming a bit fuzzy. I went back to the doctor and he could not find a reason for it. I then went to my regular doctor due to other complications and found after an MRI that I had a cyst in my brain. WOW! that was a shock. I had surgery to take care of the cyst and my site came back. I have never regretted it.

  54. Heidi says:

    Thank you for the warnings to the squeamish. I stopped reading there. I may go back and read it all, one word per day. Maybe. On days when I don’t need to sleep that night. I don’t know why I’m like this, because I can watch surgeries of all kinds, but eyeball stuff gives me the willies.
    And you look great! Congratulations on being able to see.

  55. Raise Them Up says:

    That is awesome! I’m so happy for you! I feel giddy every time I get my glasses updated and can see again! πŸ™‚ Oh how sweet it would be to not be so dependent on them to see…

  56. MP says:

    I haven’t been on here in forever – computer crashed, lost the link – but you’ve, um, SHRUNK!!! WOW. Congrats on the surgery and the new healthier YOU!

  57. Marilyn in TN says:

    Just hopped over on your blog from the Organized Junkie’s blog. I had lasik surgery in March 2002. I was 42 years old. It has been a blessing. I started wearing glasses when I was in the fourth grade. The lasik surgery was a gift from my husband. Seven years later (I am 49 now) I have started having some minor visual problems. BUT, my optometrist told me that I might need reading glasses as I got older. I do wear a mild prescription pair when I drive because of glare from headlights. I was also told that I could possible have an “enhancement” as they called it just to keep from eventually having to wear glasses full time. I don’t know if I will do that or not, I am not as adventurous as I was seven years ago. I am thankful to have had the surgery, but I don’t know of much documentation about further enhancement, if it is successful or not.
    Anyway, enjoy being able to see!!!!

  58. Kayren says:

    I’ve always said I’d never have this surgery done because I really don’t want to have the smokin’ hot laser in my eyeball (eloquently put). A few months ago I reconsidered and I think I might be ready in a few years. I can’t wear contacts anymore so I only wear glasses, and I’ve worn one or the other for about 30 years. I can’t even imagine waking up and seeing something. That must be amazing! Your post encouraged me that I’m on the right thought pattern to getting the procedure done….in a few years.

  59. SheilaG says:

    Way to go! I’m awfully squeamish about it, too, which is one reason I’ve been so scared.
    Did you ever see the movie Conspiracy Theory with Mel Gibson? I remember this season where they taped his eyes open for half an hour, and it made me physically ill to watch it. I think that’s what put me off Lasik!
    My other issue is that I have extremely good vision closeup. I’ll likely not need reading glasses. And since my grandparents battled with not being able to read when they lived into their 90s, I’ve been scared of messing that up by working on my distance vision.
    But mostly I’m just grossed out, and the above paragraph seems like I’ve given some half-intellectual thought into the matter!
    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  60. The Park Wife says:

    I had Lasik done about 5 years ago and am so glad I did. No more contact lens worries and I can wake up and actually see the clock. It only takes a few minutes and is so worth it. Come on a few minutes of discomfort for perfect vision, it’s a wonderful thing!
    The Park Wife

  61. Krista White says:

    I had my eyes done about 2 years ago now and it was the absolute BEST money I have EVER spent! I am so happy with it. I was very “blind” (ie, had to hold things about an inch from my nose to see them without glasses) and my vision is fantastic! Just wanted to give my congratulations for taking the laser plunge and add my $.02. Good luck with the recovery!

  62. Lisa says:

    I had lasik on March 17, 2005 πŸ™‚ (I remember the date easier than my own anniversary!). It was absolutely THE best thing to ever happen to me (shhhh…don’t say that to hubby though) and the best money I’ve ever spent too. I had been blind as a bat since kindergarten (astigmatism, nearsightedness), was cruely forced to wear thick granny glasses as a kid πŸ™‚ , and was at the borderline cut off for not being able to have it done. But I made it, and I did it, and it was done. Hurray!
    Your story brought back so many memories! I was scared to death too, but it was sooo worth it. I cried for weeks every time I looked at a clock across the room. 20/25 is what I ended up with. Here I am now, nearly 5 years later, and my eyes still work very nicely. πŸ™‚ It was quite the thrilling experience~

  63. MM3 says:

    Loved this! I too am nearly blind, but am way anxious to do the Lasik. Knowing sedatives are involved and time away from the kids makes it far more appealing.

  64. Dionna says:

    I’m so happy you were able to do this, Shannon. My dad had Lasik years ago and was always very pleased with the results. I would be freaked out about seeing everything they do too though…

  65. Robin says:

    I have been wanting to do that for years! But am super squeamish. Plus I don’t think you can get it when pregnant or nursing. But maybe sometime after next year I will work up the nerve and actually talk to a doctor about it. I can imagine how much better showers and swimming would be with out worrying about water in the eyes all the time ( since I am so blind I wear my contacts all. the. time.)

  66. nlynch says:

    Pennies are saved, just waiting for the guts to do it!!!
    This post inspired me and I had my consultation today!!! I think I am going for it in January!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Nanette

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