Exactly two years ago today, I had my LASIK eye surgery.
I actually have a really hard time remembering what it was like to deal with glasses/contacts, which is weird since I had them for 13 years.
But now, I can’t fathom not being able to fall asleep watching TV without uncomfortable glasses on my face. When I stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night, it’s because I’m too lazy to turn the lights on, not because I can’t see more than a foot in front of my face. I don’t have to pry my eyes open and stick anything into them when I’m still barely awake.
I don’t have to pull over on the side of the road if my contact suddenly decides to shift, or I get an eyelash in my eye while driving. When we travel, I don’t have to pack a contact case or solution. I can swim without worrying about “my eyes” falling out. In fact, I can even open my eyes underwater.
In short, it’s glorious.
Two years ago, I made the leap. Even though our wedding was less than eight months away, I decided that the investment was worth it. I actually applied for and qualified for a 3-year loan with a really low interest rate through the doctor’s office, and the payments are $56/month. I’ve been putting extra money toward it for a while, so it’s almost paid off, even though I am supposed to have a year left on the loan. But you know what? Honestly, I would pay $56/month for the rest of my life to not ever have to deal with contacts or glasses again.
It is worth it. So worth it.
Anyway, I just wanted to celebrate the two year anniversary of my new eyes. :) Two years ago, I wrapped up work a couple of hours early, and my boss actually drove me and dropped me off at the doctor’s office. My husband (fiance at the time) met me there shortly thereafter, and the doctors proceeded to perform a procedure that completely changed my life! (And Michael got to watch the whole thing, too. He’s braver than I.)
The only lingering side effect I experienced was minor dry eye, but it’s really nothing. After several weeks (months? I can’t remember) of using the eye drops as the doctors directed, I found that my eyes would often feel dry when I first woke up in the morning, but didn’t really have any problems through the rest of the day. The morning dry eye persisted for several months, but has mostly resolved itself now. I occasionally still wake up with that feeling, but I have artificial tears eye drops and I just use them once in the morning and I’m fine. It certainly hasn’t negatively affected my opinion on the surgery. I still sing its praises.
I’m always willing to share my experience, since I remember being desperate to talk to LASIK patients when I was trying to make my decision. If there are questions, please check out my posts about it all above, as I get into a lot of the details. But if there’s anything any of you would like to know beyond that, feel free to ask!
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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