Monday 24 March 2008

Laser Eye Surgery

It's 10 years ago today since I had Lasik Eye Surgery. I cannot believe it was that long ago. It was the best thing I ever did for myself (and no, this is not an advertisement!).

I was short sighted (couldn't see in the distance) from my late teens and hated wearing glasses. I would wear them only when driving or watching TV and would resist wearing them as much as possible. I was always losing my glasses and would often have to replace them.

I then discovered contact lenses. Of course I couldn't just get a normal pair. I decided I would get a fluorescent green pair. I already have green eyes so I looked like some kind of alien. I did attract a lot of attention but for all the wrong reasons. I found people were drawn to staring at my eyes, wondering what the hell was wrong with me. I also found it difficult to wear them though - and they were too fiddly and a nightmare to find if you accidentally dropped them. I wonder how people like Paris Hilton, who was born with brown eyes, can constantly wear her blue contanct lenses.

I finally decided to get Lasik eye surgery done and have never looked back. It wasn't an easy decision because I fear any kind of 'cutting'. However, after months of indecision, I finally just did it.

Last week I went for my regular eye exam and my vision is still 20/20. When I got it done I had one eye done first then the other. The difference was immediate.

The whole process seems expensive but I know that over 10 years I would have spent a lot on prescription glasses and contact lenses anyway. It is just one less thing to worry about. They adjusted my vision somehow so that the older I got the less I would be affected by long sightedness.

Our eyes are precious and something we take for granted a lot of the time. So for anyone out there who is contemplating getting this done, from my experience, it has definitely been worth it. In fact, I would have been happy if I had one year or so 'glasses free', let alone 10 years.