Friday, February 24, 2012

Flashback Friday: why I got LASIK

Ok, I’m not one to live in the past (because my present is oh-so-much better) but I have really wanted to start a new series on the blog.  “Flashback Fridays” …just to highlight some of the neat things I’ve done over the last few years.  Ideally I’ll do this every week.  But since I’m still trying to get in the swing of this whole blog thing, we’ll see how it goes.

First up on the flashback: LASIK.  8-)  Come along and relive with me, the adventure to change my life … as I see it.  ;)

In 2010, I decided enough was enough.  The job I had at the time (desk job / on the computer 8-9 hours straight a day) made me say good-bye to contacts.  And I couldn’t stand wearing glasses everyday.  Sure, I even had a super cute pair that I loved, but what a hassle!!  They were so irritating.  So, after several talks with some very convincing friends who had already done it themselves, I took the plunge.  I was so excited!  I even made a countdown until the big day.  It went something like this:

10.  This morning I realized I'm in desperate need of a new eyelash curler.  The rubber pad on the bottom is splitting and will soon be worn away.  And then it hit me.  In 10 MORE DAYS, I will never HAVE to curl my eyelashes again!!

9.  Hubs is excited because never again will he have to answer the age old question, "Honey, have you seen my glasses? ...I think I left them.... on the table?"  Nine days left!!!

8.  No more late night trips to the grocery store because I ran out of saline. ...or no more stocking the closet full.  EIGHT days till LASIK!!

7.  It's so frustrating to fall asleep on the couch (as I often do) with glasses on.  The only thing that comes from this is a poked eye and bent glasses.  But this time NEXT WEEK, I won't have this problem anymore!!

6.  As a cake decorator what's more frustrating than opening up the oven to pull out a fresh cake and getting steamed glasses?...  SIX days! whoooaaa.

5.  The only thing more annoying than your glasses steaming up when getting the cake out of the oven, is actually decorating the cake, with glasses on.  Gloves covered in Crisco and fondant in hand -- that's just the time when your glasses start to slide down your nose.  And no matter how hard you try to push them up with just your forearm, that dang Crisco seems to smear itself all over your glasses EVERY TIME.  5 more days until I get LASIK!!

4.  When I had contacts, I couldn't stand the least little bit of wind -- whether it was a slight breeze, the ceiling fan on, or the windows down in the car.  I don't get that feeling with glasses... but I'm just imaging how it will feel without the glasses.   Four days left till LASIK! It's getting close!!

3.  Because I paid way too much $$$ not to wear these gorgeous sunglasses....and in 3 days I can again.

2.  No more wondering ...are my glasses crooked?  The answer: yes, because even with $400 coach glasses, nose pieces are still sometimes soldered on at different positions.  It's quite frustrating.  I CAN'T BELIEVE I ONLY HAVE TWO MORE DAYS TILL LASIK!!!

1.  With glasses, I always thought accessories were too much -- too heavy to add.  Without them, expect more headbands, big earrings, and lots and lots of eye makeup.  :) ...not all at once though.  I'm not gaudy.  LAST DAY WITH GLASSES!!! AAAAHHHHHHHHH.

I had started this countdown once I found out that I was actually going to have the surgery.  Believe me.  I could have listed 100 more reasons why I wanted LASIK.  I just didn’t have the time.

So many people wanted to know about the surgery, the procedures before and after, and how much it costs, etc.  I’ll answer as much as I can tomorrow.  But no one asked why I got it.  To anyone that’s ever had inferior vision, I guess that answer is obvious.

It’s a surgery I’ll never regret.  The only thing I regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.  I could never stress enough how uncomfortable I was before LASIK, and how insanely better my life is now that I’ve done it.  I wasn’t just uncomfortable with how I looked (that was such a minor part of it) but I was literally uncomfortable.  My eyes were always dry, always hurt, and I felt like I could never see, with or without glasses.  All that changed.  And it only took 8 minutes to do it.

If you’re on the fence, I cannot encourage you enough to seriously consider it.  It was worth every. Single. Penny.  To me, it was SUCH a small price to pay for HUGE rewards in the end!!

Here’s to better than perfect vision!  :)

1 comment:

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