Friday, October 12, 2007

I Can See Clearly Now

In a few weeks, I'll be going in for a consultation to determine if I'm a candidate for laser eye surgery. I'm apprehensive, but hopeful.

Laser eye surgery is (depending on what source you consult) between ten and fifteen years old, so there are no long term studies on the effects of the process. Reading the FDA site on LASIK (the most common type of procedure), I began to feel much more uncertain about the whole business. I suppose that's a good thing; the list of risks keeps running through my mind. There is always the risk of blindness, and I wonder what it would be like if I were one of the few to lose my sight. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't see.

There was a time when I thought I would never even consider it. It seemed vain and expensive. And yet, it seems less expensive than buying new pairs of glasses over the years, and comes with the intangible value of being able to get out of bed in the middle of the night without banging into things and tripping over the cats.

I'd like to be able to go swimming by myself without worrying about getting lost in the water. I'd like to wear headbands without having the irritation of trying to fit a headband and a pair of glasses behind my ears. I'd like to be able to lie on my side at the end of a yoga class without my glasses digging into my arm.

It would be nice to go without glasses, and see things as they are for a change.

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