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LASIK, SOONER THAN LATER

This is happening earlier than expected, but I’ve decided that — as long as the exam goes smoothly on Friday — I’ll be having Lasik surgery this weekend. I found out I get a discount if I go through a company that participates in my insurance plan, so I called for a referral yesterday. The lady told me I only had to leave my contacts out for three days beforehand, which meant they could schedule me for the comprehensive exam as early as this Friday (this includes dilating and measuring the eyes) to make sure I’m a good candidate for the surgery.

This means I haven’t worn my contacts since I took them out Monday night. I usually only wear my glasses around the house, and I’ve driven at night with them on (like when I leave late at night to drive to Richmond for the weekend). It was strange driving to work during the middle of the day — the prescription for my glasses is six years old, so it’s not as strong as my contacts. It’s also difficult to put on makeup. I have to lean really close to the mirror to see what I’m doing.

When I got to work, I was self-conscious and felt like I had to explain myself to everyone I saw: “I’m having Lasik! They won’t let me wear my contacts!”

Once I have the surgery, I won’t be able to wear eye makeup for at least a week afterward. And I never leave the house without eye makeup on.

But it will all be worth it if I’m able to say goodbye to glasses and contacts for good. There will be no need for pictures like this one:

Glasses

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25 Comments

  • Reply mikkie April 18, 2007 at 9:05 am

    That is fast indeed!

    As they would say here: toi toi toi!

  • Reply Tammy April 18, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Wow!

    that’s fantastic! And much like getting the tile floor laid down in my kitchen — the week was a beyotch — but SO worth it.

    And, I think, in your case — even MORE SO!

    Go girl!

  • Reply jen April 18, 2007 at 9:28 am

    have you researched this new place to make sure they are good? they aren’t rushing you into it, are they? arg, i’m nervous for you! good luck!

  • Reply Coy April 18, 2007 at 9:40 am

    This reminds me of when, in high school, I told my mother I wanted the surgery. She informed me that it was expensive and we couldn’t come close to affording it, however, there were other options.

    To introduce our little town to the relatively new procedure, a local doctor would hold monthly informational seminars and at each of his seminars he would give away one free corrective eye surgery. My mom signed me up.

    On the day of the seminar she came into my room and said, “Coy. This doctor has a reputation in town for being a real perv.”

    “Um. Ok?”

    “He likes young girls, that’s what all the nurses at the hospital say,” she went on.

    “Gross. But I’m still going.”

    “Coy…I don’t think you understand. This is just a hint.”

    “A hint at WHAT?”

    “Well, perhaps if you dressed a little more provocatively, you’d have a better chance.”

    I laughed so hard. “You want me to slut it up and whore my way into a free surgery?”

    She said, “It’s just a hint, ok? If you want the surgery bad enough…”

    My own mother trying to pimp me out at 17 for free medical procedures. I really DO live in Arkansas.

    I digress…that just reminded me of that story.

    Good luck! Don’t sleep with anyone for free Lasik.

  • Reply Marie D. April 18, 2007 at 9:42 am

    I have several friends who did it and they’re all really happy about it – they see perfectly well now. But keep a pair of sun glasses with you during the first week, and also I think you shouldn’t come back home alone after the procedure.
    I am too scared to have it done myself so I stick to my glasses, but I am far from blind actually, for example putting my make up on is no problem at all.
    Good luck!

  • Reply Stephanie April 18, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Ooh–I’m jealous!

    I’ve had glasses since I was eight years old too, and my god, did I have some horribly ugly ones–my first pair, plastic frames of course, featured a strange mosaic of dark rose-pink and green shades, reminiscent of vomit in retrospect, and those glasses and most pairs since have been way too wide for me as well because of my absurdly narrow face. The frames/lenses on my second pair, in sixth grade, jutted out three inches from each side of my face, I swear. I got my first pair of contacts that year; I think my mom felt bad for me because I looked like such a goober. The pre-contacts photos are mortifying. I’m almost 26, and kids’ glasses still fit me better than adult ones.

    But I’ve actually been wearing my glasses almost always for the last couple years. I’ve tended to go through phases, back & forth between my contacts & glasses, in last eight years or so. I think it was when I started working at home that I started putting my contacts in so rarely. But naturally, when I bought the glasses I wear currently, my adult choices were still limited, so I ended up with a pair I’m not crazy about; they accentuate my too-dark eyebrows instead of my light eyes. But now summer is here, and I’ll want to wear sunglasses more often, so back in the dry-my-eyes-out contacts will go.

    So we’re even now. You can be jealous of me for getting to work at home, and I can be jealous of you for getting to see without hassle or embarrassment. 🙂

  • Reply Molly April 18, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Good Lord, no eye makeup for a week! You are a better person than me. But it will be worth it, I’m sure. =)

  • Reply Jul April 18, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Ooooooo, good luck! Hopefully one day I’ll stop being such a wuss and get it done, too.

  • Reply Janet April 18, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Cool! I don’t know if I could do no makeup for a week. Eek! I’d call in sick.

  • Reply geeky April 18, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    exciting! good luck, i hope it goes well! and you obviously already have a doctor, but if for some reason you do need a recommendation, i can’t recommend the doctors at VA Eye Institute in Richmond highly enough.

  • Reply Chris M April 18, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Congrats on getting it done Zan, I know you have to be excited about it!! Tracy Mason had it done a while ago and she said it was one of the smartest things she had ever done, and I can only imagine so…
    So again, congrats and NO MORE worrying about buying contacts soon!!!!

  • Reply Little Miss Moi April 18, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Zandria. That’s great. Had a couple of friends who got it done and they love life without glasses (esp as one had quite weak eyes). I hope they find that you’re a prime candidate!

  • Reply Aunt Cathy April 18, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I’m sooooo blind too!!! I am very jealous of you being able to get lasik surgery. I was told I couldn’t. Wwwaaaaaaa =(

    As for you not being able to wear eye makeup…..I’ve seen those big, beautiful, blue peepers makeup free and you are absolutley gorgeous.

    Cannot wait to hear how it all went…… OXOXOXOX’s

  • Reply ally bean April 18, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Groovy. A life without glassses is beyond my realm of dreaming. I’ve had glasses since I was five and am not a candidate for this kind of surgery. So I’ll live vicariously through you. Can’t wait to hear about how you live through a week sans eye make-up.

  • Reply janet April 18, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    yay! this is all happening so fast! Which center did you choose? I had to wait like 8 or 10 weeks because of my contact lenses and it SUCKED so badly. The no makeup thing sucked a lot too, I won’t lie. But it was all so worth it! Good luck!

  • Reply Dana April 18, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I have to agree with your Aunt Cathy, I’ve seen you without makeup too and you are still beautiful! 🙂 I’m so glad you are able to get this done, I have heard so many great outcomes from people!

  • Reply Teresa April 18, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Good Luck!!! You might begin to like yourself with out eye make up after a few days or at least that’s what happened to me. I haven’t worn eye make in so long that when I try to wear it I think I look strange. You must be sooo excited:)

  • Reply Barry Leiba April 18, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    I used extended-wear contact lenses, and the doc wanted me out of them for two weeks, at least.

    Marie says, “and also I think you shouldn’t come back home alone after the procedure.” A reputable place will tell you all that, and will make sure you have a ride home set up, so that’s not really an issue. No, you can’t drive afterward, because your vision will be too blurry for several hours. And I was told not to do anything that required focusing until the next morning.

    Anyway, Zan, I looked at the photo, and I have to say that you’re too self-conscious: you look very good in your glasses too.

  • Reply Kim April 18, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Yay for Lasik!

    I really need to look into it too. I’ve been wearing these glasses for a little more than a week and they’re killing me. I totally hear you on the putting on makeup. I apply it without my glasses and when I put them on, I look like a raccoon.

    Good luck with it! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  • Reply Another Chris April 18, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Wow, mentioned so recently, and then acted upon so quickly! You always surprise! Best of luck with the surgery…two of my best friends had the same in February of 2006, and they both have better than 20/20 vision (and did almost immediately)…they agree this was one of the most positive changes they have ever gone through. Congrats on a great choice!! CR

  • Reply fw sunshine April 18, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    While I think that your glasses are quite fetching, I’m glad for you that you can be rid of them forever. Bah, glasses! I have friends who have done this and are soooo so glad that they did. Hooray for you!

  • Reply Alyndabear April 19, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Hooray! Wow, only three days? I have been told to leave mine out since I’ll be having the surgery in the next couple weeks. They wouldn’t even do the initial testing and consultation if my contacts weren’t out two-three weeks prior!

    It’s exciting isn’t it? Scary, but exciting. Since mine isn’t scheduled yet, I’ll be expecting to hear all about yours! xo

  • Reply Hot Cop/PPO April 19, 2007 at 2:36 am

    Not at all about the LASIK, she looks fine in her glasses.

    First Zan, you are a very gifted writer. I am flattered by your comments about me and the work that I did.

    For all of you reading: yes, there was a bit of personal service, yes I did provide more service than was required, yes I did go by more often than was necessary to see her (can’t lie), no I am not less than 300 pounds because I am allergic to doughnuts (just don’t eat ’em and I work out quite a bit), and finally I was doing what I thought was right, although I went beyond what was required, it is still just a job. By the way, I just learned of this site…had to read it and respond with my own comments, sorry Zan.

  • Reply Swissfondue April 19, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Wish you all the best! I’ve been entertaining the idea of a similar corrective surgery. Maybe this will help me decide 🙂

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