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: