See that look on Ike’s face? That’s how I feel about Lasik.
Here’s what happened...
I reached out to a cousin of mine who lives in Austin and asked her for the name of the lasik center she used. She gave me the name and told me that her experience was great. I called the office and scheduled an appointment around Christmas time. I couldn't wear contacts for three weeks leading up to the consultation. During the three weeks your eyes return to their regular shape. This rule wasn't that big of a deal because I already wear glasses every single day. I only wear contacts if I'm driving for several hours at a time (so I can wear sunglasses) or if I go to any type of social event. I can't wear contacts to work because I don't blink enough, and I don't blink fully. Compound those things with dry eyes and you're sure to be uncomfortable after an hour of staring at two large computer monitors.
My Dad went to both the consultation and the eye exam. I needed someone to drive me home after they dilated my eyes. I also didn't want to do any of this stuff alone. They did several tests at the lasik center in order to gather information about my eyes. After the tests were taken, and the charts were looked over, they told me that I am not a candidate for lasik. The top layer of my eye is not thick enough. They showed me my charts and explained that I am two standard deviations outside of what they would like to see. They then said an alternative procedure might be possible, advanced surface ablation, but they would need to speak to the surgeon to see if he would be comfortable performing the procedure (given my charts with all the red all over it). A few hours later when we were on the way home from the eye doctor's office, I got a call saying that they would allow me to proceed with the alternative procedure but given my work schedule I wouldn't be able to have surgery during the holidays. This alternative procedure has a much longer recovery time. It would have to wait until after busy season if I decided to go through with it.
I was brave going into that consultation. A little nervous, but willing to put my fear aside for the sake of the outcome. After I was told that it was highly unlikely I would be able to have any type of surgery to fix my vision, my enthusiasm went way down. I had a feeling that this was not meant to be. I try and look for signs, and this just wasn't a good one. I appreciate their honesty but I would not feel comfortable or confident with the advanced surface ablation, given the eyes the good Lord gave me.
I might try again somewhere down the line, and see what they say. For the time being, I’m going to stick with my glasses . At least I'm not a professional basketball player. That would certainly complicate things.