Sunday, August 17, 2008

I Can See!

For 26 years the very first thing I've done when I wake up in the morning is grope on the nightstand for my glasses (my eyes were so bad I was essentially blind).
I can't even remember all the glasses I've worn, but I've had enormous upside frames that made me look like an insect, coke-bottle lenses in the days before the thinner high-index lenses, some not-so-bad glasses, and a few really nice pairs in the past ten years.
I spent about 15 years poking contact lenses into my eyes, and spent a small fortune on the whole mess.
Now I can see!

It's absolutely amazing. :)


Blogger Darlene said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you!!! How was it? Tell me EVERYTHING!
I have an appointment with the optometrist on Friday & I'm going to talk to him about it. I'm so fed up with glasses - I'm like you were. Unfortunately for me, though, I can't even wear contact lenses.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Desperate Housewife said...

You should do it! It only took about ten minutes. They put some drops in your eyes to freeze them. The only part of it that kind of hurt was when the surgeon was taping back my eyelashes and putting in the thing that holds your eyelids open, and that only took a few seconds. The rest of the time you're staring at a flashing light. Then it's done, and you go home an hour after! It's amazing! I could see right away, though it was pretty blurry at first, and I'm not supposed to be fully healed up for a few weeks because they had to remove so much cornea because my eyes were so bad. You have to use a lot of eye drops, especially the day of the surgery. And the worse your eyes are the more expensive it is. Mine was $3500, but it was worth it! You should absolutely look into it!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Did they give you something to calm you down beforehand? I mean, seriously, I literally have panic attacks getting a cat scan.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Desperate Housewife said...

They gave me an ativan, but it really didn't do much. I was okay all week, but I was scared s**tless by the time they called my name to go in. But it's really not that bad. After they get your eyelids taken care of, you just stare at flashing lights, and you don't feel a thing. The worrying was worse than the procedure.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Librarian Girl said...


2:22 PM  
Blogger Yarn Tails said...

Yay! I should do this one day. Especially after the puppy tried to eat my glasses.

Wait till you see some of the other pictures I took on my trip. Thought about you when I took some of them. I wish I would have gotten more house porn, but I didnt.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome!! Isn't it amazing what a profound change such a simple procedure can make? Well, I'm sure it's not super simple but you're up and about and seeing clearly relatively quickly. My hub had it about 10 years ago and still sees great!

12:38 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Yay for being able to see without glasses! The very idea of the operation gives me the willies.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Desperate Housewife said...

Thanks guys, I'm absolutely thrilled! I wish I had done it ten years ago!

And, yes Paula, it was a touch "Clockwork Orange," but it was very fast!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Netter said...

I'm so glad everything turned out so well for you. The one in 2 million experience that my boss had has totally freaked me out so there is no way that I could ever have that done. Never Ever.

4:00 PM  

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