Friday, July 24, 2009

The Eyes Have It

I had my first eye appointment in five years this week. This is quite a break from the yearly check-ups I have had since I was eleven and couldn't quite see the blackboard. Am I the only one who misses blackboards, by the way? Seems all the schools around here have switched to white boards and dry erase markers. Not quite the same.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes. Eye appointments. I was nearsighted and had astigmatism and never really mastered the whole contact lens thing (much to my dismay). Add to that a sad lack of style concerning glasses frames (I'd post a picture but I'm much too embarrassed at my Sally Jesse Raphael look), and you'll understand why I turned to Lasik five years ago.

It was the best money I ever spent. I clearly remember sitting up after being lasered and being able to see the clock across the room. Outside, everything was clearer, sharper. It was fabulous.

There were some cons. You have to wear hideous eye protectors to bed for a while so you don't rub your eyes while asleep. And for me, my eyes are very dry in the morning. I also have trouble with "halos", where, for example, a normal headlight looks to be three feet in diameter. But I got used to all of it, and having 20/15 is worth the little foibles.

Fast forward five years. My daughter needed to go in for an eye check, so I decided I should be checked too. After all, five years is a long time to go without a glaucoma or cataract checkup. So off we went. I'm happy to report that I'm still 20/15--for distance. My reading vision has slowly deteriorated over the last couple of years (often a side effect of the Lasik) to the point where I need to actually get a pair of glasses. When the doctor showed me the difference, I kind of felt like I was eleven all over again, only this time I was able to read clearly (without holding the page at a good distance) for the first time in years.

Do you wear glasses or contacts? Would you ever consider having Lasik done? My daughter, who's 20/400 or so, swears she'll never do it. The thought of the laser gives her a major case of the heebies. But she's a faithful contact wearer--and she has much better style in glasses than I ever did. I'm totally counting on her to keep me away from those Sally Jesse frames when I pick out my readers...