To See Or Not To See

October 22, 2007 by Kailani  
Filed under random thoughts

I have really bad vision. Really. Really. Bad.

In fact, if I’m not wearing my contacts I probably wouldn’t even recognize my family in a crowd of people.

For years, people have told me, even raved, about Lasik. Though there were a couple of horror stories, everyone else said they didn’t know why they waited so long to do it. They were amazed at how they could wake up in the morning and just be able to see clearly. They didn’t have to fuss with contacts and solutions and cleaning and glasses. A speck of dust no longer made them feel like someone just stabbed them in the eye.

There were times when I considered doing it but always ended up chickening out. You see, I’m a little squeamish about things like this. It took me forever to even get the nerve to try out contacts. However, on my last flight, a good friend of mine was telling me that she just got Lasik done and it was perfectly fine. The actual procedure took less than 10 minutes. And the best part is that you are required to go home and sleep for 4 hours! Required! DH can’t argue with doctor’s orders! LOL!

So this time I’m going to do it. I’m calling first thing in the morning to see if I’m a candidate. I have to admit that I am a little excited at the thought of never having to wear contacts again!

Do you have any experiences with Lasik? Would you be able to go through it?

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Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii. She is also the founder of the group review site - Family Review Network. Follow along on her adventure of a lifetime this Winter as a member of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol!
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46 Responses to “To See Or Not To See”
  1. Amanda Regan (madamspud169) says:

    I couldn’t have lasik surgery on my eyes, just the thought sends shudders down my spine. I mean it’s a laser & worse than that it’s going to be cutting into my eye!
    I’ve also seen a documentry on lasik that has gone wrong, leaving the poor person either worse than before or horribly disfigured.
    I’m going to stick with glasses, they’re not ideal admittedly but I also don’t have to mess around with my eyeballs to be able to see.

  2. Dana says:

    I think you should DEFINITELY go for it. The thought of it would make me squeamish too..but think how much more free you would be. I’m sure the success rates are high, but google it and see. I haven’t had it personally…my eyes aren’t that bad. I do know people who have had it with raving success…so I think you should go for it!

  3. Leanne says:

    Lasik is my biggest dream AND my biggest fear. I’d love to not need glasses anymore – I hate wearing them, and I can’t wear contacts.

    I’m excited for you though – you’re going to be glad you did it, and I’m excited to hear about how it all happens!

  4. Maribeth says:

    I don’t, but I do wish you well!!

  5. Adventures In Babywearing says:

    I have 200/400 vision (unless it’s gotten worse!) so mine is bad, too. I am not sure if I could ever go through with Lasik… I’m a wimp and will just suffer through with contacts and glasses! You’ll have to let us know how it goes!

    Steph

  6. karen meg says:

    I am 275/550 – Yikes! I’ve always thought about laser eye surgery, had friends who raved about it, but also some friends who had bad experiences. But I think the bad experiences were from people who perhaps weren’t the best candidates to begin with (and my friend had it done years ago, when technology wasn’t where it is today).
    My optometrist did tell me something interesting though, which made me rethink about ever getting it done for myself.
    If you get it done before you hit 35, chances are you won’t ever need glasses again. Most of us experience trouble reading fine print as we get older, but if you get it corrected before 35, you shouldn’t ever need reading glasses. After 35, you may still need something for close vision as you age.
    Being able to wake up and see everything clearly would indeed be a dream.

  7. Summer says:

    I’m nervous about having people work on my eyeballs too, but I would definitely toughen up to get lasik done. Someday…

  8. Renee says:

    DH had this done a few years ago and loves it. He only wishes he had paid the extra to get the laser cutting (back then laser was new and much more expensive) instead of the metal blade.
    DH was also very squeemish about having his eyes messed with. But the place he went to did all these tests before hand to make sure he was a candidate. Please make sure to go to a doctor who isn’t afraid to turn you down. Once he was approved and got in there they put numbing drops in and he didn’t feel anything for the rest of the procedure…and the cool part, he was able to see immediately!
    I drove him home while he snoozed. They gave him special glasses to wear when he slept so he would remember to not rub his eyes. He had drops to use for a while. They checked him a few times afterward and now he’s as if he never had glasses.
    Yes his eyes have gotten older and he just about needs reading glasses…for really tiny print (5pt & smaller) but then he’s 44.

    Once DD is old enough to be a candidate we’ll have her’s done too.

    I hope that everything goes well for you and that you love yours too.

  9. Renee says:

    DH had this done a few years ago and loves it. He only wishes he had paid the extra to get the laser cutting (back then laser was new and much more expensive) instead of the metal blade.
    DH was also very squeemish about having his eyes messed with. But the place he went to did all these tests before hand to make sure he was a candidate. Please make sure to go to a doctor who isn’t afraid to turn you down. Once he was approved and got in there they put numbing drops in and he didn’t feel anything for the rest of the procedure…and the cool part, he was able to see immediately!
    I drove him home while he snoozed. They gave him special glasses to wear when he slept so he would remember to not rub his eyes. He had drops to use for a while. They checked him a few times afterward and now he’s as if he never had glasses.
    Yes his eyes have gotten older and he just about needs reading glasses…for really tiny print (5pt & smaller) but then he’s 44.

    Once DD is old enough to be a candidate we’ll have her’s done too.

    I hope that everything goes well for you and that you love yours too.

  10. Karen says:

    I don’t think I could ever do it. I’d be too nervous about the what ifs. And having to wear contacts or glasses isn’t *that* inconvenient for me. I’d rather have that than a cane and a seeing eye dog. (grin)

    Of course, part of it is that dh had laser surgery on his eye (not Lasik, but for his glaucoma). It actually made his glaucoma MUCH worse and he had to have fairly emergent open eye surgery. So that might cloud my vision a bit (pun intended).

    I do know people who have had Lasik and have done quite well with it. :)

  11. Lissete says:

    M daughter really waants to get this done, but she decided to wait a few years till she’s about 21. She’s 18 now and hs been wearing glasses since about the age of 7. She cannot see at all without her glasses/contacts. She hates the hassle of contacts too, so you usually see her with glasses.

    She has a fantastic eye doctor/surgeon who we trust completely. He acually told her to wait til she’s over 21.

    I am real lucky that as of today I still have 20/20. But that same awesome dr. told me that pretty soon, I will need reading glasses. I’m 41 now, he says probably by next year :(

    Good luck with your lasik! I’m sure you’ll be fine!

  12. maria says:

    my very good friend, who is a bigger wimp than me just did it. She says it’s the best thing she has ever done. There was zero pain, and the next day, it was like she had her contacts in, only she didn’t. She is even trying to get her husband to do it.

  13. Carrie says:

    I dream of having Lasik! I have a lazy eye that I feel is getting worse. I did have glasses as a toddler, but hated wearing them and my parents never made me wear them and stopped going the the optometrist because of some stupid misunderstanding between them and the doctor. ANYWAY, the only thing stopping me from finding out if I would be a good candidate is the money right now. As soon as I get my credit card paid down, I will be looking into it.
    Let us know what happens. And good luck!!

  14. Baby Advice says:

    Best of luck to you! Sounds like it is worth is though!!

  15. Holly Schwendiman says:

    Both my inlaws had it done with great success. My husband is wanting but waiting to see what new thing comes before he does it. He’s blind as a bat without his contacts.

    Hugs,
    Holly

  16. Waya says:

    I’m definitely getting Lasik after I’m done with nursing. My SIL got it done a few years ago and she said it’s great! So go for it Kailani and let me know. I hate wearing glasses.

  17. Marie says:

    My eyesight is fine, but if it wasn’t I’d 1,000,000 times rather have Lasik than wear contacts. Contacts creep me out.

  18. Angela says:

    We had a WONDERFUL experience with Lasik at the Wright Eye Center in Colorado Springs, CO. (Supposedly the #2 clinic in the US) It was my “Christmas gift” to Jason the first year we were married. His vision prior to the procedure was 20/200….legally blind without his glasses. It took 7 minutes. And he could see as soon as they sat him up. Of course, then they made him wear a bunch of goofy eye gear for his 4-hour “recovery period”. I watched the entire thing from a window outside the procedure room–it wasn’t gory at all–I have a weak stomach, and I could handle it. Jason has never once regretted it, and I”m happy for him to be able to see the alarm clock as clearly as I do without glasses or contacts, first thing in the morning.

    My SIL also had hers done at the Wright Eye Center a couple years ago and had great results.

  19. Stacey says:

    I offer no expertise but I appreciate this personal decision and have said a prayer that you will make the right one for you.

    I feel responsible for my daughter’s vision, it’s horrible, so John and I are considering seeing about this for her soon–she’s 18 now. Keep us updated. xo

  20. ventanawhos daily says:

    i had a leader who was twice our age and got the lasik. she was sooo happy the next day. it was like hearing a miracle because she was soo thrilled!

    happy procedure! i’ll be prayin’ for ‘yah that day!

  21. pinks & blues girls says:

    I’ve considered it because I think I’d be a good candidate. But I’m scared! My brother got it done a few years ago, though, and was thrilled with the whole experience.

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  22. Sparky Duck says:

    My Aunt had it done and now she swears by it. Apparently it worked wonders for her, and truth be told, she has to be older then you, so her eyes woulda been weaker and she made it thru just fine.

  23. Sparky Duck says:

    duh had to change the link

  24. Mama Zen says:

    I just took my husband in for his THIRD “clean-up” procedure. There’s no way I’m letting them touch my eyes!

  25. LasikExpert says:

    Whether or not to have Lasik is a big decision, there is no doubt. Lasik is considered safe and effective by medical standards, but there is no such thing as a perfect surgery, perfect surgeon, or even perfect patient. There will always be some element of risk.

    I work for a Lasik patient advocacy. We don’t provide Lasik. We provide Lasik information and certify Lasik doctors.

    To help you reduce the risk of an undesired outcome you need to:

    1) Know what to expect. Do your research and get educated.
    2) Have reasonable expectations. You won’t be able to suddenly play golf like Tiger Woods.
    3) Choose your doctor carefully. This is really most important. There is no amount of technology that can compensate for an inferior surgeon. You may want to consider Lasik doctors our organization has certified, or use our 50 Tough Questions For Your Lasik Doctor to help evaluate a potential surgeon.

    Glenn Hagele
    Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance
    USAEyes.org

  26. Lulu says:

    I know several people who have done this and with excellent results. And I, like you, could probably be declared legally blind! But I’m so squeamish about eyeballs that I’m not sure I could ever do it! It’s very tempting though…

  27. Desert Songbird says:

    I have been wearing contacts since I was 13, and up until now, I would never have considered corrective eye surgery. Now, however, I’m getting tired of trying to wear contacts during bad allergy days, even though I now have good glasses.

  28. momto3cubs says:

    I have long thought about it, also. I can’t see more than about 6 inches clearly without my contacts or glasses! I’ve never checked into it seriously though, just due to the cost. Although, contacts and solutions cost a lot, too. Let us know what you find out!

  29. Pamela says:

    trying to convince eldest daughter — I’ll use you as an example after you come home, sleep 4 hours, and wake up with 20 20 vision.

    Oh. did they promise you a 36/24/36 figure, too?

  30. Christine says:

    Both my mom and Marissa are blind as bats. I only need glasses to see at night. I’d love to hear how everything goes for you.

  31. Gattina says:

    I am shortsighted too and wear glasses since ages and still do. I never wore contacts, I was afraid of them. My father had this surgery done when he was almost 80 and was very satisfied. I wish you good luck !!

  32. HawaiiVacationGifts says:

    My good friend had it done and loves it! I want to do it later but I’m not sure if any doctors on the Big Island do it. If you get it done, I may ask you for the name of your doctor and fly to Oahu to see him or her!

  33. Rach (Heart of Rachel) says:

    Sorry I don’t know much about it but I hope that you can come up with a decision that will be best for you. Wishing you well. Take care.

  34. Sher :) says:

    Hi Kailani,

    My daughter had it done and loves it!! She said the best part was waking up and being able to see.
    She’s a big wimp, but said it was no big deal. She’s definitely happy and would again.

    Go for it!
    Sher :)

  35. groovyoldlady says:

    I am blind as a bat – can’t even wear contacts due to my unique combo of nearsitedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and no sitedness. I would LOVE to have LASIK, but I haven’t looked into it (Ooo – bad pun!).

    I’ll be very interested to see (ouch!) how it goes with you…

  36. SeaBird says:

    How bizarre – literally an hour before I read your post, Jonathan and I were talking about me getting this done in the next month or two. I think I’m going to — I’ll let you know how it goes!

  37. lasik person says:

    don’t mind glenn, he’s a part of a paid advertising group in which doctors simply pay for the certifications. i suggest you look at other boards. the mcdonalds of lasiks, places like lasik plus, etc are okay and have thousands of satisfied customers.

  38. Jamie (Blonde Mom Blog) says:

    How did it go? I am very nearsighted and I just hate it. I didn’t start wearing glasses until college and since then it’s just been downhill! Now I can barely see anything without my contacts or glasses.

  39. Pass the Torch says:

    My eyesight is very good, by my MIL had it done after her cataracts were removed. She loved it. Her eyes look kind of eerie in some light – like there’s a reflection in her eye — but she’s very happy about her decision.

    Best wishes!

  40. mary mert says:

    You go girl! Me, i couldn’t do it. i have a thing about eyeballs and eye surgery. one day i realized it’s because I had eye surgery as a kid (both of my eyes were “lazy eyes”). I can’t even watch that stuff on TV, even though I worked as a nurse for 12 years.

    mary mert’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday- World On Fire

  41. Michelle in Mx says:

    I don’t think I could add much to the comments above, but if I could afford it, I guess I’d get it done.
    For a longtime I thought I wouldn’t, but now . . .I guess I would be happy not to have to deal with glasses.
    I never went the contact route.

    Michelle in Mx’s last blog post..Romans 10:14

  42. Shai says:

    Great blog! Thanks. I recently had lasik surgery and by accident I stumbled upon http://www.thepatientsadvantage.com. I used them when looking for a lasik surgeon.

    What I liked the most was that my profile remained anynomyous until I was ready to decide what to do. I received replies from four surgeons that met all the things I was looking for. I liked having that complete control without the sales pressure that some of these places can be known for.

    If you are going to go down the cosmetic surgery road…better to be safe than sorry. Check them out.

  43. Sher :) says:

    So when’s your appointment?? :)

  44. Debra says:

    I’ve heard horror stories about the process drying out the eyes, but who knows. Maybe it’s been perfected more since what I read.

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