Chuck, I had lasik surgery in December 1999. I am very happy I had the
surgery done. I had very very poor eyesight and had to wear very
thick glasses, all the time and to even think of getting out of bed.
What prompted me to get this done was I was a passenger in a car, and
one lens dropped out. I really freaked out, could not get oriented,
could not see and made my husband go home immediately, so I could get
other glasses. The surgery was easy as far as surgical procedures go.
Really no pain, just uncomfortable. It took a total of 42 minutes
from the time I walked into the office, did paper work, sat in the
chair, had procedure done, rested for a few minutes and then had a
post op exam. One of the things that I had the doctor do for me in a
pre op exam was to show me how the vision would be without glasses, I
also tried the scenario of one “nearsighted” eye and one "farsighted"
eye, to see if the would be a solutions for me. It was not for me,
but by trying this, I knew which way to go. I went home and rested
after surgery (actually fell asleep in a lounge chair) and felt fine
after awakening… I had to wear shields (clear) over my eyes, but
could still see through them, at night to keep me from rubbing
without knowing it. The next day I DROVE TO THE DOCTORS OFFICE
WITHOUT GLASSES. I had been wearing them since I was 7. It was a
whole new feeling. My vision kept improving with each day. I now have
20/20, but do have to wear reading glasses. It is a small price to
pay to see “like everyone else” . I can go to the pharmacy and get
glasses there or to the local optometrist for 2.5 magnifiers. BUT the
BEST is being able to go out in the rain and not having spots before
my eyes. There are lots of other benefits, too numerous to go into
here. I do wear optivisors for jewelry work. The one thing that you
will have to get adjusted to at the beginning, but it goes away with
time, is that the bright lights at night seem to have a halo around
them. I did not drive at night for the first month, but after that
it was better each and every day. Take a look out of your glasses
when driving, I think that you never thought about the "starbursts"
that are created in the nights at night. I was only observing this
when I was thinking about the surgery and weighing my options. I think
this is a wonderful surgery and very liberating.