If You Have Negative Vision and Need It Righted Read My Story about My LASIK Confrontation

By: Frank Filbert

If you take the time to read any of the message boards or chat rooms on the Internet about Lasik surgery, you will wonder how anyone could get the courage to schedule a Lasik procedure, and why on earth they would want it. Many people make the LASIK clinics sound like they are some type of Dr. Frankenstein's lab, and they make the procedure itself sounds kind of surrealistic. With all this bad juju going on you'd think that the only people that would be interested in getting a LASIK vision surgery are the people who can't even move about the house without their glasses on.

Well, let me give you my story of how I chose Lasik. First of all, my vision is not good, but not terrible either. I can go down to the mall and catch a movie and see the film just fine without my glasses, but whenever I'm driving around in order to see the street signs correctly I do have to wear my glasses. So the fact is I really didn't need LASIK surgery, I just figured that it would help to make my life a little simpler. I love the outdoors, and very frequently I like to take the mountain bike rides as well as spending some time backpacking and climbing hills. I've never been able to make a pair of glasses last very long, and I am frequently and a lot of dirty areas, so contact lenses never work very well either. For these reasons, Lasik looked very appealing.

After reading the paragraph above you might think that I'm kind of athletic, and it's true that I am, so you might be thinking why it would be afraid of such a thing as a little scalpel? OK, technically Lasik does NOT use a scalpel but rather a "microkeratome blade", but it is still a sharp object approaching my eye as part of the Lasik procedure. LASIK surgeons these days don't have to use a microkeratome blade anymore though, as they have advanced technology that allows them to make the incision with a laser instead, which is far better than blade. What makes me really nervous is the fact that I've had way too many accidents in my life to feel comfortable about anyone coming near my eye with something sharp.

Well I went and talked to three completely different and independent LASIK surgeons, and every one of them assured me that as a 28-year-old man in a really great health, with mild to moderate nearsightedness that I was probably one of the best candidates for a successful LASIK eye surgery procedure. After these discussions I went ahead and scheduled my LASIK procedure with the surgeon had by far the best track record, and who coincidentally spent the most time explaining all of the ins and outs of LASIK to me.

I was really happy with the fact that the surgery wasn't painful at all, even though I took everything that they offered to provide comfort, even the sedative and a teddy bear. The only strange thing I remember about the Lasik procedure itself was a smell, something vaguely like hair burning. I am sure that it was my eye that was burning. It's probably a good thing that I didn't know about that smell before I went into the procedure, because if I had I might not have gone in.

That was a few years ago now, and as it turns out I guess I was a near perfect candidate for the procedure, as my eyes are both 20/20 vision and they haven't changed at all a long time now. It is my opinion that if you are a qualified candidate for the procedure, don't hesitate, grab that teddy bear and make your appointment.

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