I’m going in today to be evaluated for Lasik surgery.
I’ve been evaluated before and they found that I was a good candidate – I have nice thick corneas and my general eye health. The scars on my corneas from years of wearing hard contacts in my teens are supposedly not an obstacle. Apparently Lasik was originally used to treat corneal scarring. So: bonus.
It’s still scary. I work in a very visual field. It’s hard to draw lines and curves and calculate angles and bearings if you can’t see what you’re doing. Not to mention the purely aesthetic component of my work. No one likes an ugly map. Though, I will sometimes use ugly colors if I feel that the project is stoopid or a waste of my time – but I’m not here to discuss my own passive-aggressive tendencies.
I’m here to talk about my eyes.
I like my eyes. (Yes, ex-fer, I do have two of them) They’re a neat color and they come in useful when doing things that require seeing.
I’ve read that the satisfaction rate for Lasik is between 92% and 98% and long term it’s around 95%. That’s pretty promising. Of course, if this were my sister getting surgery, she would definitely be in the minority. Especially if you tell her the odds. (Her arm swelled up the size of a baby pig after her doctor told her that 1 in 20,000 patients react badly to the Tetanus shot)
So, I’m not too worried. Though I have developed a certain amount of White Coat Syndrome in recent years. I get anxiety about visiting the doctor. I get anxiety about routine procedures like cavity-filling and mammogram (I still need to schedule that but that scares the snot out of me!) I’ve been trying to use Dr. Angelique’s square breathing technique when needed, but I may tell my eye doctor that I’ll need a little valium or similar before the procedure.
Anyway, I hope everyone has a great weekend.
And Angela, I hope you get good news tomorrow.