Thursday, July 21, 2011


I have to take another short break from posting and writing, but it's for a good cause.

I've worn eye glasses or contact lenses for 20 years, and today they're out of my life until I get old and need reading glasses. I've wanted Lasik forever - even did a project on it in anatomy class in high school back when it was brand new and still experimental. Today is the day my dream comes true. Soon I will be able to swim in the ocean and find my towel when I come out of the water.

I can't type or read for at least a day or so. I'm very excited. I've never been so stoked about someone poking around in my eyeballs.

I'll be in and out in half an hour, and by next week I should be back to writing. I'm going to try to crank out a couple of pages today to make up for the time I won't be writing over the next couple of days.

Tomorrow I plan to tell everyone I know: "Now let me look upon you with my own eyes."


  1. Good luck! I've wanted to do it for ages too.

  2. Anonymous12:50 PM

    Congratulations! And good luck. I hope you'll update us on how it goes. I've wanted to do this for a while.

  3. Awesome, way to go. You look great now you'll see great too.
    Ok, few tips from me:
    1. First night, I sat up staring at my wife and when she opened her eye, I said, "I can see you" Not as romantic as it sounds
    2. You'll spend a week or so playing, "Guess, what I can see, can you see that?" with your friends. Not as fun as it sounds.
    3. Ignore icky comments like, "You look great, now you can see great too", they're said with the very best of intentions.


  4. I recently passed the ten year-mark with my Lasik eyes and you can't anticipate how great it is to be free from glasses. I was as blind as a bat without them. When I went to the pool, I'd have to learn to identify my friends by the color of their swimsuits, their walk and their posture - it was THAT hard to tell people apart unless I was right on top of them.

    Lasik brought me down to 20/15 vision, which didn't even know was possible.

    There are only two drawbacks: First, you'll probably be seeing halos at night for the first six months or so. Second, my night vision took a pretty decent hit. Eventually I was comfortable driving at night again, but the first month or so might feel strange.

    Final tip: the day after my surgery, I went to go see "Traffic" in the movie theatre. When your eyes are still healing and haloing in bright light, a movie with tiny subtitles is a BAD idea. Take this into account when planing your next weekend or so.

  5. Is this operation anything like what happened to John Anderton in THE MINORITY REPORT?

    Please say yes.


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