That time they pointed a laser at my face

I just got back from a walk around the neighborhood with my dogs. The heat wave of 36 degrees was beckoning, and my girls were eager to stretch their legs. We took a familiar route, but this time was different. I felt like I was seeing real life in HD. It's an incredible feeling, but I'm still getting used to it. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm not wearing contacts. It's not that hard to believe myself, as I think my vision is stronger now than before with glasses.

It has only been 24 hours since the procedure.

Since they "fixed my prescription."

Since they pointed a laser at my eye ball and reshaped my cornea.

LASIK. I did it. I did it! Was I scared? Umm, yes. Am I glad I did it? A thousand times yes.

glasses and pupils

How it Came to Pass

Years ago at a routine eye checkup, I casually asked my opthamolgist what he thought of LASIK. He said that he was so glad I asked, and that I was a perfect candidate. I filed that away, but took no steps. Of course I would love to be free of glasses and contacts, but I am a photographer, and what if something went wrong?

Then I reached the tipping point. Last year, I was photographing the family portraits at an outdoor wedding. It was windy, I hadn't blinked in a while, and all of a sudden, one of my contact lenses popped out. I turned and tried to hide it, but the bride saw. She was great, she offered to find me solution. I declined and was able to just pop it back in (luckily I had caught it). I was mortified. Of course I kept spares in my bag, but I decided I couldn't let that happen again.

I started shoveling all spare change into my HSA, and asked around about doctors. A photographer friend recommended Doctor McRae, and I needn't look any further. My only concern was finding the very best doctor and trusting them. From the moment I stepped in their office, I felt welcomed. The staff was very pleasant and every interaction I had with them went smoothly. I began to compare my experience with someone shopping for a wedding photographer.

Do we make people feel comfortable? Do we answer all of their questions and show them examples of past happy clients? Do we provide enough information to make their choice simple?

I felt that if I was going to let someone operate on my eyes, my source of income, my livelihood, then I wanted the best, no matter the cost. I am only doing this once, and I want it done right. Isn't that what every couple feels?

blurry and sharp

My thoughts and advice for those considering treatment

When my husband asked me how it went I said, "I flashed, like Chuck". To which he replied, "You know Kung-fu?" So yes, now I know Kung Fu.

Well, I didn't instantly learn how to fight, but that would have been really cool!

But in all honesty, the treatment lasts 20 minutes and all you do is stare at flashing lights. There were about 5 hours of "uncomfortableness" that followed. I felt no pain, and now have 20/20 vision without corrective lenses. How many other ways can you take a day off and change your life? No really, can you think of any others, because I can't. I feel like a million bucks.

My advice? Go see Doctor McRae at the Flaum Institute. The information seminar is free, as is the initial consultation. They will run every test, answer every question you have, and if you let them, change your life. If you want more information or have questions for me, please feel free to contact me as I am happy to share my experiences! Its now been over a month since the procedure, and I only wish I had done it sooner.

This is an incredible opportunity that I am so blessed to have been able to take advantage of. To all of you who were born with perfect vision (cough, Erin, cough) good for you. To the rest of you, good luck! Cheers! Lori