Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Week from Now ....

A week from now I could have almost perfect or near perfect vision. 

I know it sounds so very lame (and vain) but I have been considering laser eye surgery for some time now. I detest wearing glasses, and Rito tends to grab at them making them all smudged PLUS he has already broken an old "back up pair" of glasses. I have purchased many pairs and have never found a frame that I can stand wearing and looking at for more then a day or two at a time. They drive me nuts and I feel so gross and greasy when I wear them. Now, I normally do wear contacts which I sleep in (it is OK - really) and I have never had a problem with them. The problem with contacts is that I can't wear them forever and in a few years I will need bifocals - which I am so NOT cool with (and contacts when you need bifocals are a pain in the ass). The laser surgery will almost guarantee that I will never need bifocals but may need a light prescription pair of reading glasses. To me this beats the shit out of bifocals.

I have done a lot of reading on the surgery and recently I have had a consultation for the procedure. As well I have called 4 previous patients of the clinic where I had the consultation and they are all happy with the outcomes of the procedure (one guy needed "tweaking" in one eye but is very pleased now) and I talked with two people at the clinic who were there for follow up appointments (one day after the procedure and three months after) and they were both very pleased. The only thing holding me back is the cost. Almost $3000.00 for the most expensive and "safer" option or as low as $2200.00 for the cheap version. The price was a bit more then expected but only an extra $1000.00 overall. Our benefit plans do cover a chunk of the surgery fee (actually over the course of time it will pay the while thing off) but the initial outlay of cash is a little stressful. Doo-able but stressful. I hate spending large chunks of$$$ all at once. For me, being a stay at home and working part time Mom, a $1000 is a lot of money to spend on such a thing (even though I will get that money back in less than a month). And face it I spend at least 800$ a year on contacts and glasses alone, so the surgery will more then pay for itself over time as well.

I guess I could just quit shopping until spring and that would more then cover the extra cost. 

Realistically I will go for the better more expensive and safer technology in the end; because why take chances with my eyes you know? I feel like I should do it sooner then later though, because the surgery can not be done while pregnant and since we are throwing all birth control caution to the wind in this house - pregnancy may not be far off. Seriously, two kids and glasses would suck. 

Screw it - after this rambling rant I realized that it is OK to do this for myself. It is about tiem I do some renovations on SleepyNita. 'Tis is a New Year right? 


Redneck Mommy said...

Go for it.

My friend just had his eyes done and was thrilled with the results. I've toyed with the idea but I'm too much of a chicken shit.

That and I'd like a new mattress sometime

Maki said...

Hubby got it done a while ago and LOVES not having glasses. He did have to go back and get permanent blocks in his tear ducts because his eyes kept getting dry but he has no problems now.

Happy saving!