Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Goodbye, glasses!

My four-eyes and I have been together since junior high. Like 30 years.

In those 30 years, I've probably been through at least 15 pairs of frames and 2 or 3 things of contacts. Initially, my eyes weren't too bad. But, for my 30th birthday, I got the delighted news that I could no longer pass my drivers license eye exam and I was officially "someone who NEEDED to wear glasses."

Ninety-five percent of the time, this was not a big deal. Summer humidity going into a AC-cooled room; winter dryness into humidified inside air, and occasionally summers were a pain - especially when I was lifeguarding 50+ hrs/week - since my insurance (and my wallet) couldn't cover a second pair of glasses to use as prescription sunglasses. Plus, due to a "cute, button nose," when sweaty I was forever pushing them up and adjusting them...which has become a sort of "nervous tick" that I continued to do even when I'm not wearing them. LOL

In 48 hours, it will no longer be a problem.

Thanks to fantastic new health insurance through DaHubby's work, I will be undergoing LASIK surgery Thursday for nothing out-of-pocket.

Fortunately, I'm in a wonderful grace period as well...I have not yet reached the point where I need bifocals yet. My up-close vision is still 20/20 and apparently this is a huge blessing for someone a few years past 40 such as me. For an unknown amount of future, I will be 20/20 at a distance as well as 20/20 up-close!

And, that's hard to get my head around.

Pojke, who didn't blink twice when DaHubby underwent the same procedure a year ago, is slightly upset by the thought of this surgery for me. "I won't be able to recognize you" and "You won't look like my mom anymore" have made us chuckle and reassure him that I'll still be me.

But, considering how worried he was when I got home yesterday from my pre-op appointment with a dilated-eye-but-I-drove-home-induced headache and nausea, the jury's still out on how he'll react on Thursday when he sees me. LOL

My internal image has been a-girl-with-glasses for nearly 15 years. It should be fun to meet the girl-without-glasses when I shake off the fog of the Valium and a nap on Thursday afternoon!

And, I'm looking forward to my first pair of "fancy" non-prescription sunglasses!

1 comment:

Christina said...

Wow...that's really exciting! My father-in-law had that done a couple of years ago and has been happy with it.

I don't know if I'm brave enough to do that. I would dearly love to be able to see without glasses or, in my case, contacts, but I'm too chicken.

Hope by the time you're reading this, you're eyesight is perfect in every way!