Sunday, September 25, 2005

I Have a Vision...

...problem. That's how the sentence should go--I have a vision problem. That's nothing new; it's been that way since third grade. Nearsightedness, astigmatism, yada yada. But it's been quite a few years since my last visit to the eye doctor, and I can tell that my prescription needs a slight change (the most recent time I got new glasses, it was pretty much a spur-of-the-moment thing, because the old ones simply fell apart and I couldn't actually afford both the appointment and the glasses at the same time).

I've had it in my head for quite some time that I'd look way better without glasses (if you see me in person, I'll happily doff them for you on request if you'd like to form your own opinion). Tonight, after seeing one more friend who'd gotten rid of his glasses, I decided that it's time for me to do something about it. (I can't explain it, but there's something exuded by the average formerly-bespectacled person that's rather striking--a new air of confidence, somehow. I want that air.)

So my straw-poll question of the day is: By which method do I ditch the glasses--contacts or Lasik? I just keep thinking that messing with contacts would be a big pain...but I can't afford Lasik right away, and you always hear of the times when it doesn't work (WHEN LASIK GOES BAD!, tonight on Fox). So I want to hear from contact-wearers (is it as bad as I'm imagining?) and Lasik-recipients (any problems?) and friends/relatives thereof. I don't know exactly when this will go down, but I really think it's time.

A happy hurricane horn story: From the Houston Chronicle comes the tale of a New Orleans musician and Katrina evacuee who, after having his brother's van--full of his equipment--stolen in Houston, was reunited with his antique sousaphone earlier this week.


Shawn said...

I have a vision problem too. -4.50 to be exact. Pretty damn blind to say none the least. It gets worse every year too. I'd love to have Lasik, but that's way out of the picture - maybe when I have that kind of money to blow on not computers, recording, or music. That might be a while. In the meantime I have success with day contacts. Yes, I have to take them out every night, but they are most comfortable (My eyes couldn't get used to keeping them in for sleep - they always felt really dry) but some of the newer oxygen contacts or whatever they are called look interesting, but now it's something I do almost habitually. I bet I'd do it if I forgot, and I slept-walked. Anyways... good luck on the decision, but I'd go with contacts until they stop changing period.

Anonymous said...

get contacts dude!


Ms. Worley said...

I've got Shawn beat on the bad vision thing... I'm -5.50 in the right eye, -5.75 in the left, which would be legally blind except for the fact that it's correctable. I have the newfangled extra-oxygen contacts... Optix 2, I believe. I am a horrible contact wearer, in that I'll put them in and leave them in for way too long... like, a month. Without ever taking them out. And it's all good. Apparently with the new Optix 2 (and I'm sure other brands' versions of the same idea) you get roughly the same amount of oxygen to your eye that you would get otherwise, so you don't really have to worry about your tear production, etc.