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Two things I'm considering and need advice on
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brit_columbia
Hey everybody,

There are two things I'm thinking about doing, and I'm looking for feedback, comments and suggestions.

1. I'm thinking of getting laser eye surgery.
I'm quite near-sighted and not a good candidate for contacts because my eyeballs are too flat. However, I have been told I'm a good candidate for laser eye surgery. I don't need glasses for reading, but I need them for a clear view of anything that is more than a meter away from me. I live in a blurry world. My glasses live on top of my head.

So my questions are: Have you had it done? Do you know anyone who did? Did you/they regret it or has it been a positive experience? I'm a little bit scared, not so much that I'll be the one percent who goes blind, but more that something weird might happen to my eyes that makes it difficult for me to read comfortably. I really love reading..


The second thing I'm thinking of doing is buying an electronic reader for $89.95.
It's this one: this: http://www.ebookwise.com/ebookwise/ebookwise1150.htm
It's a pretty good price. I currently use my little netbook to read ebooks on in PDF format, but it weighs about three pounds if I take the electrical cord with its heavy plug along with me, which I mostly do. I'm hesitating because Asus is supposed to be coming out with a super thin combination netbook/reader next year, but I can see it taking at least two years to get to Canada. I want something small and light to read M/M books on, but ideally, I would like to have net-surfing ability too. I know that won't happen with the reader. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of scared of the new technology and afraid I won't be able to figure out how to upload my books, etc.

I hate wireless internet because it's so unreliable in the downtown area. I never bother to use my netbook for internet when I'm out, anymore. Another option would be to get a rocket stick for it, but I'd still like to have something lighter. Should I buy it or just make do with my netbook and wait for something better to come along? Do any of you guys have readers or rocket sticks? Can anyone give me the benefit of their experience?

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Hi Brit,

Like me it seems you have Astigmatism. I have the same problem but If you do get it done please let me know how it turns out. I don't know how blurry things are until I put on my glasses but I can't wear them when walking, lol.

I had a co-worker who had it done and she did say she could see clearer. That was two years ago and we no longer work together, so long term...

I'm sure there are risks in all surgey but it just may help. Either way I have my fingers crossed that it turns out well. Good luck!

Yes, I have astigmatism. Contacts are really, REALLY second-by-second painful, and that's when they actually stay in my eyes. I've had them jump right out because there isn't enough of a curve on my eyeball for them to maintain cling.

I'm just like you in that I forget how blurry things are until I put on my glasses, and then the world leaps into sharp focus. I don't really like wearing my glasses, so I tend to only put them on when I specifically need to see something, like a sign. Otherwise, I have adapted in a hundred small ways. For instance, I can recognize a person I know at a distance from things like their height and gait, or the colors or cut of their winter jacket.

It's interesting that you can't wear your glasses while walking. Why not? Do you feel off-balance or does wearing your glasses make you feel farther from or closer to the ground?

The floor looks as if it is coming up to meet me.lol I have to look straight ahead and mostly wear them when driving or watching TV. We do compensate for recognizing people from a distance *grins* But after years of doing this it all becomes second nature, lol.

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Laser eye surgery scares me too! That's why I'm hesitating. But I figure if I ask as many people as possible, I'll get a better idea of the benefits and the after-effects.

It's funny that you say glasses can be super-sexy. I never thought anyone would think so until I finally stopped rejecting technology and bought a computer in 2005. Then I found out that there are lots of people out there with a glasses fetish.

I used to have a man with big blue eyes, but he was so incredibly nearsighted that it was like he was half-blind. He was the kind of person who would have to wear glasses with lenses as thick as coke bottle bottoms, but he spent the extra money and went for more expensive lenses that were not quite so heavy. Sadly, they shrank his big blue eyes down to less than half their size. If he lost his glasses, he was literally helpless. He tripped over furniture. I was amazed that his ancestors had survived through the millenia to pass their substandard sight genes on. I used to say to him, "How on earth did your great-great-great-great-great (etc.) grandfather ever manage to outrun a saber-tooth tiger or successfully throw a spear into a deer rather than one of his fellow hunters?" He laughed and said his genes got passed on through the women of the family, all of whom had his same horrible eyesight, but also had big blue eyes, blond hair and big breasts. They survived because horny cavemen brought them meat and protected them from predators.

I read a study years ago, the results of which showed that people considered those who wore glasses to be smarter than those who didn't, but also less sexy. I can't speak to the less-sexy part, but I know, from social experiments I conducted over the years, that it's true that the perceived intelligence level of a person goes up when he or she wears glasses.

Erin, I'm making a prediction. I predict that in 5 to 7 years you will break down and buy an e-reader or some other device for reading e-books. Why? Because what happened to me will happen to you. You will be ankle deep in books! They'll be spilling out of your closet, stacked double-deep in your bookcase, covering every surface, sitting in boxes in your mom's closet. Your boyfriend and roommates will complain. Their disapproving faces will flash before you every time you guiltily buy a new book, a book for which there is no space. And you can't get rid of these books, as per the suggestions of friends who just don't understand, because you love them. You love them all. So e-books will be the obvious answer. *Nods knowingly*

*giggles* And now the image of "The Paper's" bedroom with it being completely buried in books has drifted to my mind and is making me snorfle. (from Read Or Die- a very interesting anime movie, in case you don't already know)

No, I didn't know about that one. Is it a full-length feature or a short?

A very nice full hour-and-then-some movie featuring the British library and their secret operatives and superhuman clones of popular literary and historic mythical peoples. It's an amusing watch, even if you don't like the idea that Mozart was planning to destroy the world with a symphony. 8D

Both my aunt and grandfather had laser eye surgery. It worked perfectly the first time for my aunt. With my grandpa, the one eye didn't take properly the first time, so they corrected it free of charge (apparently, if it doesn't take, you don't have to pay for a second shot at it). They're both thrilled with the results.

I want to get it done myself, but my eyes keep getting worse too quickly for me to be a good candidate. I have glasses and contacts for now, but my prescription is kind of ridiculous. I'm very nearsighted. Take out my contacts, and I couldn't see the computer screen, much less read what's on it. *sigh*

As for the electronic reader, I can't offer suggestions or advice, because I've never actually even contemplated owning one. Heh. I'm not even 100% positive what they do, to be honest.

Thanks for the FB. So far, 100 percent of the people I've heard about who have had laser eye surgery have been pleased with the results. I feel like I'm getting closer to getting it done.

Hi,

on 1.
My mother was very near-sighted and had laser-surgery on her eyes because it got to the point, where even thick lenses couldn't offset it any more. She still needs glasses, but much thinner, light-weight ones to offset the small differences between left and right eye that remained. Overall, she says, she'd do it again. It's much better to see the steps of the stairs upwards rather than feeling for them.
Just keep in mind that eye tissue isn't healing fast. Even if they say you're about to hop around the next day, it will take weeks until your eyes have settled down enough to tell final results and correct the rest.
With respect to my profession (*ahem*), I suggest you get clear & specific information on the procedure that will be used on your eyes. There are various techniques out there, some more invasive to your eye tissue & lens, some less. With slow healing tissue, the less cutting, the better. I'm sorry I can't say anything more specific, though. I don't know which techniques are approved & in use in your country. :)

on 2.
I'm currently contemplating getting an ebook myself - though I'm struggling with the average price tag of it in Europe (200+ Euros... owwww)
I don't know about the ebookwise device, since it's not marketed here, but look for the display being e-ink (that is, it has a true paper feeling in reading and energy is only used for turning pages; it's also much easier on the eyes than any backlit display like that of a notebook or netbook).
Content transfer via memory card seems ok, as long as you have a computer than can read the cards (if not, there are cheap external readers for them); usually you get the card shown as an external drive, to which you can drag, drop and delete as you like.
I'd avoid transfering personal content via a company server, though. It gives them access to easily (paranoia is an artform, after all!).

Anyway, for both points: good luck & best wishes & let us know how things turned out. :)

Thanks for all this kind feedback. I didn't even know there were different techniques until you mentioned it! I've decided not to go ahead for now. I'm going to wait until later and get lens implants.

As for a reader, I've come to the conclusion that weight must be the main thing. I have a pain in my shoulder joint from holding my little netbook in one hand while exercising on the elliptical trainer. This fictionwise reader weighs 18 ounces, but I'm not sure how much my netbook weighs. I think it's time to go weigh it on my supremely accurate bathroom scale.

A friend of my family was forced to have laser eye surgery last year. She was really fearful about it, but it turned out alright and she was happy with the result.
If you can not wear contacts, surgery may be a good idea, because in my opinion, every kind of sport is easier without glasses. I am not the best candidate for contacts either, but I am aloud to wear them from time to time and it has been a great improvement to actually see what happens around me without frightening that I would lose my glasses and somehow accidentally jump on them. But this is just one point of course.

As for the ebook: If you don't feel you absolutely must have it, I think waiting would be better. The development of ebooks has just began and in some time we will get way better quality for lower prices.

Yes, every kind of sport is easier without glasses! That's so true. When I ride my bike in the incessant rain we get around here, my glasses get steamed up. I used to have to take them off altogether for Karate.

I'm still undecided on the reader. I keep thinking I might buy the Fictionwise one as a kind of 'training reader'. I'm very interested in a new light Asus netbook/reader that's coming out next year.

I've had lasix done - they used a wave-front q-laser (yes, I was all over that machine), and the results are amazing. All I wanted was to be able to see the clock in front of my face in the am, and now I'm corrected to 20/15. Is good, I'd highly recommend - esp. as I had the same issues with steep corneas that you seem to.

I'd wait a bit on the reader - the technology is still evolving, and there's new competition out there which should improve pricing, unless you think you have a really good deal there.

Can you read without glasses? Because the ophthalmologist yesterday told me that I would lose some of my close-up vision if they corrected me for distance. I'd rather wear glasses for distance than for reading. I'm still bummed about this news.

My sister got it done a while back. They gave her valium before she went so she was pretty good. She said the only thing that freaked her out was all the equipment moving around her, but that's because she didn't expect it.

I try not to think about the equipment and the cutting and whether or not the surgeon got enough sleep last night...

Man, I feel as blind as a bat now.
Actually BLINDER cause they have echolocation the buggers!!
I can't afford to even think about lasik, what with the college debts still piling up and all, but for the last 4 or 5 times my prescription changed, I've had to pay extra for the thinner plastic instead of glass too.

I can't see about 4-5 inches from my eyes without my glasses, however I'm very good at maneuvering around places I know fairly well- such as my house, or current dorm room, or most anywhere I've been to more than once or twice really. I have a fairly good spatial memory (Sometimes I've played around with keeping my eyes closed- this is awesome help when you have a migraine too!)

Speaking of the closest relatives with eye problems, dad's got coke bottle glasses (ugh heavy, they leave marks they're so heavy), Mom's got multiple pairs of glasses all over the place to fix 'near-near', 'near', 'computer', and probably one or two others (she has a triple image thing going on, which may be from astigmatism?), so yeah, not surprised I'm so blind, or that I'm more worse than both of them. (I checked- looked through the glasses, still kinda blurry v_v' )

Otherwise, good luck!

I have a little PDA that lets me import books, and a application that lets me download stuff from fanfiction.net and put on there too, and I love having not just a "book" in my jeans pocket but a whole library. The screen is tiny though and I find myself using my netbook most of the time. The PDA is great for trips though because it has a really long battery life.

For that price an e-reader might be worth it if you can more than afford it but if the choice is between buying that now and not being able to upgrade for a while, or waiting, I'd wait. The next year or so is going to see a big battle of hardware and software and prices will probably start coming down on the nicer things.

Laser Surgery

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My mom had laser surgery over five years ago and she has had zero complications. However, her eyesight was never that bad and she didn't have astigmatism.

Re: Laser Surgery

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More information: She said it ddin't hurt too bad and I'm prety sure thye numb your eyes. However, she was bedridden for the whole next day and couldn't open her eyes. She seemed pretty sore. But she says she woul ddo it again in a second and is so glad not to wear glasses anymore.

Question 2

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Hey! I'm not sure if this will help, but I own an iPod touch, and I can read books on there, as well as play music, games, and surf the web (via WiFi). It's pretty light weight, and the applicatons for reading books can be used without being connected to wifi. However, I'm not sure if the books you're interested in reading are on there. For example, there is a Classics App, which has Huck Finn, Frankenstein, and Dracula on it. But if you're looking for something more modern, I'm not sure if there is an app for that. It's a very lightweight device and I've owned one for a year with no major issues. Just something to think about!

Commenting a bit late, but I have an ebookwise 1150 and love it. I purchased it last year after testing the Kindle. The 1150 is a bit heavier than most ebook readers on the market (about the weight of a thick paperback). It fits comfortably in one hand and is easy to use. It has a touch screen, a backlight, and a stylus housed in the case (can be used to navigate or annotate text). It does not use e-ink, but is much easier on the eyes than reading on a computer screen. I use the included USB cable to upload fanfic in rtf and txt format as well as free ebooks from Munseys, Google Books, etc. I also purchase ebooks from fictionwise. On average, using the backlight, I get 15 hours of reading before having to recharge. I'd be glad to answer any questions you have - this is a great reader and is often overlooked for the much more expensive models.

Forgot to mention that the level of backlight can be controlled and that the text can be enlarged for easier reading. (Not as many levels as Sony or Kindle, but it seems adequate). Also, there is a free app that allows pdfs to be converted to be read on the 1150, although the results can vary widely.

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