Here's an update on one of those two things. The laser eye surgery is a no-go.In October of 2008, I was told by an ophthalmologist who works for a company that performs this surgery that I was a good candidate for it, but being a student of human nature, I took his recommendations with a grain of salt. I've spent the past year thinking about it and asking people for their opinions about the idea. One hundred percent of the people I talked to said that they (or their family members or friends) had a positive experience with the surgery and would do it again. So I started to get excited and began looking forward to the day when I could hand my glasses over to one of those third world charity programs that provides glasses to people who couldn't otherwise afford them, and step confidently out into the world as a person who no longer needs corrective lenses.
I went to get a second opinion from an ophthalmologist who does not stand to make any money from me, and he told me that I am not, in fact, a good candidate because my prescription is still changing (as in getting worse) every year, and that if I get the surgery now, my eyesight will be better for a while, but it will still continue to deteriorate. Also, and this was by far the stronger of his two points, he said that my ability to read unhindered by corrective lenses would be lost if I had the surgery. If I allow the surgeons to improve my middle or far distance vision, it will be at the expense of my close-up vision, which remains excellent. I don't have to read with glasses on. In fact, I can't. With regular glasses, I can't see close-up items at all, unless I put the glasses on top of my head, or push them low down on my nose. This happens all day long, the pushing up and the pulling down. Anyway, I don't want to do anything to compromise my ability to read!
The doctor recommended that I wait a few years and get a different kind of eye surgery, which is the kind they do for people with cataracts. I just wouldn't need the part where they cut out the cataract, because I don't have that problem. I would just need the part where they replace the eye's natural lens with a clear intraocular lens (IOL) implant. These things are apparently not rejected by the body and they last for 25 or 30 years. However, the doctor said that it's best to wait because new advances are being made in that field all the time. Sigh!
I'm glad I went to see him, though, despite having my hopes dashed. The first ophthalmologist I talked to last year didn't tell me any of that stuff. He made me believe that laser eye surgery could give me the 20/20 vision I never had. Now, however, I've found out that laser eye surgery can't even give me back the imperfect vision I had ten years ago.
In addition to giving me the bad news about the surgery, my doctor yesterday also informed me that my prescription had changed yet again. I wandered morosely into the Lenscrafters store next door to try on frames, but unfortunately I couldn't fall in love with anything. I had so been looking forward to NOT having to wear glasses anymore, that I didn't want to look at my face with glasses on it. Plus, the selection process was hindered by the fact that the ophthalmologist had put drops in my eyes and everything was extra fuzzy anyway.
Fuzziness notwithstanding, I decided to cheer myself up by going to a shoe store. After all, the universe owes me some boots, right? The staff looked askance at my dilated pupils, so I assured them that I was not, in fact, on drugs, but had merely come from an eye appointment. They relaxed and started showing me boots, and I exited the store 15 minutes later with a brown pair of cowgirl-style ones and a very fashionable grey pair with a ruched leg and a cleverly hidden low wedge heel. Yep, it only took 15 minutes! The store was small, and besides, I'm a decisive kind of shopper.
Just on a side note here, I still can't get an LJ cut. The only way I've been able to make my last two posts was because I made my main post on Dreamwidth and then crossposted here. Come on, LJ, get it together!