I got LASIK!


I was chatting with my partner awhile back about my John Muir Trail plans when I suddenly had a realization – I was either going to have to bring a whole mess of one-day contacts (which are a pain when you’re super dirty), or I was going to have to bring my glasses (…which are a pain when you’re super dirty and sweaty.)

My partner had LASIK done a year or so ago, and I’ve always wanted to do it as well, but the biggest issue is the moola – I’m on super cheap bandaid insurance due to being self-employed (thanks Covered California!) which in no way was going to cover the cost of a $5,000+ eye surgery. So it was always a someday, when I’m either suddenly rich (hah) or gainfully employed.

My wonderful, wonderful partner (now husband) offered to help me pay for the surgery (and I’m fully planning to pay him back!), we decided to go to a consultation just to see if I could even get LASIK, and three weeks later – bam, it was done!

The surgery itself (custom wavefront bladeless LASIK) was super quick, though frightening. I had a sedative, which felt like it did nothing. I was put into a machine, where each eye was suctioned basically to keep it from moving, the flap was created, then the doctor moved the flap out of the way, placed me under the laser, and there were 15 harrowing seconds of a lightshow while I tried desperately to keep my eye still. Seriously, that was the worst part, and it made my heart race. Then boom, second eye, then boom, it was done!

I was driven home by my husband, and immediately put to bed. One thing we learned from him going through the experience was to be very generous with the numbing eye drops the first few hours (otherwise you can get into some major pain), so he woke me up every hour or so to put more drops in my eyes. I also had to wear the fancy eye shield that you can see under my sunglasses above – all that day and night, and then three nights after to make sure I didn’t damage the healing eye.

24 hours later, I had 20/20 vision (with some bloody looking scleras due to bruising.) I possibly might get 20/15. Night vision will be affected for a bit plus halos while my eye heals. Otherwise, I LOVE IT. I am so happy right now. When I went hiking, I would wear contacts which didn’t correct for my astigmatism (cheaper that way) so I’m going to see more clearly than I ever did before. This is probably the best investment I’ve ever had done to myself, and highly recommend other people to do so as well. It’s amazing. If you happen to be in the Bay Area, head to Furlong Vision Correction and tell them Tracy sent you.

(Love seeing photos with my new wedding ring!)