If you take the time to read any of the message boards or chat rooms on the Internet about Lasik surgery, you will wonder how anyone could get the courage to schedule a Lasik procedure, and why on earth they would want it. The various Lasik clinics sound anywhere from impersonal to something similar to Dr. Frankenstein's lab, and the Lasik procedure itself sounds, well, surreal. It seems like the only people that would get Lasik are those with such bad eyesight that they cannot get out of bed without their glasses on.
If you are willing to listen I'm now going to give you my story of how I came about choosing LASIK. First of all, my eyesight is not good, but not terrible either. For instance, whenever I go to the movies I don't need to wear my glasses, but when I drive around town, in order to see the street signs correctly to react in time I do. So for me, Lasik was not necessary, but I figured it would simplify my life. I spend a lot of time outdoors and frequently take backpacking hikes that lead me to a long hill climbs, and I even enjoy mountain biking. I've never been able to make a pair of glasses last very long, and I am frequently and a lot of dirty areas, so contact lenses never work very well either. For these reasons, Lasik looked very appealing.
The paragraph above might make you think I am a "manly guy" (hope so, think so!), so why on earth would I be afraid of a little Lasik scalpel? OK, technically Lasik does NOT use a scalpel but rather a "microkeratome blade", but it is still a sharp object approaching my eye as http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Backpacking-Expeditions-P1006.aspx part of the Lasik procedure. LASIK surgeons these days don't have to use a microkeratome blade anymore though, as they have advanced technology that allows them to make the incision with a laser instead, which is far better than blade. What makes me really nervous is the fact that I've had way too many accidents in my life to feel comfortable about anyone coming near my eye with something sharp.
Well I went and talked to three completely different and independent LASIK eye surgery centers, and every one of them assured me that as a 28-year-old man in a really great health, with mild to moderate nearsightedness that I was probably one of the best candidates for a successful LASIK eye surgery procedure. I decided to schedule my Lasik procedure with the one that had the best track record, and coincidentally took the most time to explain everything about Lasik to me.
I was really happy with the fact that the surgery wasn't painful at all, even though I took everything that they offered to provide comfort, even the sedative and a teddy bear. The only strange thing I remember about the Lasik procedure itself was a smell, something vaguely like hair burning. I'm pretty sure that it was my eye. It's probably a good thing that I didn't know about that smell before I went into the procedure, because if I had I might not have gone in.
It's been a few years now, and I suppose I was a perfect client for LASIK, as they still have 20/20 eyesight and it has remained stable for a long time now. I say that if you are a good candidate for a Lasik eyesight correction procedure, grab that teddy bear and go on in.