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A Not So Brief Interlude

October 12, 2013
Posted at 5:44 pm

I have a confession to make. I've worn glasses for almost my entire life...and I have HATED every...single...freaking minute of it. Waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to tell what time it is...watching television in bed and not being able to go to sleep for fear I'll lay on my glasses and break them...having glasses fall down my nose when I'm sweating...I just couldn't stand it any more. So...a few months ago I decided to bite the bullet and have my eyes lasered.

Lasik has become incredibly advanced in recent years; they no longer need to manually cut a flap in your cornea, for example -- the laser can do it all. I was very excited to get my eyes done -- the allure of never needing glasses to see was so compelling...and Lasik is perfectly safe for 99.9% of the population...

I'd like you to meet one of the .1% of the population...ME. Oh, it wasn't a horror story like I've heard since I first had Lasik surgery -- but it was bad. I could see 20/10...but my eyes became INCREDIBLY sensitive to light and so dry my eyelids started to stick to them. Even worse, the glare from my computer monitors made me nauseous and dizzy...and computers are what I do for a living...

Anyway, long story short...5 surgeries later (including a tear duct surgery) my eyes are back to some semblance of normalcy. I have to wear a special kind of polarized lenses with yellow tint when I work on computers but I can see most any other time (I still have some problems in very low light).

Now you know why I haven't been writing lately (and why I've been remiss in answering my e-mail); I literally had problems sitting in front of a computer screen (or watching television, go figure). Now that I'm back, I hope to kick out a chapter or so very soon -- but give me a bit of time to get back to work as well...