Glasses/Contacts Free Me!

Short post. I’m writing this just two short days after having laser eye surgery. I was told at the age of 11, I had to start wearing glasses. Just in school – to see the black board properly. By the age of 13, I was wearing them full time, much to my disappointment. I was made fun of… I’m sure my buck teeth (thank goodness for braces!) didn’t help anything. Contact lenses are another thing I’m thankful for and started wearing them regularly when I was 15. When we lived in Canada, I would alternate every other day wearing glasses or contacts. But I have always been super self conscious wearing glasses, so when we made the move to California -I vowed no one would ever see me wearing them. It probably sounds silly to some of you, but that’s just how I felt.

When I first hear of laser eye surgery, I thought it sounded kind of strange. But after it was around for a few years and knowing several people (including my sister) having had it done, I got curious enough to talk to my eye doctor about it. That was over 10 years ago. I have been told by several eye doctors that no eye surgeon would ever touch my eyes because of some weird eye condition I have/had. I gave up hope for a bit, but when I changed eye doctors a couple of years ago, I figured I’d ask again. And the eye doctor said it can’t hurt to at least get a consult from the laser eye doctor she recommended. Turns out it was meant to be as he saw no reason I couldn’t get the surgery done.

I could not get traditional Lasik surgery, like most people get, because of some weird eye issues. But, he was able to perform custom PRK laser eye surgery. The downsides are that it has a much longer recovery time, a week compared to a few days. I actually can’t really see what I’m typing right now – forgive my typos 😉

I’ll have a follow up tomorrow and my vision should improve over the next few days and stabilize over the next few months. I thought I would share with you my (hopefully) last picture wearing glasses:

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Have you had laser eye surgery? Is it something you would consider?

ps. Sorry for getting behind on blog reading… since I can’t really read 😉 I hope to be back at it in a few days. Big thanks to Mary Ellen for handling HVF this week!

25 thoughts on “Glasses/Contacts Free Me!

  1. Good luck!!! I hope it goes well. I wear glasses and contacts too, but my script is pretty weak. I can still get around without them… but if they ever got worse and I couldn’t function without them I would def consider it. Get well soon!

  2. I only wear glasses for reading but I think I look so cute in them…I like wearing glasses!❤️ Anyway for some reason I thought this was going to be a vegan recipe☺️

    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. If I only needed glasses for reading, I think I would have forgone the surgery I think. You probably do look cute in them =)
      I tend to post vegan recipes every Wednesday (Mondays are for life updates) and then Fridays are vegan recipe sharing day – so come on back to check some out =)

  3. Hi Kimmy! Congrats! I hope that you will heal quickly. I’m sure this is going to be an amazing and very positive change for you! I am so happy that you are out of the surgery and that everything went well. I hope you’r getting lots of yorkie cuddles! Sending you virtual hugs from Paris! :)

  4. Congratulations! If you ever feel like sharing, I would love to hear your experiences with the surgery and recovery. I got glasses at age 3 and, like you, hated them as a child and was bullied at times. I’ve worn contacts since age 13 and continue to be self conscious about my glasses, although I am better these days. I’ve been put off by being told I would probably still need glasses for reading if I had surgery, but am also just terrified of the idea of eye surgery whilst awake 😛

    Lots of luck with your recovery and I hope the results are what you hope for!

    1. It depends what surgery you have. If you are a candidate for straight Lasik surgery – I say go for it! It’s quick, pretty easy and has a speedy recovery. I had custom PRK surgery which unfortunately is a very long recovery. I’m on day 4 of my surgery and can barely see the comptuer screen to type. They say my vision won’t stabilize for another week (which means more than a week without driving, etc – so you would have to plan for it). I’ll have to give you a better idea once I’m completely healed with stable vision, but so far I have no regrets. Anyone I’ve ever talked to that has had it done is very happy with the results.

  5. Hi Kimmy!!! I’m so glad your surgery went well. I’m jealous that you’re glasses/contact lenses-free now. I hope you’re having a good recovery. Congrats on getting through it. XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. I hope you have a trouble free recovery!
    I used to wear glasses through school and the start of uni. Then I got these multifocal glasses that were super damn annoying, so I just stopped wearing them and have never needed glasses since. Magic??? If I had to, I would be wearing glasses again because eyes gross me out so much that contacts would be a no go and the thought of eye surgery would be no no no no. LOL

    1. Thanks Susan! So far not so trouble free… just taking much longer than expected to recover, which is frustrating.
      I’ve heard of people in the past being able to restore their vision on their own, so you may very well have. I think it only works if your vision isn’t too bad to start with. Haha, yes you wouldn’t get along with the eye surgery then, gross is an understatement!

  7. Ah now I understand about your vision.
    I wear glasses now and gave up on lenses as they irritated my eyes. I have considered lazer, but like you i was told it would not be straightforward, so i gave up – i don’t really like wearing my glasses but i have got used to them, but if i could i would go through the process of treatment. I am afraid i would be that one person where it would go wrong, so I am a little fearful too.

    1. I had lenses that irritated my eyes as well, but I just kept trying different ones until I found ones that worked. I guess I’m too vain 😉
      I totally understand being fearful. I honestly am still a little nervous that it won’t turn out as I hope, but I’m keeping positive thoughts. Thanks for the kind words -)

  8. Hugs girl! I hope everything evens out soon. I’m totally getting Lasik as soon as I can – hopefully this spring. I’ve been wearing contacts since 14 so I hear you. I don’t mind myself too much in glasses but it’s not my favorite look. I want to wake up and see!

  9. good luck – I never had glasses til I was older so I don’t get too worried about them but I wonder about how Sylvia feels who got them when she was young – I know a few people who did and have had or considered laser surgery. Hope you are able to throw yours away and enjoy some improved sight

    1. I’m not sure I would have minded as much if I got them while I was older… maybe being called 4 eyes scarred me for life haha 😉 I bet Sylvia looks adorable with glasses. Thanks Johanna!

  10. Oh Kimmy I’m late to read this (I didn’t have time to do anything last week so no HVF for me). Hopefully by now you can see a bit better and you’re able to start to get back to doing things. My hubby wants laser eye surgery but I’m too scared for him to have it ( he only wears glasses for screen work). Loving the lava cakes (which led me here)! What lovely friends you have to help you create something so yummy! Anyway, enough rambling – hope you’re all back to full vision soon :) x

    1. I can see much better! Not perfectly, that’ll take another few weeks, but much better. Oh don’t be scared for him – it’s so common. Just make sure he finds a really good doctor that he trusts. I haven’t heard of any bad stories from the many people I talked to that had it done. I’m really glad I had it done.
      Thank you so much for the kind thoughts – you are so sweet =)

  11. Oh… I missed this. I hope your vision is progressively stabilizing. I wear contacts and glasses… I had always been told that my eyes were too bad for lasik and since they are corrected so well with contacts (blah blah blah), that was several years ago, perhaps I should ask again… it would be nice not to have to worry about glasses or contacts.

    1. It is definitely getting better, so very slowly, but surely! You should ask again! I asked and asked and kept getting turned away, they have made improvements over the past decade, it’s easier to work on all sorts of different vision issues now. I feel much freer now. Thanks Vicki =)

  12. I hope the surgery went well. I am behind on blog posts as well! XD I am too much of a scaredy cat to get the surgery done. I like my glasses occasionally so it works out.

    1. Not too badly! I have some more follow ups to do and I’m hoping for more improved vision still, but they said it could take 3 months to get 20/20 vision. I really don’t like glasses :( So hopefully this works out for me.

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