eye See

15 Jun

Crisp lines and hard edges, a flower’s petals and each blade of grass, wrinkles that outline the perfect smile… these everyday novelties fill me with joy as I rediscover the world. Life has come into focus.

Glasses and contact lenses have been a part of my life since grade school. As an active, rambunctious tom-boy it was difficult, if not impossible to keep a pair of glasses in working order for very long. Countless pairs have been sat on, knocked off, scratched, bent and misplaced over the years. I learned to make due and play sports without them, judging distances by how blurry goals were and recognizing people by the shadows features made upon their faces. Eventually I tried contact lenses. Although the routine of it all put me off and the lenses irritated my eyes. I’m sure there are still a pack or two in a drawer somewhere.

I had LASIK surgery yesterday after years of letting the idea marinate in my mind. The decision was finalized after meeting someone who had the operation. She had fully recovered with 20/20 vision and was adventuring through Southeast Asia unhindered. I was in awe and completely convinced that this was something I had to do.

The surgery itself was slightly uncomfortable, but painless. After the anesthetic drops were placed in each eye, a lid holder was placed over one eye to keep it from closing while the other eye was covered with a cloth. Then a protective flap was created, a thin layer of cornea removed, exposing the area where the laser would focus. While the whole idea of having a laser beam aimed at your eye seems unnerving, I felt more uncomfortable while the flap was being created than during the actual laser process. It felt like there was a suction cup over my eye and the instrument obscured my entire area of vision; for a moment I was in total darkness. Thankfully that only lasted a moment or two, and then I was instructed to stare at the red light allowing the laser to target my cornea. The correction itself only lasted a few seconds. Then, the flap was replaced, my eye flushed and the procedure was repeated on the other other eye. There was literally no down time from the moment of surgery to clear sight. Despite my eyes watering and burning slightly, I could see the office and nurses with incredible clarity.

I was teary eyed leaving surgery. (I’m sure the whole burning sensation had something to do with it.) But I was so overjoyed! I cried again today, just looking around, being able to see; it’s a gift and a miracle. I’ve always known that this life is full of wonder, and now I can see it clearly. For the past few years I’ve lived and traveled around the world, but I’ve never seen it with my own eyes… today begins a new adventure. I can’t wait to see what happens!


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