Erica’s Lasik Surgery

I took the day off Thursday to drive Erica down to the eye doctor. She finally, after years of struggling with her vision, had laser surgery on her eyes. She had a strange case because of a very bad astigmatism in her left eye and she was far sighted. The technology finally caught up with her eyes and she now has 20/20 vision.

She has to go back for the follow through, but after 2 days, she is generally pleased with it. You have to decide whether you want your vision to be good for far vision or close up. Erica’s middle vision is greatly improved. She can see the computer screen without glasses for the first time in many years. She was happy to discover that her watch has a second hand. She can drive without glasses.

Her close up vision is still a little out of focus, but that may improve as her eyes heal. She wanted to be able to read books with fine print without glasses, but she may not be able to do this. Since the lens has lost its elasticity, you have to decide on the fixed-focus that will suit you. They make one eye able to see close and the other to see far so your vision blends into a useful compromise.

This is not something that you do at a walk-in clinic for $500. The best doctors charge more than $2,000 per eye. Erica looked for a long time before she settled on a doctor. One of the good things about living in the Greater New York area is that she had her choice of good doctors.


  1. .e. Jim Shannon wrote:

    Did the eye Doctor use a Yag laser on your wife’s eye?


    Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
  2. Keith wrote:

    I don’t think it was YAG. The lasik uses micro fine dots with an excimer laser. The YAG is more for things like removing scars and is sometimes used to clear cataracts.

    Here is the doctor’s website:

    Ugly site, I could have done better and I’m no artist. As soon as you see that orange background you can tell it was made from one of those free Russian or Indian templates. I don’t know why they like those orange backgrounds.

    Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Permalink