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14 August 2007 @ 11:07 am
Reality sucks (my Lasik decision)  
So the Lasik doctor told me I'm a perfect candidate.  My cornea is a good thickness, I'm the right age, my eyes aren't TOO messed up... he's pretty sure he can get me better than 20/20.

But the reality is that I'm living on borrowed money right now.  The student loan could cover the initial $900 that would be necessary for the surgery, and my TV is almost paid off so that $100/month could just be moved over to pay for the surgery, but at the end of each month since moving to Camarillo, I'm thrown into a finances panic.  The $100/month could be much better spent on helping us survive the next while, and in a few years my practice should be at a point where I can spend the money on elective surgery like this.  Meanwhile, it would take 5 years to be done paying for it, and about 15 years worth of buying glasses and contacts to break even with the cost of the surgery plus interest.

Much as I really do want it, it doesn't make sense right now.  So I cancelled my follow-up exams, and will re-evaluate when my financial situation is better suited for it in a couple of years.  Hopefully I'll still be a good candidate at that point.
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on August 14th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Look at it this way. In 5 years you'll still be a good candidate.

I got turned down when it *was* financially viable for me. I'm not a good candidate and will never be one until they change what they do.

So you're still lucky.
Idtechnomonkey on August 14th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Changing what they do
They mentioned that they do two kinds of Lasik at this office - the standard Lasik where they use a blade to cut your eye in order to give the laser access to the lens, and a different kind of lasik (Superlasik) where they just push the cells out of the way to give access to the laser. I swear, that's how they phrased it to me - they push the cells out of the way. They measured the thickness of my cornea in order to determine which would work better for me, and because it was a good thickness they said they'd use the standard Lasik - but they said this other one made a lot of people eligible who wouldn't otherwise be. Maybe it'd help you?

Here's the doc's website, specifically with the info on Superlasik -- I know it isn't exactly local for you, but information isn't a bad thing, right?
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on August 14th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Changing what they do
Its my pupil size that keeps me out. The doctor I had did this version. My pupils dilate so far that the pushing would affect my night vision, giving me sparkles in my vision permanently.

Apparently the leading doctor of all things lasik lives in Sydney. Ah well. I've kinda adjusted to it again that it won't happen. Kinda.
Idtechnomonkey on August 14th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that.

The good news, of course, is that larger pupils make the brain think of a sympathetic response (as found during sexual acts). They're a physiological aphrodisiac. It's why intimate situations often have the lights down low - it dilates the pupils, making both parties more likely to get turned on.

See? I DID learn something useful in Chiro school! =)
lindasings on August 17th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: Ugh.
So closing your eyes during sex would be a turn off?
(Anonymous) on August 17th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: Ugh.
Is that why having a cop shine his flashlight in your face ruins all possibilities of nookie?