Notes on a LASIK Consultation

So I just got back from my Emory Vision consultation. I had a lot of questions about the process, side effects, bad results, and the like. But first off, I did a bunch of tests. You put your chin on a chin rest, and then you stare ahead at lights, or dots, and you can’t blink for a few seconds. I think they should install some periscope handles under the testing equipment, just because it’d be cool.

They map your corneas and retinas, and the visuals reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey. I did not encounter HAL9000 though.

All joking aside, it was fascinating to go through the process, and the Emory Vision staff was a great source of information. I had read a piece in a magazine about problems with LASIK, and I was kind of anxious about whether to go through with the whole thing after reading some of the stories. But after the testing process, they determined that I was a good candidate for the procedure. I spoke with Rhonda Brown for a while and asked a bunch of questions, and she really put me at ease. Dr. Randleman came in, and we talked and decided that blended vision was a great option for me. Then they assembled a set of Thomas Dolby looking test glasses for me to put on so they could gauge the effect that blended vision would have on me.

Don’t I look cool?

We talked at length about what I could expect on surgery day and afterward, the improvements to the technology over the years, and the limitations of the procedure. I am so ready to be rid of these glasses.

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