The first thought that popped up in my mind when the lights turned on in the operating room was:
” Well, this is new.
I’d gone from seeing blurry coloured shapes, to being able to read the time on the clock on the wall in the span of 15 minutes. It was unreal. After a lifetime of wearing glasses and contact lenses, my head was spinning at all the tiny differences in my new sight.
I had laser eye surgery, finally. A dream come true! And now, the world truly looks a different way.
What changes have I noticed in my sight? The most impressive, but which has also turned out to be the culprit behind my recent headaches, is light. I see a lot more light than I did before. Just the day after the surgery I joined my family for lunch and I noted it was nice that the sun was out. I was met by confused looks and worried eyes as my mum explained to me that no, the sun was not out. In fact, it was cloudy, but I like this. It gives the day beautiful tones in this winter.
I’ve been asked by a lot of people why I would get laser eye surgery if I can just wear contact lenses everyday. “It’s not that much trouble.” It’s not, true, but if you’re a traveller like me and you’ve ever worn contact lenses or glasses, you know how awful it can be to not be able to go swimming in complete comfort because you either can’t see anything, or you have to be wary of your contacts.
I got to thinking about how much my life would change and I’ve come up with the 9 ways laser eye surgery will change my life as a traveller:
- My eyesight is sharper than with contact lenses or glasses. I am more aware of my surroundings, and as an amateur photographer I can now find small details that I couldn’t see before. Everything looks a lot prettier, too.
- I don’t have to worry about getting water in my eyes. I can go swimming, snorkelling, jumping off stuff into the water, without worrying about losing vision or losing a contact.
- I can enjoy outdoors activities more freely. Allergies will no longer impair my sight. I have a bunch of seasonal allergies that make my eyes water constantly when I get them, and this messed with my contacts.
- I can be more active without worrying about losing a contact or my glasses breaking. I can play more sports without the constant “what if I lose my contacts” worry in the back of my mind. I can also do more activities in windy places without my contacts going dry.
- No more long flights with aching eyes. Anyone who has taken 10+ hour flights with contacts knows what I’m talking. Aching, itching, blurry eyes are no fun if you fall asleep on the plane. Actually, spending long periods of time with contacts is no fun, which bring me to my next point.
- No more not seeing clearly in the late hours of the night. Eyes get tired after a long day of wearing contacts or glasses and it can make your sight a bit blurry, or even make for an uncomfortable experience.
- I don’t have to worry about carrying replacement contacts everywhere I go. Or worry about how many pairs I’ll need to carry on a trip. Or carry a pair of glasses just in case. Or eye drops. Or contact solution. This’ll save some space in my bag!
- It has made me braver. I will not lie, the surgery was a truly nerve-wracking experience. I had a panic attack right before I entered the operation room, had to be given a ‘chill pill’, and had to hold on to a teddy bear the entire time to avoid freaking out. You can see everything that’s going into and around your eye and it can get scary if you tend to overthink like I do. But I survived the 10 minutes of surgery without making a fuss, and if I made it through what was probably the scariest experience in my life, I can make it through a lot more.
- It makes me feel like I’m more in control of my body. I am no longer held back either by sight, contacts, or glasses.
Have you had laser eye surgery? How did it change your life for the better? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!