13 reasons why I love my new eyes
It’s been 7 months now since I had corrective eye surgery. Prior to my surgery, I had very poor eyesight and had worn contact lenses for almost 25 years.
To say I’ve been impressed since day one is an understatement, but on reflection there are many reasons why I love my new eyes:
- No more dry eyes – I hadn’t realised quite how dry my eyes were before. I had thought this was normal. I’m not sure I’ve once considered my eyes to be dry since.
- Mornings – in addition to the miracle of getting up in the morning and being able to see (which I still love) I marvel at the way my eyes are ‘usable’ from the moment I wake. Previously I had to wait until my eyes ‘woke-up’ to be able to read or write anything and morning runs or cycled required putting my lenses into tired eyes before I was good for anything. Now I’m ready from the off!
- Evenings – similarly, my eyes would get tired in the evening. I would remove my lenses from around 7.30pm in the evening in exchange for my glasses, if at home. This is no longer a problem and my eyes rarely feel tired.
- Swimming – I’ve always worn goggles and I’m sure I always will but I’m not so paranoid about getting water in my eyes now.
- Never scared they’ll fall out – over the years I’ve experienced lenses pop out of my eyes when running, cycling and skiing. These were all exceptional circumstances, but it was a little scary when I was dependent on them to see.
- Much less debris in my eyes – aside from the odd lens that would split in my eye or get folded up and lost – I’d have this several times a year on average – there’d periodically be dust and eyelashes that got lodged behind a lens. Ouch! I’m not saying nothing ever gets in my eyes now, but the frequency has definitely decreased.
- Less clutter – I’d always carry some spare lenses on me, just in case! It took me a while to clear all my bags, and my car out, after my op.
- Easier to get away – going away always involved taking lenses and glasses with me. Sometimes I’d also take my glasses with me on a long day out, if I remembered or felt I may need to take them off. I also got paranoid sometimes if I was away somewhere and carried my glasses with me.
- Napping is easier – I’m really not a big napper, but sometimes, especially when travelling, it’s nice to be able to take a few winks e.g. on planes or as a passenger in a car. Sleeping with lenses on is terrible – essentially your eyes stick together. Much easier now…
- No reading glasses for me – I wasn’t quite at the stage where I needed reading glasses, but I was getting there. Many of my peers are starting to wear reading glasses or bifocals. My monovision gives me good near vision in my left eye and far vision in my right eye. This took my eyes a while to fully get used to, but the overall benefits outweigh any of the inconvenience.
- Less waste – for the last 20 years I’d been using daily disposable lenses. These are great as every day you get lenses and it prevented some of the infections I’d had early on in my contact lens wearing existence. But they create so much waste! The lenses themselves, the daily plastic packaging, the small packaging boxes and the big boxes they were delivered in. I also fear a fair number of lenses themselves probably find their way into the water system.
- I’m saving money – yes, the op cost me money, but I was already spending a fair amount anyway with contacts and expensive high-index lenses in my glasses. The surgery will pay for itself in less than 15 years, and I’m hoping to live longer than this!
- Less make-up disasters – I had no idea how often I touched my eyes when I wore contact lenses. The amount of mascara on my face has reduced considerably!
I was pretty scared before I had corrective eye surgery. As a long-time contact lens wearer, and overall very happy with my corrected sight and use of lenses (I know it doesn’t sound it above, but I was), I felt I was taking a huge risk. What if it all went wrong?
I was drawn by the opportunity to ditch the ‘crutches’ that I relied on. I am pleased to say that the risk certainly paid off and has brought me numerous other unexpected benefits too.
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