Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

In just a few minutes, I'll be leaving for an appointment at a local Eye clinic. I'm meeting with a surgeon to get more information about LASIK vision correction. Those of you who followed my old blog will remember that I had already scheduled the procedure once for last June, but then I ended up canceling it because I was worried about going through the operation alone. (I had images of being alone in my tiny chambre de bonne and having something go horribly wrong and no one to call).

A year later though, I'm feeling much more comfortable in my surroundings and I'm ready to start the process again. I'm planning on visiting at least two different clinics, to see which one I get a better feel from, but I've got high hopes for my appointment today. It's a clinic that my original surgeon has ties with, and they use the latest laser technology. They also happen to be just a five minute walk from where I live, which is reassuring in the case of complications.

I'm sure I'll have a bit of sticker shock since it's Paris, but hey - your eyes aren't really something you want to go the cheap/discount route on.



Blogger Animesh said...

Good luck with the eye diagnosis!

P.S. Stephen Colbert's comments on an eye-laser are here


June 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Global Librarian said...

Good luck!

June 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh good luck! I hope your experience is much better than mine was. But be ready to be completely blind for at least three days and need someone to guide you to doctor's office for checkups. I don't know what the prices are there in paris, but here I paid 1000€ per eye.

June 17, 2009 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Starman said...

I disagree with Megan's assessment of the three days of blindness. When Robb had it done, he could see immediately. It was a little fuzzy, but after just a few hours, his sight was perfect. I hope you'll have the same experience.

June 17, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I currently have mono-vision contacts: one is for distance, the other is for close-up, with the result that I can always see. Is this type of surgery suitable for someone with my kind of vision issues? The last time I enquired with my ophthalmologist (about 5 years ago), she said that it wasn't possible. I didn't see why not then, so I hope techniques have improved since, because I'd love to get it done!

June 18, 2009 at 3:59 AM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Hi Pinklea - I'm not sure what monovision lenses are. I was talking to the secretary there though (wondering basically if the Doc was so great, why hadn't she undergone the surgery herself), and she said it was because she was far-sighted and that only near-sighted people could be operated on right now. But that there was a new surgery that's supposed to be unveiled next year that will hopefully correct far-sightedness.

June 18, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger jadie said...

one suggestion: ask both doctors how many of these procedures they've done, and what their rate of complications is. the best doctors will offer this information without hesitation, and you want one who is very experienced, and who has a low rate of complications, right?!

June 20, 2009 at 3:16 AM  

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