My eyesight has never been great and has been gradually getting worse over the years.
I’ve been near-sighted and wearing glasses/contacts since junior high and increasingly relying on reading glasses. An eye infection, the cold weather where we live, and this year’s pandemic face mask steaming over my glasses have added to the nuisance.
My wife and son had similar eyesight issues and began looking into solutions this fall. My son got standard LASIK and my wife had lens replacement surgery with a multifocal lens that has corrected her vision far away, mid-field, and close-up. For me – fumbling with my contacts & glasses everyday – it is like living with two superheroes with superpower vision.
Now it’s my turn. I’m starting lens replacement surgery a few days after Christmas. Like my wife, I’m getting multifocal lenses and will hopefully finish 2020 with 20/20 eyesight for the first time since I was in grade school. I’m excited for the improvement, but it’s a big decision since I feel like I rely on my eyes so much.
The cost is about 3x regular LASIK and not covered by insurance since it is purely elective. If I was older and had developed cataracts, insurance (after deductible) would have covered basic surgery, but still not the multifocal ‘upgrade’. Of course for even the basic coverage to kick in, I would likely have to wait 10-20 years for cataracts to slowly develop – all the while my eyesight gradually dims.
Since the pandemic kept us at home since February, we are just rationalizing the cost of this as an offset to our 2020 travel budget savings. Instead of going places, we’re upgrading our eyesight – something we use every minute of every day. Seems like a good trade off.
As soon as my wife and son finished with their surgeries they’ve raved about what a difference it’s made. Everything they see, from close-up to far-away, is brighter, crisper, and richer in color. The clinic claims 99% of people that have had the multifocal lens replacement surgery would recommend it to their family & friends.
Like many things, I’m not sure if this is the smartest or stupidest thing I’ve done. I’ll let you know my recommendation in a few weeks when it is all complete.
Anyone else shopping for better eyesight this year or already invested in it? (Please leave me ignorantly bliss while I wait if you had a bad experience). 🙂
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