Before and after

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by crvc, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. crvc

    crvc Guest

    Before LASIK:

    I used to get called out at night. Many times, I was in the field
    looking at a cow laying in the mud, groaning and struggling to get up.
    Diagnosis: First-calf heifer unable to deliver, needs C-section. With
    the rancher's help we dragged her to the fence, rolled her onto her
    back and tied her legs to the fence posts. Two cowboys rolled their
    trucks over and I used their headlights for illumination. After
    shaving her belly with a straight razor and while scrubbing with
    surgical soap, it starts to snow. If anything, the snow increases
    ambient light, making it easier to see into the hole in her belly as I
    look for the calf. Once he's out I hand him over to the rancher who
    rubs him down with a burlap sack. I close the uterine incsion then
    close the layers of abdomen. I finish just as the cow comes out of
    anesthesia and begins to thrash against the ropes. I cut her loose and
    watch her struggle to stand then low for her calf. He's instantly at
    her side, looking for milk. In the dark, the rancher and I watch to
    see him nurse. We're all covered in snow by them. Once we hear the
    loud slurping sounds that means he's found the nipple we know they'll
    be okay. The rancher, typically laconic, slaps me on the back and
    says, "Good job, Doc."

    After LASIK:

    Four years later, it's night. My wife and I get in the line. She's
    leading the way because I can't see anything. As we enter we're
    handed candles with paper skirts to catch the dripping wax. Then
    someone lights the candles. In the darkened room we find seats. 100
    people with 100 candles. The flickering lights bounce off walls and
    make faces look demonic. There is no light except the candles. I'm
    sure for everyone else it's lovely and creates a calm mood. For me
    it's a nightmare of starbursts shooting from every candle. I think,
    "If there's a Hell, this is what it will look like." I walk out. I
    haven't got back to church since that miserable night.
    crvc, Jan 6, 2006
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  2. crvc

    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Friend,

    You result is tragic -- and should
    be reviewed before the person
    commits himself to Lasik.

    otisbrown, Jan 8, 2006
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  3. crvc

    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Friends,

    (Test to see if my posting is blocked)

    Have you considered another
    Lasik adjustment?

    otisbrown, Jan 8, 2006
  4. crvc

    otisbrown Guest

    Dear Civc,

    Subject: If you don't mind my asking.

    What was your "prescription" before
    your Lasic surgery, and
    if you could, would you "un-do"
    Lasik, and go back to your
    preveious prescription?


    otisbrown, Jan 9, 2006
  5. crvc

    crvc Guest

    It's been so long, I don't remember my original Rx. As a kid I didn't
    need glasses to read a book but needed them to see the blackboard at
    school, even sitting in the front row. Now I'm 20:30 during the day.
    I still wear glasses but it's for astigmatism. So the surgeon
    considers me a success. Loss of night vision is only a tragedy for
    those who have it. Those who don't, cannot even imagine it.
    crvc, Jan 9, 2006
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