The other day I went to the optometrist for my final post-operation follow up. I was disappointed to discover that my vision had changed during the healing process. I knew that I would need glasses for reading since the procedure would not rectify that, however, I expected that I would not need glasses for any other purpose. Unfortunately, I am still left with a double astigmatism which keeps me from having the perfect vision that I want. There are lenses that could have been implanted that would have corrected that problem; however, my co-pay would have been $1,500 per eye. The insurance company's reasoning is that you can always continue wearing glasses.
...And so I will. While my vision is good enough to have the restriction removed from my driver’s license, it is not what I anticipated. When I saw the difference a prescription could make and the minimal expense, I chose to continue wearing glasses. Just a cautionary tale for all of you: many doctors will hint that the surgery will leave you with 20/20 vision; just be aware that your mileage may vary. Lens implantation is, regrettably, not a "magic bullet."
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Featured Comment by R. Edelman [responding to "se" in the comments]: "Optometrists do not perform eye surgery. They are not physicians. Cataract surgery is done by ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologists are graduates of medical school. Look for the 'MD' (Medical Doctor) or 'DO' (Doctor of Osteopathy) after their names. Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in the eyes and the visual sensory system.
"While I am on the topic, there are some ophthalmologists who are also very talented photographers. Off the top of my head I can think of two. One is James Brandt, M.D., who is Director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Brandt's photograph of a brown pelican is featured on a United States postage stamp. The other is Howard Schatz, M.D., who was a highly regarded retina specialist before he became a highly regarded professional photographer. My apologies to all of the others that I did not mention."