I’m Getting LASIK Tomorrow

By | March 12, 2008

Edition #157

First, I want to give a huge “thank you” to all of you who have answered my “one question survey”. I appreciate that you have taken the time to let me know what you really want to learn from Eric’s Tips, and as I mentioned, I will be reading each and every reply and taking it to heart.

I’m very excited about the changes on the horizon, and you all have really given me new inspiration for the direction of this newsletter.

If you haven’t yet given your input, the survey will be available for a few more days at:

(survey is over)

Speaking of changes, tomorrow I’m having LASIK (laser eye surgery). I’ve been wearing contacts and glasses for about 20 years, and I’m looking forward to the freedom of not needing them.

When you consider the long term costs (not to mention the time spent) to wear contacts, it’s probably actually cheaper to get LASIK. And while LASIK does not have a 100% success rate, my doctor says that getting LASIK is less risky for my eyes than continuing to wear contacts the way I wear them (I abuse them… wear them 18+ hours a day, etc).

So I will let you know how it goes.

As always you are welcome to leave your comments here on my blog.

Have a great day!

28 thoughts on “I’m Getting LASIK Tomorrow

  1. Mary

    I had the LASIK surgery in 2004. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done!! I, too, had worn contacts/glasses for about 20 years at the time I had the surgery. I actually had to have the surgery done twice (my eyes were really bad) three months apart. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Good luck tomorrow & God bless!

  2. Madeleine Ayotte

    Enjoy your newsletter Eric…I’m not familiar with blogs but trying to send you a message now…..Will be thinking and praying for you tomorrow for great success with your surgery..Wish I could do it but I think I’m too old…Cheers my friend.

  3. Larry from Longmont


    You will be fine. I had mine over 4 years ago and it is still great. But you know that sitting in front of the monitor for hours will have its toll. Make sure you take the pain killer they give you after the procedure. A friend on mine didn’t and said it felt like sandpaper in the eye after a few hours. I took the drugs and had no problem. Had it done in Westminster about 4:00 pm came home and slept a couple of hours and when I opened my eyes that first time, it was amazing. Enjoy it and we will be praying for a great procedure.


  4. Rob

    Hi Eric

    Good luck with the LASIK. My wife was due to have LASIK surgery last year however on the day she was booked in the surgeon checked her eyes one last time and advised her that the cornea’s were too thin to go ahead with the operation. It was pretty dissapointing to go so close to having it done and then being told she can’t have it.

    Stuck with the contacts and glasses I’m afraid.


  5. Harry

    Hello Eric,
    Just to say all the best for the eye job manyana, our thoughts go with you my friend. in the immortal words of Desmond Decker “I can see clearly now the rain has gone” good luck mate. Regards Harry in the UK.

  6. Loren

    Eric, if you want to save a ton of cash I still have a laser pointer somewhere in my closet and a (mostly) steady hand.

  7. paul

    hi eric ,i,ve had laser eye surgery ,all i can say is ,you will get two tylenol3,before you get started and you won,t feel a thing.good luck

  8. Margaret

    Just wanted to say I will be thinking of you with your Lasik
    surgery – I am sure it will go well. I’m a contact lens wearer
    too so maybe one day. I love Erics tips you give really great
    useful information – thank you.

  9. Richard

    Best of luck with the op. From other comments it seems that the surgery is pretty successful in the vast majority of cases. Somebody I worked for once had it done and he was very pleased. It’s natural to be apprehensive but as procedures go, this should be fairly straightforward. As Larry says, be a good patient and take the painkillers and everything should be plain sailing. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a blow by blow account of the procedure. Loren is probably going to be disappointed though!
    Regards, Richard

  10. Ayn Elise


    Lot’s of luck tomorrow with the Lasik. I had it done 5 yrs ago and it was the BEST investment I have ever made in myself. Including the cost- analysis part you mentioned. I was nervous the night prior, myself, but it was really a pretty simple process. As with anything, follow their directions for post surgery. I was way drier-eyed for awile, but they should be recommending a good substitute to counteract that. It was something like Natural Tears, that I had.
    Now, to get you really more jazzed than having trepidation:
    It is really cool to not drag contact stuff around
    It is absolutely great to only have to carry sunglasses
    It is beyond cool to wake up and see the entire room
    And: you see the results before the surgery is all done!!!!!!
    Hope this helps a little.

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  12. Jesucita

    Hi Eric,

    Everything will be okay. Just relax. Have faith in your inner-self, your doctor, and God. I will include you in my prayers.


  13. Michael Murphy

    Eric, there is a chance you could lose your night vision and have difficulty driving due to glare. In my opinion, it is not worth the risk to have someone fool with your eyes. I had to give up contacts due to overuse, but a 98% success rate on your eyes is 2% short of a go decision, IMO. Unless you don’t mind being dependent on someone to drive you around at night for the rest of your life.

  14. carmen kimble

    Dear Eric:Good luck with your Lasik, just remember that many people have gone before you on this and it is pretty simple stuff. Always be as calm as you can when having any kind of procedure, I am a nurse and find this to be true with any stressful situation. Just keep thinking(it will be over really quick!)and it will. Sincerely Carmen Kimble

  15. Ludy

    Dear Eric! I spent last two years , going through severe cancer treatments. My “doc’s experience” was not fun, to say the least. I do not trust doctors, as they doing the same treatment to everyone, even though all of us different and unique. Please, do ask references from happy patients. I still wish the best of luck as you need it the most right now.
    Thx for all of the bonuses,

  16. LASIK Patient

    Maybe you should take a look at my website before you go in today for LASIK. It’s a warning to patients. I have published excerpts from numerous medical studies that prove complications such as dry eyes and night vision impairment are common after LASIK. Furthermore, medical studies demonstrate the flap only heals to 2% of the cornea’s original tensile strength, and the biomechanical strength of the cornea is permanently reduced by about 50% in all LASIK patients. http://www.lasikcomplications.com

  17. Johan

    Hi Eric,
    It will go well with the LASic thing. My one friend is one of two surgeons in our country who
    do does this op and his succes rate is phenomenal. Your eyesight will be better than the proverbial hawk’s.
    Just take it easy the first couple of days. You’ll have to rely on ‘da missus’ or so for that time but after
    that its just total happiness.
    Thanks for telling us, now we can include you in our thoughts…..

  18. LasikExpert

    Best of luck on your Lasik!

    Remember that Lasik is often more of a six month process than a 20 Minute Miracle. Expect fluctuations in vision quality. Follow your surgeon’s instructions to the letter. The odds are that you will be satisfied with the result. If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to visit our Lasik patient bulletin board.

    Glenn Hagele
    Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance

  19. Harry


    I tried to respond to the survey, but I get an error about Http-Referrer, I haven’t figured out whether this is due to Firefox or my firewall.

    So my question is, what are niche researchers supposed to do now that Overture is a dead duck, or are we limited to Wordtracker and Google’s keyword tools ?

    Good luck with the Lasik …guess you need to learn that old Jimmy Cliff tune…..(I can see clearly now) lol.


  20. Rich

    Good Luck with the LASIK. By the way did any of you have a problem downloading your completed site on the free version. When I tried, it went to 33% then stopped at 66% and said “runtime error 5”. This happened with several people and I didn’t save the site to the main folder.

  21. ED

    Ed C. Says:

    March 14th, 2008 at 1:36 am
    Praying that all went well and you are enjoying new vision .

  22. Clarence

    Hi Eric

    Hope your LASIK surgery went well. Looking forward to your new product launch with Joel and Heather!

    Have always enjoyed your blog. Keep it up

  23. Sussan

    Hi Eric
    I am happy your surgery went well.
    And thank you for the reminder of a virus protector, mine has just ended.
    I am looking at AVG and have found one to my liking.
    Thanks agian

  24. Tom

    I hope your lasik went well. I’m a little behind on reading your blog. You always have the best information.


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