Scott Hanselman

A busy day indeed...let's start with the burning flesh...

February 13, 2004 Comment on this post [7] Posted in Musings
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This was an eventful day indeed.  Yesterday I had worn glasses for over 23 years and had vision of -9.25 diopters (roughtly 20/1600 for me).  Basically I couldn't see there was an big "E" on the eye chart until I was about 9 inches from it.  So, after 10 years of research and 5 years of waiting for the right kinds of technology I had LASIK on both eyes over lunch yesterday.

Pretty damned good.  I'm at LEAST 20/25 in both eyes only 19 hours later.  They measured me as ~20/25 this morning.  I think I'm 20/20 in the right eye and 20/25 in the left, but there's still healing to be had.  I was zapped in Oregon by Dr. Teplick who is just about the coolest guy ever.  Seriously, I did a crapload of research into this (considering I'm diabetic, and diabetics have eye problems) and I didn't want to screw around with any beginners.  As far as I'm concerned, he's the only guy to talk to.  If you are thinking about it, check them out and tell them I sent you.

Right now I'm writing this without my glasses, which is a miracle.  I figure I'll be 90% by the end of the week and 100% in a month.  But, considering it was done yesterday over lunch and I worked a full day today is pretty cool. 


As a computer-type, I have to comment on a few technical things that were interesting to me.

The WaveFront LASIK Eye mapper takes a topographical map of the eye (3-D) to deal with things like astigmatism and odd curvetures and such better than previous technologies.  I had 3 of these by two different doctors, both at Teplick and at my own Eye Doctor's.  Interestingly enough, while it looked like a clever and impressive piece of hardware, something about the title bars smacked wrong with me.  I looked closer (and dinked with it when noone was looking) and dammit if the thing wasn't running Windows 98.  Good thing Microsoft extended support past the time I had my surgery! ;)  A closer look at some other machines by my [also Lasik'ed] boss, Chris Brooks, showed that it was running OS/2.  Seems to me there's some work and sales to be made in the Windows XP Embedded space, no?


You know what Lasik's dirty little secret is?  While the operation doesn't hurt at all (eye drops dull the pain) about 3 hours after the operation is hurts like a bastard.  Someone described it as like hot sand poured in your eyes.  I wouldn't disagree.  It was a migraine, a stick in your eye and a sinus headache all at the same time.  Now, mind you I'm not a fan of drugs, so to their credit they DID give me a prescription for Percocet.  I wanted to avoid using any narcotics if possible.  Long story short, it's not possible. :)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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February 13, 2004 13:40
Woohoo, good on you for taking the plunge!
I had it done 9 years ago.. can't even remember what type of laser technology it was then.
I also did a lot of research... funnily enough, my optometrist was dead against the idea ("at least wait until you can see what happens to patients in a few years").. but I think he was a bit biased since I'd no longer be buying glasses from him!

I was -5.25 in both eyes, with a slight stigmatism.. now I'm -0.25 in both eyes.. not 20/20 but close enough for me!
Pretty much it was one of the best things I've done in my life...
And at the time, it was fully covered under medical insurance (it isn't any more, at least in New Zealand).

I think at the time Windows 98 was a pipe dream.. Windows 95 was still a cool new thing (anyone remember the coolness of being a Chicago beta tester?!) I shudder to think if they were running the machines with WFW311....!!

Still very happy with the decision to do it!

February 14, 2004 4:38

I was doing some research into this a couple of years back, but was not satisfied with what I heard. Now seems to be a good time to get LASIK done.

From whatever I had researched, night vision becomes blurry and you might need glasses for driving.

BTW: cool blog

February 14, 2004 7:50
Very cool, indeed.

(Hey, now you can start using micro fonts in all your presentations. ;) )
February 16, 2004 16:46
I experienced the same post-op pain you had. It felt like my eyes were on fire. At least they told me that it's not a pain-free procedure for everyone. It was worth it, though.
May 12, 2005 23:46
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February 05, 2006 16:01
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