Scott Hanselman

More on My Lasik and the Windows 98 Machine that Zapped Me

March 08, 2004 Comment on this post [0] Posted in Musings
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My LASIK posts have been ridiculously popular, considering this is a .NET and Programming Blog.  That being said, there were a few blogs that mentioned my surgery and I thought it would be useful for me spend some time in Photoshop and explain to you EXACTLY what I saw, and EXACTLY what I see now.

Here's before, this is -9.25 diopters (roughly 20/1600 for me) and what I saw without glasses for ~20 years.  I adjusted this photo in Photoshop to show represent what I saw before as accurately as possible.

Here's after.  I'm now at LEAST 20/20 (I'll be officially measured this Friday, one month after my operation.  I suspect I'll be 20/15.  Just a hunch.

I adjusted this after picture to show you exactly what I see now.  Note the slight “motion” blur over the lights.  Note the darkness of the background and the bright contrast of the foreground.  

Not to bad for a Windows 98 machine.  One thing to note also.  While it's totally reasonable to worry about this operation, and most folks are concerned that they might never seen well again, I thought it was a reasonable risk.  It IS VERY possible to have side-effects that will result in a loss of best corrected vision.  There's about a 0.04 percent chance using my doctor's stats.  The problem with stats that compare success with failure is that someone has to fail.  I feel really bad for folks that are in that 0.04 percent bucket - having surgery is inherently dangerous. 

That said, I'm happy with the result - more every day - and I will enjoy the next 10 years of vision...before I have to get bi-focals!

About Scott

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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