Back to Glasses

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 1:59 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

July 12, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2010 at 1:59 PM EDT

The next three weeks are going to be tough. After 30 years of wearing contact lenses, it's back to glasses! Ugh! It's all because I have decided to get Lasik. That's laser surgery on my corneas.

If all goes well with the procedure, I won't need glasses for the first time since the first grade! Hurray! But before doctors will even consider the operation on my eyes, my corneas have to return to normal. You see, when you wear contacts as many hours as I do, your cornea gets misshapen. So, for the next three weeks, it's no contacts, just glasses. Then, I'll be put through a two and a half hour evaluation to see if I am a good candidate for Lasik.

Only when I pass that can I have the surgery. I'm nervous about a lot of things. First, I'm worried how I'll cope the next three weeks with my glasses, especially when I'm on the air. I know I'll feel self-conscious about wearing them. It's also going to be big challenge doing my hair and make-up with glasses on! Because my eyes are so bad, I'll need to get really close to the mirror to see!!!! I am also worried that I'll go through all this, and they'll find some obscure reason why I can't have the operation. And what if I can get Lasik surgery?

I'll be a nervous wreck with my eyelids pulled back, watching a laser attack my eyeball. I know I am worrying about a lot. Despite that, I know I really want to do this, and I will be happy once it's all over. At least that's what I hear from several other people who have already tried Lasik and love their new vision. I dream of the day I can wake up, open my eyes and see the clock without grabbing for my glasses. So, bear with me. For the next three weeks, I'm a work in progress!