My wife’s dilemma

My wife has been talking about LASIK, or in its full name, Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, for quite some time now. Today, to show my support, I accompanied her to an eye specialist clinic located in Taman Sutera. To be honest, I didn’t have much of an idea about what LASIK is, and it never crossed my mind that I would consider it for myself.

We brought our kids to the clinic, and I’m thankful that it turned out to be a comfortable and spacious place. While the doctor’s assistant was checking her eyes and providing a consultation in one room, I kept the twins entertained. After about half an hour, she finished discussing her options with the staff.

In the car, she told me that after the examination, the doctor’s assistant didn’t recommend LASIK for her due to the fact that her corneas are very thin. Instead, she suggested placing small and thin lenses directly on the surface of her eyes to correct her vision problems. The price for this alternative option is even higher than LASIK, possibly in the tens of thousands. However, there’s still a risk associated with it, although it’s relatively rare: glaucoma, cataracts, and the possibility of needing to replace the lenses if her nearsightedness worsens.

In the end, she’s in a dilemma and asked for my opinion. My answer is straightforward: “Is it worth paying more for something with added risks?” That’s it.