WELLNESS
03/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Lasik Gone Wrong

Today a story in the New York Times addresses the few for whom Lasik eye surgery doesn't work. Here's one woman's story:

That's the only way I can explain why I willingly let a doctor cut my corneas with a laser: vanity.

Little did I know when I chose Lasik surgery that I would not end up satisfied like the friends and acquaintances who raved about their post-glasses existence. Instead, my days are complicated, since I am dealing with side effects that are far more bothersome than being unfashionably four-eyed.

....On April 13, 2007, I had the surgery. Dr. Belmont's colleague examined me the next day. My vision was a little blurry, but apparently that was normal. Dr. Belmont said that everything looked good on subsequent visits, too. But the blurriness never went away.

At night, I saw halos around streetlights; neon signs bled; the moon had two rings around it like Saturn. My eyes felt sore, a result of dry eye, which also causes sporadic blurriness.

Dr. Belmont told me that sometimes women of a certain age who are undergoing hormonal changes or who take certain medications get dry eye. It would have been nice if I'd known my advanced age (39) might be problematic before I sat in the chair.

But, honestly, why go through the trouble or spend the dough? As we declared just this very week, Glasses Are The New Gorgeous!