So, I was asked to post my LASIK story here in the OT ... so here it is. Last year, I had LASIK performed in both eyes. My eyesight was bad - 20/80 in one eye, 20/200 in the other. I also have 'convergence insufficiency' where I alternate using eyes -- I'm looking out of either eye at any given time, but never both at the same time.... This also means that I'm what they call "exotropic" in that the eye I'm not using tends to (not always) drift outward. Some folks call this 'lazy eye', but that's not really a correct term, especially since both of my eyes get used, alternatively... (lazy eye is really when the brain doesn't use one eye at all.) So, I did my homework and found a GREAT doctor. One who's done over 10,000 of these procedures. One of those guys that other docs go to when they need eye work done. Anyway, I decided to have LASIK surgery last year. For those of you who are unaware of the actual procedure, basically, a "flap" in the outer layer of your eyeball gets cut, then folded back. Then, an excimer laser reshapes your cornea so it focuses correctly, and then the flap is laid back down where it came from. In the Bad Old Days, a microkeratome (looks like a cigar cutter was used to make the flap. Now, a lower-powered laser does the trick. So, it's my day of surgery. I'm lying on the table, and we're getting ready to cut the flap - this is the first part of the surgery. The doctor places a positioning ring on the eye, and then applies some suction to hold it in place. It's not painful - just enough to keep the eye from moving ... Then the laser begins making the flap. As the flap is cutting, things start to go really trippy and distant --- everything looks like it's mooooooving. Way out. Now remember, I've got this thing where I flip between the left and right eyes at any given moment .... So, what does my stupid brain do? It decides to use the OTHER eye to see. And, of course, the eye being worked on starts moving... moving... and BAM! It breaks suction with that little ring. Now the laser shuts down, the suction is lost, the flap is half created, and I hear the doctor say, "oh sh*t! That's never happened before!" Now I'm stuck under the machine with half a flap, and a laser that won't do anything except start over! Not exactly what you want to do when it's 3/4 of the way done! No danger of losing my vision or anything because, in the worst case, we'd just wait for the flap to heal and try again. So what does the doctor do? Picks up the phone and calls technical support. (no, seriously!) Waits on hold... for half an hour ....... Gets someone on the phone... (whom I can only assume is Bob from India.) Explains what happened... Explains that the "top cut" is done and all that he needs to do is the "side cut"... ... and that the machine wants to start from the beginning .... So what does tech support make him do? Reboot the laser. No, seriously. CTRL-ALT-DEL and reboot the thing. When that doesn't work, he has the doctor press CTRL-ALT-S. Apparently, that's some kind of override that lets the machine "only" do a side cut. The whole time I've been waiting, I wanted to look at the console and see if it was a Windows machine (stupid Windows!) But of course... I CAN'T! I can't see a $#$!#$! thing! So, the doc enters the parameters, I get back under the machine, he reapplies suction, and bam! about 5 seconds later, we've got a full and complete flap. Then, he slides me under the excimer laser, and we do the actual vision correction part. That takes all of, what, 15 seconds? Another 1/2 hour of recovery (sitting there with your eyes closed) and I was on my way home. Thank goodness I'm not a nervous person. I know lots of people who were on the edge enough getting LASIK done -- they'd be freaking out and probably assaulting the doctor! So what's the net result? Right eye (was 20/200) is now 20/15. Left eye (was 20/80) is now better than 20/15. Closer to 20/10. LASIK rocks. It was hair-raising for sure, but it's one of the best things I ever did!