My Guide to LASIK

26 June 2005
8:25 AM

I'm considering having LASIK eye surgery towards the end of the summer. The only real remaining obstacle to having the procedure done is to make sure the timing will work out. Many of my readers (well, both of them) may be interested in my reasoning for having corrective eye surgery, so I put together a little guide.

Here is a picture as it appears to someone with typical, good eyesight:
Animals to a person with 20-20 vision

Here is that same picture as it appears to me, without glasses or contacts:
Animals to a person with bad vision

For those Photoshop users in the crowd, I simulated my eyesight using a 10 pixel gausian blur. You can try it on your own photos to see how they would appear to me.

Now, you might think, "Well, that's not good, but you're just missing some giraffes and some other African animals. What's the big deal?"

Well, the big deal is this:
Nothing dangerous here

Here, I see two seemingly innocuous gray blobs that vaguely resemble cows.

But they're not cows! They're vicious rhinocerous, ready to charge and trample a man with poor eyesight without warning!

Run! Run away!

So I think that pretty much explains why I want to have eye surgery. Anyway, I'll keep you posted.