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I’m having my eyes lasered. Eek!

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Madly interested in fashion or beauty? I met these lovely girls, both superbloggers, the other night at the Soho Hotel in London – that’s Ellen from The Real Runway on the left, and Alice from Super Gorgeous on the right.

I don’t often get into Soho these days but blimey it’s fun. I handed my children over to the babysitter pre-bedtime with a barely suppressed smile, then got tiddled on free booze at the hotel and had a glimpse of the glamorous life I think I remember once having. I was there because I’m one of 21 bloggers nationwide who’ve been chosen by Optical Express to have their eyes lasered to demystify the operation. I know, I’m honoured!

Anyone who knows me well around my village already mocks me for my utter inability to see them across the road, in the playground or at times walking past me on the pavement.  If I don’t wear my glasses or contacts (at a cost of £600 a year by the way) I may as well be walking around with vaseline over my eyeballs.

I’ve idly considered laser surgery over the years, but didn’t really think, with an astigmatism and a not-horrendous prescription (-2.00 since you ask speccy folk), that I’d be suitable, but now I find that I am, and I can, I’m really excited. Go swimming, biking or play tennis without contacts? Yes please. Not have to ask Mr Muddy ten times a week if he’s seen my glasses and have him give me the evils (I don’t have to see that, I can just sense it). Oh yeah!

At the moment I’m not feeling nervous, figuring it can’t be anywhere near as horrendous as childbirth (I have about 20 children – the nightmare doesn’t compare). Apparently if the surgery goes too far or not far enough, very unusual but of course possible, it’s reversible. Plus I get a whole weekend where I can legitimately lie quietly in bed, catching up on some zzzs.

I have a ‘mentor’ who I can speak to nearer the time (they come as standard apparently, Optical Express’s equivalent of air bags)  if I feel my jaunty approach buckling under the strain of the approaching operation, but I don’t think I’ll need it.

Anyway, it’s surgery in two weeks time. I’ll let you know how it goes. If you see me waving to you across the road, you’ll know it’s been a success!


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6 comments on “I’m having my eyes lasered. Eek!”

  • Jessica Mann October 31, 2012

    Wow, you are brave, I have thought about it, but gave up the idea as I make my money as a photographer. My eyes have to be in best condition so I can focus, if I miss a shot it’s my lievely hood. Let me know how it goes. I am very interested.

    • muddystiletto November 7, 2012

      Yes, starting to get a bit nervous but am sure it will all be worth it. Will let you know. x

  • Katie Elmer October 31, 2012

    Had my eyes lasered a few years ago after 30 odd years of glasses and lenses. And wow!!! Truly when you wake up the next morning and can actually see AND hear ( I was always a bit deaf until I put my specs on 🙂 ) it’s fab. No excuses for losing the children whene you go swimming now……

    • muddystiletto November 7, 2012

      Ah, you’ve done that too….!

  • Freya November 7, 2012

    Childbirth is much worse I promise…and I speak as one who was lucky enough to have a relatively quick and easy labour! I had my eyes done 12 years ago and had a similar prescription to you. I went up to London in the morning, had both eyes done, got the train back, had a little rest and went to Waitrose in the afternoon. No pain. Had better than 20/20 vision after (which apparently is possible, who knew?)

    • muddystiletto November 13, 2012

      So good to hear that! I’m in on Friday…. x


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