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The Eyes Do Not Have It

(note: The story of “Wall” ends here)

Shannon’s eyes are no better. At her three-week checkup, the doc’s office told her to hang tight until the next surgery, which they say must wait four months from the date of the original procedure. That means she gets to have all this done again and start recovery fresh in August, just in time for her birthday and our wedding anniversary. You may want to read my post on her experience to refresh your memory on what happened to her.

She requested that they write her a prescription for glasses to wear in the meantime. Although the lenses are much thinner than the bottle-bottoms she wore prior to the surgery, without them she cannot read street signs until it’s too late to make the turn. And, unlike the planned follow-up surgery, they were not free.

If this next trip under the “knife” does not fix her vision, then I’m considering going public.

A letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News would be a good start. This surgeon is all over the airwaves here in the Dallas area. His commercials make it sound like you can get your vision corrected for $495/eye (the first HUGE fib), and in them he has supposed happy patients standing all around him smiling, like he’s some kind of God (when we all know he’s a robot).

There is no additional charge for the follow-up procedure. Good thing, because she would not receive it otherwise. And, I would have thrown what little power I have into a muckraking effort against this doctor. (that is very little power, by the way)

Now, Shannon continues her eye drops and we cannot sleep under a running ceiling fan (I still do not understand why her eyes are more vulnerable to a fan’s drying effects when they are closed than when open).

9 Responses to The Eyes Do Not Have It

  1. Definitely go public if things do not improve with the second surgery. If the surgeon can’t hold up his end of the bargain and plasters his smug grin all over the airwaves in an effort to rake in as much business as possible, then he deserves the articulate detractors to call him on it.

    (Apropos, by the way, my validation question pertained to the colour of the eye’s pupil…)

  2. Simon – I’m fairly confident in the guy’s abilities, because he’s one of the foremost in the field. We’re hoping she’s just one of the few who need a second procedure. Barring such fortune, however, I’ll let him have it. The pen is mightier than the eye laser. (but not the penis mightier)

  3. Well, I’m sad she didn’t get what she paid for, especially with one’s eyes.
    Myself, when I had my eyes done, it worked perfectly the first time. I researched my doctor for over a year, and made sure that the dollar amount was locked in.

    Also, my doctor, before my surgery did a test to see if my eyes developed enough tears on their own. He would have warned me if I would have needed drops forever.

    He also told me to try NOT to use the artificial tears if possible, as it would make my eyes dependent upon them. (he did give me a bunch of drops bottles before leaving his office that I still have)

    Best of luck to you Shannon…

  4. Sorry for not reading or responding lately. I think I’ll be writing a blog entry on that.

    You know how I feel about you and Shannon and Ben. My comment in your Myspace blog notwithstanding. :)

    Good luck to ‘the wife’ on her next procedure. And I’ll pray for her endurance and for her to have a positive outlook.


  5. Dave – I didn’t mean to make it sound like she didn’t know the price before the surgery. She did. But, they got her in the door thinking $495/eye, hit her with a barrage of information that made it sound like a miracle, and then said, “Now, we can sign you up for tomorrow morning at 6:30 (or something close to that).” She held off until she could talk to friends who had gone to this guy and another. Weird thing, though, is that everything we read said that they want the patient to use special preparatory drops for 48 hours prior to the procedure. So, they definitely try to get people to sign up in the heat of the moment. But, she did not.

    In other words, I don’t feel she did anything wrong in choosing a doctor.

    Thanks for keeping her in you thoughts. She needs all the encouragement she can get.

    Alveoli – Of course, I must give proper thanks here for your well wishes, and then smack you for the comment on my MySpace blog (which, in case anybody wondered, I have not used regularly since summer 2005. I only post there when other friends from my past find me on MySpace. It’s been very cool in that respect).

  6. I have so much empathy for Shann. I can’t afford it, in the first place, and being the stump dodger that I am, I’m too chicken. But I like living vicariously through Shann and I hate that she has to go through this ordeal!

  7. HazelHazel – Thanks. Anyone who knows Shannon knows that it meant a lot to her for her to build up the courage to do it, and besides that one flash of excitement the night of the surgery, it’s been downhill ever since.

    With so many other things going wrong in her life right now, she needed something to go well, and it certainly did not.

  8. I’m reading this with avid interest (I know, I know, quite late) and wondering how Shannon’s vision has progressed. For the record, I spent most of this year undergoing and recovering from repeated attempts at Lasik. I think I should have stuck to wearing glasses.

  9. annulla – I will do an update here very soon. She’s scheduled for her first follow-up one week from Monday, and just in her right eye for now (it’s worse than her left).


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