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02/19/2007 Archived Entry: "Medical Technology Rocks!"

Let me start out by saying I love technology. More accurately, I love medical technology. I love doctors and Big Pharm, and all those evildoers. You know why? Because they make my life better.

Debra here. I'm horribly, hideously, terribly nearsighted (-6.5, for those of you who know what that means). I've worn glasses since I was 9 years old. Glasses, for you *&^*^ normies that don't have to wear them, suck.

Enter technology.

You've all heard of Lasik, of course. Laser-beam your eyeballs and you've got perfect vision. Unless, of course, your corneas aren't thick enough. Or (like some people whom we won't name) you're such an incredible infant about pain that even the relatively mild discomfort of the procedure flips you out and they have to abort the procedure after putting a hole in your eye. Then you're out of luck, right?

Not so fast. There's a new procedure called Phakik Intra Ocular Lens implant. Based on cataract surgery, this procedure slices open the eyeball and implants a contact lens behind your pupil.

And it's painless. Completely and totally painless, even though you're wide awake.

How do I know? I just had it done on Saturday. The following morning, I could see as clearly out of my implant eye as I could wearing the newest, freshest pair of contact lenses you can imagine.

It's a wonderful thing.

Because you can only get one eye done at a time, I have to go back in two weeks to have the procedure done on my other eye. But knowing what to expect, I won't be nearly as nervous.

The best part is that now I can legitimately refer to myself as a cyborg. How cool is that?

Posted by Debra @ 04:07 PM CST

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