THE GOOD NEWS: I can see.
THE BAD NEWS: I have to wear glasses in order to differentiate anything smaller than sky or ground.
THE GOOD NEWS: Husband said I could pay for Lasik surgery if screening showed I was a candidate.
THE BAD NEWS: Insurance covers nothing; it’s all out-of-pocket.
THE GOOD NEWS: I am a candidate!
THE BAD NEWS: Because I have both near- and far-sightedness, even after I have Lasik I will still have to wear reading glasses.
THE GOOD NEWS: At age 55, I am old enough that once they do the surgery, my eyesight probably would not significantly change (like it does in your 40s) until I get old. I mean, older.
THE BAD NEWS: I also have cataracts forming in both eyes.
THE GOOD NEWS: I have cataracts! Insurance will pay for vision correction for cataracts!
MORE GOOD NEWS: The Lasik surgery center has a set of multi-focal (bi-focal) lenses that were provided by the supplier. I would not have to pay for the lenses, only the procedure.
MORE GOOD NEWS: This type of lens would free me up from glasses altogether, and also free me from the threat of cataracts ever impairing my vision.
THE BAD NEWS: The supplier’s requirements are that the patient must have the surgery to implant these lenses in March and/or April.
THE GOOD NEWS: It’s March, and not yet April!
THE BAD NEWS: My cataracts are not large enough yet to merit coverage by insurance.
THE GOOD NEWS: However, I could still do the replacement surgery without having to pay for the lenses if I do it in March and April. That’s a significant savings.
THE BAD NEWS: But I’m going on a cruise with my dad in April.
WHAT?? YOU CALL THAT BAD NEWS?
THE GOOD NEWS: I’m going on a cruise with my dad in April!
THE BAD NEWS: They would only do one eye before I leave for the cruise.
THE GOOD NEWS: They would do the other eye when I return at the end of April.
THE BAD NEWS: I would have problems with depth perception so I’d be more prone to clumsiness. I do not want to look clumsy on my first cruise. I don't want to BE clumsy -- I could fall overboard. I decide to opt out.
THE GOOD NEWS: My cataracts might grow fast, then insurance benefits could help me get rid of these eyeglasses.
MORE GOOD NEWS: For now, I can see great with my current eyeglasses.
AND MORE GOOD NEWS: I’m going on a cruise with my dad in April. Me and my prescription sunglasses.