My Independence Day

I woke up.

OMG! I could see the words on a book cover from five feet away.

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09/09/2009

Nine is considered a very auspicious number in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word “longlasting” (久).  Therefore, to choose  09/09/09 for a life changing experience is not only appropriate but poetic as well. :=) 

Upon recommendation from my sister, I decided to improve my vision at Centre for Sight Laser Eye Centre in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The cost of LASIK is around RM4000 (approx. USD 1200) and RM6000 for the custom package.  It’s much cheaper than the prices in USA.

receipt 
My assigned patient ID is 09090, another beautiful number. Isn’t it a lucky sign? :)

I’ve watched videos and read a lot about LASIK surgery, so I am very familiar with the procedure.

My surgeon was Dr. Choong Yean Yaw and I had full confidence in his ability to perfom a successful LASIK surgery.

My sister, Mee Ming volunteered to help me record my big day.  What a brave girl. :)

During the procedure, my eyes were numb but I was fully aware of what was going on. I must admit I was SHIT scared when the incision was made to create the round corneal flap. Maybe I shouldn’t have watched the LASIK video afterall. All I could do was to focus, and think positively during the surgery.

My surgery went well despite of a minor delay due to a technical issue with the operation chair prior to the surgery.  Dr. Choong and his team gave me the impression that there’s nothing they can’t handle.

I celebrate my freedom today. I am freed from wearing sweaty and foggy glasses. No more blurry vision while swimming or in the sauna room. I can now wear sunglasses without contacts. No more cleaning contact lenses. If you wear contacts or glasses, you know what I am talking about.

Sharing with you here it’s a video edited by me (see below). I know I shouldn’t overwork my eyes after the surgery, but I can’t help myself.