Corrective lenses are clutter

I’ve had to wear glasses or corrective lenses since I was in the third grade. At first, I thought they were cool. I had the lenses that tinted when exposed to sunlight. The novelty wore off after about a year or two and the quest for contact lenses began. I didn’t get contacts until I was in the eighth grade and I was happy to get them. The glasses just got in the way when playing baseball and basketball.

Unfortunately, I still wear contact lenses and on occasion I wear my glasses (only in my house). I’ve been looking into laser eye surgery for quite some time and I have to admit I’m bit freaked out by the process, but the clutter that my lenses add to my bathroom drawer is a bit more than I’d like. My drawer includes: my year supply of lenses (I wear disposables), my large container of saline solution, my glasses, and my contact case. So almost half of my tiny drawer is taken up with products to help me see.

The ability to see when I wake up is definitely the highest priority, but also I’m tired of keeping my drawer stocked with lenses and solutions. So, should I be freaked out by laser eye surgery or should I go ahead with the procedure? I checked to see if I was a good Lasik candidate and it turns out that it doesn’t look like a problem. Now if I could only figure out how to pay for it?

39 Comments for “Corrective lenses are clutter”

  1. posted by sharon on

    OK, I took the quiz. Not that I am willing to undergo the procedure, just curious. I had NO idea there was such a thing as ocular herpes!!!

    BTW, I reduced my clutter but switching to just glasses with magnetic clips fo sun.

  2. posted by Melinda on

    I’m freaked out by the process too. I can’t get up the nerve. And I’ve been wearing glasses since the first grade.

  3. posted by I can see! on

    I had Lasik two years ago and my only regret is that I didn’t get it sooner. I can’t believe how amazing the results were.

    As for paying for it, we were offered credit through the doctor (at 22%!), but luckily we had a credit card with a balance transfer offer for 4% for the life of the loan. Probably not the best idea, but it worked for us.

  4. posted by Peter on

    How bout moving the year supply of contacts some place else? Like a closet someplace out of the bathroom.

  5. posted by Max on

    I’d rather have clutter than someone fuck up my eye. There are a lot of terrible things that can happen with laser surgery. The risk may be small, but you’ve only got one set of eyes. Why risk it when you can just wear glasses?

  6. posted by Michael Houghton on

    I have to say, monstrously expensive and clearly not risk-free surgery would not be something I’d undertake to free up the space taken by two cases for my specs, and a couple of lens cloths…

    I think my eyes are a little like my digital camera. I don’t really need to upgrade, and I think I’ll wait until a better deal comes along.

  7. posted by Louise on

    I had Lasik seven years ago, and I still need glasses. So don’t count on the procedure to reduce your clutter.

    That being said, I have no regrets. I went from being legally blind in one eye to needing very weak glasses for driving. Now my glasses are less expensive and rather chic! I can also see my feet in the shower. It was the right decision for me, but don’t do it for the clutter reduction.

  8. posted by Louise on

    Oh, and another thing. Lasik does not protect you from needing reading glasses as you get older. Most folks will need those anyway. I was in my 30s when I had my Lasik, but now I’m finding my arms just aren’t long enough to get text into proper focus.

    Bifocals DO reduce clutter if you are wearing glasses anyway.

  9. posted by yeara on

    same here. i have two pairs of glasses, one case and a piece of cloth which lives in the case.

    the mental and time costs of going through laser surgery are very high – you have to do research, read reports of success rates. choose an institution and a doctor, get appointments before the surgery and check ups later. and you would have to buy non-optical sun glasses later.

    all this for getting rid of one pair of glasses.
    you’d have to maintain a pair of sunglasses, a case and a piece of cloth.

  10. posted by John Samuelson on

    Please see here for good information, the forums are great:

    And here for what the laser surgery clinics don’t put in the brochure:

    I highly suggest reading both sites thoroughly before taking the plunge. To paraphrase one of the doctors there, most lasik patients are ectstatic but for those for whom it goes wrong, it is a permanent waking nightmare from which there is no escape.

    I wear glasses and contacts and if I thought for a second the risk was truly minimal I would be under a laser NOW. The odds are simply not good enough for me – a little clutter, a little hassle, and my vision is perfect anyway…

  11. posted by Iris on

    You could always just wear chic glasses and not bother with contacts unless it’s necessary (like if you still play sports). The contacts seem to be the majority of the clutter, so just eliminate those, and you’ll gain back a lot of space.

  12. posted by Jack on

    Maybe it’s because I only wear glasses for reading, but I really don’t see my two pairs of glasses as that much clutter. I agree with the people above who say it may be a good idea, but not because it’ll free up half a drawer in your bathroom. I mean, I could live on a vitamin and water diet and reduce all the “clutter” in my kitchen to one shelf of vitamins, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good idea.

  13. posted by John Samuelson on

    A note for anyone who wants to fly (as in you at the controls, not self-loading cargo) in Europe – laser eye surgery will NOT save you from the eyesight limits. They use your pre-operation refractive error, not your newly corrected eagle-eye vision. This might change…and hopefully will. The US FAA is much more sensible in this respect. Just FYI as it’s something I’m dealing with now.

  14. posted by Athol Kay on

    Are you nuts? How does a small lens case, one or two all purpose rinse/disinfectant bottles and the next set of contacts in a drawer/cabinet equal “clutter”.

    Everything is needed and functional. Get over yourself and this OCD bullshit.

    Have surgery to have necessary surgery, not to clean your room.

  15. posted by Monica Ricci on

    I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 10 and contacts since 7th grade with much success, so for for ME (and only me), Lasik is something I’d undergo only if I absolutely couldn’t wear my contacts anymore. (I’m pretty vain, so I wouldn’t want to be wed exclusively to glasses full time)

    But unless that were to happen, I’m not having Lasik because a) it’s still what I consider to be an expensive procedure and b) despite the vast number of people for whom Lasik works perfectly, there are still risks, and there are a fairly significant number of folks who, as John mentioned, end up living an ongoing nightmare. So unless I HAD to do it, I wouldn’t.

    But I don’t judge anyone who does get the surgery, for whatever reasons. We all make our choices based on what we value most.


  16. posted by Lee2706 on

    Yeah, it’s pricey, but according to the Mrs., it was totally worth it.

    We got a deal through CareCredit:

    Where it was zero-interest for 12 months. As long as you can foot the bill for a year, you are good to go.

    And yes, it is not foolproof. I am not sure if any surgery is. However, after witnessing the procedure (with my own four eyes no less!) it looks scary but not an error-prone operation. With all the computer brain power guiding that laser, I felt at ease watching my spouse go under.

    Do it to reduce clutter? Not a strong reason. But if you fumble for glasses in the AM, accidentally fall asleep wearing contacts, forget where you put your glasses, etc, LASIK is worth the cash (or 12 months credit).

  17. posted by Steve O on

    A good friend of mine had Lasik several years ago and is extremely happy with it. He had worn contracts for 27 or 28 years, glasses before that.

    I have worn glasses for 43 years, but I’m not ready to take the plunge. No kind of surgery is completely without risk, but this surgery is completely elective. Bad things do happen, even to D-list celebrities:

  18. posted by Jesse on

    Another thing you might want to note: if you (like me) have eyes that dilate too much in the dark (you’ll see what seems to be rings around car and street lights while driving at night), you may have to find a specialized LASIK practitioner, as the general LASIK surgery only works for the normal range of dilation. Anything outside of that will require you finding a specialist (I believe there are only 5 in the whole US that can do this version), as well as causing you to shell out more money – up to $1000 per eye! Needless to say, the extra cost combined with my nervousness and the fact that I’ve got a 2 year old that I’ll want to SEE get married one day, led me to accept my “fate” of keeping glasses and contacts until, and if, they perfect the process. 🙂

  19. posted by Jesse on

    Sorry, I meant to clarify, if you see rings around car and street lights WHILE WEARING CONTACT LENSES while driving at night. 🙂

  20. posted by Adam Snider on

    Like a lot of other people, I think that getting surgery to reduce clutter is incredibly foolish. Sure, LASIK might eliminate the need to wear contacts, and that’s great, but doing it to reduce clutter? That’s terrible reason to have surgery, in my opinion.

    I’ve often thought about LASIK, and may go through with it if they improve the procedure in the future. For now, I’m far too concerned about the risk. I know the risk is (apparently) very minimal, but potentially ruining my eyesight is a risk that I’m not willing to take, regardless of how low the odds may be.

    I’ll stick with my glasses, thanks.

  21. posted by John Samuelson on

    When I asked my optician about laser eye surgery, he suggested I go to any conference on the subject, where 99% of the doctors and practitioners attending wear glasses…which finished the conversation for me!

  22. posted by Meags on

    That “test” for candidacy is all wrong. I passed the test also but my ophthalmologist has told me that I can never have LASIK due to the pressure levels in my eyes.

    I’ve also had to undergo a different kind of laser surgery for holes in my retina and it’s not pleasant. I would never voluntarily have LASIK done, even if I could. It’s painful to have lasers in your eyes!

  23. posted by Brian on

    Necessities are not clutter. Non-risk-free surgery is not always a good choice.

    What made my decision was a discussion with my opthamologist, who practices at a clinic offering top-of-the-line laser surgery by board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons. Each and every doctor at the clinic can get the surgery free of charge. Each and every doctor at the clinic…wears glasses.

    If my eye doc doesn’t buy it, I don’t either.

  24. posted by molly on

    Everyone I know who has had Lasik is extremely happy. I was going to do it but was turned down because my pupils are too big. Major bummer. Meanwhile, I live with the “clutter” of eyeglasses and contacts. I never thought of these things as clutter because without them I am legally blind.

  25. posted by Elizabeth on

    I had to have laser surgery on both eyes to remove cataracts (no, i’m not ancient, long story) — i’d hoped that these surgeries would also mean i wouldn’t need my glasses, but instead my vision is now bizarre. I can see well at a certain range, but not close-up and not far away.

    The surgery wasn’t painful, just strange. Anxiety-provoking despite the valium they give you.

    And personally I would NEVER have eye surgery if it wasn’t medically necessary. Yes, most people do fine. Yes, most people are happy. But why do you want to take the chance with YOUR eyes? Even with something as safe as cataract surgery, my opthalmologist, who is top-rated internationally, told me to wait as long as I possibly could, because of the tiny chance that something could go wrong.

    Also consider that Lasik surgery hasn’t been around all that long, and we don’t know the long-range results. My opthalmologist wears glasses too.

    So maybe you should ask yourself if you are really talking about clutter or maybe something else here?

  26. posted by Lou on

    I had LASIK three years ago and I have no regrets. I used contacts for years and eventually began to loathe the process of putting them and and taking them out, having to search around for the right brand of solution, worrying about running out of replacement lenses, etc. I am glad I waited until they had refined the surgery and no longer used a blade to create the flap on the cornea. I was a good candidate and so I expected an excellent result and I got it: 15/20 to this day. I love the results so much that if I would do it every year if that’s what it took to be glasses and contacts free. I think you should research, research, research and find a great doctor who will answer all your questions. Then suck it up, take the valium they give you before the procedure, pay the bill and get ready for the best thing you can do with that money. It is literally an overnight, life-changing event, like becoming a millionare or losing 50 pounds in one day. It is that immediate and that powerful. Yes there is risk, yes your eyes are important, but it is NOT about the clutter. It’s about having your body work the way it is supposed to. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  27. posted by Lou on

    Oh, and about the pain? The surgery was no more uncomfortable than the pre-op test. I took two Vicodin when I got home, another at three pm that day, and one at bedtime. That was it. By the time I work up in the morning, I was pain-free.

  28. posted by cbbrowne on

    This no more appropriate than writing an article entitled “Diabetic Treatments are clutter,” and trying to to pretend that the treatments are somehow evadable.

    I have worn corrective lenses since I was a kid; the “clutter” involved really isn’t terribly much:

    – Pairs of glasses: one.

    – Bottles of cleaning fluid: three (one at home, two at work, one of those nearly empty).

    – Lens cloths: Four. Two at work, one at home, one in the backpack that I carry around.

    That’s not NEARLY as much “clutter” as my sister-in-law has to cope with in coping with diabetes. There is the whole assortment of materials that she needs to take everywhere to measure sugar levels and to apply appropriate quantities of insulin. And it’s rather expensive, too.

    Her life does get “cluttered up” with dealing with the medical condition. I can’t comment the alternatives – people that try to “declutter” on this tend to go blind and die early.

    It sounds to me as though the *real* issue here is that wearing contact lenses for purposes of vanity introduces quite a lot of clutter.

    Perhaps the less prideful approach would be to consider wearing glasses. Sure, it’s so 14th century – but in a pinch, you can clean them using soap and whatever fine tissues you may already have in the bathroom. It’s a mature technology that doesn’t involve much clutter.

  29. posted by Karen on

    Have you considered gas permeable lenses (sometimes called RGP)? They are a little harder to get used to, but I love them. I’ve been wearing them for almost 20 years. My vision is much sharper than it was with soft lenses, or even with glasses. My glasses often give me a headache, but my contacts never do. You will still need solvent, and a bottle of cleaning solution, but since you only have one pair of lenses (they last 5+ years), there’s a lot less “clutter”.

    I’ve considered Lasik, but there’s no guarantee you won’t still need reading glasses. I don’t see the difference between having to wear strong glasses without lasik or reading glasses with lasik – I’m still wearing glasses either way. With my contacts, I put them in in the morning and have perfect vision until I take them out at night.

  30. posted by Lee on

    Do it, it will be the best money you ever spend, it’s like someone cleaned the window to the world, and there is NO clutter now either!

  31. posted by bee on

    i just had lasik done 2 weeks ago and loving it. i clicked on the links thru the comments and that really scared me about the procedure. i waited over 5 years to get it done and found a doctor who came highly recommended and several of my friends had done it with him and had no complications.

  32. posted by Dorianne on

    I would welcome with open arms the “clutter” that accompanies contact lenses, if I could afford them.


  33. posted by Anonymous on

    This is by far the stupidest thing you’ve ever posted. Opting for surgery to reduce alleged clutter?

  34. posted by chocolatecrunch on

    i did the lasik procedure 2 yrs ago not because of clutter but because i couldn’t stand wearing glasses and contact lenses. i guess if i’m gonna add all my expenses for glasses and contacts it would pay off my lasik procedure.i asked for financing because it’s really expensive and they gave me 1 yr to pay it off. it’s a tight year for me but it’s worth it. good luck.

  35. posted by Hanmee on

    My husband and I both had LASIK done 5 years ago. It’s been awesome.

    I had vision so nearsighted that I could only see my hand clear if it was inches from my face. My husband’s vision was a bit better.

    We both go around, without any glasses most of the time.

    I don’t wear glasses at all. My vision is not 20/20, but it’s very close (one eye is 20/20 the other may be 20/40 or something like that). I also have astygmatisms in both eyes, which complicates things a little. In dim/dark settings where there is some light source (stop lights, movie theaters, etc), it’s a little off.

    My husband just got glasses recently. He uses them occasionally. His vision is also much improved and he can generally go around without them, but for times when he wants to perfect 20/20, he wears them.

    There are no guarantees on the results and there is always a risk (#1 get a good doc who will do a THOROUGH eval before hand), but if you are interested, it was worth it for us, even though it wasn’t perfect. Just because before we couldn’t function at ALL without glasses and now we can do anything without glasses/lenses.

    As for paying for it, does your company have a flexible spending benefits program? that’s what we did with ours. It’s the program that allows you to take out money pre-tax for certain things like prescriptions, medical procedures, etc (including LASIK).

    If you have it, you will need to pay for the procedure up front yourself, but then, you submit your receipts and claim forms to your company and they will reimburse you. The amount is deducted from your paycheck over the year (usually you can only opt when during the benefits enrollment season of your company). That spreads out the amount over the year (assuming you start this in time for the new year), and takes the money from your pay pre-tax so that reduces your taxable income.

  36. posted by Kate on

    I totally agree! I was sooo happy to get rid of all my eye-related clutter two months ago, when I finally got LASIK. Life is so much simpler now.

  37. posted by Russel on

    >> same here. i have two pairs of glasses, one case and a piece of cloth which lives in the case.

  38. posted by Russel on

    >> same here. i have two pairs of glasses, one case and a piece of cloth which lives in the case.

  39. posted by Russel on

    >> same here. i have two pairs of glasses, one case and a piece of cloth which lives in the case.

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