A visiting doctor was in the room to observe the excimer laser surgery procedure on Jean Cassidy, and he wanted to know why she was having it done. There were so many reasons, she says:
"The obvious - vanity; the fact that my sister more than once ripped my glasses off my face during a fight when we were kids, hoping to tip the odds in her favor; hating dependence on glasses or contacts - my mother once had to find my glasses for me in my own bedroom - with my vision there was no hope of my finding them; or maybe it was the two corneal lacerations I suffered while dealing with contact lenses (not to mention having a contact pop out of my eye while driving on the freeway)."All I could manage to say was that my glasses were so heavy they hurt my face.
"I have often thought about this question since having the operation and I have come to the conclusion that fixing a barely functional eye is not silly or vain. I feel much safer now when things go bump in the night - I don't have to frantically search for my glasses in the dark. If I accidentally break my glasses, I won't need someone to drive me to the optometrist.
"Finally, it is like having to walk with a cane all your life and then being able to throw it away."