The Gift Of Sight

You never know when something is so precious to you until you hear the news that you might not be a candidate to restore your eye sight.  Intense right?

Let me back it up a little bit before telling you how amazing Dr. Frantz Eye Care is and hopefully I don’t choke up like I did in my IG stories.

I started wearing glasses at the age of six and this journey has been extremely difficult.  Thank goodness, I never felt ashamed of wearing glasses in my early years but I never got the greatest news from my eye doctor.  I still remember the optometrist telling me when I was 11, “Your eyesight will progressively get worst but when you get older, every year, your eyesight won’t get as bad.” So at the age of 11, I had to hear, your vision is going to suck but when you get older, you still won’t get to see but it won’t be as bad. WHAT?

I totally get it, he’s a doctor and it’s his job to to tell me the truth but I just felt like I was doom from the beginning.  The sad part is that this is my anatomy.  There was nothing that could have prevented me from being near sighted.  Maybe I could have laid off the TV a bit but I was just a kid!

Middle school came around and I was ready to ditch the four eyes look.  I was trying to be cool like every other teenager.  I begged and begged my mom to allow me to get contacts.  Finally, at the age of 13, everything changed.  Not for the better.

I got contacts! I was super duper cool (not) and it was time to explore the new and improve Mandy. Yeah, nothing really changed.  It wasn’t like the movies where the girl had a mini makeover and the popular boy falls in love with her and lives happily ever popular after.  I still had the same friends (which were awesome btw), no boys liked me, and the only thing that changed was me feeling confident for a week.  But the gift of sight without glasses was glorious.

Glasses have always been an issue for me because once again, anatomy.  With my little button noise, my glasses would constantly fall off my face and make me feel uncomfortable.   Of course, I tried everything from the sling you place behind your glasses, to tapping them to my head and also throwing them across the room.  Nothing worked.  When I was granted contacts, I started to enjoy the life of not pushing my glasses to my face but it caused me to develop a terrible habit.

Like many people, I started to wear my contacts while I was sleeping.  I loved the idea of waking up to sight and not stumbling over furniture in the morning.  My favorite part of waking up with contacts was that I didn’t spend 40 minutes trying to find my glasses.  I was living the life.

The problems in my teenage years developed to many more problems in my adult years.  Three years ago, I woke up to a shooting pain in my eye and had to be rushed to the hospital.  I had a ulcer in my eye! The best part was that I had started a new job and my insurance didn’t kick in until two weeks after my hospital visit.  That was just a tough year in itself but we won’t revisit it just yet.

You would think I would have learned my lesson.  If you haven’t noticed, I am a bit of a risk taker.  I took a risk when starting up my small business, took a risk leaving my teaching job to work in Fashion a couple years back, and sometimes I have no fear.  I need to work on that because the lack of fear does get me into trouble.

Since working on Simple and Pretty Co. full-time, it has lead to travel a lot more, become mentally and physically exhausted, and I hit a wall every night and it feels like I can’t move.

Several weeks ago, I just had a feeling that I needed to check my spam messages.  There I saw that my contact forms from my webbie were being sent to my junk mail.  When I saw the word Lasik, I immediately opened the message and there I was introduced to Susan of Frantz Eye Care.  I noticed that her number was local and I immediately gave her a text.  I know, super unprofessional but I was hungry to find out more.  It was late, but I got a response right away.

Susan understood the importance of working with Influencers and Bloggers to help reach a new set of clients to help them have a healthy eye sight journey.  We instantly connected and geeked out over marketing strategies.  I loved how she asked for my stats and who my reach are because when you’re working with Influencers and Bloggers, that should be part of the decision making (you can actually learn more about this topic at our Branding Conference coming up at the end of this month).

Once I was approved to work with Dr. Frantz, the fun emotional rollercoaster began.

Let me give you a background on Lasik and explain why it’s important to see if you are a candidate for the procedure.

Lasik is a form of laser vision correction.  using a laser beam, an eye surgeon can reshape the cornea of your eye to make it more ideal for focusing light; thus improving your vision.  (source: Frantz EyeCare)

Who’s a candidate?

Majority of people over 18 who are nearsighted (me), farsighted or have an astigmatism are good candidates for the Lasik procedure.  It’s pretty cool because on Frantz EyeCare’s website, you can take a Lasik self test!

Why should you see if you’re a candidate?

Although Lasik is not consider a medical treatment, it’s so worth knowing if you can give yourself the gift of sight if this has been bothering you like me.  You have to understand that for the most part, you did not choose to have bad eye sight and if there’s a way to fix it, why not? Yes, this is a costly procedure but there are ways to work around it to provide you tangible payment bites (we will talk more about this soon…until then, check out Dr. Frantz Lasik Calculator.)

I am extremely excited to be able to share my Lasik journey with you.  I am not nervous about the procedure because Dr. Frantz and his team have been taking really good care of me.  They have been making the process to see if I’m a candidate very easy.

I’ll be diving more about Dr. Frantz himself and how I got a personal phone call from him! Oh yeah… I didn’t get special treatment, they do this for anyone who is getting surgery! When it comes to your precious eyes, you want to make sure that you have the right doctor preforming this procedure.  I’ll give you a little hint now, it’s worth the travel.

This service  was provided by Frantz EyeCare and all 

thoughts and opinions are my own.


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