My husband’s eyes are bad and sometimes that has its benefits. For instance, when we first wake up he thinks I look gorgeous. And when his contacts are out, I get control of the remote. But beyond that, he tells me that being nearly blind isn’t that fun. So we decided to look into LASIK.
We went to the TLC office here in Greenville to see if Tim’s a candidate and learn about the process. It’s a nice office with a friendly staff and everyone seems to love Tiger Woods. There are pictures of him everywhere. He had terrible eyes, got LASIK, and now has 20/20 vision.
They asked Tim to watch a video about the procedure before the appointment so he would have a little background knowledge. But I guess the video was a little graphic, talking about flipping back eye flaps and clamping your eyelids. So needless to say Tim was a little sketched-out by the whole thing.
We finished a bunch of tests and were sitting in the exam room talking to the doctor when Tim asked him for a glass of water. As soon as the doctor left the room Tim turned white. Whiter than white. And his eyes rolled back in his head. His body started to twitch and slump to the side. I screamed for help and immediately started bawling. A nurse ran in and said matter-of-factly, “he just passed out.” I’ve seen plenty of movies where people faint and it never looked like that. I thought he was going home to be with the Lord. She told me to wet down a few paper towels and put them on Tim’s forehead. I tearfully took off his tie, unbuttoned his shirt a little and prayed. He came to after a few seconds, but it was a very traumatic few seconds.
We finished the consultation and left the office with some information. We know how much LASIK costs, how thick Tiger Woods’ corneas were, and that fainting during the procedure is somewhat common. Although fainting during the free consultation is a little less routine.