Funnily enough, there are a few side effects that never would have entered my head. First off, I don't have my 'near' vision anymore. I used to have to take off my glasses to read, or to see things up close. I had great close up vision. Now, that's gone...mostly. I can still read and see up close, but it's different than it used to be. I can get used to it, though. :)
Another thing I'd never thought about was my nighttime routine! All my life...well, at least for the past 25 years or so, when nighttime came, the major part of my routine was taking out my contacts or taking off my glasses and just sinking into that fuzzy 'underwater' world before going to sleep. Now that I don't have that anymore, my brain keeps telling me to take out my contacts! It's been interesting how tough that's been to get used to--and how it tends to keep me awake longer!! It's getting better, and I'm sure with a few more weeks it'll be fine, but it's something that I'd never even considered.
The last one is a funny thing, too. You glasses/contact wearers: You know how you get a little eye strain headache for the first few weeks after getting a new prescription, or a new pair of glasses/contacts? The same thing happens when you get your eyes fixed! It's so funny! As my eyes are adjusting to the new vision, I've had some eye strain headaches very similar to those that I get when I have new glasses! It's beginning to go away again, just like it always has, but that was another thing that I hadn't anticipated. It has been nothing major. Sometimes I've had to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen in order to lessen the headache so I can sleep, but it's been very low grade and I'm sure it'll go away (as a matter of fact, it's been 2 days now since the last headache, so I have hopes).
Am I still happy I did this? Absolutely. :)
The good news about all this, though, and one of my favorite things about Jordan, is that I didn't even have to take them to the doctor! Jordan is one of the few places where I can be Dr Mom and get away with it. I know, I know, you should always have a professional look at your issues... However, I KNOW they have pink eye. There is no mistaking it. Red, itchy, swollen, and covered in eye boogers? I don't need to drive over to the dr office, park really far away (it's impossible to get close to our pediatrician's office--even though we all really like him, it's quite the pain), walk half a mile, sit and wait for an hour in a crowded waiting room with other infected kids, to hear a doctor to say, "Yes, it's pink eye. Here's your prescription. Don't forget to pay on the way out." Instead, we walk up the hill next to our house to the local pharmacy, show them Peter's face and ask, "Do you have anything for this?" The pharmacist says, "OH my! Yes, use this one!", gives us antibiotic eye drops, tells us to use them 3 times a day, and 3JD (about 5$) and 5 minutes later, we're good to go! I just saved us gas in the car, 2 hours of travel back and forth and waiting inside, 25JD (about 40$ +) for dr fees, plus who knows when they would have gotten us in? Yes, we love the pharmacy here. And Peter is looking MUCH better today...and Josh and Andrew haven't gotten worse. I call this a win.