I am terrible at making decisions. Really really terrible. Maybe that's why I like tapas style restaurants so much: because I don't have to chose just one thing off the menu.
But life isn't a trendy hipster restaurant filled with naked incandescent bulbs and an endless supply of $15 cocktails.
Sometimes I actually have to make a decision, which inevitably plunges me into a familiar cycle of procrastination, too much internet research, and an obnoxious refrain of "what do you think I should do?"
This month's Big Decision is all about my upcoming laser eye surgery. (Which I'm told will not actually give me the ability to shoot lasers out of my eyes. Bummer.)
I've been for multiple consultations at different clinics, I've read about a million articles and forums on the internet, and I've spoken to at least four or five people I know who've had it done. So I think I'm pretty well informed at this point, but I still can't make one tiny little decision.
I've chosen the clinic, the surgeon, the type of corrective procedure, and I've even booked my appointment, but I still have to decide one last thing and, with my surgery just one week away, my procrastination time is running out.
I won't bore you with the medical details but basically, there are two different tools that the surgeon can use to make the incision on my cornea (creepy, I know). For my type of eyes and prescription, it doesn't make a difference, medically, what tool they use. Good news: I get to choose whatever I want. Bad news: I have to choose.
The problem is that the two tools have an equal number of pros and cons, but the pros and cons are completely different. According to the doctors I've spoken to, they're split 50/50 on which technology is better for the patient since both procedures some with their own unique set of risks and benefits.
On the one hand this decision seems kind of inconsequential since this is a very low-risk procedure with extremely high success rates, and even the doctors acknowledge that the difference between the two tools usually has very little impact on the surgery itself. And on the other hand... we're talking about my eyes.
So let me ask one more time: what would you do?
If you've had Lasik, or know someone who has, or are considering it for yourself, would you get All-Laser Lasik or microkeratome? (Assuming that the price is the same and you have kick-ass, higher-than-average corneal thickness.)
I've got 6 more days to make up my mind, I guess making big decisions is another part of growing up!