Today I had a laser pointed at one of my eyes. It was a medical laser, being used in a function known as SLT, to reduce levels of pressure inside my right eye. (Don't pout, Left Eye; your time is coming). I learned a couple of things:
First, its really not extraordinarily helpful to have spent the prior evening leafing through the results of a Google Search on "SLT Complications laser), even if the results were that a) the process is about 40% effective, b) complications are very few, and c) in almost every case, the complications either went away on their own or could be caused to do so. I could not stop thinking about the one case where the doctor's office mis-set the laser, delivering more power than needed, or the case where a man had adverse results despite looking like a good candidate. Its one thing to know there are no guarantees, its another to be face-to-glowing-green-dot with it.
Though I think my casual mentions of tri-lasers and foveal burns did get the opthamologist's attention, which, given that this is MY eye, is a good thing.
Second, I learned that just because they say the process takes about ten to twenty minutes doesn't mean you'll be out of there in 30 minutes. Try more like 90 minutes, what with getting these eye drops, those drops, scheduling, and just sitting and waiting. There's a reason we're called 'patients', and its not particularly thrilling. I told him that it would have been nice to know how long the process could be expected to take, and he said that for most of his patients, they would be scared off by knowing how long they'd be there.
Third, it really does not hurt (maybe just a tiny, tiny bit), but the apprehension can deliver a throbbing headache, which is not what you want after Mr. Goldfinger's just done a job on you.