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Blog entry by Ethan Sincox posted 01-21-2007 03:19 AM 1011 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On Thursday morning, I had LASIK eye surgery. I can’t think of enough words to describe how amazing it is to be glasses-free after 20 years. Wow. I’m not yet 100% (hey, it’s only been two days!), but I was able to drive myself to the follow-up appointment and I see noticeable changes every few hours. As you can see, I’m at least able to see my monitor!

Funny thing – everything seems to be BIGGER without glasses. I don’t know if it was some trick my glasses played on my eyes or if I’m just imagining things. Anyone else have a similar experience? My wife just thinks I’m weird… er, more weird.

When I left the office on Thursday, they gave me these super-dark tinted glasses to wear. They wanted me to wear them day and night around the house for a week. After stumbling around the house that night (and unable to even watch tv very well because of the sunglasses, not the surgery), I said to heck with that and stopped by Woodcraft the next morning on the way home from the next day follow-up appointment and picked up some clear polycarbon safety glasses. They serve the exact same purpose of keeping me from accidentally touching my eyes, but I can sure see a whole heck of a lot better.

I’m wearing them right now, as a matter of fact, and so I feel super-nerdy. I’m sure anyone looking into the second bedroom window, where I’m obviously typing away at a computer, must be wondering what exactly I’m doing to it that I must protect my eyes from flying debris. Gotta watch out for those flying bits! (haha, get it? bits and bytes? router bits? bits of wood? right… sorry.)

Anyway, I’m not yet ready to head back out in the shop. That will probably be a week or two further down the road, at the least, and in any case it isn’t going to happen until my full-seal safety glasses come in!

So what’s an avid woodworker to do? I’ve got my drawing pad and pens out and I’m hashing out some design elements for a box idea I’ve had floating around in my head for some time. If I can’t be in the shop working with wood, then I’m almost just as happy with thinking about the things I want to make.

Oh… that’s two other things I should be working on, actually. I have two contest entries to complete still – one due by the third Thursday of February and one due by the end of February. Those might have a bit more precedence at the moment.

-- Ethan,

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#1 posted 01-21-2007 03:32 AM

Welcome back!! I’ve been wondering how things went.
Where’s the camera? You need a pix to back up your story :)

Did you say “box” ?? I want to make a box.. just a box… any box.. (hehe I do believe I’ve said that before).

Having your plans sitting there must really make you anxious to get tools into your hands.

I’m glad to hear that things went amazing (and I can’t help you with the bigger view question).
Looking forward to hearing further updates.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Ethan Sincox

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#2 posted 01-21-2007 03:53 AM

Actually, I was getting ready to get onto the store and order myself one of them organic cotton fitted lumberjock t-shirts. I happen to have another situation where I need a creative and inventive picture taken of me wearing my hiking boots (to make a long story short, I wrote a grateful letter to the president of Superfeet, an insole company, and they wanted to use my letter in some publications along with some pictures of me hiking or doing whatever in my shoes w/the insoles. In exchange, they’re going to give me a few free pairs of insoles for my other shoes!).

I figured I’d kill three birds w/one stone and get some pictures taken of me wearing my lumberjocks t-shirt, my workmans utilikilt, and my hiking boots with the insoles. I suppose at this point, the picture would also represent me SANS corrective lenses! Of course, I might be wearing safety glasses or sunglasses – I’ve wasted no time in buying several pairs of each so far…

I’ve made just a few boxes. I have a lot of thoughts and ideas on boxes, but I should probably save that for another post, Deb.

-- Ethan,

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#3 posted 01-21-2007 04:41 AM

Ethan, welcome back. Good news about your improving eye-sight. Yes, do protect those eyes. Wearing glasses (why don’t we call them plastics these days?) gives us a level of eye protection. I don’t really like to use my reading glasses for protection because I don’t believe that provide adequate all-direction protection. But, never-the-less, they have occasionally provided protection. So if you don’t need glasses to see clearly, resist the temptation to do even the slightest woodworking without eye protection.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 01-21-2007 05:34 AM

I have a problem, I’m near sighted and I have to take my glasses off to see to do woodworking. And I’m not always wearing safety glasses. I probably need to buy a couple of good pairs of then instead of the $1.99 Harborfreight specials

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 01-21-2007 06:23 AM

Have a speedy recovery!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 01-21-2007 06:45 AM

That utilikilt looks…practical? interesting! Glad to hear about your vision.

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#7 posted 01-21-2007 07:30 PM

Glad your back and on the road to the shop. A friend of mine loves his utilikilt as well… maybe I’ll check one out for myself. Needs a different sort of protective wear though, no?

I feel your “itch” to get back into the swing of things. My wife is out of commission for the next few weeks, spent the better part of the week in the hospital (scheduled) so now my days are spend helping her get back on her feet.

Got to go check out the superfeet link now… (as an ex-runner always looking for something to help out the knees, and maybe get me back out on the road!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 01-21-2007 07:33 PM

I know exactly how you feel! I had it done in 2000. I was blind as a bat without my thick glasses! I ended up having to go back and have one eye done over. Now I have one eye that sees distance and the other is close up. Otherwise I would have had to go back to wearing glasses. Even thinner lenses no way! Now my distance eye has changed. I can see ok but now I wear a contact for driving long distances. It’s still better than glasses. For awhile you’ll be trying to push up your glasses on your nose. How funny that is when you DUH remember you don’t have them on! And it’s nice to be able to SEE when you wake up. Never could read the digital numbers on my clock. Always just a blur of red.
I don’t use power much but I always wear protection on my eyes. I now have to wear a set of headset glasses as having the eyes differant I get dizzy. But I can deal with that. I also have the halo effect. Not as bad as when it was done but man those cars with the new blue lights just about do me in.

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#9 posted 01-21-2007 08:03 PM

Glad to hear the operation was a success. I hope that you get 20-20 vision out of this.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 01-21-2007 09:04 PM

Congratulation Ethan,
I wish you a speedy, & successful recovery. I have two nieces that had that surgery, they both had success.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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