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Lasik Surgery for Photographers Part 4: The Joy of Shooting

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A major reason I went ahead with LASIK surgery was to make photography easier.

I have always hated shooting with glasses or contact lenses.

My glasses are always getting dirty, and contacts really bother my eyes once they’re in for 10 hours or so.

So now that I’m shooting with nothing but my eyeballs… it’s freaking awesome.

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LASIK Surgery for Photographers Part 3: What if it goes away?

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I’m now 3 weeks out from my LASIK surgery.

My recovery is proceeding well. My eyes are getting a little less dry each day, and my vision is still perfect.

But it’s weird.

I have this fear that my newly perfect vision will go away.

Once in a little while, my vision gets a little blurry. Maybe they’re a little dry, maybe I’ve been looking at the computer screen a little too long, or maybe I just woke up.

So I’ll look at something in the distance to check my vision.

I have a great view of the Freedom Tower from my desk at work, so I use that as my yardstick.

And thankfully, I can still see all the details.

This is very normal for LASIK surgery patients. Many people I’ve spoken to also constantly tested their vision to make sure it’s still perfect.

I guess my LASIK surgery recovery will be over when I completely forget about my vision, and it just becomes a normal part of everyday life.

So how has shooting post-LASIK been?

It’s pretty freaking awesome…

Lasik Surgery for Photographers Part 2: The Recovery

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It’s now been 9 days since my Lasik Surgery and that means it’s time for a follow-up.

So far, Lasik surgery has lived up to the hype.

People kept telling me things like “it will change your life” and “‘it will be the best decision you ever make,” which had me worried I’d be let down by the actual results.

It just seemed too good to be true.

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LASIK Surgery for Photographers: My Experience So Far

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DISCLAIMER: This article is not medical advice. It is simply a recounting of my experience. LASIK surgery carries risks and the decision to get it must not be taken lightly.

And please read through to the end so you’ll understand why I am NOT endorsing LASIK surgery for photographers. 

In the late 1990’s, laser eye surgery started gaining popularity in the United States.

And I really wanted it because I hated dealing with glasses and contact lenses.

But it seemed too new.

I wasn’t ready to risk my eyes with a brand-new surgery, especially since I knew the technology would only get better.

So I told myself I’d wait 20 years to see the long-term complications of LASIK before letting a doctor cut my eyeballs open and shoot laser beams into them.

I’m a photographer, and the last thing I want to do is damage my eyes.

If I couldn’t shoot — or if my shooting ability was serious impaired — my life would be ruined.

But on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. ET, I finally took the plunge.

I figured that the surgery has been around long enough to be worth the risk, I’ve spoken to over a dozen people that loved their results, and…

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Bill Cunningham: 1929-2016

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Legendary New York Times street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham just passed away at the age of 87.

Bill shot street fashion photos for the Times for over 40 years, and was named a “living landmark” by the New York Landsmarks Conservancy in 2009.

Street style is a major photography genre thanks to the rise of blogging and Instagram, but Bill practically invented it.

He seemed to be a lonely man.

But from a work perspective, Bill lived the best kind of life.

He followed his love for fashion until the very end. He grew very old and very frail, but he never gave up.

Bill never stopped shooting what he loved.

I was tempted to say he was lucky, but luck isn’t what made Bill successful.

It was his passion for clothing and style.

And that’s the real lesson we can learn from Bill. You should always shoot what you love.

I doubt Bill cared much about what camera he was using.

But he certainly cared about his subject matter — fashionable people on the streets of New York City.

When I’m 87, I hope I have a tenth of the fire that Bill had.

Rest in peace Bill.

And if you haven’t seen the amazing documentary Bill Cunningham New York, watch it now. It’s beautiful.

It’s streaming free on Amazon Prime now.

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