Expensive Eyes

Today I went to see a specialist about my keratoconus, a degenerative cornea disease I have. They're doing some fancy things with the technology and attempting to stop it's progressing the point of having to replace the corneas. I'm still torn on whether or not I'm going to have the procedure, which partially seems stupid because if you can prevent a cornea transplant, why wouldn't you?

Well, the procedure was originally quoted to me as being $8k, but was "reduced" to $6500k. Insurance doesn't cover it, and it's probably a long way off from covering it – but the doctor, a leader in this field – seems pretty confident that with the procedure, we could pretty much guarantee the disease won't progress further and maybe I would regain a bit of my vision. Not enough to stop wearing glasses or contacts, but a small difference.

I'm torn because the disease doesn't operate on any rules. It's not a guarantee that it's going to get worse, and $6500 is nothing to sneeze at. I'm not trying to skimp on my health when I spend so much money on other things – but it's a big deal. If you need me, I'll be in the corner eating carrots.