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Seeing clearly on the wedding day

Laura Peppas

Leading up to your wedding day, there are so many things to think about – there’s the dress, invites and don’t even get us started on the seating plan.

But those of us who aren’t optically blessed have to think about one extra thing – should you wear contacts or glasses?

There can be downsides to both – contacts can be known to irritate or dry the eyes, and then there’s the added worry of having a contact fall out in all the excitement of the day.

Meanwhile, a pair of glasses don’t necessarily scream “wedding day” for many brides.

It was a problem Chau Olson was faced with ahead of her wedding in March this year.

Chau with glasses.

Chau before the surgery.

Weighing up the options, Chau decided to undergo laser eye surgery at Canberra Eye Laser in Phillip.

“I’d been wanting to do it for a while and thought it was the perfect timing with the wedding and also because we were going on honeymoon in Cairns,” Chau says.

“You can’t really swim or do anything near the water with glasses or contact lenses on, so I thought it would be a good idea.”

About a month before the wedding, Chau attended Canberra Eye Laser for a free consultation. Two weeks before the wedding, she underwent a SMILE operation (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction).

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Chau and her husband on their wedding day. Image: Joel Quinn Photography

“It was really easy and really fast, and a pretty amazing feeling, having worn glasses since I was 10,” she says.

“I was back to work the next day and my vision was fine, so there was barely any down time.”

Chau and her husband married in Sydney in March, with about 55 guests.

She says the day itself was so much less stressful after the surgery.

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Image: Joel Quinn Photography

“I could walk down the aisle and see everything so clearly, and didn’t have to worry about putting my contacts in, or whether my glasses went with my wedding dress,” she says.

“When I was on the beach on the honeymoon in Cairns, everything was all clear and I was swimming, it was such a strange feeling not having to worry about my glasses. Even when you wake up in the morning, you don’t have to look for your glasses just to see what time it is. It’s pretty amazing.”

Canberra Eye Laser currently offer different options for laser eye surgery, including PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and SMILE.

the essentials

What: Laser eye surgery
Where: Canberra Eye Laser, 16 Wilbow Street, Phillip
How much: Prices for the surgery vary, but the initial consultation is free
Web: canberraeyelaser.com.au

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Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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