I have. Only once, really. Now I’m not talking about, “Oh I clicked this link and now I regret what I saw.” No. I’m talking about actively searching for something you thought you wanted more information about, only to realize that you were much happier in ignorance. I’ve only done it once, and if you read this, maybe I can save you a mistake.
A number of years ago I got laser eye surgery (technically I had “Advanced Surface Ablation”, which basically means they melted the front of my eyeball off before lasering it into the right shape). I THOUGHT it would be a good idea to do some independent research. I started with the doctor who would be performing the surgery. All good news! Hooray! You know she did Tony Hawk’s eyes! And if I’m remembering correctly (and if you know me, you’d know this is questionable), the guy who invented the machine that does the lasering comes to her for “touch ups.” Great!
Then I decided to research what could go wrong. Holy Sh*t (I almost never curse in these blogs, but even just remembering that search is bringing back the anxiety I had after reading these search results.). The stories were awful, but the PICTURES were the stuff of nightmares. Apparently shooting lasers at your eyeholes might have a downside. Who knew? This ALMOST made me change my mind. Fortunately I didn’t, and after a week of absolute misery (thank you Wife for being the absolute best nurse ever!) I have 20/20 vision. I did not receive any super powers (which I’ll admit left me slightly disappointed), so… you know… I wouldn’t go into it expecting that, I guess.
Anyway, the chance for error is teeny tiny, especially if you go to a reputable place. Here’s a tip: You don’t want the lowest bid for laser eye surgery. Mine was $4,000 ($2k/eye). TOTALLY WORTH IT. I maxed out my FSA that year so about half of it was pre-tax. But I digress…
Anyway, that is probably the only time I’ve regretted actively searching for something on google. What’s your story? Share it in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading. And, you’re welcome.
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