By the way, this is on-going.. you can continue to ask questions on any of these “Ask me anything” posts and I’ll reply.
Have you considered getting Lasik eye surgery? Just wondering because I remember on a past post you mentioned how important contact lens were to you, but wanted your opinion on not having to depend on glasses/contact lens and if Lasik will be worth the money for you.
Yes. YES. I have considered this greatly, even researching all the clinics and options.
I ultimately decided against it because I’m a little wary about two things:
1. How long it will last before having to get it redone
I know at least 2 people who have had problems with Lasik. They had to have it re-done because the lens shifted, or their eyesight was not as 20/20 as it was when it was originally done.
2. If they’ll screw up
I know at least one family member who had it done (albeit a long time ago) and they totally messed up her eyes. Now she can barely see out of them, everything is blurry and she has learned to live with it but the damage is permanent.
With all that taken into account, contact lenses are a pain in the butt sometimes, but I’d rather do that and glasses than to mess around with Mother Nature.
I may change my mind in the future but as it stands, I would love to do it but am very squeamish about the risks involved if something goes wrong and I am in the 0.00001% of the bad cases.
It would be totally worth it for me money-wise if I could be assured that it would be fine.
You had a bad experience in the U.S…what was it? What happened to you that made you give up on it?
In a nutshell:
- Lowest taxes I’ve ever paid in my life (FL & TX I am looking at you) did not make up for the decreased hourly rates
- Felt like a fish out of water, culturally-speaking, as a NON-American citizen who was always The Canadian
- Healthcare costs are astronomical once you start getting into the childbearing years, daycare costs, etc
So… money, cultural clash and healthcare. Those are the 3 main reasons why I decided not to stay, work and retire in the U.S.
Canada is a far better fit for me, my family and the way we like to live, although I still maintain that the U.S. is #1, BAR NONE for customer service and shopping.