This past Friday, on February 1, 2013, I underwent LASIK eye surgery on both of my eyes to correct the near-sighted vision I've lived with for twenty years now. I have to admit. I was nervous.
But family and friends inspired me with their stories of encouragement and success. They shared things such as, "I did it 10 years ago, and it was a miracle," "My son did it, and he said it was the best money he ever spent," and "I would do it again in a heartbeat." I felt more confident the day that Friday when I walked into the doctor's office. And, within a day, I was seeing 20-20 vision without glasses or contacts. To say I was thrilled is an understatement.
I was even further delighted to learn that on the very day I was having surgery, President Obama was honoring the three IBM researchers--James Wynne, the physicist; Rangaswamy Srinivasan, the chemist;
and Samuel Blum, the materials scientist--who invented the technology that underlies LASIK and PRK refractive surgery at the White House with the National Medal of
Technology and Innovation. Read the Smarter Planet blog to learn more.
How cool is it to work for a company that not only is helping to build a Smarter Planet, but also physically changes my life so drastically for the better? Thanks to IBM and the IBMers who invented this technology. I'm honored to be a part of your circle.