After years of wrestling with fears—arguably blown way out ofproportion by my overactive imagination—I finally broke down lastmonth and got Lasik surgery. (Read more about Lasik's increasingpopularity on page 53.)

(And, no, VSP didn't pay me to write this column.)

I'll never forget that day in the fifth grade when I walked intomy classroom for the first time wearing those glasses. Sure, Icould see, but let's just say that back in the late-1970s,eyeglasses weren't exactly fashion forward.

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