I have been a Police Officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for 17 years. My wife and I have two sons and we will be soon celebrating our 15-year wedding anniversary. The pandemic has changed everyone’s life. It has made it challenging to serve a department of 1600. I find myself working from home versus the office to reduce the risk of anyone in our office becoming ill. I help support several computer programs that officers use every day, along with making sure they receive the required equipment they need to do their job. I provide troubleshooting when an officer has an issue with upgrades to our computer systems and devices. I also work for the town of Meridian Hills. For them, I’m out on the road keeping them safe and helping when needed.
During this pandemic, we rolled out updated computers and other devices to our officers. Since I have been working from my home I have had to find ways to assist officers that have computer issues. If I was not able to help them over the phone, I would make arrangements to meet them in person and at a location that worked for both of us while keeping a safe distance. I have made sure that I am as available as I can be to assist our officers, even on my off-hours and on weekends. I never really thought of it as going above and beyond I just considered it part of my job.
As an officer, our eyesight is vital. Being on the street in glasses can be difficult especially if the glasses are knocked off your face. Which has happened!! Losing a contact while not always having a spare, or not in a position to replace it is a safety concern not only for myself but for my coworkers.
Due to the pandemic, my yearly appointment was canceled the day before I was to go in. I understand this was for all our safety during an uncertain time. It was however frustrating when I find myself down to my last pair of contacts and the only pair of glasses I currently have are not in the best shape and are an older prescription.
Receiving LASIK would mean the world to me. This has been something that I have considered doing for years. The timing just hasn’t been right. There is always something that needs to be done or needs to be fixed. My family means everything to me and I enjoy spending as much time as I can with them. It gives me pride that I can give our boys experiences that I did not have at their age and the chance to share the ones I have with them. Having LASIK would provide a better sense of safety when at work and at home. I would not have to worry about having extra contacts or glasses when I am out camping and hiking in the woods with my oldest son who is in Boy Scouts or playing ball with my youngest.