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  1. You can't miss this opportunity. It's .
  2. If this job opportunity doesn't work out, you will basically be back to one.
  3. Be careful when you are driving. There is usually a very thick at the top of the mountain this time of day.
  4. It will actually be laser , so the recovery time will be very fast.
  5. This medicine should clear your up in a few days.
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780 Eye Surgery

Mike talks about his eye surgery and what happens to vision after an operation.

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clear your vision

This is different surgery from the kind of surgery you get to clear your vision.

'Clear your vision' means improve your eyesight so that you can see better.

Notice the following:

  1. The laser eye surgery has really cleared my vision, and I am very happy with the results.
  2. There are lots of things that you can do to clear you vision these days.

laser surgery

These days everybody gets laser surgery to clear their vision.

'Laser surgery' is a type of medical procedure that is very accurate. The surgeons use lasers, instead of metal tools, to complete the surgery. Benefits to laser surgery are that it doesn't leave scars, and it is very precise.

Notice the following:

  1. New technology has made laser surgery accessible to lots of people.
  2. I think I would like to have laser surgery if my eyesight ever started to fail.

a very thick fog patch

Your eye is like being in a very thick fog patch.

A 'very thick fog patch' is a misty area in the eye that is hard to see through. Fog is like a cloud really close to the ground.

Notice the following:

  1. She is complaining of a very thick fog patch in her eye.
  2. Sometimes as people get older they can start to develop a very thick fog patch in the eye, and this affects their vision.

back to square one

You wake up the next day and the blood makes stuff in your eye and then you are back to square one.

'Back to square one' means that you have to go back to the beginning and start again.

Notice the following:

  1. I dropped the pan, and I was back to square one and had to start dinner all over again.
  2. When I failed my exams, I felt as though I was back to square one.

they were golden

My mom and my brother helped me out a lot and they were golden.

'They were golden' means that they were nice, good and extremely valuable people.

Notice the following:

  1. I had so many great friends at school. They were golden.
  2. My whole family was golden when I got injured. They helped me out so much.



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