MODEL Shahira Barry is undergoing a very serious transformation before she ups sticks this summer and relocates to LA for a three-year stay.
The 22-year-old will be saying so long to contact lenses when she undergoes laser surgery next week.
The Galway girl (below) said her eyesight diminished rapidly during her Leaving Cert year and she is determined to make sure that she can see clearly when she moves to California in June.
Shahira's decision is also paying dividends for her modelling career, as she has become the face of LaserVision and will appear in their advertisement campaign.
"I will be getting it done in a clinic in Dublin and I can't wait," she said.
"I am really nervous about it, but contact lenses are always breaking in my eye and I have had loads of problems with them so I just want to get it out of the way.
"It will be one less hassle for me to worry about when I move to America."
Shahira is planning a short recce to LA next month to test the waters and re-connect with her US pals before she makes the permanent move in the summer.
"The visa has taken a lot longer than I expected, but it's in the final stages now so hopefully I will hear in the next few weeks and I can book my ticket for June," she said.
"It's 100pc set in mind that I am going and I think I will go over for a week in April just to see everyone again."
Shahira is not looking forward to saying goodbye to the new man in her life, after meeting someone at Christmas.
"It won't stop me going, though," she vowed.
"He's lovely, but I wouldn't let a boy stop me doing something like this."