The Friday before last was the day of my surgery. I was surprisingly not nervous. I mean come on, they’re putting a laser in your eye and you could possibly lose vision. I got to the office, got checked in, and made my payment. Then I signed my life away with about a 10 page consent form about possible side effects and vision problems and to verify what and to which eyes I wanted done. The office is extremely thorough which is why I felt so safe having it done by them.
I was brought back to the machine that measures your eye, kind of like the topography of your eye. They then brought me back to an exam room, gave me numbing eye drops, antibiotic drops, and a valium to relax me. Unfortunately for me, valium does absolutely nothing so it’s a good thing I wasn’t nervous. One doctor came in and performed my eye exams again and checked my eye health. They triple check everything to make sure you get the best possible outcome. One of the last things he did is one that starts the weirdness, so be warned that some of the descriptions might creep you out a little bit. The doctor pulled out one of those purple medical pens to “draw” on my eyes. Yep, he put 2 dots on each eye. He told me it had something to do with the curvature of my eyes due to my astigmatisms.
After all that was done, they took me to the operating room. There was the doctor and 2 others to run the lasers. I laid down on the “bed”, more like a table, and got more numbing drops in my eyes. I can’t tell you each time they put drops in my eyes, because it was throughout the whole maybe 15 minutes I was in the operating room. The doctor gave me my directions of focus on the green dot in the middle of the laser and try to not move my eyes. Ok, easy enough. Oh, by the way, you are awake and see everything happen. So if you are thinking about getting Lasik done, make sure you are ok watching it all happen.
The bed moved to under the 1st laser. This laser cuts the flap in the lens of your eye, so they can lift it and get to your cornea. The first thing they do is put a little clamp on your eye to hold your eyelids open. You feel like you are blinking, but of course you’re not. Then comes this weird cup that suctions your eye. Your vision goes grey and your technically blind in the eye for a couple seconds. The suction comes off and they do the other eye. The bed then moves over to the 2nd laser. Here’s the 3rd creepy part. The doctor uses a tool and lifts the flap up. I saw the flap go up and my vision got a little blurrier. They have you focus on the green dot again and within less than 10 seconds of laser time, they were done. It kind of smells a little like burnt hair. The doctor then laid the flap back down and what looked like some little paintbrushes he brushes over the flap to make sure it’s in place. They did the other eye and bam, I was done!
They had me lay there until I was comfortable getting up, and assisted me back to the exam room. My vision was foggy, literally, it was like I was in a massive fog. I got more drops and was told to keep my eyes closed. It was maybe 10 minutes and the doctor came in. I knew I was good because I could read stuff on the walls that I couldn’t before without my glasses. He used whatever that magnifying tool is to check over my eyes to make sure everything was in place and off I went. They had given me these spiffy sunglasses to wear home and my mother drove me back. Obviously, they don’t want you driving between the foggy vision and the valium.
If you decide to get Lasik, know that the first 3 days are nothing but drops, drops, and more drops in your eyes. When I had my exams & measurements the week before, they had given me a bag of stuff and 2 prescriptions to have filled before. I had antibiotic drops, steroid drops, and regular eye drops to put in my eyes. Let’s just say, every 15 minutes I was putting in drops and sometimes more often when I had to put in the antibiotic and steroid drops for the first 3 days. The last thing in my little kit were these great eye shields I had to tape to my head anytime I slept for the first 3 days.
Don’t be jealous of my fancy eyes! Anyways, they really didn’t bother me with sleeping.
How did my eyes turn out, you ask. Fantastic! I had a follow up appointment the next morning. My vision was 20/20. My right eye was better than my left, but it’s catching up. After all, this is what my left eye looked like:
It got worse, before the bruising/bloodshot area started getting better. They say you can’t feel the bruising, but I felt my eye was swollen. It’s diminished as the week went on and it has started to fade away. The only problem with my procedure was the little suction didn’t catch on my left eye the first time, so I’m assuming that’s why I got the extra bruising. No big deal though.
They told me before surgery that on the 4th day I could start running again. I decided to just walk until my 1 week appointment. I had that appointment on Friday and everything looks great. I have 20/20 in my left eye and 20/15 in my right! Better than with my glasses before. Anyone with an astigmatism knows that your vision is still blurry even with glasses or contacts because they don’t fix the bad shape of your eye. It’s so weird seeing street signs clearly in the distance and everything is so crisp. I still have some light starbursts from my left eye, but it has gotten much better over the past week. They say 1-3 months before your eyes are completely healed, so I wear my sunglasses every time I’m outside to be safe.
I would definitely recommend Lasik to someone, especially if you have astigmatisms. There’s a couple types of Lasik and I had the IntraLase system done. The lasers are so much more advanced than when they first started out in the 1990’s, so they can do so much more. I remember wanting it done when they first started doing it, but you weren’t a candidate if you had an astigmatism. My biggest recommendation is to research the facility and doctors you are choosing. It is your eye sight they are pointing a laser at and you only get one set of eyes. So yes, I am quite happy that I finally had it done!
Enjoy Your Adventure, Samantha
FTC Disclosure: This was my experience only and in no way is medical advice. Please seek your medical professional if you have questions about your health.