I am almost a week post-op from my Lasik surgery! I was so amped up for the big day last Wednesday that I never really got anxious for any of it and wanted it done as soon as possible!
My experience with Lasik eye surgery in a nutshell: It was the most expensive 5 minutes of my life, but totally worth every penny!
Surgery determination process: I had the best experience with the doctors and staff at TLC Lasik Eye Centers! From the very first day that I went for my consultation all the way through the day of surgery, they always knew my name and remembered I was into fitness – making sure to remind me how long I had before I was allowed to workout. I initially found them through a referral through a friend and set up a free consultation to see if I was a candidate for the surgery.They explained every step the surgery to me to alleviate any anxiety I might have and to answer any questions I had. I was able to set up a surgery date as well as appointments with my eye doctor (who partnered with them) to ensure I had the proper follow ups arranged.
I went through the usual eye exam process and also had readings done to determine the thickness of my cornea. My prescription was -5.00 in both eyes with my contacts and after taking exact measurements, I ended up being a good candidate with enough cornea for the laser to correct my vision.
How many pre-op appointments did I have? I had the initial consultation to get readings for cornea thickness, then a follow up appointment with my eye doctor for a ‘super dilation’ to get more readings of my eyes, then did a pre-op scan again at the Lasik facility after I had no contacts in for two weeks, and my surgery day!
How was the actual surgery? The nurses told me I’d have valium to make me ‘calm and happy’ before the surgery even though they felt I was pretty relaxed. Before we went into the surgery room, Gary and I made jokes about the Austin Powers “laser” that would make me see again and before I knew it I was ready to go! There were two areas I saw as I looked up from the operating table: the super microscope and the actual laser. I remember someone telling me to focus on the light they tell you to stare at and do the alphabet, which [using a combination of prayer] helped immensely. My doctor gave me some numbing drops and told me I’d feel pressure as he put in the device that would hold my eyes open for surgery. I also had two little stress balls to squeeze with my hands that came in handy. I never really got nervous until I was under the laser and could feel the pressure and hear it working. I NEVER FELT PAIN OR ANY OF THE ‘CUTTING.’ The whole experience was literally painless. Before I knew it I was done, and with blurred vision, I was walking out to get one final check up by the optometrist before heading home to sleep off the drugs. I remember when I got home that the light from the sun seemed to be super bright and piercing at times. I covered my face until we got home, put on my protective super goggles, and went to sleep for about 4 hours. When I woke up I literally could see!
Gary took some video of the surgery, and I’ll spare you the ‘graphic’ parts – even though it’s pretty neat to watch after the fact – and just share this clip…. you can even hear him say “whoa” when the laser reads my eye and starts the process. By the way, he was not IN the operating room with me but in a viewing room just outside.
What about post-op? So far so good! I haven’t been allowed to wear powder or eye makeup for a week, which I’m fine with – makes getting ready quick and easy! I also was told to not workout (intensity being the name of the game) for at least 3 days post-surgery, so I didn’t teach after Wednesday morning pre-op and worked out not until the weekend after. I have two medicated eye drops to use for a week after (stopping today) and continue to use non-preservative eye drops to keep the eyes moist to aid with healing. I haven’t felt any sort of ‘dry’ feeling unless I’m outside. When I’m at home in low light, I’m okay.
The funniest thing about having my vision back and without glasses or contacts is waking up and being able to SEE! I reach for my glasses and forget I don’t need them. Even when I get home at night I say “I need to take out my contacts!” and hubby reminds me “No, you don’t!”
I’m so glad I had this done! I can see from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep at night and can watch TV in bed – it’s definitely the little things that make me appreciate my vision!
I know that down the road I may need reading glasses, and could even need an adjustment with my eyes (all included for the fee I paid) but am okay with that. The pros far outweigh the cons!
Have you had Lasik recently or a long time ago?
Have you teetered on the thought of it – what reservations do you have?