My experience with Lasik: New Eyes!

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?

 

 

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    November 12, 2014, 7:39 am

    I’ve been wearing contacts / glasses forever! I’m too chicken to try Lasik but glad you had a good experience!
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    November 12, 2014, 7:50 am

    Wow! I’ve been wearing glasses/contacts for about 13 years. My sister in law and I always go back and forth about going together to get the LASIK surgery done. To be honest, I’m just completely terrified. Every year I tell my husband, “for Christmas I want LASIK!” Thank you for writing this!

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      November 12, 2014, 9:08 pm

      It’s the best gift ever – better than anything I wanted my peripheral vision!

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    November 12, 2014, 8:34 am

    I have thought about it. I have worn glasses wince I was 4, but every time I take my glasses off I think I look weird, lol. I can’t even wear contacts. Probably in the future I will have to have this surgery since my left eye, with glasses is still only corrected to 70/20 vision.
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      November 12, 2014, 9:08 pm

      Wow that’s such a long time!Fingers crossed!

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    November 12, 2014, 8:53 am

    so so so glad it went well for you.
    Id love
    Im afraid 🙂
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      November 12, 2014, 9:07 pm

      Thanks so much mama!

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    November 12, 2014, 9:21 am

    I really want to get this done one day… I’m so skeeved out by them doing anything to my eye though! Glad you had such a good experience!
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      November 12, 2014, 9:07 pm

      You should totally do it girl haha you’re a strong one!

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    November 12, 2014, 10:55 am

    I am so fascinated by all of this! I have terrible vision (not as bad as yours but my astigmatism is bad) and have been contemplating lasik for a while now…I wear daily disposable contacts and it costs just as much to buy them for a year as the surgery! Glad to hear that it really is painless…that is my biggest fear!
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      November 12, 2014, 9:06 pm

      Yes girl, it’s not the most easy thing to let someone pick at your eyes but it was so worth that short amount of time!

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    November 12, 2014, 11:18 am

    Yay! So glad you had a fantastic experience. Looking forward to seeing you with your new peepers and no mo’ glasses!
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      November 12, 2014, 9:06 pm

      Thanks Bethie! xo

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    November 12, 2014, 4:23 pm

    That’s exciting! Congrats on the surgery!
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    November 12, 2014, 9:14 pm

    So glad you had such a great experience!! Yay for being able to see!
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    November 12, 2014, 9:19 pm

    Clearly you’ve never been to a really good male strip club 😉 😉 😉 — Think about that comment for a minute and MAYBE you’ll see what I am getting at, LOL!
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    November 13, 2014, 8:22 am

    I have always wondered about Lasik! Thanks so much for sharing this. I have had glasses since the 9th grade, but I wear contacts 90% of the time. So crazy that they can do this so fast!
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    November 13, 2014, 8:28 am

    my dad and brother both had this and they too LOVE it!
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    November 13, 2014, 9:30 am

    I am having LASIK done next Saturday! My friend passed this blog on to me and I’m thankful she did. It definitely makes me even more excited for the big day. Glad you loved it!!!

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    November 13, 2014, 9:45 am

    ahhhh I really don’t know!! I want to do this but it really scares me lol. I cant even imagine being able to see when I get up or at night when I take my contacts out. Sometimes contacts are SO ANNOYING that I swear I’ll get lasik, but I’m just freaked out about them holding my eyes open. You couldn’t wear contacts for 2 weeks before? Idk if I can do that! lol I don’t care about wearing glasses but I can’t exercise with glasses on. But We’ll see if I ever decide to do this. I probably will. Another thing I’ve heard from people who have gotten it is that they have trouble driving at night? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this/if you ever experience it.
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    November 14, 2014, 7:54 am

    I need it, but I’m terrified…..

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      November 15, 2014, 10:18 am

      Aw it’s not too bad and way worth it!

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    November 17, 2014, 7:16 am

    I had LASIK several years ago and am do glad I did. It’s great for early-morning runs when you don’t want to have to put in contacts, and I hated running in glasses. It’s also great to be able to see while swimming and not have to worry about contacts falling out. My experience was just as smooth as yours, I think I went to the same doctor too! There are definitely different quality doctors so it is good to do your homework. My sister had hers done with older technology and her results werent as good, though she’s still very happy to have it done. I would strongly recommend it for anyone who’s a candidate. I’m glad it went so well for you!

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      November 17, 2014, 8:43 pm

      It’s such an amazing change in lifestyle!

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    November 19, 2014, 3:46 pm

    […] online and off, and it was great to hug her in person! She was only hours (basically) removed from her Lasik experience to boot and still made the drive to come meet up with me. While I regret having not spent more […]

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    May 12, 2015, 12:56 pm

    I WON Lasik surgery from http://www.hoopesvision.com . They had a military moms giveaway for mother’s day a couple years ago. My active duty Marine husband submitted a video about me. I’ve never won anything before. After I won I was so scared. I hate surgery! But the surgery wasn’t bad at all. It has been so worth it. Now that I’ve had my eyes fixed through Lasik, I would totally pay for it if I didn’t already win it.

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