I promised I would do a post on my LASIK. I have 2 more hours at one of my jobs and things are slow, so I figured now would be the perfect time to do it!
Last week, I had Wavefront Custom LASIK performed on both of my eyes. My vision was SIGNIFICANTLY impaired. I am not going to lie about the state of my eyes, yall, it was very bad. I was nearsighted, which is known as myopia, and I could only clearly see things that were about 6 inches in front of me. Prior to my LASIK I had worn both contacts and glasses. I stopped wearing contacts 6 months prior, just out of sheer preference. Now that I have given you my back story I can tell you what transpired based on those as the facts. This is sheerly MY EXPERIENCE based on THE ABOVE WRITTEN FACTORS and I am not guaranteeing that anyone else’s experiences will be similar or anything like that.
Okay, after being okayed for surgery, I ended up going last week, on Friday. Naturally, I had to have a driver, so my mom came out with me so that she could drive me back. They took me through the preliminaries, like explaining the process of the surgery. I got a bladeless precedure, so basically there were only two steps and the entire thing, from beginning to end, was only to take about 10 minutes. It went, as follows:
First, the surgeon rechecked my prescription and numbed my eyes, with drops. He checked my eyes with a microscope and then led me to the first table. The first table is the one with the laser that creates the flap on your cornea. That process took about two minutes. This flap will be lifted so that the laser, at the second table, can correct your vision. The vision correction laser took about 3 minutes. Basically the entire process was looking into lights. There was a stabilization mechanism placed on my eye, to keep it open. After the second laser, the surgeon used like a little blue squeegee to smooth the flap back down. That was the end of the surgery. The surgeon checked my eyes again with the microscope and told me I was good to go and to return the following day, for my follow up.
The first day, after the numbing drops wore off, I kid you not, my eyes BURNED. They tell you there will be “discomfort” and to sleep for like four hours after the surgery. Do not disregard that warning cause… Stuff gets REAL when those drops wear off! (LOL) I napped for about 2 hours and woke up just fine. By the next day, I was at about 95% of what the end result will be, once I’m fully healed. My vision was better than 20/20 (20/15 to be exact), the following day.
Now, let’s talk about aftercare. Pretty much, this is what it looks like.
Dark glasses, both indoors and outdoors, for the first 48 hours; outdoors, only, for a week.
These damn things are the BANE of my existence. I kid you not! Stupid freaking eye shields. These have to be worn while I sleep and while I SHOWER, for a week, after the surgery. The glue from the tape WILL stick to your face. They WILL fog up in the shower. It’s a nuisance. The purpose is that you can’t rub your eyes, accidentally or on purpose, cause it may disrupt the flap. It serves the purpose, but UGH!!
No eye makeup for a week. I didn’t look that bad, though, if I must say so myself.
There are three different types drops. An antibiotic, a steroid and a rejuvinating drop that have to be used. The first two only for a week and the last, every HOUR, for a MONTH.
All in all, though, I would do it again! I am so happy to be able to see with no assistance. This is the first time in 19 years!! A month worth of annoyance is worth it for this level of improvement!! I would recommend it to anyone!!
I hope this answered any questions you might have. If I didn’t… Let me know! I will gladly answer!!