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Having Lasik Eye Surgery?

Updated on November 24, 2020
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I had Lasik surgery years ago and it has been life-changing!

Why I decided to get LASIK Surgery

Growing up, I had bad eye-sight. I always needed glasses. When I was in high-school, I switched to contacts during the day and glasses at night.

I was light-sensitive, so I needed to find a way to shield my eyes from the light on the days that I did wear glasses.

When I was in my mid-20's my eyesight was so bad (-10 in each eye) that even my ultra-thin lenses were like coke bottle lenses.

I had to switch contact lenses to the air permeables because my eyes were not getting any oxygen when I was wearing contacts.

Even after switching to the air permeable contact lenses, I was constantly getting eye infections and then I had to wear my coke-bottle lensed glasses again.

My eyes were constantly scratchy and I was using a lot of antibiotic eye drops to clear the infections.

I finally got tired of it and decided to look into LASIK surgery. I had known a few people who had it with success.

I was able to schedule an appointment with the LASIK office to determine if I was a candidate. It turns out that I was, but they said that since my eyesight was so bad, I may need two surgeries, one to get me somewhere around 20/20 and the next to perfect it.

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Recovering From Lasik Surgery

I was able to go home with sunglasses on. The first couple days, my eyes were fuzzy, but I could still see better than before the surgery.

It also felt like I had a hair in each of my eyes. The LASIK office told me that all of this is normal.

Every day, my eyes cleared up more and more and the hair feeling went away. I had my surgery on a Friday and I was back to work on Monday.

They did recommend that I sleep as much as I can right after the surgery to give my eyes a break and let them heal.

They were able to get me to 20/20 on the first try, which I was very happy about. It wasn't very expensive. I paid somewhere around $3000 for both eyes 7 years ago.

My eyes are still at 20/20 and the light-sensitivity is much better. I am so happy to be done with contacts, solution, glasses and all the problems that come along with it.

It is so nice to wake up in the morning and see what time it is. It is the best $3000 I have ever spent! If I had to go back in time, I would do it all over again. I definitely recommend it!!!

What Happened During The Lasik Surgery?

I decided to go for it since it couldn't be any worse than what I was going through with my eyes at the time.

I scheduled the appointment for a week later. I was very nervous going in. There was a waiting room full of patients waiting for

LASIK surgery when I got there. They gave everyone a Vicoden to calm the nerves. Each surgery took about 15 minutes.

Everyone was awake during the surgery and everyone walked out with a smile. That made me much calmer (plus I think the Vicoden was kicking in).

Finally, it was my turn. I went into the operating room, laid down on the table and the eye surgeon put a vice on my eyelids to keep them open during the surgery.

They put some drops in my eyes to numb them. The eye surgeon told me to keep my eyes as still as possible through the whole procedure.

They cut a flap over my retina, opened it up and pointed the laser at my open retina. It was noisy. You could hear a sound every time the laser zaps away a little bit of the retina area.

I know, It's gross! They had a computer connected to the laser that told the laser specifically how much to take away.

I had to keep looking at the red light from the laser to make sure my eye wasn't moving during the surgery.

I thought that would be hard, but I kept focusing on having good eyesight and kept staring at the laser.

Once the laser was done, they put the flaps back over my retinas and I got up and walked out.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Melanie Casey


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