Yesterday I underwent LASIK eye surgery to both of my eyes. Up until then I had been wearing glasses for long distance since I was in grade two. What actually came as a bit of a fright to my parents was when I went to see the doctor to see if I was eligible for this type of surgery, he tested my eyes and said that I was 'legally blind' in my right eye. It was that bad. Everything was just a blur in that eye when I am not wearing glasses.
To be eligible for LASIK eye surgery your cornea needs to be of a certain thickness plus a few other factors of which I cannot remember. The way the surgery works is they cut and peel over the top layer of your cornea and by using a special laser they basically reduce the thickness of the cornea by 'burning' it away. The amount taken off is determined in the previous assessment with the doctor.
It was quite an experience as before the surgery, a nurse put about four different types of drops into my eyes and gave me a sedative to relax before the actual work was to be done. Then they told me to lay down underneath the machine, taped one of eyes shut as they only work on one eye at a time. They then put more drops in, one of which numbs the eye, another which acts as an anti-inflammatory then proceed with the cutting and lasering. All I could feel was the pressure of the machine holding my eye so that it wouldn't move during the operation. While it was lasering, it was making a sort of crackling sound ( the best way to describe the sound is the sound of static electricity) and a burning smell. It sort of made me feel a bit uneasy at the time but telling myself to relax during the lasering helped things a lot. Upon completion of the lasering they fold the top layer of your cornea back over, add more drops and a clear contact lens to help it seal, more drops then they taped over that eye and started on the other one. Overall the whole surgery took 15 minutes for both eyes which to me was surprisingly quick. After the surgery a nurse taped some plastic covers over my eyes which made my look like a fly so that I wouldn't rub my eyes during sleeping and dislodge the cornea.
I then went back for a check up this morning with the doctor. He had a look at my eyes to see if it was healing properly, removed the clear contact lenses and told me to read the eye chart and read out the smallest line that I could see. Upon completion of this test he said that I now have 20/20 vision which comes as a huge relief to me. He then said that my vision will continually get better over the next 3-4 months until my eyes heal completely He then proceeded to advise me of all the drops I need to use for the next 3 weeks in order to aid in the healing. I am still getting used to the fact that I do not have to wear glasses anymore now as I am still sub-consciously re-adjusting them on my face.
Has anyone else had this type of surgery done and what are your experiences with it as I am keen to find out how things are 3-6 months along the track.
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