Why Get Lasik Surgery Done?

My Lasik eye surgery was an absolute success. To give you a little background though, I want to tell you about my day to day life before my Lasik eye surgery. I can't remember when I got glasses for the first time but I have been told that I had them as young as four. My vision was so poor that I felt vulnerable and insecure to even walk around my house before my Lasik eye surgery.

My Vision Before Lasik

My vision was effectively off the charts. I had astigmatisms in both eyes and I was near sighted in both eyes as well. One of my last eye exams before Lasik I was at 20-400 in one eye and even worse in the other. I couldn't make out the words on stop signs, road signs or billboards without my glasses. Even though I could hear just fine, I had trouble following conversations because I couldn't tell if people were talking to me because I couldn't see their eyes.

Things got a bit better once I got contact lenses. The price of contact lenses had finally fallen far enough that I could afford them. Technology also caught up and I could correct my astigmatisms as well as my near sightedness at the same time. I became a loyal customer of 1 800 contacts, as they could mail them directly to me.

Finally, I had had enough of dealing with the inconvenience of contact lenses and wanted to schedule a consultation for Lasik eye surgery. To my complete disappointment, I was found to not be a good candidate for surgery because I had not had two consecutive years of eye exams where my vision had not degraded from the year prior. I left devastated and feeling hopeless with the looming thought that I would eventually go blind (I was told this repeatedly by my eye doctors when I was a child).

It was my wife that suggested that I go in for another consultation a couple of years later as I hadn't had an exam in a while. She dragged me kicking and screaming but I found myself going through the battery of tests feeling a bit nervous, but clinging to the possibility I would be a good candidate for surgery. Sure enough, the doctor told me I was a fit candidate for surgery. I guess they screen their patients carefully, because it took a while, but I realize that it's necessary to ensure the best possible results.

Lasik eye surgery is quite expensive, but I searched around and found a company that was economical and had a solid reputation. The surgery also included one year of post surgery check ups and corrective surgery if the first one didn't restore my vision to an acceptable level. This seemed reasonable to me.

The day of my surgery approached as slow as possible but it arrived nonetheless. My wife drove me to my doctor's office where the surgery was to be performed because I had to not wear my corrective lenses for 48 hours prior to surgery. I sat though a short informative lesson and then was offered a mild sedative to calm my nerves. I declined this, because I didn't think I needed it. My nerves were very much in check and I was ready to go. I had spent 24 years absolutely dependent on my glasses or contacts and I was more than ready to sever the ball and chain.

The Lasik Eye Surgery Experience

The procedure wasn't worth all the hype and drama that people make it out to be. I sat down on the table and the doctor asked me to tell him the time, referring to the clock on the wall over his shoulder. I remember telling him I couldn't even see that there was a clock there, let alone tell him what it said. With that, he had me lay down on my back and he put a few drops of a paralytic in both eyes, as well as anesthetic so I wouldn't feel a thing. The most uncomfortable part of the procedure was the speculum used to hold my eye lids open. That I did not appreciate, but I tolerated it well. My head was braced so I couldn't move and I was rolled under the laser. A suction cup was placed on my eye which made my eye lay flat. At this point, everything goes completely black and I was totally blind for a minute. I was prepared for this, but it was uncomfortable to say the least. Then, the doctor used a kerotome to cut a flap of my eye back so that the laser could correct my vision. The most uncomfortable part of the whole procedure was smelling the laser burn my eye. I couldn't feel the burn but I could smell it, which wasn't very pleasant. Still, if that was the worst part of the surgery, we're in pretty good shape.

Each eye took about a minute and a half with the whole procedure not taking much time at all. The doctor rolled me out from under the laser and slowly sat me up. The first question he had was “What time is it?” I looked over his shoulder and saw the clock this time and could read it perfectly. I could not believe my eyes- literally. I told him that it just took 15 minutes to repair what took 24 years to slowly degrade.

In the 8 years since my surgery, I have undergone at least 10 eye exams with each one producing a 20-15 test which means I see better than perfect. The trip home from the doctor wasn't all that fun as I had two paralyzed eyes and my pupils were wide open. It was super bright but the doctor had given me a pair of wrap around sunglasses to prevent light from getting in too much. At home, I had to sleep with goggles on for the first week so that I wouldn't dislodge the corneal flap that was in the process of mending itself. My wife found it very attractive.

Today, I feel great and wearing corrective lenses is a thing of the past. Every once in a while, I will go through a period of really dry eyes but it isn't anything that a bottle of Visine can't take care of. I no longer walk inside from the cold and have my glasses fog up (I hated that more than you know). You won't find me crawling around on my hands and knees looking for a contact lens, either. Ultimately, I am absolutely satisfied with my surgery and I recommend Lasik eye surgery to anyone who is considered a viable candidate. It will improve your way of living more than you can imagine; it certainly did for me.

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