HELLO MY LOVELIES!
As I’m typing this I’m sat on my bed looking through my window, admiring the view. I’ve never really appreciated the pretty sight that I’ve had right in front of me this whole time, up until now ☺️
On Thursday 17th August 2017 I underwent a procedure that has changed my life for the better… Laser Eye Surgery, and just one day after, my vision was already better than ever.
So, those of you out there who are as fed up as I was with having to rely on glasses or contact lenses constantly to be able to see, those of you who have actually thought about undergoing Laser Eye Surgery, but you’re still unsure about it, or even if you’re simply intrigued about what it involves.. read on 😊
What is Laser Eye Surgery
“Laser Eye Surgery involves the precise reshaping of the cornea, the transparent window that covers the coloured part of the eye. For eye treatment to be permanent, it must take place beneath the thin, protective outer layer. This layer is gently moved aside in order to let the laser do its work.”
(Pretty cool, right?)
Why did I want Laser Eye Surgery?
It was around the time when I had enough money saved up to finally get the surgery done. I was fed up of needing to constantly be wearing glasses to do pretty much everything; such as watching the TV from my sofa or to see where I was going, and it really started to bother me. I absolutely hated wearing glasses, so I tried contacts which were a lot better, but I was still unhappy with the fact that from this point on, I would need to rely on the help of glasses, or be poking my fingers into my eyes every day and night in order to see (even worse after a night out in town and having to remember to take out my lenses!). So yes, I know it’s not the worst thing in the world, but it was really bringing me down because I knew I couldn’t really do anything about my crappy vision…for the time being 😉
Planning my Surgery
Someone I know had Laser Eye Surgery a few years back, and I’ve been persuaded and determined to do the same! It was very reassuring to be able to speak to someone about it all before I’d be experiencing it for myself.
Not long after I’d spoken to my aunt about Laser Eye Surgery, I arranged for a consultation with the place she’d recommended to me. During the consultation they carried out all of the usual tests you’d undergo at your Opticians (apart from having to have these strange drops in my eyes which caused my pupils to dilate and my vision to go a little funny and blurry for a few hours after, haha). All went well as they reported back saying that my blurry eyes made me eligible for the surgery, yay! 🎉
They then spoke to me about the two different procedures I could choose from.. “LASIK or LASEK?”. From what they described to me, ‘Lasik’ sounded like the better option for me as it had a quicker healing process and there’s no pain at all, and if there is pain, it would be minimal and not last long at all. So from this it was pretty clear which one I’d be going for: Lasik eye surgery plus Wavefront! But don’t worry, because whatever you’ve been advised to have you’ll still get the same results in the end, just the healing processes are different and possibly the side effects (again, don’t worry about side effects, the only side effects I had, were obviously the red bloodshot eyes, but it clears up after about two weeks!).
I brought my aunt and mum with me as we were planning on booking it there and then (plus she had to drive me back home due to the eye drops effect), but I honestly didn’t expect to be able to have it as soon as in three weeks time! I was expecting some sort of waiting list or something, so I was very excited about the short amount of time left I’d have left of dealing with crappy eyesight! You could even have it as soon as in 48 hours time after your consultation, which is amazing. 😱
Meeting with the Surgeon
I met with the Surgeon about a week before I was due to undergo the surgery. My slight anxiety from reading through the risks and complication pages was put to rest after meeting with her. She was very friendly and was telling me how successful she was in carrying out the procedure. It was clear that she knew what she was doing, which is always a plus seeming as she’d be the main woman in charge. 😊
The week before my surgery I was also told to not wear contacts, so I had to put up with my glasses. I was pretty happy on the last day of needing to wear them!
The Day of my Surgery
Although my appointment wasn’t until the 1:30PM, I woke up at around 10 am – which, may I add, is SUPER early for someone who isn’t a morning person such as myself! At this point I was feeling extremely excited and very much awake down to the fact that it would be the last morning of being practically blind 🙌🏽
From the moment I buzzed the button for reception to let me in, I started to feel slightly anxious. From that point onwards it was suddenly becoming more real to me. I signed in and took a seat holding a pen and a consent form (basically giving the Surgeon permission to operate on my eyeballs!) 👀
Then the wait began. My mum was quite fidgety and bored whereas I was pretty preoccupied by reading all of the comments from people who’d undergone laser eye surgery – all of them being very positive comments! Although I noticed a few similar comments about them wishing they’d had done it years ago, which made me feel really good about having it done now rather than later 🙏🏼
Meanwhile, my mum seemed to have the idea that I would sign in, go straight into the operating room, have my eyes operated on and within the space of 10-15 minutes it’d be all done and dusted! Haha, quite the opposite in fact! I didn’t have my surgery until 3PM! 😂
The Blind Crew
Although we had to wait a few hours’ prior to the treatment, it surprisingly flew by. This was down to the fact that I started speaking to the other people who were also waiting. As we all went downstairs to the operating-theatre waiting room, it was then I discovered that they all happened to be undergoing the exact same procedure as me!
We all went in one by one, the procedure lasting around 10-15 minutes for each person. The only good thing about being the last candidate was the fact I got to see everyone coming out of the operating theatre with the same reaction – a huge fat grin on their faces, saying it wasn’t painful at all (one of them even said he’d happily go and do it again!) So yes, I was hearing all of the positive comments that I needed to hear. It was no wonder I didn’t feel nervous considering I was about to undergo a life-changing operation.
Then There Was One
First they put one of those hats on me that you see patients wear on TV. I laid down on a bench that was tipped slight down on the side where my head goes. I remember thinking that was a good thing—the blood would rush to my head and maybe stop me from passing out. I needn’t have worried 😅
They put the numbing drops in my eyes and I felt them acting almost immediately. It is one of the weirdest sensations. Your eyes feel heavy, and yet you feel nothing touching them, it is almost impossible to describe. They put a clear plastic suction ring on my right eye. The doctor spoke to me through the whole thing. “Suction now, you’re doing great, just a few seconds. Everything will go black, that’s normal, just relax.” Everything did go black.
The ring itself didn’t hurt, even though I knew from my research that it was probably squeezing my eyeball into the shape of a green grape. The discomfort came when the laser actually goes down on the suction ring. It is a large amount of pressure around your eye socket 😖
I’ve heard different things from different people about the feeling of this. Some have said everyone who says it doesn’t hurt is lying and it hurts, while some clearly say it does not hurt. I personally think this is probably due to each individual’s pain tolerance. But let me put it this one: however bad it hurt, it wasn’t bad enough to bruise me. And my eye was actually not as red as pictures I’ve seen of others. Personally I didn’t feel like it hurt. It was uncomfortable after surgery, but I wouldn’t describe it as painful.
They did the same procedure to the other eye. This part took less than a minute for both eyes. The doctor was quick and gentle. They kept my eyes lubricated the entire time. This was the part that cuts the flap on your cornea.
This machine is the one that actually lasered your eye. I knew from videos of the procedure (thank you Tanya Burr 😉) that the doctor uses what looks like a needle without a point to lift the flap up, but I couldn’t see what was happening. I saw movement above me, but it always looked like it was happening several inches above me, rather than to my actual eye 😮
The laser itself was weird. I couldn’t feel it, but I could smell it. They say that is the smell of the laser burning your tissue, and that may be the case, but it smelt more like burning rubber or hair than burning flesh (not that I know what burning human flesh would smell like). It wasn’t bad, and it didn’t last long. It didn’t make me sick or uncomfortable 😶
The lasering lasted maybe 20 seconds each eye. My prescription wasn’t insane, I think -1.75 in my worst eye? So it didn’t take long for me. Apparently some people can take over a minute per eye. All told however I was probably in the operating room for less than 5 minutes total.
I was given prescriptions for 2 types of drops, antibiotics, and steroids. These are to be put in 4 times a day, so I do breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed. I put one in first, wait 5 minutes, then do the other drops. I also got lubricating drops, however right now, my eyes don’t feel dry enough for me to put them in.
I also have to wear plastic shields over my eyes while sleeping, and wear sunglasses when I go outside during the day no matter if it’s cloudy or sunny 😎
The day of my surgery, after the procedure was done, my vision was a little blurred, I didn’t get 20/20 vision right away, in fact, after my surgery, my numbing drops started to wear off and got the worst headaches ever, so every hour my mum had to put numbing drops in until around 7PM. When I got into the car, I had my sunglasses on, and I just kept my eyes shut throughout the whole journey home.
From the time I closed my eyes in the car until the time I tried to open my eyes, tears would pour out. I think that may be the reason they want you to use lubricating drops, because I am pretty sure I used up all my own tears in that 4 hours after the surgery, because it was literally a river every time I opened my lids 🌊
The Next Day
The following morning I woke up early to head back to the surgery for a post-op check up (2 early mornings in a row, I was pretty proud of myself!). All of the pain I was dealing with the night before had disappeared, however, it turns out that it’s completely normal to experience some pain afterwards, but it soon goes away.
I was advised to rest for the next few days and to keep using my lubricating drops about 6 times a day for the next few weeks (these are to prevent your eyes from feeling dry as this is quite common after Laser Eye Surgery), and then the 2 other drops in a specific order for the next 7 days. I was also told to not wear any make up, especially eye make up for the next two-three weeks, and to try my best to minimise getting any water into my eyes 🙅🏽
That Friday went by fine. I used my drops 4 times a day and did as I was told. I felt some stinging in the left eye (my worse eye as far as sight was pre-lasik) and it constantly felt like something was in my eye. The doctor at my post-op that day said it’s normal, that I was probably feeling the flap and it’s fine. That feeling persisted until I woke up Sunday morning and was gone.
My right eye is perfect, little to no dryness or discomfort. My left eye is having some haziness issues. Lights do have halos around them, it’s where the light kind of bleeds out around the edges. It’s not terrible or even noticeable most of the time. I haven’t tried driving at night yet.
The last issue is the urge to rub my eyes. It gets really strong sometimes and I just need to fight it. I was someone who rubbed their eyes a lot before this, it was a habit that I now have to forcefully break because obviously I can’t rub my eyes. I am trying to just keep my hands away from my face in general 🙎🏽
During the appointment at my post op they told me I have near perfect vision. I wasn’t sure if maybe it might even be better than that because I had zero trouble reading the line of letters they put up and feel like they could have been smaller and I’d still have been able to see it. But that’s okay, I am content with my vision, after all I was told my vision will improve every day for the next few weeks.
It was a huge success, recovery is proving mostly painless and quick! 🎉
As I’ve mentioned previously, having Laser Eye Surgery has made me so much more appreciative of everything that has surrounded me throughout my life. I’d like to thank the nurses and the amazing doctor that made this possible for me as this has truly changed my life for the better, and I 100% recommend LASIK Laser Eye Surgery!
Thank you for taking the time to read this incredible experience I went through. For those of you who are considering Laser Eye Surgery, please do not let the daunting risks or possible side effects put you off. I’ve been lucky enough to have not had any side effects whatsoever!
You’re also more than welcome to contact me with any questions about my experience, or if you wanted to know more details into any part of the procedure that I had done.
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