I promised a follow up to my LASIK eye surgery, and here it is. It’s been one month since my LASIK eye surgery, and I have two words for it: life changing. It is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It is a completely amazing feeling to go to bed seeing the clock, wake up seeing the clock (and the TV cable guide!), AND see everything clearly from sun up to sun down.
My surgery was so simple (for background on my experience with Dr. Mozayeni and Providence Eye and Laser Center, click here). Dr. Mozayeni and his team had done a great job of prepping me with tons of information before the surgery, and I had many friends who had already gone through with it, so I was actually not nervous at all (I taught a Pure Barre class right before my appointment!).
Since Dr. Mozayeni and his staff had walked me through what would happen on surgery day so many times, nothing was a complete surprise. I arrived (in comfortable clothes with no make up, jewelry, perfumes, etc.), had one final eye exam to confirm all previous information & measurements , was offered (and happily accepted) a Xanax for relaxation, donned some surgery booties and hair net, and walked to the surgery room. A team member juiced me up with some eye drops and the surgery started.
Dr. Mozayeni told me every single step before he took it (super calm voice, too). The one thing I thought would be difficult really wasn’t: I was scared I wouldn’t be able to keep my eye open for a long period of time, but it’s actually not that long. It was not difficult AT ALL (They tell me the numbing drops reduce your need to blink and maybe the Xanax helped too.). I didn’t want to risk any movement, so I barely breathed. It was so quick and painless. Right eye first; left eye second. Two lasers and a bed that actually swivels! It’s all done with a lasers so you feel no pain at all.
About 10 minutes later, I was done.
One more Xanax and protective goggles later, I was riding home (with a driver, of course!). The ophthalmic technician had told me to expect some burning/discomfort within about 15 minutes after the surgery, and sure enough, there was some burning and my eyes watered. I was told to go home and sleep for about four hours to just skip through the burning, so that’s what I did (very happily).
Exactly 4 hours later I woke up, blinked a few times, and could read and see everything.
My eyes were tired that night – I just listened to an audio book and didn’t watch much TV. The next day I was back to normal. I avoided sweaty gyms for a few days, but went right on with my other workouts without a second thought (I asked Dr. Mozayeni what I could do – I followed his orders! J).
In the post-op appointment the next day, my vision was 20/15 (which is BETTER than 20/20 – whoot!)! Truly amazing. For about two weeks after the surgery, I used prescription eye drops and artificial tears, and I still use artificial tears a few times a day.
Dr. Mozayeni said my vision might fluctuate a tiny bit for the first few months, which is completely normal. Some days it’s a bit blurrier than others, but nothing at all like it was pre-surgery. It might also continue to improve. Night driving is completely fine. Obviously, everyone’s experiences are different, so take mine as just one example!
I have told everyone that LASIK eye surgery is easier than going to the dentist (I really don’t like the dentist), and I can tell you FOR SURE it’s easier than giving birth. And, unlike the sleepless nights and foggy head after giving birth, I see clearly now! 🙂
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