The Providence Eye & Laser team approached me to chat about being over 10 years lens-free, thanks to my LASIK surgery in November of 2004. That date blew my mind! It made me realize that I can’t even fathom waking up and not being able to see. Having LASIK surgery by Dr. Mozayeni at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists was the best decision I have ever made for myself.
My PELS interview:
Q. Tell us what you remember about the day you had LASIK? Nervous, excited? How old were your kids? Did you nap that afternoon? Did hubby help out at home that night?
I remember going into LASIK surgery feeling pretty nervous and excited at the same time.
At that time, I had to wear glasses or contacts 24/7. I was blind as a bat, seriously almost legally blind. My contact lens boxes were a -6.75 and -8.0 – I could not drive a car, could not exercise, could not watch TV, basically could not do a single thing without lenses.
There were two things that really scared me about being this blind: I was stressed out about delivering in the middle of the night. Would I have time to get my contacts in before labor? Would I get dry eyes if I had them in too long? Silly questions, I know. But they were real fears of mine. Secondly, at the time, I was an avid scuba diver and was absolutely terrified of getting my mask knocked off at 100 feet – I could not see my hand in front of me without corrective lenses, so I thought for sure I would be a goner!
I knew I was in excellent hands with Dr. Mozayeni, but I still had knots in my stomach rolling into the parking lot. But once I was in his office his team took care of me and explained every step all along the way, no surprises.
The surgery lasted, at most, 11 minutes, which I was prepared for but I was still amazed that something life-changing could take place in this short period of time. (It’s even faster today!) My hubby drove me home and I followed Dr. Mozayeni’s exact instructions and took a long nap.
My hubby was a super help. He took over the kids with no problem and took care of me. Although I really didn’t need to do anything but rest until the next morning, just as Dr. Mozayeni had described. After Dr. Mozayeni checked my eyes the next morning I was back into our normal crazy routine.
Q. What was the first thing you remember seeing clearly after you LASIK? What was the next morning like? Could you see your alarm clock? Did you reach for glasses or try to put contacts in?
Dr. Mozayeni was extremely thorough with the details of what to expect after LASIK.. I am still floored that you can have a life-changing surgery in only 10 minutes, no joke! I scheduled my surgery for a Friday so I would have my hubby around on the weekend. But I really only needed him for the afternoon of the surgery. Dr. Mozayeni told me that I would go home and sleep for a few hours and I would wake up with improved vision. So I remember waking up and I opened my eyes and I could actually see the tiny clock in my daughter’s room across the hall. I couldn’t believe it! This is someone who had a digital clock on my nightstand that had numbers two-inches tall. And even then, I had to get my eyes right next to the numbers to read them! Another impressive thing that blew my mind was that Dr. Mozayeni actually called me to check on me a few hours after I came home. I have never had a doctor call me at home, ever. This is a personal touch that is so easy to do that really makes a difference, but most doctors don’t even think to do it.
I’ll be honest, once I donated my glasses, I never reached for them again. Kicked them to the curb with authority!
Q. Do you even remember what it is like to wear contacts/glasses?
Now, I can’t even imagine what life would be like not being able to see 24/7. I was so blind leading up to surgery, and now I still have 20/15 vision.
Q. As a Mom what has been the biggest advantage for you having had LASIK?
I feel like I am more aware of everything around me. Since I was so blind, I relied heavily on my hearing. So now that I have both, I feel more in tune to things. I also have negative zero free time to spare, so every five minutes shaved off my day helps. Being lens free, I feel like this has shaved ½ hour out of my day everyday. This adds up. Time is precious in my world.
Q. As a business woman what has been the biggest advantage having had LASIK?
I am in the public eye a lot and if I had to deal with contacts, dry eyes and glasses, I’d be a train wreck at this juncture. I was very uncomfortable in glasses so that would throw me off if I still had to wear them.
Q. What would you tell people who are nervous about LASIK?
This will change your life forever. People have this done every single day and it’s the quickest and easiest procedure you’ll ever have done, and with minimal risks. I am forever indebted to Dr. Mozayeni.
Q. What do you enjoy most today being free of contacts/glasses?
I can just get up and go and not think twice about it.
Q. Would you recommend Dr. Mozayeni and Providence Eye? Why?
Dr. Mozayeni has a gift that he is sharing with his patients. He will treat you as part of his family for years to come. His staff is amazing. This will be the best decision you’ll ever make.