LASIK: One week Post Op

It is hard to believe that it’s been one week since I’ve had LASIK surgery.   Having the surgery has been one of the best decisions that I’ve made to improve my quality of life.  I can wake up and see.  I’m not struggling with glasses or messing around with contacts. 

I had my surgery at TLC Laser Eye Center with Drs Holzman and Weigel.  They and the nurses were very helpful and very patient with all of my questions.  I also have a friend that had LASIK a few years ago and she was just so helpful as well.

My aunt and uncle drove me to the center for the surgery.  The surgery itself doesn’t take more than 15 minutes.  They give me a pill to relax me and my doctor and nurses let me choose music to listen to during the surgery.  I chose the Sade station on Pandora.  The first song that played: Sade’s Smooth Operator. I just followed the doctor’s instructions and then bam, it was over.  I could see after surgery, but my vision was cloudy so obviously, someone has to drive me home so I could take the standard post procedure nap.  When I woke up from nap, the world was clear.   My vision continued to stabilize throughout the day and I drove myself back to my house after traffic cleared.  I also got to see the dreaded light halos that Dr. Holzman said will gradually diminish over the coming months.

Funny story:  My three year old god-sister grabbed my mom’s iPhone and used Siri to call my aunt so she could ask me how my surgery went.  So sweet.

Over the past week, I’ve put in endless eye drops: antibiotic, steroid, artificial tears, and another drop that encourages tear production.  I had to sleep in special goggles. I’ve had the humidifier going non-stop.  I couldn’t exercise or wear makeup and I had to be careful when washing my face.   I also experienced throbbing headaches that went away with sleep.  

So this afternoon at Post Op, I was told by Dr. Weigel that my eyes are healing quite well and that I can start going back into my normal routine.  I told the doctor that I was absolutely terrified of touching my eyes.  She laughed and said she noticed how gingerly I blotted my eyes when she did the pressure check.   She then demonstrated the proper amount of pressure that could be used when washing my face or remove eye makeup.   Will I wear makeup tomorrow or will my paranoid win out?  We shall see.

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Fewer than 72 hours to go

The clock is counting down fast.  On Wednesday morning, I’ll be having LASIK surgery.  I’m excited but I had to stop watching videos of the surgery on YouTube because I was beginning to unnerve myself.

It’s so weird.  I’ve worn glasses since fourth grade and contacts since my late 20s.  I still remember when it was determined that I needed glasses.   I had trouble viewing the blackboard in school.  I’m trying to imagine life without glasses or contacts.  At this point, they’ve been a part of my life for so long.   I’m significantly myopic to the point where the world is rather blurry.  The first thing I do in the morning is reach for my glasses.

I just want to wake up and not squint to see the alarm clock.  I don’t want to worry if I remembered to pack lens solution when I leave on trips or bring extra contacts in case the pair that I’m wearing get torn.   I’m tired of condensation on my glasses in humid weather.  I want to be able to open my eyes underwater while swimming.  I want to comfortably read in bed.  I want to be able discern a walker from a human if the zombie apocalypse happens!  

These may seem like small things but it’s the small things that make up life.

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