Lasik is something that I have been thinking about since its inception. For someone who hated and only tolerated glasses and contacts I can not believe it took me this long to make the jump. It’s scary, in my opinion. I didn’t know any one who recently had it done and who could give us a good referral. Call me crazy, but for some reason, blindly (pun intended) choosing a doctor was just not an option. It wasn’t until a friend of a friend, who is an optometrist and now someone I consider a friend, personally recommend a clinic she worked at and so we decided to move forward.
Pete also wore glasses and contacts and he got it done while I was pregnant. If you follow me on Instagram, do you remember when he had to get his eye scrapped because he rubbed his eye right after the surgery. It was brutal. But after that little hiccup, he got amazing results, so once I was able to get it done, I jumped on the opportunity. But to be honest with you, I was so nervous, way more than I was about giving birth. But I was beyond ready to be rid of my glasses and contacts.
Its been two weeks (18 days to be exact) and I thought I would share my thoughts about the process, procedure and results…
Lets start with a few things first.
- please, please use someone who comes personally recommended. There are a lot of Lasik clinics/Dr.s out there and they are not all the same.
- Do not be enticed by those crazy buy one get one free type of Lasik deals. It’s your eyes for gods sake!
- Make sure who every you pick, has the latest, up to date technology. Like, any medical procedure, technology is constantly being improved. It does come at a higher price, but in my opinion it is well worth it.
- This is a no brainer, but read all of the disclosures, and paperwork you sign and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. The first person you will me with is a consultant (aka sales person). Their job is to sell you on getting the procedure done. I think my consultant was new because he was more nervous than I was. Because I am 40 years old, he actually recommended I do specific trial of contacts before my procedure to see if I wanted an additional kind of correction done, but when I asked the Dr, to explain it to me in more detail, he actually did not recommend it for me. He said, I was borderline, and was not a candidate for that correction anyway
What to expect leading up to and the day of procedure (where I went)
- You will need to be out of your contacts for 14 days prior to your pre op appointment. This is when they will take all of your eye measurements, scans, etc. that they need in order to do the procedure. I was there for about two hours. Once this is done, you can get your procedure done that same week.
- The day of procedure you will arrive, they will give you some sort of medication to help calm your nerves. I was given 1.5 milligrams of Xanax. They did also have valium for those who needed it. The xanax did me well. But both when Pete & I had it done, there was a person who was so nervous that they had to have valium.
- You are awake for the the procedure it’s only about 10 minutes long. I was so loopy that I had no what was happening.
- You’ll go home immediately after your procedure and take a nap or go to sleep for the night depending on the time of your procedure.
- you’ll sleep with goggles for the first 7-10 days
- Plan accordingly: your activity will be limited for a while. Like, no swimming, working out, sweating, etc. I had a trip to Mexico planned and I was trying to get it done before, but after speaking to my friend (the optometrist, who was also going on the trip) recommended I wait until after the trip. I am happy I did because I would not have been able to participate in some of the activities, like getting in the water!
What to expect after your procedure
- I slept from 5pm-until the next day, with he exception to eat diner (the xanax and valium will do that to you)
- I was on a lot of eyed drops for a few days after; anti inflammatory, infection, and lubricant.
- You cant wear any eye makeup… I went to a 40th birthday party looking crazy. Now that I think of it, I probably scared people and should of stayed home.
- I was able to see really good the next morning. It only got better each day
- You will look busted up for a few days. Like you got wasted and busted a bunch of eye vessels.
- My eyes were really dry for a few days post, which is expected. I did not experience any burning, but Pete and my girlfriend both did
- 18 days post, my eyes still feel dry, but its tolerable with eye drops.
- I can see clearly, although my vision will fluctuate at times, but I am sure that is due to the dryness.
Where I went for my procedure, and what I got
- I went to wellish vision. Remember they were personally recommended and Pete got it done there, and so my other girlfriend right before me and they both had great results. All of us had our procedures done by Dr. Wellish.
- We all chose to go with the custom PRK package. Remember earlier I said, not all Lasik is the same? This is what I am talking about. Not all clinics have the latest, up today technology. Some places still use old technology, which is good, but it’s come a long way. There is technology that is more accurate, and over all way more safe! Read about their technology here
- The procedure for both eyes cost $5300. It’s not cheap, but I wouldn’t expect an elective procedure that corrects your vision to be. Especially if the clinic has invested tons on $$ into the latest technology.
overall I am beyond thrilled with he results, and if you have been thinking about doing, I highly recommend just taking the jump.