Lasik Eye Surgery!
Bye Bye prescription eye wear!!! This stuff has annoyed me since I was a teenager. We are talking almost 25 years!!!
Hello eye drops! A serious eye drop routine of antibiotics, steroids and preservative free drops follow the week after surgery!
My surgery was a success! I am not going to talk about the procedure since I think it sucked due to its discomfort. I knew when I was handed a stress ball after sitting in the torture chair that I was in for something really unpleasant!
Here are my eyes 2 days afterwards. They look so sad. I wish my upper lids would just remain swollen because my 39 year old upper lid droop did not show! It is like I had a brow lift. Pretty cool.
The swelling continued at my 5 day follow up appointment so I was instructed to continue the steroid drops and had to see my doctor again the following week. Normal people heal up quickly, but I am special. At the follow up I still need to use the steroids in a much smaller dose until my 1 month post op appointment. Progress!
Technology has officially rocked my world and changed my life. See the thickness of my eyeglasses here? I am amazed that a laser to my eye balls could fix this! The laser time was 45 seconds per eye when most people only require 20 seconds. I feel so fortunate that my eyes could be done. Of course the extra laser time meant a longer recovery process!
Here are the super cool rock star shades provided for afterwards. They were worn grocery shopping, at work (those damn florescent lights), in a restaurant and of course the post office. It felt somewhat liberating not being able to wear makeup or use hair products. I suppose I could have put some lipstick on for the camera! I was so ungroomed.
These are funny! The sexy eye cups get taped to your face for sleeping! This was when I felt safe during recovering since nothing could touch my eyes. During waking hours I did not trust myself thinking I would accidentally rub my eyes. I so wanted to! I ended up wearing these for 12 nights..
I also had to pick up readers! It can take several days to be able to read comfortably so some people require this assistance afterwards. After adjusting I will pass these on to my mom who just started needing readers more than 10 years after her Lasik surgery! So there is a good chance I will not need these for a long, long time!So my slow recovery has been the reason I have not been in the blogosphere lately. I had terrible light sensitivity that made it difficult to look at the computer screen and television. Driving was extremely unpleasant with tear running down my face!
Each day I see improvements with the swelling, vision and light sensitivity. It will take up to 3 months to really see the results of the surgery but so far I am more than pleased! It is quite likely I would need enhancements based on my prior prescription but I would rather wear glasses if it is just for driving. Although I am very happy I went through with this I never want to do it again! Once is enough.
If you have been contemplating Lasik it is worth every penny. Is it fun? No!
Dealing with the unique, not so great vision that follows just after the procedure has really helped me empathize with anyone who is dealing with various eye issues. Even though I could not see without glasses or contacts before, I took my vision for granted since I could see with that help!
Well thank you for reading! I hope to be back to my regular blog visits this week! I miss you guys and appreciate all your support and concern. ~Val