Today I would like to present a story about personal experience in treating abnormal vision with LASIK. First, let’s get to know what is a Lasik.
What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis and is the name for laser vision correction. A laser will be used to reshape the cornea to the desired curvature, in order to correct abnormal vision such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatism.
How many types of LASIK surgeries are there?
There are 4 types of LASIK procedures that are popular nowadays:
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) Correction of vision by reshaping the top layer of the cornea
LASIK Blade (LASIK) Correction of vision by creating a flap in the cornea
FemtoLASIK (FemtoLASIK) Correction of eyesight by creating a flap in the cornea with Femtosecond Laser.
Bladeless LASIK (ReLEx SMILE), correction of eyesight by creating a tiny incision.
Each of these procedures has their own pros and cons. This is why a very thorough eye examination is required, in order to choose the right procedure. We recommend that you consult an ophthalmologist in order to choose the most suitable treatment.
Then I would like to share my experience about Lasik surgery that I just done recently. First of all, let’s say that I have been wearing glasses for over 10 years. In my opinion, wearing glasses is inconvenience for some time. I spend a lot of money for eyeglasses. Because the special eyesight has a short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism. It’s hard to find the eyeglasses for matching to my eyes at general store, I used to order made all the time.
I’m looking for the information first and consulting the doctor.
On the day of the appointment, I have register for get patient registration card and take an eye exam to assess my eyesight.
8:30am. The staff will examine the eyes thoroughly. I got eyesight test with numerical readings eye pressure then check the thickness of the cornea. and finally, instill dilated eye drops. As a test result, finally doctor approved me to do the Lasik surgery.
The doctor recommends for a large amount of astigmatism like me, doctor recommend doing Femto Lasik, which is a bladeless LASIK.
11.00am. The doctor gives me a medication to reduce the size of your iris in preparation for surgery. Time for surgery at 1:00pm and I still have to time to rest so I went to lunch first.
12.30pm. Before surgery, I had to change into sterile clothes, put on a surgical hat, wear a mask, wash my face and wash my eyelashes. Then there will be about 3 rounds of anesthetic drops. There are anti-inflammatory drugs. All medicines are eye drops and did not hurt.
1.00pm. What happens during the procedure? After they did the checks, I went out into the waiting area and five minutes later, they opened a door and one of the technicians in scrubs called me in. The doctor/surgeon was all dressed in scrubs too, and the room they take me in is the stand by room where they put me the surgical hat.
I did an all-laser LASIK which means the flap would be cut with a laser. This was honestly the most uncomfortable and scary part. They put this machine on your eye and it literally felt like someone was trying to push my eye out of the back of my head, LOL — it was A LOT of pressure but NEVER feel any pain.
They count down from 10 and then at the end of 10 seconds, the machine is pulled away. As they are lasering your eye, they count down, so you have an idea of how much longer to stare at the red and green light. Both eyes took 20 seconds each. It depends how strong your prescription is, so it’ll vary for everyone.
After this quick surgery, Doctor allow me to go home with some of medicine. Believe it or not, I leaved the hospital at 1:20pm. It’s very fast.
14:00p.m. I am arrived at home. Let me share my experience about what I was beware after surgery. Please do not let water get into our eyes for 7 days, I had a burning sensation, rarely open my eyes. The sugar flows a bit. So, I try to sleep. Doctor instructed me to take a 2-4 hour nap to help my eyes heal. I woke up at 8:00 p.m. and still had some burning eyes. But this moment was what I looking for a long time, the world that I look out was very clear!! Because of the little pain I was decided to take the medicine and go to bed again.
I woke up in the morning to take it off, OMG! My vision was super clear. I am very impressed.
The day after surgery. I have a follow-up the day after LASIK for check side effect at where they tested my eyes and see how it healing. I can see about 90% clearly because I have dry eyes and it took me about a month to adjust to my new eyesight. The doctor recommends antibiotics and artificial tears which must be used continuously.
After surgery, the doctor appoints me for follow up after 7 days, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months later.
If I have abnormal vision, such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and so on, I might worry about the need to constantly wear spectacles or contact lenses. This might cause some problems in my life and now I am wait and see the answer.
LASIK is the one of solution to help you to take the first step into a more carefree lifestyle!
Please do the information gathering about Lasik and ask for the advice from doctor before you are going to decide to take the Lasik.
Thank you very much and be safe always.
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