Sound Byte (maigrey) wrote,
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lasik update

About 12 hours after surgery, my eyes felt quite fine -- no more gritty and itchy at all. In fact, I was able to watch an entire hour long TV show without the goggles.

Driving was totally out, as my depth perception was way off; my brain hadn't yet adjusted to the change in my eye. But, I could see the walls I was bumping into very clearly!

I had my follow up appointment with the doctor Saturday, where they checked my vision and I'm 20/20 in my right eye, and 20/25 in my left. All the assistants said that this was way ahead of the curve: most people are 20/40 or so the first day. The doctor was amazed himself when he looked at my eyes and said, "If I didn't know that I performed lasik on you yesterday, I wouldn't be able to tell you had it done," and commented that young people heal fast.

The surgery itself was pretty weird. I took the valium they offered me (and if you decide to do lasik, definitely take it), and sat down in the waiting area to read while it took effect. About 10 minutes later, they called me in, and as I stood up, hoo boy had that valium kicked in already. It was an adventure just getting to the room and situating myself in the chair, I tell you what. After a brief delay, as the doctor had an ER patient come in, I was given the Lasik Bear to hold, had numbing drops put into my eyes, the chair leaned back, and we were off.

The next 5 minutes consist of the doctor taping my eyelashes back, and putting a clamp on my eye to keep me from blinking. This is the only uncomfortable part of the procedure, as you don't get numbing drops for your eyelids. Then, I'm consumed with staring at a red dot above me with one eye, while the other's behind a shield. They put a ring on your eye to increase the pressure, which causes your vision to black out, and then they slice a flap off your cornea. Thanks to the wonders of numbing drops, I don't feel a thing, though it was awfully hard to look at the red dot while your vision was black. The doctor pulls the flap back, and tells me to stare at the now-fuzzy red dot while the laser does its 20 seconds of work. The flap is moved back into place and lined up, and all that's left is for some antibiotics and steroids to droppered in. Then the whole process is repeated for the other eye. Both eyes are done within the space of 5-10 minutes, and when I sit up, I can see the clock that's 7 feet away without any problems.

Amazing.

Thanks to the valium, I'm already half asleep, which is the best thing that I can do after this procedure. I'm told that the first 4-6 hours are the worst, when my eyes feel gritty and sandy and itchy, and if I can sleep through that, it'll be all for the better. I talk my mom into detouring to the Krispy Kreme near home, as I'm starving and I deserve donuts. Mmm, fresh hot donuts and cold milk. Yummah.

And that's about it! My mom dropped me off, I fell right asleep, and woke up about 4 hours later, with still sandy itchy eyes, but it's bearable.

I can see and drive just fine now, although I still get tired easily, and I'm sleeping a lot. but, I did watch all of Harry Potter yesterday, and the only side effect was the aforementioned tiredness.

So all in all? It's pretty cool.
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