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I got LASIKed!

LASIK commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye’s cornea in order to improve visual acuity. For most people, LASIK provides a long-lasting alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses. (Source: Wikipedia)


The day of my surgery:

8:00 am – I had to check in for a run through and final assessment with my surgeon. (Prior to my surgery, I had an initial assessment to see if I am suitable for the procedure.) Due to my unstable vision I had to come back 3 months after the initial check up to ensure they give me the correct adjustment.

I was taken to the media room to watch a narrative video of the procedure. This was very informative and effective in calming my nerves down. The video was an important part of informed consent and answered most of my queries straight away. But I still took notes and wrote down questions that needed clarification.

Enjoying the last few hours wearing my geeky specs…

Final assessment with Dr. Michael Merriman and my last chance to back out fire away all my questions and concerns regarding my LASIK surgery.

Dr. Michael Merriman doing a final measure and check

 


After the final assessment, I went out to grab a light meal and was told to be back at 2:30pm for the procedure


2:30 pm- (this is when all the nerves came back!) I was taken in the prep room and was pampered for a bit when Nurse Pip dressed me in my theater gown, applied a concoction of eye drops (a very important pre surgery step) and wiped my eyes with antiseptic. I was offered a light sedative but I prefer to go through this, my way. (I maybe small but I’m tough)

Four eye drops and a quick wipe of antiseptic later… I was brought in the theatre room. (heart beating faster per nanosecond…)

** WARNING: Proceed with caution. The following photos may be disturbing to some viewers. Parental Guidance is recommended. **

And just like in the video, things were happening in order. They were talking to me every step of the way. No surprises at all. I was fully conscious and aware of what’s happening to me and around me. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) there was a pain of 2 and it was more like a pressure rather than a burning sensation. There are two stages in this procedure:

Stage 1:

(Source: Laser Eye Centre)

The opposite eye of the one being corrected is temporarily covered with a patch.

The surgeon centers and adjusts the Laser for a precise treatment.

A blade-free Intralase iFS Laser is performed on the eye to create a corneal flap – a process which covers the eye for around 14 seconds.
The surgeon expertly lifts and gently folds back the flap, ready for treatment. The patient is instructed to lock his/her gaze on the red light. The laser tracks even the smallest eye movements and reshapes the cornea in seconds.

Stage 2:

(Source: Laser Eye Centre)

The laser process emits a buzzing sound as it treats the corneal tissue.

On completion, the corneal flap is carefully placed back to its original position, where it adheres by itself, without stitches. The surface of the cornea is gently stroked with a wet surgical sponge.

The prep, procedure and after procedure took an hour approximately. But the actual vision correction only took about 20 minutes for both eyes.

(Nurse Belinda and Pip were telling me how brave I was and that I am an ideal patient *blushing*)

Dr. Michael Merriman checking his handy work right after the procedure.

I was given very clear instruction on post op care including an idiot proof guide on which eye drops to put in and when. It is imperative to follow these guidelines as you want to avoid any complications. Two of these guidelines stood out the most. First, no makeup for one full week. Secondly, avoid getting your eyes wet with soap or water for one full week as well. I am OCD and I consider both very crucial parts of my daily regimen. Out of the entire process, the most unpleasant and unsatisfying experience was this sudden disruption in my routine….. but I would rather that than get a bad infection. I was told to sleep as soon as I get home as this speeds up the healing process.

Thank you so much for looking after me Laser Eye Centre Management and Staff. You all did a great job! (those were tears of joy streaming down my face)

 


24 hours after my LASIK surgery…

I was trying so hard not to peak the whole night but when I opened my eyes the next day I couldn’t believe how clear my vision was and that’s with the plastic shields heavily taped on my eyes. OMG! I couldn’t fathom that this is even possible! I am finally free from wearing glasses and contact lenses forever! 🙂

8:00 am – back at Laser Eye Centre for my post op check up. They’re going to remove those pesky plastic shields. Yasssssss!

more eye drops for me for the next three weeks… (bring it on!)

One very happy client and a much happier surgeon. Did you notice something? Dr. Michael and I are twinning? how cute! (same colour palette at least? LOL)

 

VERDICT:

(1- lowest; 10- highest)

Procedure: 10/10 – A must for people having difficulty reading, blurred vision and highly dependent on glasses or contacts

Pain Scale: 2/10 – This may vary as some people have a high tolerance for pain. In my opinion, the discomfort was tolerable. It was more like a heavy pressure on your eyes.

Recovery: 3/10- I didn’t have any real concerns apart from my ocular hemorrhage or bloodshot eyes which eventually fades in a couple of weeks. Those eye drops will be your bffs, so keep them close. I suggest you set a reminder/alarm especially for the first week as you have to put in your eye drops 4 times a day.

Cost: 10/10 – It’s totally worth the splurge! Imagine the convenience of having to go through your everyday routine without the hassle of eyeglasses or contact lenses. It’s been three weeks now and it still hasn’t sank in that I can see better than 20/20.

For monovision:

AAA LASIK – $ 3580.00 (single eye)

AAA LASIK – $5880.00 (both eyes)

For a subtle difference between dominant and non-dominant eyes:

Presbyond Laser Vision Correction – $3580.00 (single eye)

Presbyond Laser Vision Correction – $6860.00 (both eyes)

Overall experience: 10/10- I will not have it any other way. I only trust LEC. They are highly skilled, highly qualified, excellent customer service and very honest people. If you are thinking of having it done overseas because of the price. Think again. You only have one pair of eyes in your lifetime why put it at risk? At LEC there were no surprises during my entire LASIK procedure and they delivered great results. SEE for yourself (no pun intended!)

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