Sunday, January 10, 2010

Eye Spy

Friday was an eye opening day. I finally did something I have been wanting to do for years and splurged to get Lasik. We arrived at the doctor at 7:40 and were out by 8:20 and I could see better.

For those interested, the surgery was quick, about 5 minutes per eye. They start by holding your eye lids open, using a laser they cut a flap in your cornea which they then lift, and then use a different laser to reshape your inner cornea to adjust the way light refracts off of it. It was painless and the only thing I would warn about is that it can get slightly confining while the surgery is happening.

It is an odd sensation for you to know your eye is open yet not be able to see. When the flap is cut, your eye looses vision and at that point things start to feel a little weird. After the flap is made, you are swung around to the corrective laser and are told to focus on a red light. There is about 20 seconds of noise as the laser does its work and then the flap is closed and you are done. One of the oddest things is that you can actually smell your eye getting burned. It smells like lightly of burnt hair and plastic. Really weird.

I slept most of Friday and have been putting drops in my eyes for the last couple of days but I can see almost 20/20. My eyes are still healing so I am not sure what exactly will be the end result so I my require some touch up if things don't even out exactly. But, the ability to go to sleep and see when I wake up is something I don't even have words for. I haven't been able to do that since the 4th grade. It is amazing.

That is all,

Newt

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Erin said...

I'm so excited for you and SO glad it went well!!

mysterg said...

Best thing I did! It really does improve your quality of life. Still get a little bit of glare from bright lights but otherwise my vision is better than 20/20.

Girl Interrupted said...

Yikes! I'm really pleased for you ... but just the thought of having that done makes me feel queasy :/ It was tough to even read about it to be honest.

Did it hurt after the surgery? I really hope not.

Now then ... how many fingers am I holding up? :P