There are many stories on the Internet from those who have had Lasik surgery. Some stories are good and some are not so good. Therefore, I would like to share my own personal success story for those who may be thinking about having the surgery.
I decided to have Lasik surgery for a few different reasons. First, I had been wearing glasses since the age of eight for nearsightedness and could not remember what it was like to even wake up with clear vision. Second, I was tired of wearing contacts and trying varieties to accommodate my astigmatism which never seemed to work. Third, all of the restrictions were getting to me. Even falling asleep in bed and forgetting to remove my glasses was annoying. Lastly, between vision insurance and financing the out-of-pocket cost was finally affordable to me. The decision was pretty much made!
Next I had to decide if monovision was the right choice for me. Monovision is where one eye is corrected for distance and the other is corrected, under-corrected or left the same for near vision. After several weeks, both eyes learn to work together so that any differences are virtually unnoticeable. The option not to have monovision performed would mean that since both eyes are corrected for nearsightedness the need for reading glasses would be likely. Due to the type of work I do which is on the computer for 8 – 12 hours per day, monovision was the right choice for me. Also, after eliminating the need for glasses and contacts, the last thing I wanted was to need reading glasses.
At the facility, the doctor and his assistants were wonderful through the entire process. I was talked through the surgery by the doctor every step of the way. I was also given a teddy bear to squeeze so that I would not try to squeeze my eyes closed instead. It may sound silly, but it was a huge help! The surgery itself actually felt like something out of an alien abduction story. There was a suction ring placed on the white part of each eye while a laser cut the flap. The second part of the laser surgery completed the eye correction while my eyelashes/eyelids were taped so that they would not be burned by the laser. The whole procedure took as little as 15 minutes. Before I knew it, they were sending me on my way with a pair of sunglasses!
On the one-hour ride home from the facility everything appeared milky, almost like little clouds were in my way. However, I was still able to see through the haze! I felt no pain, no burning, and no irritation whatsoever. I slept for a few hours when I arrived home. When I awoke, most of the milky clouds had disappeared and I was able to watch TV with my family! The next day I was able to work and even drove myself to the follow-up appointment. Since that time I notice an improvement every single day in my vision and adjustment to the monovision. If I had one complaint it would be the extreme eye dryness that I still experience. However, I remain patient because I know that it will still be a few more weeks before my eyes have fully adjusted to everything.
I went from 20/400 for distance and 20/50 for near to 20/20 vision for both! To me, that is just amazing! I love the freedom of being eyeglass and contact free!
So, if you are considering Lasik surgery and reading all of the articles on the Internet, please take mine into consideration. It really is an honest to goodness, success story!
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