July 20th LASIK Experience

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July 20th LASIK Experience

Postby Borderline » Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:37 am

Background Info:

I had been thinking about getting LASIK for over a year. I am 25 years old, I have worn glasses since the age of 8 and my eyes have been stable for the past two years. I asked my O.D. about the procedure and who she would recommend at my last eye exam one year ago. My eye doctor gave me the name of a surgeon/cornea specialist.

My latest contact prescription (1 year ago w/ my vision remaining stable) was:

Right eye Left eye
-5 .75 -5.00
- 2.75 -1.50
.005 1.80

My eyeglass prescription placed me at a -6, and a -6.5, which was slightly higher than my contact prescription I listed above.

My brother went through with the LASIK procedure in June. This made me more interested in the procedure. I started reading informational websites, and learning as much as I could. This website has been extremely helpful in the decision making process! I am thrilled that I found the website before my procedure.

I had checkups with two locations. The first was a chain type place. It was very busy and had a large number of technicians. For whatever reason, I was very uneasy about the location. Come to find out, they actually charged my financing card for a procedure that I never had! I almost fainted when I called and it said I had a $3500 balance and my first payment was in a few days! They did fix the issue, but it NEVER should have happened. Anyways, this chain place recommended PRK with little explanation about the procedure.


At this point in time I went back home and started searching the web for info on PRK. Being a teacher, I have the summer off and I have the time needed to do PRK. I knew about the procedure and was ready for that if needed.

The second place I went to a checkup for was my O.D.’s recommendation the surgeon/ cornea specialist. I felt at ease in this office and everyone answered all of my “50 tough questions”. The specialist said that he felt comfortable doing LASIK or ASA (an updated form of PRK). After a long mental debate, and a lot of anxiety over one place saying only PRK and another doctor saying I could proceed with either procedure. I decided to do LASIK knowing that I couldn’t get any major/ multiple LASIK enhancements later on due to my high prescription and average cornea thickness.




Day of the Procedure:

I woke up nervous and of course questioning my decision to go through with LASIK. I had an afternoon appointment and the surgeon was doing cataracts and cornea transplants that day first. I arrived at the office at 3:30 and quickly found out that they would not be able to proceed with surgery today. They have the LADARVision®4000 Excimer laser, well today it didn’t pass the regular test. Apparently this is not uncommon, and usually a tech can fix it over the phone. For some reason this couldn’t be fixed until the next morning. I agreed to come back to the office the next day. Part of me was thinking what in the world am I doing, is this some sort of divine intervention? The one good thing that came out of the wait is I got to speak with the surgeon for 45 minutes. My husband and I talked to him and asked him a lot of our questions and discussed our concerns. After speaking with him I felt a lot better about the procedure and the benefits my eyes could have from doing it.

Day 2 of the Procedure 

Woke up, cleaned the house and got ready for my 4:15 appointment. They took me back and reran all of the tests for my eyes. They did the custom cornea pictures and dilated my eyes. Post Op instructions were given and someone came in and marked my eyes. After my eyes were marked I had to keep them closed for a significant amount of time. This was really difficult, I wanted to watch the other surgeries, but if you blink a lot it removes the eye marking and then they have to do it again. I got to speak to the surgeon again and go over the details of my procedure. This whole process took like two hours. I went in for surgery around 6:30.



Surgery Time:

My doctor does not offer the valium before surgery. When I first entered the laser room, I was feeling a little nervous, but the assistants talked with me as we waited for the doctor. The only point that I got really anxious was when they first pushed the button for me to move directly under the laser. Everything after that happened pretty quickly. The doctor walked me through every step of the procedure and told me interesting facts about the laser and how it is FDA approved to actually track the eye 4000 times per second. The surgeon cut the flap (vision went blank for a second) and went on to the laser portion of my right eye. I had an extremely long laser time due to my correction/ astigmatism. I felt comfortable during the entire procedure, and even talked during it. When the right eye was finished they told me to give my nervous husband a thumbs up (he was watching through the window) and the surgeon moved on to the left eye. The left eye started out much more uncomfortable, which is normal. They added numbing drops again. The eye seemed to sting, but once the numbing drops were in again I couldn’t feel the discomfort of the eyelash papers or the device used to hold the eye in place. When the laser was finished the doctor replaced the flap and finished up.

Right After Surgery:

When I sat up from the table things were blurry but I could tell there was improvement. I did not have the tv version of LASIK “wow it’s done and I can see perfect, crisp and clear”. Because of my research I wasn’t expecting that vision to be instant. I went in and did the eye chart. I was seeing a fuzzy 20/100. Sounds bad, but it was a huge improvement from my 20/ 400 and 20/ off the chart eyes before! My doctor said my eyes hold dilation extremely well and to be patient until Sunday (this was a Friday). I went into the “spa area” rested for a bit and then was allowed to leave. I TOOK A COUPLE Aleve liquid gel caps just to be prepared. I followed others advice and put a dark towel in my car for the ride home. I was so glad that I did! The sun was so bright. I rode home with the towel over my eyes and I was completely comfortable opening my eyes to blink under the towels. We went through a drive through, grabbed some dinner and went home. At home, my left eye started to water a lot and I experienced a little stinging. My right eye didn’t feel much discomfort at all. I followed the directions and rested my eyes for a couple hours. I could tell my eyes were getting better because I could see the alarm clock. I was very excited about the continued improvements.


Day After Surgery:

I woke up around 4:00 am and my right eye was feeling uncomfortable. It was a little sore, I assumed it was dry. I put in some drops in both eyes and went back to bed. I went in the next afternoon for my post op and my vision was 20/25 and 20/40. The doctor said my eyes were really swollen and there is still a lot of room for improvement. My left eye, the flap looked great, but my right eye has some wrinkling (striae) that the doctor wanted to watch. My right eye the sight is good, but I can definitely see a difference in my left eye and right. The O.D. asked if I could come in on Monday so she could check up on it again. She mentioned that it could just go away as the swelling (edema) goes away. This had me a little worried, but I decided to stay calm and be patient.

I went home and continued to see improvements all day as the dilation started to wear off. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to see this way! Everything may not be perfect, but it is such a great feeling to be able to see.

I will continue to post on my recovery. I think this site is so beneficial for everyone thinking about the surgery!
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Postby LasikExpert » Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:07 am

Congrats on your great result thus far. Please keep us up to date.
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Postby JPD » Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:26 pm

Yes, contratulations thus far. And as with everyone who's had a procedure I'll be curious as to how your night vision turns out.
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Continuation of my expreience

Postby Borderline » Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:39 pm

Sunday/ Day 2 Post Op
My close up vision got better throughout the day as the dialation drops wore off. I went for my first outting since the surgery. I had dinner with my inlaws and went to the grocery store. WOW night time right now is definitely an exprience. I told my husband it was kind of like visiting Times Square in New York in the middle of the night! By the end of the grocery store trip, my eyes were really tired.

Monday/ Day 3 Post Op
I had to go see the O.D. to check on my right eye. When I got there she said she wanted to send me to my surgeon. They informed me I would need a driver incase he needed to smooth out the flap. My husband took off work early and we made the drive out to the surgeon's office.

The surgeon took a look at both eyes and said the left was doing great, but the right flap had been moved/wrinkled a bit at the bottom. I don't remember this happening, but I did wake up at 4:00 with a sore eye the night of surgery. I'm guessing it got really dry and maybe thats how it happened. The surgeon said he needed to smooth out the wrinkles.

They took me to the back room and had me lay on the table. The surgeon proceed to lift the flap and work on smoothing it out. When he was finished, he placed a bandage contact over that eye and requested that I see him tomorrow so he can check the progress, and make sure things are nice and smooth still. After the flap lift everything was very blurry and my eyes burned and teared ALOT. For my LASIK procedure I was completely prepared. I took 2 Aleve liquid gels right after I left the laser room. For this flaplift, I did not do that. The difference in my comfort level was huge! I rode home quiet with my eyes shut, and 45 minutes later got home and took some Aleve. Shortly after I felt much better! I would reccomend the Aleve liquid gel caps to anyone considering the procedure. The head technician told me about them, and they work great!

For the rest of the night my vision was pretty blurry, but I did notice improvements towards the end of the night.

Day 4 Post Op
I woke up and my eye is still blurry, but I can see decently out of it. I'm wondering if it is the contact, or maybe my eye is still irritated. I'm not sure what I should expect healing wise. For some reason I assumed, I would be able to see great immediately after the flap lift. I'm hoping that the vision in that eye will clear up.


I go to see the surgeon again ar 3:15. I will post what happens next.
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:54 pm

You probably had what is called macro-striae, or a Lasik flap wrinkle. It may have been caused by dry eye, rubbing your eye during sleep, or simply an undesired natural consequence of the surgery.

The flap lift and repositioning probably is causing some corneal edema (swelling) that will affect the quality of your vision. This should resolve with continued healing.

Taking Aleve is a great tip for pain management. They have a coupon on their website for $1 off. Aleve's active ingredient is naproxen, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.
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Postby Borderline » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:16 am

Day 4 Continued

I went to see the surgeon today. My vision is 20/20 in my left eye and 20/30 in my right eye. Both have improved! The doctor wants to leave my bandage contact in until Friday. He noticed some rigidness still on the flap, so the contact needs to stay. Also he said that my vision is slightly blurry because the contact is prescription and I don't need it to help me focus. He also thinks I may have some debris under my flap. I am hoping that we don't have to lift the flap again, but the doctor said we will have to wait and see. I stuck a container of Aleve in my purse, i'm prepared if we have to do it again, lol! It's a good thing I am on summer vactaion (teacher) I can't imagine making all of these followups and having to work. Even though I am having a few mild complications, I am still super excited about my improved vision! I hope people reading this don't look at my experience as a "horror story" and decide not to do LASIK. I have had small complications, but nothing major or unmanageable, and my vision is better than ever.
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Postby bathory313 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:01 am

Glad to read of your experience! The only issue I've really had is dry eye, and some nighttime starburst. Like you, my vision was horrible before, so these little things are but minute bumps in the road.

I am so thankful and happy to have had this opportunity to have LASIK, and also thankful for finding this forum.......it is SO GREAT to have a place to ask questions, and just to generally commiserate!

Out of curiousity, did your surgeon provide you with hard plastic goggles for sleeping?
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Postby Borderline » Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:55 pm

bathory,

My doctor did provide the plastic goggles for sleeping. They are adjustable and have foam around the face. I am suppose to wear them for 7 nights after surgery. He also provided wrap around sunglasses for day time use.
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1 week Post Op

Postby Borderline » Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:15 pm

I went in to see the doctor for my one week post op on the 27th. The surgeon removed the bandage contact and said I was finally wrinkle free! I was so excited to get that contact off. My eye took a long time to adjust to fresh air again. I took off my artificial nails, because I didn't want to take a chance on getting another wrinkle! My fingernails came really close to my eyes every time I put drops in, so I decided they had to go.

The doctor said I can quit taking the vigamox and econopred drops. He mentioned I can continue the econopred twice a day for a couple days if I want to or feel the need to.

My vision overall, is pretty good. I am having the typical healing issues. I am still seeing halos at night and when I look at certain lights. I have very fuzzy moments at Wal Mart and Grocery Stores, for mid range and long distances. It also seems like shopping(at stores with bright lights) makes my eyes extremely tired and blurry.

I am excited about my great daytime vision and I am getting ready to go shopping for a new pair of sunglasses. I am also patiently waiting for my eyes to continue healing.
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Postby LasikExpert » Sat Jul 28, 2007 5:29 pm

It sounds like your striae problem is resolved. Congratulations! Do keep us informed of your healing process.
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Postby UnforeseenOne » Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:47 pm

Congratulations Borderline sounds like a success to me

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