I’ve wanted to get LASIK done for about a year now. I’ve never particularly minded wearing glasses, but I was always interested in what the world really looked like. There’s also the annoying drawbacks of glasses (sunglasses are expensive, sucks in the cold/rain, bad peripheral vision, etc.) I’ve worn contact lenses at times but never particularly enjoyed them either, between the high cost, upkeep, and constant dry eyes sensation. Also, my vision was never particularly good even with glasses or contact lenses, still less than 20/20 and so I knew I was always missing something in my visual experience. Before the surgery, my vision was about 20/400 in my left eye and 20/100 in my right eye, which made my vision really miserable and difficult to focus at any distance.
About a month ago I finally got up and did something about it though. After scheduling a consult at Boston Laser, I found out that I was an excellent candidate for the surgery and scheduled it in for a few weeks later, February 22nd.
The procedure itself is very surreal, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with high-end medical technology. Between the valium that they give you and the confining space, you’re forced into a real weird state of mind. You can’t really hear anything but a loud whirring noise and possibly some background talking by the staff, and you can’t see anything at all except an incredibly bright white light being shown directly onto your eye, and possibly a blinking red dot behind it. There’s no pain at all, just this incredibly strong feeling of pressure on and around your eye. During the procedure, your entire awareness becomes focused on a hose full of light that is pressed against your eye. I know that this sounds bizarre. It is a bizarre situation, and there’s no other way to describe it. The visual experience is so overwhelming and strong, that all of my senses were overwhelmed by this incredibly bright light in my vision.
Afterwards, my recovery was extremely fast – you go back to a ready room to rest for 30 minutes and then they check your vision. When I reached that ready room, I could tell the surgery had done something wild, because I could already see around the room and read things at a distance that would have been impossible before. After that, you’re home to rest for the rest of the day and sleep.
At my follow up the next morning to check on how they are healing, I now see perfectly in both eyes. I don’t have the awesome goggles on now (just while sleeping for a few more days), and I’m settling in to my new face.
The vision benefit is just incredible, my vision is now better than it’s been at any time in my life. I can see details, especially at distance, that would have been completely lost on me before, and I can see from the moment that I wake up in the morning. Dr Melki and the staff at Boston Laser have been great as well, they do a very good job of taking care of you and making sure you’re comfortable at every stage of consultation & surgery.
I know this is a little abrupt and an oddly written post, but I’m not sure what the most interesting parts are to other people reading this, whether my strange descriptions of the procedure or the pre/post op experience. If you have any questions or anything please let me know. It’s been a great experience already, and I’m really excited about my new vision now. Please feel free to ask any questions too.