So you fancy getting your eyes lasered? I decided to take the plunge a few weeks ago and the results have been incredible, here’s my story.
For the past 12 years I have worn glasses for short-sightedness. I remember the day I realised I needed them, sitting at the back of the Math’s class aged 15 squinting like an old woman. Ever since then I have needed them and over the past 5 years noticed I’ve needed to use them more often for watching TV and driving. I’m not a massive contact lens fan as they are a pain to put in and they irritate my eyes. I also tend to use them at festivals or for nights out and when alcohol is involved it’s never an easy job remembering to take them out.
Eye laser surgery is something I’ve been thinking about for the past few years but I put it off until now as life seemed to get in the way, whether it’s saving for a house or a girlie holiday. I chose Optical Express as the service they offered and the feedback I’d heard from previous patients gave me confidence in the company. Everyone was very friendly and very helpful which put me at ease when visiting the store.
First steps to better vision
The first step to better vision is a meeting with an optician for an eye test. The optician performs a general eye test and then uses eye drops (Tropicamide) to expand your pupils to get a true prescription of your eyes. After the consultation my eyes felt slightly sensitive to light but only because my pupils were dilated. This lasted for around 8 hours and then my pupils went back to normal. After this consultation I was told my eyes were suitable for the eye laser surgery and that I could opt for the Lasik surgery. Lasik is a really quick treatment which lasers your eyes within a few minutes. The La(sik) bit means quick, as the recovery time is one day. This was perfect as I didn’t want to take too much time off work.
The next step is to meet with your surgeon to discuss the operation and to go through anything you may have concerns about. Mr Vincent Dubois in the Liverpool branch was very helpful and put me at ease. I didn’t feel too nervous about the surgery, I just wanted to ask questions about the pain I would feel (if any) during the surgery and how much I would feel after surgery. Mr Dubois told me I would be awake for the surgery and that they would use eye drops to numb the eyes so I wouldn’t feel the laser. I had to make sure I read through all the documents provided and to be sure this was the surgery for me. He told me that after surgery I would need to wear sunglasses for the day and go home to rest/sleep. I also could not drive after the surgery or go to work for one day.
The day of the surgery
The optician checked over my eyes again just to make sure everything was looking fine, then they took me into the theatre for surgery. The surgery took around 10 to 15 minutes and started by cleaning around my eyes. The eye was then held open by a machine that used suction to attach to my eye. . The feeling was a bit strange and made my vision go black (this is supposed to happen) they then cut a flap in the eye (I didn’t feel any of this so there’s no need to worry) they then performed the lasik eye surgery on the right eye. They then performed the surgery on the left eye and the whole process was over in less than 15 minutes.
How I felt after surgery
When I came out of surgery I felt a bit dizzy and my vision was hazy. I was given 3 sets of eye drops and was told to use them every 4 hours. After a quick chat with one of the surgeons I put my trusty shades on and went home. I felt a bit uncomfortable when I got home but I think that was just the shock of what had just happened. I went straight to bed and put on my goggles and slept for around 3 hours. When I woke up I used my eye drops and took some painkillers and after this I felt fine. I went down stairs to watch TV and for the first time in 12 years could see the TV without needing my glasses, result!
My eyes have completely recovered after 2 to 3 weeks and my vision is now better than 20/20. My vision is the best it’s ever been, even before I needed glasses. As crazy as this sounds everything seems so much bolder and more colorful, I can’t believe I’ve been missing out all these years. I now forget that I ever needed glasses, it’s completely changed my life. Now I can leave the house, drive into town or go to a gig without ever needing my glasses again.