3.18.2016

My LASIK experience.

Happy Fri-Yay! I'm excited for some amazing running weather this weekend, just in time for the Rock N Roll Dallas Half Marathon! I'm running for fun,  not for time, and with all my friends so it should be a great race.

I was a bit concerned I wouldn't be able to go because I had Lasik yesterday morning and a few people said you couldn't run after having it done, but my Dr said it was fine as long as I kept the sweat out of my eyes and wore sunglasses. 

Speaking of Lasik - everyone told me

'Best thing I've ever done'
'So worth it'
'No big deal!'

Uh, it was the most terrifying 5 minutes of my life! 

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I've been in glasses or contact since the 3rd grade, my vision is terrible, I can't see the E on the eye chart and even with contacts I never get to 20/20. Most of the reason I haven't done Lasik before now was because I didn't think I could because of my stigmatism - which actually doesn't have anything to do with it. A friend of mine got hers done and I figured if she could brave it out so could I! 


I was given no drugs what so ever - just drops to numb my eyeballs.  They take you in, lay you down, and put you under the first machine. Then he covers one eye and puts a ring around the other so you can't blink, a machine comes over it quickly, no pain at all. Actually the worst part is the bright freaking lights, you want to squint, but can't! Then they move you to a second machine that lowers down and you feel pressure on your eye, not painful, but uncomfortable for sure. 

This is where I started to freak out, but he did a countdown and I kept telling myself - they do this every day - millions of people get this done - it's no big deal - just keep still. Over and over again - it takes about 30 seconds and then they close that eye and do the other. I'm not exactly sure what's going on, but you literally go blind, but he's telling me I shouldn't see anything and that reassures me. 

Next they sit you up and walk you to another chair, you lay back and keep your eye closed while they get ready. Again you open one eye and they put the ring in to keep you from blinking, the dr plays around with your eye a bit with a few tools, it's not painful at all just weird, again the worst part is the bright lights. Then he tells you to stare at the green light - the laser - and it goes dim and you smell the laser working on your eye - 15 seconds. That's it. Repeat the other eye.

Then you are done, legit - 5 minutes! I stand up and walk into recovery room where they give me 2 Tylenol PM's and he checks my eyes with a machine. Then I go home. He told me to take a long nap because when the numbing drops wear off my eyes they will itch like crazy, so I took a 3 hour nap. When I woke my eyes were dry, I did my drops {you have to take 3 drops 4x a day} and felt better. They still feel a bit sore, foggy, and burn a bit. 


We has soccer practice last night, the wind was killing them because they are so dry, I'm glad I bought a scarf will me. I have to wear sunglasses for a while - 100% UV protected, hopefully these Ray Ban's are because they ones they give you are uncomfortable. 


Your corneas need to be protected and you have to wear these googles to bed so you don't scratch your eyes in your sleep - I caught myself several times reaching and hitting the glasses, it's such a reflex you don't even realize! 

I woke up today and immediately reached for my glasses until I remembered I don't need them anymore! I went to the gym, just careful to keep the sweat out of them and not rub them. They feel better today, I'll just be sure to keep my drops with me at all times. 


I also bought a years supply of contacts not long ago - if anyone wants them they are a -5.00 Acuvue Oasis I really hate to waste them! If you are in Dallas and thinking of getting this done I highly recommend Lasik Plus in Dallas - they were attentive and the nurses there are amazing! 

26 comments :

  1. Yay! I had Lasik in Oct 2014, at the time it was not the best thing ever. The Dr. had under corrected me and I still had to wear contacts. I was freaking out. But I went back in April 2015 and was able to get them fixed. I had to wait 6 months for my eyes to fully heal. Now I would say it is defiantly the best thing ever! I think the worst part was the smell. It was awful!
    Good luck this weekend!

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  2. Omg I had it done and yes most terrifying moments of my life!!! Wish I would have had headphones! The sound of the loud machine, the countdown, eyes taped open and the machine coming down at your eye!!! Ahhhhh!!! I teared so much from fear my eyes were swollen shut! BUT I can see now! Lol! It's worth it!!

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  3. I've been wanting to get this done for ages, and I had a friend in college get it done. She said all she felt was pressure. I'm so squeamish about my eyes, though! But I'm glad you shared your experience, and that it was so quick! That's awesome!

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  4. I've been debating getting this done, but I'm so nervous about sitting still! My eyes are -7.50 so it'd be a Christmas miracle to see 20/20!

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  5. Gah I so wish I could get it but it sounds so freaky!!! And I wish I was a -5! If you have astigmatism whoever you give them to needs to have the same axises or else they won't work. (Just an FYI) :)

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  6. I'm not ready to brave the LASIK yet, although the way you explained it doesn't seem too bad. I use -5.00 acuvue oasis.

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  7. You are brave! I can't stand anything near my eyes..creeps me out :) Good luck at the race this weekend!!

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  8. I had Lasik done a few years ago.. I'm so glad I did! I have noticed my eyes get dry easier than before, so keep eye drops in your purse in case of emergency! :)

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  9. We have all the same problems with eyes LOL. But I am even worse I am to -5.75. They told me in January I would only qualify for implants :(. That jumped it from $4000 to $10,000 :( That's more than my tits.....

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  10. Glad you got good results. I work for doctors that perform LASIK, and our patients are offered Valium. The laser itself is also under a minute a no moving chairs. The patient stays laying in the same position the entire time. That sounds weird!

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  11. If you bought the contacts from 1800contacts they will generally let you send them back for a refund! Thanks for the info on lasik... I am def getting it after I have my 2nd in June (and after I finish breastfeeding).

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  12. I would love LASIK and the hospital I work at is offering it for $1,000 for 6 people only based on a random drawing. I might just have to try and go for it. I use the same contacts but I need -6.00. I would love not having to use glasses at night when getting up to breastfeed my son. I hope your results are awesome!!

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  13. I wish I could do LASIK! My eyes are -9.50/-10. I'm blind lol! I hope someday it'll be available to me! I have astigmatism too, but see better in my contacts that aren't those stupid weighted torques. My eyesight got better without them. Glad you had a good experience!

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  14. Way to get past the scariness! My eyes were watering just reading this! LOL! My husband had it done 12 years ago & loved it. He needs reading glasses now. I've gone for the consultation but I'm so chicken. I've worn glasses since 2nd grade & cannot imagine waking up in the morning & being able to see. I wear Acuvue Oasis but my script is -5.25 & -5.50.

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  15. Excited for you - it really is life changing. I was in a similar situation, had an astigmatism and wore glasses since 1st grade & contacts since 2nd (nightmare) so I was DONE with them. Seemed all contacts dried my eyes out anymore. The minute it was available for people with an astigmatism I jumped on it (about 12 years ago - hard to believe). Scary to sign your life away saying they can blind you and it's not their fault! I agree those were the scariest 5 minutes of my life too. So much that if I had to get a touch up I just don't know if I'd have the nerve. I'm already in the phase of possibly needing reading glasses too. Regardless of it all though, it WAS worth it. You're gonna love the freedom!

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  16. I was so happy to ready this. Lasik has been on my mind lately. I think I will go in for a consult!

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  17. Did you have to do any prep before getting lasik? I recently talked to my eye dr and she said because of my astigmatism I would not be a good candidate for lasik but if I really wanted it she would recommend me. I just wouldn't be able to wear contacts for 6 weeks leading up to the procedure.

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    1. If I remember correctly she went for her consultation like a week before and was wearing contacts then .. and then had to wear her glasses 3 days before they did the procedure. I guess every doctor does it differently! Lol she wore her contacts all the way until just those few days before her procedure she hated wearing her glasses just those 3 days since she had to work out in them. Knowing skinny Meg she probably wouldn't have done it if she had to wear them for 6 weeks before lol!

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    2. I had to leave my contacts out for 2 weeks prior to the procedure, but I'm not sure everyone has to do that. At my initial consultation, my eyes were very red and irritated when they took the close-up pictures and they thought it might just be from my contacts. So they had me leave them out for 2 weeks (was not fun working out in them!) and then I went back and everything looked good. They told me to still leave them out before my procedure (which they scheduled for 4 days later).

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  18. You can't actually give your contacts away. That would be like giving your Percocet to someone else. They need a prescription. Most places will let you return your boxes if they are unopened though! Congrats on your LASIK though :)

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    1. Giving someone schedule II narcotics is NOT the same as giving someone contacts.

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  19. I had LASIK done about 6 years ago and they gave me an Ativan about 45 mins before I actually went back for the procedure that literally took 5 mins for each eye, super fast!! They had a place for loved ones to go back and watch at this window---my husband and sister watched my entire procedure be done. I didn't move chairs...only stayed in one chair that they laid me back in. They put this thing on my eye that was like big tweezers that held my eye open and I watched the little red dot. I didn't smell anything at all. Never felt pressure. I didn't feel anything at all, that I can remember.. The Ativan must have worked properly for me. Lol!

    I got up after my eyes were finished and walked to a room where the doctor checked them. I, too, had the exact same glasses to wear so I didn't scratch my eyes. I slept the whole way home and the entire rest of the day. I woke up the next morning and had to to have my eyes rechecked (a requirement for the day after) and I had better than 20/20 vision!!! I was pretty much blind and I had an astigmatism, too. I was in shock when I didn't have to put on glasses to see and riding around the very next day with NOTHING (no glasses or contacts) was amazing!!! I had worn glasses since 4th grade. LASIK is the best thing I've ever done. I'd do it again and again in a heartbeat if it meant I could see like I have for the past almost 6 years. My experience was great! I had it done by Dr. Abel in Muskogee, OK! I highly recommend LASIK!!!! Best thing ever!

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  20. Yay for you!! I got Lasik in August 2015, and I still say it is one of the very best things I've ever done. I was 27 when I went in for Lasik, and my only regret is that I wish I'd done it a little earlier so I could experience this 20/20 fabulous-ness even longer!

    I'm glad your procedure went well! My did, too, but it was super-painful because I apparently have small eyes {who knew?!} and they had to keep jamming the eyelid-holder thing down on my face because it kept popping off. :-/ {Read more about my experience here.} If that hadn't happened, it would've been pain-free, albeit the strangest minutes of my life. ha.

    Anyway, welcome to the Lasik club! :) Congrats on your new vision!

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  21. Randomly found your blog through The Dancing Runner and had to chime in!

    I just had Lasik done a couple of months ago, did they not give you a Valium beforehand?! That's the only way I made it through the procedure, it was so weird. My doctor was also really good about explaining what I was going to experience. He didn't go into detail of what would be happening, but more of a "Your vision is going to go black for just a minute."

    Though apparently the Valium wore off really fast because I didn't take a long nap afterwards and they are not kidding about the itching! It hurt to open my eyes and all I wanted to do was rub them (which, of course, I didn't). I finally took a sleeping pill, I probably should have done that immediately after the procedure!

    But the next day, everything was great! I am so happy that I did it!

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