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Time:12:18 pm
I had LASIK yesterday!

It's something I've been thinking about for almost a year, but I've been trying to keep under wraps, because there are a ton of ways to get disqualified as a candidate. Like, they won't do it if your corneas are too thin, for example. Does anyone here even know how thin their corneas are? Like, is that information normal people normally have? Thus, to me, a lot of it felt like "go in for the preliminary exam and roll a die, if it turns up 6, you can't have LASIK." I tried to keep the whole thing a secret, because I didn't want to make a big deal only to have the disappointment emphasized further by having to re-explain it to everyone else, you know? Like, the fewer people who even knew I was thinking about it, the fewer there would be to which I'd have to give the "oops, never mind, I'm not a candidate after all :(" speech. I figured the rejection would have stung enough as it was, without having to relive it with all my friends and family who were all waiting to see how it went and everything.

Still, it turns out that all that worry was for nothing; I passed, and the procedure was done yesterday. No more glasses for me!

Right now, my vision is mostly good at any range, but there's a bit of fuzziness in general, just because I'm just coming off of surgery. My corneas are all beat up, and the ability to focus in on things is still on the mend, because, you know, they just did this whole thing yesterday! I hope to attain perfect vision by the time I heal up. I'm already no longer nearsighted; it's not like the "things are blurry up close and even blurrier as they get farther away" sensation, like it used to be without my glasses. Right now, I have the same level of good vision at any range, just with some blurriness on top because I'm still healing. Once that passes, I stand a decent chance of healing all the way up to perfect 20/15 vision once I'm better ... but according to my followup today, I'm already 20/20 even right now (even if the unrelated-to-visual-acuity blurriness makes using the computer a bit annoying.)

Now, of course, the question becomes this: what about Teo? You know that I always try to match his appearance and accessories to mine--his hair grew out when mine did, etc. No more glasses for me ... so ... no more glasses for Teo? Is this the end of an era? :O

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sabotlours
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Time:2012-12-16 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hey! Congrats! I had it done almost 15 years ago and never regretted it. Too bad my eyes were so bad that over time they deteriorated back below 20/40. That's why I'm a spectacled bear once more.
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-16 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm told that, once I hit about 40 or so, I'll lose the ability to focus on close objects and will need reading glasses, but that this is a completely unrelated issue that would have happened anyway, even without LASIK (I just would have needed bifocals at that point) and that LASIK doesn't do anything for that. Oh, well! Still worth it for the next ten years, anyway.
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davidn
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Time:2012-12-16 08:25 pm (UTC)
What! That takes your habit of not announcing things until they're definitely finished to a whole new level - congratulations for going through with it, and for your success!

I was sort of bitter about having to wear glasses when I first got them, but now it only frustrates me when I... think about it - I've just got used to having to wear them for driving and for recognizing people across a room, but I try to use them as little as possible otherwise. I never even thought about LASIK surgery, just considering it too frightening to even consider as a cure. What was the actual procedure like...?
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-16 09:10 pm (UTC)
In theory, the actual procedure isn't bad at all--you're kind of strapped down and not able to see what they're doing to you, with numbing drops and enough Valium to not care what they're doing to you so long as you can't feel it (which is what the numbing drops are for.) Unfortunately, in my case, my body picked a rather poor day to decide to become super drug resistant, and I want to say the Valium did absolutely nothing just because the thought of how bad I would have been unassisted if that that's how bad I was after taking two of them is just too outlandish to comprehend. Also, either my left eye was more sensitive than the right or the numbing just didn't take on that side. The first part of the procedure basically went like this:
"All right, you may feel a bit of pressure at this point...."
"Actually, I don't feel anything, like, at all, but thanks for the warning, I guess?"
"Neat. Okay, now, on this side, you may feel a little pressure at this point as we--"
"AAAAAAAAA FUCK FUCK FUCK AAA OW OH GOD WHY AAA FUCK HELP"

After that, they doubled (actually, tripled) up the numbing on that side and it was ... not a pleasant sensation but something I was able to endure from that point on. It wasn't a fun experience by any means, but it only lasted about ten minutes, so it was worth it for the long-term gain! I already feel good about this decision even one day later, even with that, because, you know, I can see.

I'll see if I can get slither to respond, since he had the same thing done from the same place, and he's better at explaining it than I am. (Also, he had no numbing issues whatsoever and was actually quite surprised to hear that I did.)
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-16 11:00 pm (UTC)
Slither gave me his journal from when he had it done, which just sort of sneezes information around in the form of answers to various questions in the comments. He also gave me a writeup and told me to repost it, so here it is.

(Cut into several parts, for length)

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I wrote up a breakdown of my experiences and linked to some videos of it happening to other people. I ranked each step by how freaky it is to see it done to someone else, and how scary it is to have it actually happen to you. I hope this helps!

Step: Cornea marking
3rd Person Body Horror Level: Low
1st Person Anxiety Level: Low
Procedure Description: The first step of a lasik procedure is to mark the eye with a temporary ink that won't be washed away by tears or eyedrops during the procedure. The exact marks used vary from surgeon to surgeon, but are usually circles or right angles. The marks are placed near the outer edge of the cornea, in the middle of where the flap will be cut. These marks allow the surgeon to better realign the corneal flap at the end of the procedure.
Freakyness Description: This part isn't very scary at all. They have you look into a machine similar to the kind used to give eye exams, and the surgeon pokes you briefly in the eye with a marking device. You're given numbing drops before this, so you don't feel the touch. You can sense it happen, since you can see the pokey thing coming, and you can sort of feel your eyeball move, but that's it.

Step: Preparation for flap cut:
3rd Person Body Horror Level: High
1st Person Anxiety Level: Medium
Procedure Description: In this step, your eyelids are first held open by a spreading device, so that you are unable to blink. A second device is attached to your eye via weak suction force. It flattens your cornea down, and holds your eye steady so that a flap can be cut in your cornea using a femtosecond laser. This is what makes the procedure an "Intralasik" or "bladeless" or "all-laser" lasik procedure. Using this device instead of a microkeratome (a manually operated, high-precision cigar cutter, essentially) makes the cut computer controlled and much more precise. I strongly recommend having this kind of procedure done over the traditional method. There's a lower chance of complication. Once the device contacts your eye, they will pump the air out of it, which takes three or four seconds. This part locks it in place and flattens your cornea.
Freakyness Description: The spreading device looks freaky as hell when you're watching it on video. There's just something creepy about a human eye being held open, and it's scary when the eye rolls around, trying to focus on something. Interestingly enough, when it happens to you, it's not scary at all. You can feel your eye being held open, but it is not painful, and is only mildly uncomfortable. I forgot it was even there after about 20 seconds. As for the suction device, I'm told this feels like having a contact lens put in, but I've never worn contacts, so I wouldn't know. At this point, you're laying on a table with your glasses off, so you won't be able to see very much. You'll see a ring of soft, white light slowly approaching your eye. This is the underside of the device, which is illuminated so the surgeon can guide it into place. As the ring comes down, it will move out of your visual range, since it's larger than the attachment surface. Just after you can't see it any more, a clear lens will touch your eye. Once they settle it into place, you'll feel like you're looking through a microscope with your eye pressed too tight against the eyepiece. When they pump the air out and attach the device to your eye, you will feel a very strange but not painful sensation, kind of similar to pressing on your eye with your finger through your eyelid. As your cornea is flattened out, your vision will fade to grey or black, since your cornea won't be focusing light for your retina properly until it lets go. During this stage of the procedure, I was effectively blind, since the other side was patched. This entire process takes about a minute.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVgcc8Aku14 Watch from 0:20 to 0:46

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Edited at 2012-12-16 11:00 pm (UTC)
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xaq
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Time:2012-12-16 10:01 pm (UTC)
Umm...congrats?

*shrugs* I dunno what to say here, really; the whole idea of eye surgery just gives me way too powerful a case of the heebie-jeebies. Besides, I've grown rather fond of my glasses.
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm by no means going to turn all evangelical or say that it's something everyone should do, or anything. My glasses were bugging me and I'm pretty sure even 24 hours in that I'm going to like life without them, but, you know, that's just me!
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lupineangel
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Time:2012-12-16 11:05 pm (UTC)
I've considered laser eye surgery before, as well (given that I've tried contacts and can't get on with them at all), but I've always been a bit leery of the whole "they're gonna selectively burn my eyes" thing. :P I'm glad it's worked out so well for you, though!

Also, I never realised before how big your pixel-icons' eyes are when you look beyond their glasses. Somewhere between "my, grandma, what big eyes you have" and "what has been seen cannot be unseen". :P

Again, congrats on coming through the surgery so well - enjoy your new vision!

D.F.
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-16 11:43 pm (UTC)
Pixel Teo has stared deep into the horrors of the internet and probably is responsible for commissioning at least one or two of them. All is lost.
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xviith_et_seq
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Time:2012-12-17 07:42 am (UTC)

Well, the thing is, er, I'm tempted to collect the eyes as powerups.

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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-17 01:08 pm (UTC)
Noooo, I need those, I just had them surgically repaired and everything.
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zippiner
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Time:2012-12-17 02:19 am (UTC)
As someone else who has had Lasik

CONGRATS!

Also make sure to do a yearly eye exam still. If you have a contract to do 'touch up fixes' (aka re-do lasik if your eyes ever get bad again) they require you to do that or it is void. (At least in my contract)
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-17 02:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know you had it, too! Congrats!

I got mine through LasikPlus (because I have the incredible fortune of living in a city whose local LasikPlus operative just happens to be one of the most renowned LASIK doctors in the world) and I was under the impression that they themselves do the annual exam, like, I just come back to them again every year? But I'll be sure to look into that and make sure I'm not wrong or anything when it's around that time.
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zippiner
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Time:2012-12-17 02:35 am (UTC)
yeah look into it. i went to the same place actually. Went to costco for my yearly exam. =P
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-17 02:38 am (UTC)
Well, I have my next post-procedure followup in on what would have been the 12th but I'm going to have to reschedule because everyone who could have given me a ride is going to FC (BAH), but I'll try to remember to ask them about that then.

Thanks for the heads up!
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