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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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Time:2012-12-16 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Step: Flap replacement
3rd Person Body Horror Level: Medium
1st Person Anxiety Level: Low
Procedure Description: When the correction is done, the surgeon will drip an eye drop into your eye, then close the cornea flap. He'll take a little while probing around under the flap to make sure there's only fluid left under it, then even more time making sure the flap is aligned properly. Then they'll wait and watch for two minutes as the flap seals over (the cornea heals very fast, and it will heal back together weakly during this waiting period.)
Freakyness Description: The second the flap closes, you will suddenly see perfectly clearly. It's like putting a pair of glasses on. Now, you will be able to see those probes poking around, but if you're like me you'll be too busy being wowed by vision to care.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVTjyB0S7Rw Watch from 1:46 to 3:10

At this point, they'll stand you up and walk you out. Once you stand, you'll see that your vision isn't actually perfect yet. You'll be able to clearly see people across the room, but it will be like you're looking through thick steam, like you're in a sauna. During this stage, I could see well at a distance, but couldn't make out anything up close. This is because they overcorrect you a little bit since the eye heals so fast. Since I started nearsighted, I became just a little farsighted for a while. They'll stick some sunglasses on you, and tell you to be driven immediately home and sleep for four hours while wearing a clear plastic shield over your eyes to keep you from touching them while you sleep. When you wake up from this nap, the "steam" will be gone, and you'll see clearly. At this stage, I tested at 20/20 vision. Three weeks later, I had healed up to 20/15. For the next week, you will be putting several different drops in your eyes very frequently, every hour the first day and every four hours for the rest. After that, you will very likely have very dry eyes, and will need to use little vials of artificial tears to keep your eyes moist. I'm still using them now (about a month later), but am down to drops every couple of hours, but more frequently when I use a computer or TV. This part takes a long time to heal, since cutting the flap messes up the system that tells your body to make tears because your eye is dry. You can expect it to last from 1-6 months before you don't need the drops any more, but you'll gradually need them less and less as time goes on.

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(Slither writeup done, Kjorteo speaking again) Note that I have some ... rather strong disagreements as far as how little certain steps are supposed to hurt, but I'm willing to admit that that's because my left eye wasn't as numb as it should have been, and his is the more typical experience. I will agree with him that, even for me, the whole thing looks a lot freakier on the outside than it does from within (at which point it's all just you trying your best to pay attention to a green light in the distance through a haze of tears and eyedrops while they're off doing a bunch of stuff you don't notice.) Also, I didn't notice any burning smell or anything, and actually wasn't aware at the time when the actual lasering part was even happening. (It is possible that this is because his vision was worse than mine going in, and he had to have the laser on him longer than I did as a result.)
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slither
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Time:2012-12-17 02:37 pm (UTC)
Watching from the observation area, I saw that you had about five seconds of correction on each eye, so it makes sense that you might have missed it. ^^

Don't be going around telling people it's supposed to hurt, sheesh. You weren't numbed properly or something. :P
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kjorteo
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Time:2012-12-18 12:57 am (UTC)
I very specifically said that mine was not a typical experience!

I mean, I'm not going to lie about what it was like for me personally--did it hurt? Oh holy fuck yes. But that's because I wasn't numbed properly! Most people are and it's painless for them, you were and it was painless for you, etc. I freely admit this. :P

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