If you’re a [former] glasses wearer like me, you’ve probably thought about Lasik Eye Surgery. Lasik (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis but lets keep it short) is essentially a correction of your eye. It reshapes the inner cornea so that you can focus more clearly with vision. It’s been around for ages and has thousands of studies. Feel free to go check them all out, or if you’re like me just google “lasik gone wrong” – actually please don’t do that.
If you’ve been thinking about going and booking in to get your eyes done, Heres what you need to know about Lasik.
Majority of Laser Clinics will allow you to have a free consultation to make sure that you’re the “right type of candidate” for it. Make sure you take sunglasses to these appointments as the drops will make you suspectable to light.
This appointment is like a normal eye check up, however, they’ll take measurements of your eye to gain your dimensions for surgery.
The actual surgery itself is pretty easy going – you’re given some booties, a cool hat and some drugs to ensure you’re awake but not able to feel/remember the surgery.
The main few things to remember about Lasik Eye Surgery
- You’ll be at the clinic for 3-5 hours and you’ll need someone to pick you up.
- Wear warm/comfy clothes.
- Do not wear any perfume, make-up or aftershave.
- If you wear contacts, you’ll need to not wear soft contacts for 3 days beforehand and hard contacts for 30 days.
- You’re able to eat, so a light meal before might be a good idea.
- You’re recommended to take 2 weeks off after the surgery.
I guess depending on your tolerance to drugs – weight, height and if you use prescription medicine you will have a different reaction. I remember feeling my eyes were open but nothing about the actual Lasik itself.
You do need a carer. They’ll be able to have a medical certificate as a Carer for 4 days. Due to the nature of the medication, you’ll need someone to pick you up. I do not remember the ride home (sorry uber driver.) Reception will explain the nature of the after care to them and go over what’s needed.
I don’t remember the above photos being taken but the medication you’re given (speak to your doctor if you’re allergic to anything) is numbing and can cause memory loss. These were directly after the surgury and I remember thinking it was real cool that I got a bag full of medicaiton.
You’ll get 18 tablets (ativan) to take over the course of the 2 weeks, 3 sets of eye drops and a pack of sugarless vitamin c tablets. The Vitamin C tablets might not be every laser clinic, it helps with your body and healing/recovery. This might be the case but to me they just taste good.
What to remember after Lasik.
- Do not rub your eyes!! You’re wearing a protective contact lense.
- Do not drive or consume alcohol.
- Stay away from pets, avoid using your phone / reading / computer work.
- Do not wash your hair for 5 days (yeah maybe don’t go to work.)
- You can shower – just make sure the water is facing down from your neck.
The actual surgury went pretty well, I have no regrets but I for sure wish I’d taken the time to actually settle down and just recover. It’s just SO boring without the internet or your phone or a book!
After-care is super important and I went out and got some computer screen glasses and sunglasses from IZIPIZI. I figured, I’ll be staring at my computer for the rest of my life – may as well ensure I’m taking care of my eyes.
Have you gone and got Lasik? Did you manage to get any actual good photos?