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Laser Eye Surgery Experience

Laser Eye Surgery Experience

Happy Chinese New year everyone!

Some of you may have known but I had my laser eye surgery (PRK) surgery done on December 15, 2014.  It’s almost been 2  months of recovery time and I can finally say I’m recovered.  So let me give you some background.  My prescription was approximately -7.50 -1.50 x 180 for both eyes, so I had a high amount of nearsightedness and astigmatism.  I have always worn contacts and glasses and figured that I wanted to wake up without reaching for my glasses.  I wanted to get it done about 2 years ago but unfortunately I was not a good candidate because my prescription was still changing.  Finally in 2014, my prescription stabilized and was excited to get laser eye surgery.  Here were the steps I had to go through

1. Had a pre-operative assessment done to make sure I had the most accurate prescription and make sure my eyes were healthy enough to have the surgery done

2. During the surgery, they gave me some relaxant medications to relax.  The surgery itself took about 5-8 seconds per eye. The weirdest part was smelling my own cornea being lasered. It smelled like burnt hair.  The great thing about the surgery was that there was absolutely no pain and all I had to do was to look at a green light.  After the laser, they placed a bandage contact lens on my eyes.

3. I went home that same day and was given some antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drops and some pain medications (just in case).  I had to put drops in almost every hour.  Oh, and no driving for about 1-2 weeks.  My dad was nice enough to drive me.

4. The next day I went back to the office and had my 1 day post followup.  My pressures and my healing process was right on schedule.

5. I went back in 5 days to have the contact lenses removed.  My vision at this time was around 20/50.  During those 5 days, I slept most of the time and listen to audio books. It was hard to open my eyes and sometimes it would feel like there was sand in my eyes.  I was constantly  putting in eye drops and resting.

6. After 2 weeks, my vision was about 20/40 and was able to drive.  The annoying part was using the eye drops on a regular basis and sometimes my eyes will experience a gritty experience and will have to use non-preservative artificial tears every hour.

7. At the 5 weeks mark, I have been tapering my eye drops and I was able to see 20/20!!!

8.  At the 8 weeks mark, my vision today is 20/15.

It was an painstaking experience but at the end, it was totally worth it.  Dr. David Lin and his staff from Pacific Eyecare Laser Centre helped me with my laser eye surgery. I wouldn’t trust to go anywhere else.  If you are interested to learn more about my surgery, you may always feel free to email me.  Also, if you are interested in doing laser eye surgery, you may book a consult at our office!