20/20: My Experience With LASIK

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I remember that day in grade seven like it was yesterday: about 75% of our class had glasses, and I was finally getting a pair too! I didn’t have to worry about sitting at the front of the class any more to see… I had my cool blue frames with squiggly lines alone the arms. I only needed them to see the board during class, so it wasn’t a big deal. That year I also played on the volleyball and basketball teams, and quickly realized I needed them for sports too… and the 30+ hours a week I was dancing at the studio.

What I didn’t realize was the more I depended on my glasses, the more often I would need to wear them. In grade 11 I finally got contact lenses… I could play sports, dance, and go out with my friends without having to worry about my glasses. I’m now sitting at my desk, looking out the window, enjoying my glasses-free, contact-free lifestyle… I finally got LASIK!

LASIK (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism. The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye’s cornea in order to improve visual acuity. In a nutshell, I put my faith and trust in LASIK MD to have a person I have never met cut my cornea, correct my vision, and send me on my way to recovery… and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve had a lot of people message me asking what the procedure was like, so I figured why not write a post about my experience. I’ve been researching the LASIK procedure for about 3 years now… if it is something to do with my health, and there are risks involved, you can bet I am researching the heck out of it.

Pros:

  • I was in the room for about 30 minutes, and only in the chair for about 15-20… it was quick and pain free.
  • The staff at LASIK MD made me feel well informed on what to expect before, during and after the procedure – comfort was not an issue.
  • The procedure has improved my lifestyle tremendously. I can model, play sports, and work on my computer without having to worry about glasses or contact lenses.

Cons:

  • The procedure isn’t the most comfortable. It is quick, but they suction your eyes up, numb them, and cut your cornea… but for these results, I’d do it again.
  • For the first week after surgery, I was extremely light sensitive and my eyes were so dry I was putting in drops every hour… it has been been a month and I feel great.
  • It is pricey – $4000, approximately… depending on which procedure you choose.

One thing that was very important to me when I was researching IF I should have the procedure done and WHERE, was that I wanted to speak with someone who had it done themselves. If anyone is thinking of having the LASIK procedure, my advice is that despite the risks, it will be some of the best money you have ever spent.

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