We make Christmas Wish Lists each year - since it's "wishing" some things are kind of outrageous. On mine I put "the gift of sight" - - but guess what -
I did it - I got Lasik!!
I should have taken the camera to the whole thing - what kind of slacker blogger am I?!? Oh well - - here's a picture of when I got home - they tell you to sleep for several hours (like that's possible, with kids and all).
So anyways, want to know some random things I learned about Lasik??
- You have to wear your glasses beforehand for days and days - who knew! That's huge - I really don't like wearing my glasses - I never ever do, so it was a big deal to have to wear them.
- if you can't even see the big E, you get a special technique (my vision was -6.5)
- You need 2 prescription eye drops - - one tiny bottle by itself was $88 - yikes!!
- You can't wear hairspray or perfume on the day of the procedure - the evaporating alcohol in it messes with the lasers
- As a bonus, you get a free pair of sunglasses - super cool, only not.
- I swear they were passing out Valium like candy in the waiting room - I waived it off. Are people really that nervous??
- The procedure was done in a giant fish bowl - - big windows where everyone could stare in at you. And your eyeball is being televised live to the waiting crowd (only the crowd in the little waiting room outside the procedure room, not the super crowded main waiting room - that might make them turn and run!)
- As you wait, a giant eyeball of the person in front of you is starring at you from a TV monitor - I watched out the window instead.
- You have to wear a paper hairnet thing and paper shoe covers.
- Lasers are really bright.
- You might not feel anything, but you can sure SMELL it - it reminded me of someone welding flesh, not that I've ever smelled that before, but anyways...
- After zapping your eye, they just send you on your way - see ya later (you come in the next day for a follow-up check).
- The sun is really bright. Afterwards you're light-sensitive - the drive for me was 45 minutes - - that's a lot of sunshine, even with the cool glasses - I hid under my coat.
- You are supposed to sleep several hours after the procedure. I made it for less than one - something about having kids who need attention and Trevor was heading up my preschooler's birthday party. Shoulda probably planned that better....
- You get to sleep with plastic eye shields for a week to make sure you don't rub your eyes in your sleep. They tape directly to your head which looks awesome, see picture above.
- You have to use eye drops constantly. I really don't like putting eye drops in, and for a day or two between the three types, I was putting them in every hour.
- You can taste the eye drops - yuck! After 5 minutes after putting a certain one in my eye, I can taste nasty medicine in the back of my throat - weird.
- You can't wear any eye makeup for a week - I'm not a huge makeup wearer, but I always throw on mascara at least. So I'm sure it's a shock to see me a la naturale.
- Your eyes will be super blood-shot the next day. It's bruises from the procedure and will last a couple of weeks. Looks bad, but that's it. Kind of hard to take a picture of, but here ya go:
- I started at -6.5 and the morning after the procedure, I was 20/25 and should only improve. I'm sure I'm 20/20 now. Wow.