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Hi everyone.

I'm new here. I just had my consult today, with a reputable doctor who has done Lasik on a few of my family members.

I was comfortable during the consult, everything feels "right." I've wanted this for a long time. I'm so looking forward to being free of contacts and glasses. 12-2 is my day, for Custom Lasik.

I quess I'm most worried about the actual procedure. Can some of you share a little bit about personal experience? From my family members, I hear it doesn't hurt. I hear the clamp/ring they use to keep your eye open is the most uncomfy part. I'm ready for that kind of thing.

And thanks to someone else's post on this board, when they told me today my vision would go black for awhile, I was already aware and that didn't freak me out.

So..I'm guess I'm asking all of you what the worst part of the whole thing was. Nerves before hand? The smell? The blackness? The eye clamp?

Personally, my mind is already wandering...I know I have to focus on a red light, so I worry what if my eye moves a tiny bit? If my eye is numb how will I know if I'm controlling it? And, when everything goes black, how will I know where to focus? I don't want to unknowingly let my eye wander only to have something horrible happen with the laser.

Maybe I'm being silly because it seems more people have issues AFTER the fact. Right now I'm worried about the actual Lasik Procedure. One worry at a time I suppose.

:) Wendy
Hating Glasses (boy, can I relate, espcially right now)...

Thanks for the awesome post. I think it must have been YOUR post I read originally too, talking about how everything in my vision will go black...

The clamp. Eh...I can't say I enjoy the thought. Even at my regular eye doctor, I don't like when HE insists to put in and take out my contacts himself. I'd rather do it. But, I'll make it thru this too.

Yesterday I was told my eyes are a bit small...I had no idea. But because of that, the clamp may be extra uncomfy. Oh well. It'll be a 5 minute thing and I am only having one eye done, so whatever is happening at least I won't be laying there thinking "Oh no, one more eye to go after this."

Your talk of the laser having a built in tracking device is very comforting to me. At my consult yesterday, they had to do one of the eye tests a couple of times because my was moving. I swear, I had my chin on the chin rest, my teeth were clamped, my forehead was pressed against the head guard part...and my eye was still moving?? I was trying so hard! LOL! So, I think that's what instilled this fear in me...what if I'm trying and trying, and I'm drugged up....and I can't keep my eye as STILL as need be?

I will ask about the valium...or whatever they offer. I'm the kind of person that likes the laughing gas at the dentist for anything MORE than a filling. So..GIMME THE PILL, I'll take it!

My doctor's office doesn't have a fish bowl that I know of. They have a video online and I was shown another video yesterday. So, I may not see it live. But, I have an idea of what to expect.

Some of the things I read, I'm mildly amused by. I love your story of the stuffed dog. Poor thing! But, it's sweet that these doctors, who do this every day, know we are freaked out about's not common place for us.

Also, the paperwork I have says to dress in layers on the day of surgery, it's chilly in the laser suite. states NOT to wear a SWEATER. Ok then. Long sleeved tee and sweatshirt...just no sweater.

I appreciate your story about how 6 hours later you were seeing much better. That's my main concern right now, getting thru the lasik with a good result. I'm reading about other people on this board who were over or under corrected. Or, who are having an AWFUL TIME with dry eyes. I may be struggling with an issue after the fact too. But I know recovery will take time. I will use all of my eye drops religiously, and hope for the best. Right now I want to focus on the procedure rather than worry about after.

I hope when this is all done, I can come back here and help other people who have worries about an upcoming surgery.

In the meantime, thank you for everything. I can't wait to crawl into my bed at home on 12-2 for a nice nap, knowing it's DONE!

:) Wendy
All of this stuff is fascinating.

Prodgirl, dry eyes. Mine can be MILDLY dry at the end of a day wearing contacts. I think all the little annoyances with contacts will help me deal with some of the annoyances after lasik. Some blurred vision, some halos in night driving, some dry eye. I have all of that now with contacts! I'm in Chicago, winters can be dry...but we have plenty of humidity all spring and summer.

Hating Glasses...the small eye thing. I don't know. I never thought of my eyes as small. Small is relative. The nurse who told me my eyes were small had some bug eyes of her own (LOL) so sure, my eyes ARE small compared to hers. We'll see. Time will tell. But everyone I've talked to, even family members, have said that ring is the worst part. It's uncomfy. And, not being able to blink no matter what is UNNATURAL and a very odd sensation. But...again, I'm only having one eye done. I can deal with anything for 2 minutes or 5 minutes or however long it takes.

On the other hand, it's interesting they can numb your eye but not the area AROUND your eye. You figure if the general area was numb, nothing would hurt. Kind of like novicane at the dentist...for one filling, I lose feeling in half of my face! Whatever pill they give me ahead of time to relax will take the edge off the discomfort from the ring. Like you said though, make sure I take it well beforehand...not just minutes before.

Yeah...I was told no sweaters. Don't use any lotion or hairspray the day of the procedure. OBVIOUSLY no make up. They must have these "Restrictions" for a reason and I am happy to oblige for the day (and the week post with no make up). My doctor is a good one, again...that's a relative term. But he's done area newscasters, a couple hockey players, SUPPOSEDLY Tiger Woods. My main reason for searching him out was because of family. But now that I look into his credentials, I'm pretty impressed. When we're talking eye sight, I am not going to a $399 per eye place.

Then I worry about vision after the fact. I hope Lasik helps me to see as well as I do WITH my contact in. Otherwise, why am I doing this? 20/30 or 20/40 really means nothing to me. All I know is that my bad eye is a -3.75 right now. I want see as well as I do with contacts/glasses...but WITHOUT the contact/glasses! If in the future some reading glasses are needed, that's FINE. But, I want to go about my daily life "just" being able to see.

I sure loved what you wrote...

[QUOTE]Wait until you see the sky with your new sight for the first time! It is so beautiful that it almost hurts. Colors will be so much more vibrant! You won't believe your eyes![/QUOTE]

I'm sorry you're still suffering from dry eyes. I guess the silver lining is that some days are better than others...or you'll have one dry eye and the other one is ok. Again, I only have one to worry about. That cold be good...that could be bad! I WILL stay on top of the drops for as long as need be. At some point I hope to be down to using one or two kinds though, not the FOUR they give me to start with. Vigamox, Econpred Plus, Systane, & Restasis. is day #3 in my glasses and I stumbled across another reason I hate them. It's SUNNY here today, we had a bit of snow. The glare on my ride to work was awful. I don't have perscription I had no shield from the glare!! more thing. I do have a great current eye doc, one I've been going to for years and years. I have some interesting eye history that he totally understands, it's part of why I'm only having one eye done. (Long story short, my 2 eyes don't work together. I can SEE with both eyes, I have good peripheral vision, but my dominant eye is my bad/weak one. The eye I don't rely on is the eye that's near 20/20. When they DO work together, I know it cause I see double for a split second. I had surgery as a toddler for lazy eye...and that was corrected. But the connection with my brain on how to use 2 eyes together never happened) I will continue to use him after all of this is done and I feel confindent he'll be there to walk me thru some things if need be.

I know I'm rambling here...but maybe someone else who's about to have Lasik will read this one day, and also gain some knowledge they can use!

:) Wendy

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