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The clamp is the worst of it. But, if you aren't really all that freaked out about having someone touch your eyelids, you will be even better than I was. Trust me, that was the thing that freaked me out the most but, once it is done, you will realize that there was nothing to worry about. Don't worry about focusing on the little red light either. Most, if not all, Lasik machines are built with tracking devices so, as my doc told me, even if your eye is all over the room, the laser will be able to track it and, I think they are all set to stop if your eyes get too out of hand. They made the machines like that specifically because, all people have a shake in their eyes. But, it is so fast and so small that we don't notice it. There are a few people in the world whose eyes you can actually see shaking. But, that is rare. And, your doc will tell you if you need to refocus. As far as the "black" vision, that is while the flap is being cut and the ring will be on your eye at that point. The ring goes around the outside perimeter of your eye inside your open eye lids and it sucks onto your eye basically holding it in place so that the cut is precise. Don't worry about that at all. The ring controls your eye and you don't need to focus. And, it is good that you know that your vision will go black because, I am sure that that could scare the heck out of someone who didn't know. As for the sound, I don't know if I had some weird reaction to my own fear but, I could barely hear my doctor or anything else. It kind of sounded like I was in a vacuum. It may have been the noise of the machine or, like I said, my own racing mind.

Make sure you take the Valium or whatever they give you, enough minutes before your surgery to make sure it sets in. They gave me mine about 1 minute before I went in so, I didn't have the benefit of the valium. I was a nervous wreck. They even gave me a stuffed dog to hug. If I would have hugged it any tighter, I might have decapitated it. Hehehe! But, seriously, your mind is your worst enemy. It is worth it and nothing to fear. So simple and quick!

As for the smell, I can't remember for sure if I smelled anything. I think I might have because I seem to think that the smell is something like when your teeth are getting drilled. Nothing overwhelmingly nauseating. Kind of smokey. Don't worry about it because you may not even notice it at all because of all the thoughts that are flying through your head.

If your doc's office has a "FishBowl", where you can watch the surgeries be performed before yours, take advantage of it. Before I decided to have my eyes done, the sight and thought of people who jokingly turn their eyelids inside out would put my spine into a tail spin and I would get goose bumps for eons. The thought of watching the surgery made me nauseous. But, then I just sucked it up and did it. I saw about 15 surgeries before mine. Each one got easier to watch and each one built my confidence and dropped my nerves. So, if you can watch them, do it! It is a great pychological confidence builder! I can't even imagine what kind of a state I would have been in if I wasn't able to see those surgeries before mine. I got to see how the clamp worked, how the flap was cut, and how the entire procedure was performed.

Ok...I think I have covered everything. Don't drive yourself. Have someone else take care of you. Put your tush to bed when you get home so that you sleep off any post numbness discomfort. I know is seems like that might be impossible but, you are so hyped up before the surgery that your adrenaline will be pumping and by the time you lie down, you will be tired because the adrenaline will be gone and leave you feeling sleepy. I would say about 6 hours post-op, any fuzziness was gone and I was seeing perfectly. So, that being said, don't expect to leave the bed and walk out into the waiting room being able to see perfectly. You will probably be blurry. The dilations drops, numbing drops and simple trauma of it will make you a little bleary eyed. Sleep it off, and when you wake up, you may still have some blurriness but, it does clear up.

Hmmm...I can't think of anything else but, if I do, I'll make another post!

Good luck and happy new vision!
I have another thing I can tell you about that can either ease your mind or work you up. But, I figure that honesty is the best policy where your eyes are concerned, and the more you know, the better prepared you will be. You said that you have small eyes. I do too. So, I was told that I might have some discomfort as well and I did. But, only in my left eye. I know the ring thing kind of hurt up in the outside corner of my upper eyelid. It wasn't anything I couldn't handle. I think that a Bee sting, a shot or even someone pinching me hurts way worse than the minor pain I had from the ring thing that cuts the flap. I can't remember but, I don't think the clamp thingy hurt at all. It was just an uncomfortable feeling because you can't blink. But, it is so quick. And, I don't think that it will take you 5 minutes for the surgery. Basically, that estimate is kind of skewed. It may take about 2 minutes per eye but, it may even be less than that. I didn't time mine. I can tell you that as it is happening it goes so quick that you really aren't thinking about time. It is really so quick!
That is weird about them telling you to dress warmly. But, that was nice of them to tell you to do that. I get Laser Hair Removal and, they have to keep those laser machines at the perfect temperature or they will malfunction so, it can be cold in the room with the machine. But, again, so many things were running through my mind so, I don't even remember if it was cold. Hehehe! If I remember correctly, I wore a white sweater and a cute little scarf. But, that is good that they take such care to make sure nothing goes wrong for you that they even restrict what you wear! How great! Your doc sounds really thorough!

Now, as for the dryness, I am one of those people that have had dry eye issues since my surgery. I am nearly 11 months post-op and I still fight the dry eyes but, over the past 2 weeks, it has all gotten tons better. Some people have the dry eye problem and others don't. You may be lucky. I can suggest that you keep on with the eye drops for a while after the time your doc has told you to stop using them. Unless you feel you can go without them.

Something else I forgot to tell you is that your eyes will heal at different speeds so, your left may be great one day and your right really annoying, dry, blurry, etc...and then the next day it is vice versa day. You may have a really great day one day and not so great the next. Our bodies are not perfect. Even right now, your eyes are moody. You just probably don't notice it. And, your vision right now is fluctuating. Again, you probably just don't notice it. But, when it happens after surgery, you may get scared or nervous and start to worry. Don't! Just know that it is all a normal part of the healing process. But, if you find yourself worried, go see your doc. They are there to get you through the surgery and the aftercare. And, if you don't already have a good regular eye doc, get one. Go see him or her after your surgery. Maybe not right away after. But, some time after, just go and make sure that they give you a thorough exam to make sure that everything is great. And, that have your new vision on file. My Lasik doc told me to get on record with a reg eye doc between my 6 and 9 month mark. Plus, given that a reg eye doc is an unbiased party, they are more likely to pay slightly closer attention and give you a little more time to talk out your concerns if you have any.

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!

Ok...I think that is all for now!
I know you aren't concerned with the after yet but, I just wanted to toss some after knowledge at you so you are well prepared for everything that you have to look forward to.
Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to post an update. I had my Custom Lasik done on 12-2 and I could not be happier. So far, so good. GREAT actually. The procedure was easy, I don't know what I was so worked up about. But the worry and anticipation was the worst part. The Lasik part was easy! The clamp to keep my lids open didn't hurt, the suction ring didn't bother me. I was under the laser for 31 seconds...and the whole process took about 4 minutes, maybe less. (I only needed one eye done.)

I went home and slept. Mye eye was sore before my nap, watery, red. My vision was like looking thru a piece of saran wrap.....a bit blurry. By the time I got up for dinner, I was seeing wonderfully.

I had my post op appt Saturday morning at 9:30 and my vision is 20/15. I'm exstatic, the doctor is happy, I realize I may regress or have days of fuzzy vision, but so far so good. Drops are my friends. I'm a little dry, but nothing even as bad as a "dirty/dry contact day"

I will say that I researched this office and my doctor A LOT. I went by word of mouth and family members. When we're talking sight, I wasn't lookin for a deal. My procedure was VERY PRICEY...for Customvue Wavefront Lasik on one eye...$2600. But...if things continue like this? It's WORTH EVERY PENNY.

Thanks to everyone who posted here before my procedure. I'll be checking back, checking on everyone, adding updates if things change. (I HOPE NOT!)

I know it's early, but I feel confident I'll be in the group of people who say Lasik is the best thing I ever did for myself.

There's NOTHING like sharp, clear glasses, no contacts. I CAN SEE!! No halos at night. No ghosting. Again, I went to the best in my area. I paid for the best. And...It's sooo worth it.

:) Wendy

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