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I went in to the Dr's office last Wednesday and it was largely uneventful. They scanned my eyes with several different machines, I didn't ask and consequently they didn't tell me what each of them did. I did a couple of different vision tests and all seemed to be right with the world. After having my eyes dilated and another series of scans/tests I finally had a chance to speak with the doctor for about 10 minutes. I've definately been anxious/nervous about the whole thing, but I'm much more at ease after spending a few minutes with the doctor. I DO know that he took a look at my eyes to see how severe my dry eye is. He must have been looking to see if there was any surface damage to my eye from the dryness because he told me that he didn't see any damage. After asking me how/when my dry eyes affect me he concluded that it wouldn't be a problem but that it I may have to rely on drops a little more than some people do. They gave me a bottle of steroid eye drops to use starting two days before my procedure and gave me a prescription for antibiotic eye drops to use at the same time. Four times a day for each in each eye. Wow the antibiotics were expensive... $61 for a 3mL bottle.

That's all I know. My procedure is on Friday.
Started my Anti-biotic and Steroid eye drops this morning. The only thing I have to say is yuck... About ten minutes after putting my drops in, I get a truly awful taste in my mouth. The second time I put them in I tried spacing the drops apart by a few minutes to try to keep from getting as much drainage, but it was to no avail. My recommendation, keep something handy to munch on or drink to keep the taste out of your mouth.
Friday was the day.
I arrived at 9:30 and was given a sedative (not valium, but not sure what it was). Around 10:30 they called my name and took to an exam room where an assistant put numbing drops in my eyes. The doctor came in and looked at my eyes and briefly told me again how things would proceed. A couple of minutes later, the nurse took me across the hall to the OR. I must say that after waiting around for an hour or so it felt like things were really moving quickly as they helped me into the "chair". (note all during the procedure various drops were placed in my eyes)

The process is well documented, but here is the rundown:
1) taped one eye shut
2) taped the eyelashes back on the exposed eye
3) applied eyelid speculum to the exposed eye
4) applied suction ring to the exposed eye at which point things went black
5) intralase took about 40 seconds
6) ring, speculum, and tape were removed
7) process was repeated for the other eye
I'd say this was the most uncomfortable part of the proceedure, but nothing too bad... something like having your teeth cleaned at the dentist, not fun but not painful.
8) the doctor used a couple of tools to lift the flap, this took a little longer than I expected. but still only a minute or so.
9) the lasik machine did its thing... there were lots of colors which surprised me. it sort of reminded me of a kaleidescope (sp?). additionally there were flashes of blue/white light, crackling, and a very faint burning smell. It took 26 seconds on one eye and 28 seconds on the other.
10) they helped me up from the chair and asked me to gently open my eyes... I couldn't see much, very blurry and somewhat difficult to open my eyes... from the bright light, I think.

From there I was put in a dark exam room, told to keep my eyes closed, and told that the doctor would be in to see me in about 20 minutes. I could hear the doctor performing the next procedure as I waited. He came in asked me to open my eyes and we talked for a bit. At this time I could see fairly well. I was given instructions (the standard don't rub your eyes, wear your shield at night, take a 3-4 hour nap etc) and I was sent on my way with an appt. to see the doctor the following morning.

I got home and took my nap. When I woke up, I peeked through my left eye and things looked great... my right eye, not so much. VERY blurry. Much like things looked before the surgery without glasses. Needless to say I was a little worried that I had bumped my eye during my nap (the shield didn't fit all that well) or that something else was wrong. I got up and walked around for a bit before settling back down for another 20 minute nap. This time things looked fine out of both eyes. I don't know what that was all about, but the doctor the next morning didn't think anything of it. In fact, he said not to keep testing my eyes... that they would fluctuate for a few days/weeks. The only other interesting thing that day is that I actually drove down the street to a drugstore to get some extra eyedrops... no problems.

Next morning I went to the doctor, nothing really to report. Everything looked good. 20/20 in my right eye and 20/25 in my left. But I can already tell that things have improved since then in both eyes. I DO have bruises above my pupils on both eyes from the suction rings, but no pain. My left eye still has a slight foreign body sensation, but nothing bad.

Three days later and I'm at work showing off my eyes to everybody. The worst part so far has honestly been sleeping at night. The shield that was provided doesn't allow for comfort for sleeping on my side and I have a hard time sleeping on my back. But if that's the worst part of the deal, then I can live with that :) I got back sometime next week for my next follow-up.





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