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Re: Does it hurt?
May 21, 2008
Bless your heart you are scared. But there is nothing to it. Here is what happened when I had my surgery almost 4 years ago.
The Dr. did a pre-op consultation right before surgery and asked if I had any questions. Then they made me wear this surgery cap and walked me into the OR. I layed down and an assistant put these drops in my eye that numbed them. They start to feel a little heavy. Then the Dr. comes in and after setting the laser up for your eyes, he/she will sit at your head. He/she will then put a clamp in your eye. This is to keep you from blinking during the surgery. I didn't feel any discomfort at all. One note about the will bruse your eye under your eyelids. The next day carefully lift your lid up and you will see them. This is NORMAL and nothing to worry about. Next the Dr. will put a device on your eye to lift the surface of your eye so he can cut the flap. He will turn on some suction any YOUR VISION WILL GO COMPLETELY BLACK. Don't let this bother you. It is a little unnerving but part of the surgery. While your vision is black he will put another device on top of the suction device to cut the flap. He then removes the first device and turns off the suction. Your vision is restored but can be a little blury. He then uses a special swap to dry under the flap and then tells you to look at the red flashing light. This is when the laser is doing the surgery. Try to relax and stay as still as you can. You won't feel a thing. I did notice a slight burning smell tho. After the red lights go out he will put a lot of fluid in your eye to wash out any thing left by the laser. He then closes the flap and inspects it very closely to make sure nothing is under the flap. He will then remove the clamp and you are half done. He then goes to the other eye and repeats this whole process. When both eyes are done someone will come to your side and help you sit up. You can see but not complete clear. I like to tell people that it is like after swimming for several hours and every thing is a little hazy. This is much better the next day. The assistant will then guide you to another area where the Dr. will look at your flaps again and ask if you have any questions or discomfort. One bit of advice....if you don't think you can't go home and go straight to bed, ask for something to help you relax ( you can get this before surgery too). My Dr. perscribes Valium. I didn't need it but if you think you will, ask for it. Most Drs. want you to keep your eyes closed for several hours after surgery. I think it is best to sleep. Worked great for me! The center will send home a bag with two kinds of eye drops, (one antibotic and one lubricant) sunglasses, and sleeping goggles ( these are to prevent you form touching your eye or touching it against your pillow. This can dislodge the flap. That would be very painful and you would have to wait till the office opens the next day or go to the hospital emergency room). Wear your sunglasses ANYTIME you are outside during the day. The sunglasses they give you are ok but I bought a real nice pair. After all I am not going to have to buy glasses or contacts anymore. So, treat yourself and get some nice ones.

BTW the drops are extremely important. Use them as ordered by the Dr. but if you think they are getting dry...use them in between times. You will use the antibotic till you go back for your 1 week checkup. Ask the Dr, if he doesn't tell you to stop them.

Do a search on the Internet about how long it takes for the flap to heal. This too is a little scary but it will tell you when it is healed.

Because I live 50 miles away from the surgery center, on the day of my surgery I rented a hotel room close by. I scheduled the surgery for late in the day ( and my follow up early the next morning). So, right after the surgery my wife and I went to the hotel. She ordered room service and I went straight to bed and slept till 6 AM. When I woke up I COULD SEE without fumbling for my glasses. It is wonderful!!!!!

I hope I have answered your questions and also made you feel a little better about having Lasik. It is the best thing I have ever done for me!

Best of Luck,
Re: Does it hurt?
May 21, 2008
I had my custom wavefront, interlace Lasik done last Friday May 16th. Before they started they offered me Valium which I accepted since I was pretty scared.

The poster before gave you the best details, so I won't repeat everything. In general the people talked to me all the way through the procedure and it was over fairly quickly after they adjusted me into position.

The numbing drops do take away the feeling and sensation that you need to blink. You won't need to or be able to blink, although I do remember thinking that I "wanted" to blink.

The only discomfort I can say I experienced was one eye when they applied the suction to keep the eye from moving. It was uncomfortable enough for me to say "ouch" but it only lasted about 20-40 seconds.

The actual procedure was pain free. Your eyes will have red blotches most likely from the application of the suction. They will be red from the procedure and you will want to close them right after they finish because they will feel irritated. They give you sunshades to help with the sensitivity and you're advised to go home and take a nap. The longer the better. You will be able to see much better but things will be blurry at first.

When I woke up from my nap my eyes were dry so I put in the drops and I could see my alarm clock. I haven't seen my alarm clock in 34 years without my glasses on. My eyes were sore and I didn't want to keep them open for long. I was bored not being able to watch tv, read or use my computer so I turned on the tv and just listened. I slept as much as possible till my appointment the next day, only waking to eat, and use my drops as needed.

The appointment was for the next morning and I could have driven myself but I just didn't feel confident testing my eyes that much so quickly so my husband took me to my appointment. I had one dry eye and swelling but everything looked good so far. They scheduled me for another appointment in 3 weeks and sent me home, reminding me to use my drops on schedule and the artificial tears as often as needed. They recommend once an hour while awake but sometimes I use mine every 10-15 minutes if they feel irritated.

Don't be afraid of the surgery pain, because the worst of it will be the 24 hours afterward when your eyes are sore. I didn't experience pain during, only discomfort and irritation afterward, which is to be expected. If you have dry eyes or have had them in the past think of artificial tears as your new best friend. You'll be inseparable until things stabilize, which could take days, weeks, or months. Each person heals differently. I'm using mine very frequently but others may only need them as prescribed.

Try taking flaxseed oil, 3000 mg a day. You can find it in any health food store in tablets, or liguid. I bought the banana/strawberry smoothie version. It's supposed to help with dryness. Many people swear by it. It won't hurt to start taking it before you have the surgery.

Good luck. :angel:

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