I had laser eye surgery (it was LASIK, I just had to check) nearly two years ago. It’s the best thing I ever did! So first things first, you have to have had a stable eye prescription for at least a year to be considered. The prescreening checks and initial consultation were free where I went, it took about an hour total I think. I got in a couple weeks later for the surgery itself. Yes, I was nervous. BUT they gave me a valium which made me very happy and I honestly didn’t care very much about what was about to happen. Great idea! LOL!
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The surgery itself was very quick, relatively painless. Basically I went into one room, laid down, they sort of block your head in so you can’t move. The worst part of it is that they have to put a sort of caliper type thing on your eye (not that you can see it) to keep your lids open (one eye at a time, not both at the same time). That sucked and was pretty uncomfortable. Then you stare at a dot when the machine comes over your eye. The dot blinks for literally like 5 seconds, and it’s done making the bubbles that form the flap. Because of the lid opener thingy, it felt like a lot of pressure on my eye. Not painful, but definitely a bit “ugh I wish that wasn’t happening”, although tolerable. Then they do the other eye. No biggie.
Then I had to sit in a darkened waiting room for about 10 minutes while the bubbles joined together to form the flap. The nurse gives you these sort of freezing drops so that you can’t feel anything. My nurse forgot about me and they wore off. THAT sucked, it felt like gravel in my eyes. Thankfully Darling Husband got her attention, I got more drops, everything went back to happy land.
Last was the laser surgery itself. Again, the eye caliper thing, they lift the flap (I don’t really remember that part), and then you stare at the dot for a few seconds, they replace and seal the flap, done. Repeat on other eye.
I sat in the recovery area for probably about 20 minutes before we went home. I was really light sensitive for the first maybe 8 hours. I had brought a pashmina and wrapped that around my head (over the lovely sunglasses you have to wear) on the drive home. All told, I was probably in and out of the office in well under 2 hours.
Going into it, I had the same attitude you have. You only get one set of eyes. Therefore, I did not look for the best deals. I got recommendations from my optometrist and carefully researched both the laser eye centre and the surgeon I chose. It ended up being about $3400 I believe and I know there’s cheaper out there, but I didn’t want a place that handed out coupons as it’s main selling feature.
My prescription wasn’t huge, but it was enough that it was annoying not to be able to read the menu board at Starbucks or street signs while driving. I’m SO glad I did it. I also haven’t suffered any complications with night time vision. My surgeon told me this used to happen a lot because the size of the surface area that was being lasered was often smaller than the maximized pupil dialation size. So they took my measurements and lasered based on being larger than my max dialation.
I hope I covered the bases! Sorry that was long! Let me know if you have any more questions!