Because seeing clearly is NOT overrated...

So..Lasik. Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis... whatever that means.

You might remember that I was a little nervous. Okay, a little is an understatement. Mostly I was nervous because I'd never had any real work done to my eyes before. Prior to this, all I'd ever had done was a basic eye exam {what is the smallest line you can see?} maybe a couple times in my entire life. Plus... if something goes wrong, this is my vision we're talking about and to me, vision is a pretty important aspect in life.

Plus, it probably didn't help that the entire drive to the office, my mom was all Are you sure you want to get this done? You don't have to. We can still turn around and go home. And my thinking was, Umm... my mom sees this done ALL THE TIME, so it should really be no big deal to her. Why is she so nervous? She should KNOW that it's a simple procedure and no big deal, right? Or maybe it's NOT just a simple procedure... maybe it's awful and there's like a 99% chance you'll go blind afterward and OMG let's go home.

valium

But we didn't. We made it to the office. Signed in. Took me back to a little room where I met with Dr. Brockman and told him about a dream I had two nights ago in which he bought me some Starbucks... and since he was paying for it, I got the big one. And since he was also paying for my Lasik that day, I told him I'd bring him some Starbucks later. I also apologized in advance for being a horrible patient.

He checked my eyes one last time, after which my mom decided my vision was "good enough" and I didn't really need Lasik after all. Silly, Mom. It's too late now, I'm already here so let's just go for it...

..they gave me a Valium to shut me up relax me.

I'll try to explain the procedure, but I can't guarantee the accuracy. One, because they gave me Valium so who knows what I'm remembering.. and Two, since I apparently wasn't a "real patient" I didn't get to watch the video that probably explained everything in great detail like all the other patients did. As soon as Josh got there, he said Did you see the video yet? And my response... What video? Then I'd ask a random question and Josh would say That was covered in the video... But I never got to see the video.... So, I'm just explaining it from my own recollection... take it or leave it :)

The first thing I remember was at some point they took me back, gave me a hair net and some slippers and put my drops in my eyes. I think the drops were just numbing drops to get the process started. They didn't hurt or anything.

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Then we had to do more waiting. I was supposed to keep my eyes closed during this time, I guess to let the drops soak in and do their thing.

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Then they took me back into a FREEZING COLD room to create the little "flap" in my eye. I was warned that this would actually be the hardest part, as opposed to the part with the laser where he actually corrects your eyeball.

First they put some more numbing drops in my eyes {I requested extra just to be safe}. Then they put a patch over my left eye, probably so it wouldn't see what happened to the right one and get scared and run away. Then they taped my eyelashes on the right eye back to keep them out of the way and put a little grip in my eye to keep it open. None of this hurts at all, although the pictures make it look quite unpleasant. Then they warn you that you may feel some pressure. The pressure is {I think} like a metal ring or something that puts pressure on your eye to keep it from moving... because when someone is slicing a flap into your cornea, you want it to stay pretty darn still. It didn't hurt and I really couldn't even feel anything, not even really any pressure. They tell you to keep staring at a little green light, then all of a sudden your vision goes dark...

Luckily, one of my mom's nice co-workers promised to hold my hand since my mom decided last minute that she didn't want to scrub up and go in the room with me like originally planned. So thanks for being my new mom, Amy!

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Here's my giant eyeball on the TV screen:

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You can see as he starts to create the flap:

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Then they did it to the other side.

This whole process takes maybe a couple minutes tops.

This part was definitely the hardest part of the whole thing.. not because it hurt but because after he creates the flaps in your eyes, your vision is really weird. It's not totally gone, but it's really blurry and fuzzy and just weird.

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Those white things are the flaps.. not reflections. Weird, huh? Apparently they look even weirder in person.

Then I had to go to another room and wait. Again.

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At this point you have to just wait for a few minutes because the flaps create air bubbles in your eyes and they want them to settle down a little bit.

Then it was show time!

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Apparently I set the record for the most bubbles created in my eye and he had to scrape them off for awhile before he could do the procedure. My mom said she had never seen anyone with that many bubbles... and later Dr. Brockman told me the same thing!

Yay me and my bubbly eyes!?

This part of the procedure was also painless. The hardest part about it was when he was taking the extra time on my eyes I really had no idea what was going on. But the actual laser part was easy. All they ask you to do is keep focused on a green light {which is the same thing they do when they create the flap}, then you hear the laser start and you can actually smell it burning away part of your eye. That's kind of weird, but it's not bad.

And really, you can't really see much either. Like when he was smoothing out the bubbles on my eyes, I didn't have any idea. You'd think I would since it was right on my eyeball, but I didn't. I couldn't feel it either. You also don't even see the laser. You just stare at the green light, and I remember an array of red lights as well. I imagined that must be what it looks like when you're high.. although I've never been high so I'm not sure. It was actually kind of pretty.

The laser part only takes maybe 20 seconds. Then he just puts the flap back in place and kind of smooths it out.

And then all of a sudden it's done!

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You can see better immediately after it's over, even though it's a little fuzzy. I imagine if you had a horrible prescription before, your vision would seem awesome though. My vision wasn't that bad beforehand, so it wasn't incredibly noticeable to me until later when we were driving.

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He closed his eyes since I was supposed to have mine closed... oops.

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You have to keep your eyes closed for 6 hours following the surgery. You're allowed to open them to eat and walk to the bathroom. I went home and slept for 5 hours. The last hour was the hardest...I don't think I actually kept them closed the whole last hour. Shhh...

After that, my vision was still a little blurry but much better than earlier and I felt fine. We even went out to a comedy club that night. As we were driving, I could tell a HUGE difference because I could actually read the road signs!

The vision in my left eye is perfect. My right eye is actually worse than it was before the surgery {just for right now}, but that's just because it's swollen since it had all the extra bubbles and he had to do all that scraping, so it's still a little blurry... it should go down to normal soon. I think they said within week or so. And really, it's not even that bad because my left eye makes up for it. I still see a LOT better when driving, watching TV, etc. I only notice that it's really bad if I cover up the other one and all I can see is blurriness.

Overall, it was a pretty easy procedure and totally painless! It's not as bad as any pictures or videos make it look. Josh took some videos and I watched them afterward and if I had seen them before I don't know if I would have gotten it done... but it's not even like that! It just looks gross because it's the eyes, but it's really simple. I would definitely recommend it for anyone, especially if you want to not have to worry about glasses anymore!

If anyone wants to see the videos or more pictures, or have any questions, let me know! :o)
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