Lasik Update

November 10, 2007

Some you already know that I was supposed to have my Lasik consultation last week but had to cancel because I was stuck in traffic due to a 6 car accident on the H1 freeway. Well, it was rescheduled for yesterday and guess what? Yup, I got caught in traffic again! What should have taken me only 40 minutes actually took me 2 1/2 hours. In fact, traffic was so bad that I saw a guy WALKING his motorcycle on the freeway. I guess he was trying to save gas or something.

Thankfully, I left the house really early because I was supposed to drop the girls off at my parents house. Instead, my sister met me along the way and took them for me. Otherwise, I would have never made it on time. I started to think that this was a sign that I shouldn’t get the procedure done. However, I kept driving and was only 5 minutes late.

The doctor was really nice and very laid-back. He totally reminds me of a surfer dude. He gave me a lot of information and never once did I feel pressured into making a decision. This is what he said:

When you start to reach your mid-forties, your reading eye sight changes and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Therefore, Lasik poses a special problem to those people. If you try to correct your long distance vision, your reading vision will still eventually deteriorate. This means that you’ll be able to see far but will need reading glasses during other times. What he suggests is Monovision where they fully correct one eye and hold back a little on the second eye. He said the difference is very slight and I probably won’t even notice the difference. However, it will help with my reading vision.

I would need to go without my contacts for 10 days to give my eyes a chance to restore themselves to their original shape. Then they will take measurements to make sure I’m still a viable candidate. If so, the actual Lasik procedure will take place within 2 days.

All the doctor needs to do is punch numbers into the machine and it does the rest. A little suction-like cup will go over one eye and it will feel like someone is tugging at my eyelashes. After 8 minutes, it will be all done. Then it will do the next eye. I could be out of the office within 30 minutes. And the best part? He promises that their will be no pain involved in the procedure! Gotta love that!

When I get home, I need to sleep for about 4 hours (yay!) and when I awake my vision will still be a little blurry but I’ll be able to see without my contacts! I can’t even imagine what that will be like! My main concern was not being to wear make-up after the procedure but he assured me it’s okay as long as I don’t wear eyeliner. My eyes will also be dryer than normal for the next few months so I need to keep some drops on hand, especially when I’m working.

So that’s it! I’m really excited about doing this and can’t wait to be able to just wake-up and see. The next step for me is to figure out when I can do this because I can’t wear my contacts for 2 weeks. Yikes! I’m not really a glasses wearing kind of girl so this could get interesting!

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23 Comments on “Lasik Update”

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Desert Songbird said:

Great - I’m right smack dab in my mid-40s. I guess I were going to do it, I’d have done it. (sigh)

I hope it works out for you. Recently I bought myself a good pair of glasses so that I wouldn’t have to wear my contacts all the time. Believe it or not, I actually wear my glasses on occasion BY CHOICE. They’re great to have on days when I don’t get enough sleep or when it’s really dusty out.

Still, I’d rather have no corrective devices or lenses at all. I hope you can get it scheduled soon.

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pinkjagxj said:

Oh Kailani, I do hope all goes well for you. I’ve been wearing glasses full-time for the last year and a half. Before that I was wearing over the counter readers as needed. I loathe having to wear the glasses but I do like being able to see. Before I got my ‘full-time’ glasses my grandson would call me to his video game saying “Grandma, come here and bring your glasses!” A few weeks ago I was given monovision contacts and they worked well however, the eye tech helped me put them in and NY helped me remove them. Yesterday I decided to try them again and it took me half an hour to put them in. I wore them for about four hours and I had to remove them because I had one inside out. That one came out after trying for about 5 minutes but the other one took me almost two hours to remove. NY said it should have washed out because I was crying so much. I don’t plan to wear them again. (Maybe if I get green ones) So…I truly wish you well in your ‘quest’ for “jump out of bed no contacts or glasses vision.” :)
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Renee said:

lasik seems to be the in thing right now…I know a few folks locally who want to get it done too.

re: the phone. I’ve had a Tracfone for a few years. I rarely use the thing and very few people have my number. The gal who called me unfortunately just doesn’t get that my phone is for really important stuff…not for just getting together. *eyeroll* Maybe I should have asked for a new phone number. LOL! At least she doesn’t call my cell when I’m at home…and if she does, I wouldn’t answer it anyway.

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Lissete said:

My doc warned me that withi n the next couple of years, I would need reading glasses just because of my age! ppppsssh! So far, so good. Except for a bit of difficulty with the really tiny writing on pill bottles! Good luck with your procedure.

As for the traffic thing. Although I loved your island, it was my least favorite for driving. Reminded me too much of home! :)

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Courtney said:

Keep in mind that I’m not trying to be rude, but I DO want to get my point across.

I worked for a LASIK surgeon after I had my procedure done, as a LASIK educator. EVERY SINGLE PATIENT is told that they will most likely need reading glasses as they age, because most people WILL need reading glasses as they age. I told that to 18 year old patients and I told it to 50 year old patients.

Is the guy you are going to a LASIK surgeon, or is he an opthamologist? Because there are surgeons out there who only do LASIK surgery, because that’s all they know how to do, and there are opthamologists (who are actual physicians) who do surgery.

There is no reason for you not to have fully corrected vision right now. There is no reason to give you monovision for reading purposes, because you will still most likely have to get reading glasses when you get older. It doesn’t make any sense to go through the cost of LASIK and not have perfect vision when it’s all over.

In the end, they are your eyes, and I won’t hate you if you go with monovision. ;) Like I said, I don’t know you, so my opinion could mean diddly to you, but I know enough about LASIK to want to just mention it, and you can do what you will. I would recommend getting another opinion from another doctor, because you may just be one of those rare cases that DOES call for monovision, and I could be wasting my time. (A friend of mine had hers done at Pan Pacific Laser, and they were great. All of the LASIK places that I know of out here will do a free initial consult.)

Good luck either way! :)
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Baby Advice said:

That is great! I’m so happy for you! I would be to scared, but it actually doesn’t sound that bad! I was picturing something way worse!! Keep us all posted and let us know how it goes! Congrats!

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Melissa Markham said:

That sounds great! I want to get Lasik surgery sometime! When I can save up the money.

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Summer said:

Good luck! I’m excited for you.

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Angela said:

Good for you making the appointment (and planning ahead for that bad traffic!). I’m so excited for you and I hope you get it done soon. Think how nice it would be getting up on Christmas morning and not having to bother with contacts!

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Melissa said:

Lasik would be so nice… my eyes aren’t that bad though… so I guess I’ll save the money :) Good luck!

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Carrie said:

Oh, I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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Sher :) said:

YAY! I’m glad you made it. I don’t know what monovision is, but I’m gonna to check with my daughter. She had it done and LOVES it. She was like you, couldn’t see a thing. :)

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Carey said:

Good luck. A friend of mine had it done about 3 years ago maybe, and she is so happy that she did.

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karen meg said:

Good for you! When I started asking about it a few years ago, mid 30’s, my optometrist told me basically what Courtney above said. So I didn’t make a move, although I really wish I had. I can’t tolerate contacts much and don’t like wearing glasses.

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Christine said:

Good Luck! I hope everything goes well for you.
My vision isn’t to bad I just need glasses for driving at night, but I feel the same way, I’d rather not wear anything, contacts or glasses.
Looking forward to hearing how everything goes.

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Jen @ One Moms World said:

Ohhhh I am going to live through you while you do this hehe. I want to do it so bad, but such a chicken. Make sure to post updates for us :)
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donetta said:

How exciting for you. To think that you made it for your appointment is 5 minutes to spare.

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Twisted Cinderella said:

how exciting! I would love to have that done.

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groovyoldlady said:

Ooo. I’m so excited for you!

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Dana said:

I definitely think you should go for it. My friend did it and she is very happy she did!

On another note..have you got THE PACKAGE yet?? (happy and gleeful grin inserted here..)

Sorry I’m behind. I made myself not read blogs this weekend so I could try to get other stuff done. Its sorta like alcoholism…can’t take one drink or I’m gone!

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Teresa said:

LASIK is awesome! My aunt just had her eyes done after living nearly blind (without her contacts) for literally almost 50 years. My eyes were never THAT bad, so I can’t imagine the huge change she had, but to wake up and be able to see is amazing!

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Crissybug said:

I am so excited for you! I got Lasik done this past January and it is the best thing ever! I really hope that you are a canidate…it will change your life!

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Pamela said:

I think I’m as excited as you are

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