My eyesight was not as bad as some people for sure. I hated wearing glasses and never got used to contacts. My eyesight was at the point where I probably shouldnt have been driving without corrective lenses. The numbers of 55/65 were tossed around during my pre surgery checkup.
It was expensive. I did not choose my surgeon by price. I didnt call the "$495 per eye" guys. I chose King Lasik in Burnaby. With Dr King as my surgeon. He came highly recommended by both people I know well who have had the surgery before. He is also the official laser eye surgeon of the Vancouver Canucks if that means anything to you. Total cost was $3990 plus 3 eye drop prescriptions. This gave me the iLasik procedure with wavescan eye digital imaging, tear duct plugs,6 follow up checkups,and a lifetime guarantee that if any further surgeries are ever needed they are free. The PRK type of surgery would have been cheaper to the tune of around $2900 total but I wanted the best with as little downtime as possible.
Some people dont have a choice as to which surgery to get as their eyes may have certain problems that rule out one of the other surgery choice. I had the choice of either.
My understanding from the research I did is that the $495 per eye is a gimmick and everything, including non optional things, get added on until its over $3000 total anyways.
So I went in for a consultation on Friday Sept 7th and after an extensive list of tests of my eyes we discussed the options and I chose the iLasik proceedure to be performed the following Monday.
The procedure itself is over pretty fast. Maybe 15 minutes total time in the operating room. I was able to watch the fellow ahead me do his procedure through the glass wall of the operating room and he survived so I took that as a good omen. The surgery is very strange feeling but not really painful. They numb your eyes considerably to the point where you can feel everything happening but no pain. At first they put a small metal ring around my eye and then the feeling is like the eye is partially scooped out of it socket and then clamped in a vise. Its the only time ever in my life I could not look around as the eye was completely clamped in place. A very unique and unpleasant feeling. But it was all over soon enough. Much sooner than I expected. Right off of the operating table I could see enough to get around. Dr King sat me down right away to check the results and after that I was good to go. Had to have someone to drive me home after the surgery and straight to bed. One of the other effects of the pill they give is that it also helps you to sleep afterwards. The first 6 -8 hours after surgery is when the most healing occurs and it is best to keep the eye closed for this. Sleeping during this time is best.
After that it is time for eye drops . 3 different prescription drops. 1 every half hour, 1 every 2 hours, 1 every 4 hours while awake. They are an anti inflammatory, a anti bacterial and a sterile lubricant. Plus I needed to sleep with plastic eyeshields taped to my face for the week. Sun glasses whenever outdoors during the daytime regardless of cloud cover.
But the first week is over now. Only 1 of the eyedrops still needs to be used every 4 hours or as needed for 1 more week. I dont need the eyeshields any more. I still cant splash water directly on my face or do anything causing me to sweat into my eyes but thatll soon be over too.
I have never felt any real pain in my eyes from all this. There is some itch there ( the reason for the eyeshields) that has faded day by day and I could see although a little wobbly right from when I had the surgery onward. After the first night my sight was back and then some.
The result of my eye exam today is what I could have told them without it. 20/20 vision. Distance detail is amazing. Sunny days like today I can see for miles.My night vision is about as well improved also. Anything held within a foot of my face is now blurry but reading and using the comp arent that close so its no big loss. this was explained to me before hand anyways. Also I can no longer squint to see better. Well I can still squint but it makes no difference to my vision now. Im so used to squinting it feels odd to have my eyes wide all the time now.
Was it worth it? Hell yes. I should have had it done years ago. Everybody seems to say that but its true. I took last week off work but could have gone back 2 days after the operation.
If anyone is thinking of getting it done and has a question I can answer feel free. Or even better just go in for a consultation to get a good idea of your options. The consultation is free at pretty well every laser surgery place.
EDIT: Schedule for checkups is Day after surgery, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1year. At the 3 month checkup it is decided if any further work needs to be done. Unless something unusual happens I dont think that will be necessary.
Edited by Offensive Threat, 19 September 2012 - 06:39 PM.