A year ago this month I had Lasik eye surgery (those were my eyes then). On paper I was the perfect candidate. The procedure was supposed to go swimmingly (it didn’t) and I expected to a perfect recovery (um, right).
During the surgery, the surgeon lost suction on my eyes 3 times. A record for him, and agony for me because my eyes were not completely numb, even though he says they were. I’ve discovered that anesthesia doesn’t work on moi like it does on others. Anyway, the “procedure” that was supposed to take about 5-10 minutes per eye took an hour and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Not the worst, but up there. I was supposed to focus on this red light, but I couldn’t see it. I also felt much more than discomfort and it was the freakiest feeling to be in pain but not be able to shut my eyes.
After the surgery I gave a big sigh of relief. At least it was over. But the next day I found out it was not over. I had developed “stretch marks” on the corneal flap of one of my eyes and it had to be relifted and smoothed. Not terrible like the surgery, but I was a wreck.
And then my other eye developed a problem too. The edges of the flap scrunched up and the surgeon was really concerned that I would develop epithelial ingrowth. Since then my eyes have been under close scrutiny.
Today I go back for what I hope will be the last appointment with the surgeon, ever. Cross your fingers that I’ll be “set free” and I won’t have to go back anymore. It’s not that I don’t like them……but enough is enough. It’s been a year. That’s not asking too much, right?
P.S. My experience with Lasik is totally unique. I’m just one of those people who “what could happen but never does happen” happens to. Even the way my eyes looked afterwards (popped blood vessels) is not exactly normal. BUT, I have perfect vision now………..and that was the point.