Grace Finds Style

April 16, 2011

LASIK, re-visited

Filed under: Life — Grace @ 4:43 pm
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Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been missing in the blog-sphere lately, in all of my blogs! In addition to avoiding reading style blogs temporarily to help cool down my over worked credit card from use due to looking at all you lovely ladies looking fabulous in all your new wear, I had been gearing up for my retouch surgery or “enhancement” starting a couple weeks ago.

Basically, since my first surgery, my right eye remained with its astigmatism from day one, which means everything remained blurry around the edges and made text look fuzzy. Thankfully, my left eye was basically perfect, and improved so much that it compensated for my left eye’s troubles.

Side Effects

  1. I can remember that driving at night the first few weeks was sort of a nightmare. I had somewhat lost my confidence driving at night and almost got into an accident; the halos (the glow around a light source, in particular headlights) were huge, as well as star bursts (star effect coming from a light source). Plus, everything was blurrier and my depth perception was messed up. However, the starbursts and halos eventually went away.
  2. Dry eyes. Even though it had been three months, I still had to put in eye drops everyday, otherwise my eyes would start to feel sandy, and I would start to look like Dracula with little red veins running everywhere.

The Enhancement

The blurriness remained whenever I covered up my left eye, so, after having pretty much the same prescription in my right eye, I went in for my enhancement yesterday. They didn’t have to use the laser to reopen my flap, as once the flap is created, never really heals. Think of it as a lid to a container. However, prior to lifting the lap, I was told that I would feel like there was an eyelash stuck in my eye, which would be different than my first experience.

Boy, were they right. After the numbness wore off and after I slept for two hours, I was in pain. It’s exactly like having an eyelash stuck in your eye- but you can’t rub it or wash it off. So my eyes kept on tearing and tearing all night. I woke up to put in my antibiotic and inflammatory eye drops, but wonder if my tears washed them away.

Waking up this morning, my right eye is still blurry. I was half hoping that it would be like my left eye – immediately clear. But, when you get LASIK, it takes a while for your eyes to stabilize. Most of my friends however, their vision was immediately clear when they got it. So, I can’t say I’m not disappointed.

I tend to read and research before any purchase, and this time was no different. The stories you read about people who lost their best corrected form of vision and have daily pain is scary to read. Some have to wear glasses or contacts again, while others in the worst case, get depression because of pain, nausea, headaches due to their poor vision that they did to themselves and ultimately want to commit suicide everyday.

Scary stuff. I go for my post-op checkup in a few hours, and a “smaller” eyelash feels stuck in my eye, so at least I can actually open it now for a good ten or twenty seconds before having to close it, as opposed to yesterday when it was just pure painful to open it at all.

That’s all for now, I’ll probably update again about my LASIK experience in a month or so. Look for more project un-cluttering posts to come. I’ve been inspired by Lily to continue with those kind of posts. No shop my closet for me, as my little ol blog doesn’t have enough visitors, plus, since I’m getting rid of things that are too big for me, not sure who they would fit! šŸ˜›

But, hm.. the question remains — should I head to LOFT to check out their 40% off sale? That twisted pleat shell is calling my name! — they’re all sold out online!

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4 Comments »

  1. Omg, thanks for posting about your Lasik experience…my parents were urging me to do it since my vision is very bad but I’m scared. I know there are risks and I’m not so sure I’m willing to take chances right now. And about Loft, I am going to maybe exchange a size so lets see if I come out with anything. I’m hoping now since I broke my shopping budget this month already.

    Comment by Jarucha — April 17, 2011 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  2. Grace, I’m so sorry to hear about your horrible experience with Lasik! I have been contemplating the surgery and now am leaning toward just dealing with my bad eyesight and contacts after reading this! I do hope things get better and that your eye heals – I know the feeling of an eyelash in your eye as I suffer from occassional dry eye as well. Hang in there!!!

    Comment by Lilly — April 17, 2011 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  3. I get really spooked out when it comes to anything with touching, poking, or basically anything to do with my eyeball! Even though I am squeamish, I have been dying to get the surgery since my eyes are pretty bad … -5.75 in one eye and -5 in the other and had glasses since I was in 5th grade. I have been doing research on it and it is a relief that most people generally will have good experiences. Keep us updated on the progress, hopefully the enhancement will really improve that right eye!

    Comment by Banhannas — April 17, 2011 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  4. Wow, Grace, I hope your eye feels better very soon šŸ˜¦ Thank you for updating us on your Lasik journey! Keep your chin up, love! xx

    Comment by Aubrey — April 19, 2011 @ 8:38 am | Reply


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