Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Under the light

So, I had LASIK surgery two weeks ago. I'd been wanting to have it done for years, but for one reason or another (money, pregnancy, the fear of having my eyes gouged out) I had procrastinated. Then, a few months ago, I had called our new eye insurance company about getting a reimbursement for my new glasses. While on the phone with me, they mentioned that they partially covered LASIK, and asked me if I wanted them to send me some information about which places they covered.

I picked a place and made an appointment for my free consultation. I was told that because my eyesight wasn't terrible, and because my eyes were healthy and the "right" shape, I was a candidate for the "all laser" LASIK (as opposed to the one where they use a blade to cut the eye) and asked if I wanted to schedule a time for surgery.

I didn't. My decision was mostly based upon money and the fear of having my eyes gouged out (can't claim pregnancy now), and so I told them I'd think about it.

I had no intention of going back. That stuff scared me. I'm not normally afraid of medical procedures, but elective ones dealing with my EYES? That's freaky!

But they kept calling me. Each time they called, the price got lower and lower. Finally, in a moment of weakness, I said "YES!" and scheduled an appointment. They'd lowered the price over 50% (there went my money excuse - and I couldn't let the fear of having my eyes gouged out be the only thing keeping me from perfect vision).

SO, I went under the knife (light??) a couple of Fridays ago, and to make a long story short, lets just say that I had a tinsy, tiny, anxiety attack in the middle of the procedure. They had given me a vallum, but only a few minutes before (I don't think it kicked in until it was all over - I did at least feel good afterward). I also could feel in one of my eyes - it was partially numb, but not completely. I still have enough feeling in that eye to know and FEEL everything that was going on. And when my vision went black and then I SMELLED my eyes burning, I freaked out. I tried to take deep breaths and remind myself that it would be over quickly, and I was going to be alright.

And I was. By my follow-up appointment the next morning, my vision was 20/15, and it has only gotten better since then. I love being able to see - I don't miss my glasses one bit. For Mother's Day, my husband got me a nice pair of sunglasses - my first ever.

My eyes have been pretty bruised (but I bruise easily anyway, so that isn't a big surprise). But that has been the only side-effect. Otherwise, its been perfect.

11 comments:

carrie said...

I totally relate to the whole anxiety thing. I would be the SAME way. I want to get Lasik so badly, but I'm just a chicken. :o) The whole eye burning comment just freaked me right out. I'm glad it worked though! Everyone seems to love it.

Cadance said...

I'm still a little freaked out...even if you are OK..I know I will do it someday...but like you I keep pushing it off. I'm sure that over the life time of all the contacts and solution I've bought...I've spent well over the amount of LASIK....Someday I'll jump in and do it.

Cadance said...

PS...Thanks to the true story about it...now I won't be affraid when I smell my eye burning!

Julia said...

holy moly, i don't think i'd be able to do it. just watching Kim Kardashian having it done made me sick. I'd totally be panicking too. Glad you made it through safe and yay for the sunglasses.

Meredith said...

Congrats! I am thinking about having it done, but I have the bonus that my sis in law is a nurse at the eye center! So she can hold my hand through it so to speak...

Kari said...

Oh man I am SOOOO jealous! And yes, that would be so nerve-wracking! I hadn't thought of it before until I read your post. Congrats on never wearing glasses again! Hooray!

Lindsay said...

I'm glad you did it! I tell everyone that it was one of the best things I've ever done.

Chelsea said...

I would be totally freaked about that too - especially the eye-burning smell. Yikes! I'm so glad it went well and you have great vision now. Yay for no more glasses!

Holly said...

YAY CONGRATS! I would freak out too, but it must be nice to see without glasses.

Omgirl said...

I'm so glad to hear you say that, because I have always been completely freaked out by the idea of someone getting that close to my eyes, or having them propped open. I really want lasik but I'm afraid I would go totally crazy on the table!

Lynita said...

Wow so amazing. I know I would have a total panic attack too! I can't even let someone else do my eyeliner without some serious pep talking! I am so glad that you have great eyesight now!