13 Responses to “LASIK–Two weeks post op”

  1. Megan February 3, 2010 at 1:05 PM #

    Wow, it sounds like such a great experience. I wish I could do it (my eyesight is too bad to consider it, my optometrist said). I fantasize about a day where I could wake up and see the clock.

    (no pix of the ugly glasses? you tease, you!)

  2. Jon Renaut February 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM #

    I got my eyes done in 2003 or so. Best thing I ever did. My eye doctor told me one of the most important parts of the surgery is making sure you have good post-op care to make sure nothing goes wrong down the road. Sure, she’s tooting her own horn, but I’ve been her patient since 1990 or so. It’s not like she has to feed me a line of BS to keep me coming back.

    I keep telling people that, though the surgery isn’t exactly fun, I would have it done as many times as necessary to see without contacts or glasses. And i still say that, 7 years later.

    Congrats on your surgery, and glad it went well.

  3. Kassia Krozser February 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM #

    After I got through the post-op stuff with my Lasik, I discovered I was still pushing my glasses up on my nose. Except, no glasses. It was clearly a habit I’d developed while thinking (yes, I have been known to do that!). I’d catch myself pushing the bridge of my nose. Years later, I still do it…but only when I’m stressed.

    So funny, by the time I saw you at DBW, I’d forgotten you’d only had surgery the week before!

    It took a long time before I stopped marveling at the fact I could see the clock from across the room. And when I drove myself to the post-op checkup the next day, I took the long way home just to look at the mountains without my glasses.

  4. anny cook February 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM #

    Congratulations on your “new” eyes! And thank you for your very articulate, clear explanation of your surgery. While I realllly don’t think it’s for me, I can certainly understand the attraction, especially for younger people. I’ve worn glasses for fifty years now. Quite frankly, I feel naked without them. But until I read your post there was a small niggle in the back of my brain, a ‘what if’ that’s no longer there. So again–thank you for sharing your experience!

  5. Annmarie February 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM #

    You know I did it and loved the results.

    The eye pressure step was scary but not painful. Also, the smell of the laser doing it’s thing was a little creepy. But at no point do you have pain. Zero Pain.

    If you’ve been in glasses for a billion years, the feeling of not needing them is phenomenal.


  6. Wendy February 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM #

    Thank you so much for blogging about this! I’ve been wearing glasses for 15 years now (Eeep!) and I’m now at the point where I can’t function without them. I’ve seriously been considering Lasik, and my optometrist thinks I’m a good candidate. Certainly living where I live, there is no shortage of qualified doctors willing to take my money. It’s just a matter of biting the bullet and doing the research.

  7. Lori February 3, 2010 at 2:58 PM #

    Great post, Angie.

    One of the other things they should tell you is that if you have a severe astigmatism, you may have to have an additional surgery. I had to wait 6 months after the first surgery, then have a second to completely correct the astigmatism (I was legally blind in both eyes before my surgery – hello coke bottle glasses & contacts!). But I could see very well after the first, and didn’t need glasses in between.

    One of the other things they may not tell you, but should, is that if your eyes were going to deteriorate further, they still will. You’ll just be starting at 20/20 again. So there’s no guarantee that you won’t need glasses again at some point in the future.

    I had my surgery in 2000, and yes, they told me I’d need reading glasses pretty much as soon as I turned 40. HA! I managed to outlast their prediction by 3 years. But my eyes have started to deteriorate finally, so I now have a slight prescription AND a need for reading glasses. Gulp. Bifocals. Or as I like to call them to make myself feel better: progressives.

    But I had a full 10 years without glasses or contacts, and it was so worth it!

  8. Jean February 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM #

    I had PRK in 2005, and much of what you described is the same. I had mine done at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, and they were very careful to do all the preliminary steps you described. Apparently, if you don’t have a thick enough cornea, you run the risk of developing glaucoma if they go ahead with the surgery.

    The doctor and staff were bluntly honest about potential side effects. I was fortunate and experienced no pain either. My only disappointment has been that I used to be able to see excellent detail in a macro kind of way without my glasses. I lost that ability immediately after the surgery. I understand you tend to lose that ability as you age anyway (I was 44 1/4 when I had the surgery and already wore bifocals). Less than a year later, I had to get bifocal reading glasses (computer and reading combined), so if I hadn’t had the surgery, I’d be wearing trifocals now.

    Every single person I’ve talked to who’s had either surgery loves being able to read clocks across the bedroom at night. You’d think it was the only factor involved, but we all know it isn’t. Listen carefully if an eye care professional tells you you aren’t a good candidate — it’s your eyesight. You may need glasses to see, but if the surgery gets messed up, glasses may not be able to correct the problem, and your vision could be permanently affected. This is not something to take lightly. It’s also a serious risk factor to consider going in. I’d had an optometrist telling me I was a good candidate for over ten years, but I wasn’t comfortable with the idea and the quality of the equipment until 2005. Obviously, lasers are even better now, and even more professionals are more experienced, but YOUR comfort level is what’s important.

  9. Maria Zannini February 3, 2010 at 3:34 PM #

    Glad it turned out well. Mine only lasted eight years, and unfortunately, my eyesight deteriorated immensely, so I opted to have my natural lenses replaced and get the bionic ones.

    The jury is still out on whether I like it. Much more intrusive than Lasik, but at least I can see.

    Enjoy your freedom!!

  10. bowerbird February 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM #


    lots of people will refer to this post in the future, so…

    bad> not do your hear and wear yoga pants.
    new> not do your hair and wear yoga pants.

    bad> since I’ll be people don’t like that.
    new> since I’ll bet people don’t like that.

    bad> the surgery was finished, my ey the doctor sat me up
    new> the surgery was finished, the doctor sat me up

    bad> “Honey, guess what?
    new> “Honey, guess what?”


  11. Imogen Howson February 4, 2010 at 4:44 AM #

    Angie, thanks so much for writing this post! My 13-year-old wants laser surgery on her eyes when she’s old enough, and I don’t have a clue what it involves so this was really useful information for the future.

    And I’m happy it went so well for you!


  12. Lisa J February 4, 2010 at 11:24 AM #

    The 3 year anniversary for my Lasek was last week. I cannot say enough how much I LOVE it. It was the best decision I have made. My opthalmologist was wonderful. When I asked him what my vision was before the surgery he said they call it “Count Fingers”, meaning if I could see the fingers it would be a miracel. The afternoon I had the procedure I was already at 20 – 40, now I’m at 20-15 in one eye, and 20 – 25 in the other eye. they also said given my age (late 40’s) I would probably need reading glasses, but I don’t.

    I agree you should only do this with a doctor you really trust. You only get one set of eyes!

    The alarm clock thing is huge and I still can’t believe I can see it from across the room.

  13. azteclady February 4, 2010 at 12:02 PM #

    I had LASIK on March 18th, 1996, and I still marvel, every day, that I can see without glasses–but then again, I was close to legally blind by that point so, not needing glasses at all? HUGE!!!

    I’m very glad your experience was so good!

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