Laser Eye Surgery: The Dirty Details

February 28, 2013 · 15 comments

I apologize for it taking me so long to update you guys. Life has been absolutely crazy, and I can’t wait to update you on the changes happening in my life.

Now. I promised LASIK details, and I plan to deliver.

The day before surgery, I had to go in for a 2-hour pre-op eye exam. There, they did all the eye tests you typically get at your regular eye doctor in addition to some I have never experienced.


The morning of surgery, I was feeling pretty anxious. I sat in the waiting room with my dad talking about how great it would be to wake up and be able to see.

I was taken into a room where I was given post-op instructions and a Valium to relax me. I was told that for a week, I couldn’t wear any eye makeup, touch my eyes (no higher than my cheekbones), get water in my eyes (showering is hard!), or get sweat in my eyes (bye, spinning and sprints). I was given a three-drop regimen that included Prednisone, an antibiotic, and comfort lubricating drops. Every three hours, I needed to repeat my drop cycle.

When it was time for surgery, I was given a “party hat” (shower cap) and brought into the room by my doctor and two med student observers. I lay down on a typical surgery bed with a dipped headrest. My doctor kept my head in his hands the entire time, and if i remember correctly, he had two different machines. The first one was the worst part of the entire experience.


When the corneal flap is created, there is a suction cup on your eye that doesn’t feel so hot. My doctor was talking me through it the entire time, but I remember digging my fingernails into the bed as it was happening. Suction cups on the eyeball = not so great

By the way, yes, it was uncomfortable, and I’m being pretty frank about the process, but don’t let this deter you from getting LASIK. Seriously. It was all more than worth it.

The second part was strange. I was told to look up into a green light with red lights surrounding it, and all of a sudden, I couldn’t see anything. Then I could see red cloudy stuff. That was freaky. Then, all of a sudden, my regular vision was back, but really, really cloudy. The last step was fixing my astigmatism. Throughout the entire process, my doctor was explaining to me what was happening.

Obviously, this all happened twice, since I got both of my eyes lasered.

Once it was all finished about 10 minutes later, my doctor guided me through the door and into a holding room of sorts. An hour later, I had a post-op exam in which he checked my eyes with the big traditional eye doctor machine. I could see, and I could tell my vision was much better than it had been without my glasses, but it was as if I was looking underwater or through globs of Vaseline. I was also extremely sensitive to light.


Which is why I got these sweet shades for the ride home.

As for my night-time eye-wear… HAHA. I had to tape these clear plastic clam shell-like protectors to my face for a week so I wouldn’t scratch my eyes. But since I am a sleepy-time rebel, I ripped them off in my sleep the first night. After that, we decided I needed a sleep mask over top of them. From then on, I woke up without the sleep mask on but the protectors in place. Gotta get creative around here.


Stylin’, brah. Really glad I just put that photo of myself on the internet.

Maybe it was the Valium, or maybe it was excitement of the day, but I napped like a champ the next few days. For a while, all I wanted to do is close my eyes anyway, so it was nice to have ample rest time. The cloudiness went away little by little over the first four days or so, and the feeling like there was sand in my eye lessened by the day as well.

Now, two weeks later, I have amazing eyesight that is still improving. I can’t tell you how strange it feels to not have to take my contacts out at night. My lingering symptoms include the light sensitivity, extreme dry eye, and some itchiness in my eyes. The eye bruising still remains, too, but it’s not near as bad as it was.


I hope you all like eyeballs.

Oh, and the winner of the Pure Protein giveaway is Lindsay! Congrats, girlfriend. E-mail me your mailing address, please!Screen shot 2013-02-28 at 11.49.56 AM Screen shot 2013-02-28 at 11.50.37 AM

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