It was only when I got to college that I realised I needed glasses. We had classes in huge auditoriums and I enjoyed sitting in the back rows with the other cool kids. It was also the best spot for getting a quick shut eye without getting noticed. I started noticing that I was the only one having a hard time figuring out what the professor was writting on the chalkboard. I dreaded the idea of wearing glasses but eventually caved in and went to eye doctor.
In the first two years I only wore glasses in class but as time went by and the hours in front of the screen almost equalled the time I was awake my eyesight starting getting worse and I eventually needed aid to look at screen too.
When I began taking driving lessons the glasses would be in my face, specially at nightime, but the second I got out of the car the glasses would be put away.
My eyesight kept getting worse and by graduation I wore glasses the whole time.
I always hated wearing glasses, they got dirty, broke, in the summer I had to change between shaded and regular lenses. It was a pain. I never got used to them.
One time I tried contact lenses, my sister had been wearing them for a few years and was quite happy, so it sounded like a good idea. I had to go trough a tryout period to find out what type of lenses were more comfortable. The result was none. I remember one day I was having dinner with some friends and the lenses had been on my eyes for almost the whole day. Even with eye drops I felt like I wanted to pull the eyes out of my sockets. It wasn’t painful but rather uncomfortable. No matter how I tried I just couldn’t go over the fact that something was stuck on my eyes and I could feel it! It wasn’t for me so I just gave up.
Fast forward a few years: a friend at work showed up not wearing glasses. That’s not a thing that goes unnoticed. So he and his wife had both gotten laser eye surgery. It sounded scary but pretty straight forward so I decided to look into it. If you’re thinking about doing it don’t look for videos on youtube! Seriously, it doesn’t help! Some people think it’s crazy to put yourself through a procedure like that, but science has advanced a lot. Not only it is completely safe as it is quite effective.
So after some pretty thorough examinations I always eligible to do the surgery. The procedure (LASIK) consists in three steps: flap creation, laser remodelling and flap repositioning. Without going into a lot of details I’ll just say that the first step is the hardest one. Having a laser shot into your eyes is a piece of cake, the rest… not so much. None of the steps involve pain, but you need to be very calm. It’s not for everyone… having people messing with your eyes is pretty nerve racking. I wish I had taken double the calming pills I was advised to. But it went fine and according to plan. People where coming in and out at a pretty fast rate which means the doctors had a well oiled machine in the procedure.
The day following the procedure was pretty bad. I knew it took a few days for my eyesight to become normal, but my left eye seemed to be much worse that my right from which I could see pretty well. On the same day I had my post-op consultation. I turns out I was placed a contact lens to keep the flap steady. Once the doctor removed it my left eye was clear. Phew… everything was fine.
The following days are where not so good either, it didn’t hurt per se, but my eyesight was very blurry, bright lights produced halos and I was supposed to apply eyedrops at very small time intervals. I think the drops caused some migraines during the first week or so. The doctor told me I could go to work after one day of rest, but I advise anyone who goes through to the same procedure to stay at home at least two days. Looking at LCD screens is particularly difficult in the first weeks.
During the first week I couldn’t touch or get my eyes wet which was a bit challenging. Also on the first month I had to apply eyedrops at regular intervals (every hour in my case, but I’ve seen other people doing it for less time) and had to wear sunglasses outside. It didn’t matter the time, it was to protect any kind of debris from entering the eyes as you are absolutely forbidden to rub them. So I thought I looked like a douche.. and stayed home most of that time.
After a few days my vision started going back to normal. Normal as in no blurryness, but it was a new sharp world! It took some time for the light halos to go away, some people say some say about 6 months, I’m not really sure how long it took for me, but driving at night was a little weird at the beginning.
So now two years later after I did it I look back and would definitely do it again without thinking too much about it. I’ve had my eyes checked one year after the surgery and they where fine. This year I expect the same results.
Financially it’s not cheap but if you renew lenses every two years or so you’re probably spending more money anyway. If you have insurance that covers the expenses just go for it!
I don’t even remember wearing glasses anymore, if it wasn’t for the casual blast from the past from photos and such. I’ve enjoyed this “freedom” for the last two years and I’m glad I did it.