Posted: Jul 13, 2006 3:44 am
I had it done in 2000. The name was Dr. Nancy Schanzer (I think I spelled the name right). Great job, no complaints. However...
Not everyone with crappy eyesight can have LASIK. My mom is blind as a bat and is not a candidate for it. If you are nearsighted as opposed to farsighted, your chances are better. It does not always correct an astigmatism. You will have to go through some tests and such to determine if you can even have the surgery at all.
The surgery is very quick, like 4 minutes for both eyes. However, you are BLIND in the eye they are working on while they do it, and it scared me shitless. You cannot be sedated or put to sleep. They gave me a mild valium beforehand to take the edge off, but this didn't do shit once they got started. You lay down in something like a dentist's chair, your head is encased in this velcro like casing, and your eyelids are pried open with this freaky plastic apparatus. It doesn't hurt really but it is NOT comfortable.
They make the incision for the flap (yes, they slice open the surface of YOUR EYEBALL), pull the flap back and FOOM, your vision fades out. Holy shit. Then you stare at a red dot for 20 seconds. Flap is moved back and your vision zooms back in. It's pretty freaky.
You get numbing drops in yr eyes while they work, so no pain in the eyeballs, but you feel pressure. Also weird.
I was 20/200 when I had it. When I was done I sat up and could read the digital clock on the walls. Day after that, I could drive. You will have to go to numerous follow-up appointments (as in the next day and again that week).
My eyes had huge red blotches (bruises really) on them. I looked like someone had socked me in the eyes. My eyes are blue but all the redness on my eyeballs made them look purple. That took weeks to go away.
They will tell you there is a risk of over-correction or under-correction. In my case they under-corrected. It was a major improvement, but not to 20/20. Also, as you get older your eyes start going to shit again.
Six years later, I still see much better, but need glasses to drive again (which is how I started out when I was 18; I'm 33 now). My optometrist, who also had LASIK, said I could get the surgery touched up but I don't want to do that. And since I hit my 30s my eyesight went down a little further. Nothing they can do about that.
So I can't complain really... I get the best of both worlds. I can ditch the glasses when I don't want to wear them and not walk into walls, and I can go get a pair of cool-ass glasses.
(I am allergic to contacts; I tried 'em all and just got one eye infection after another and it got to where it was LASIK or glasses permanently).