Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Laser Eye Experience || Part Two

Okay, so on to the actual surgery (if you haven't seen part one, click here). So i'm not 100% sure on what was properly happening to me so basically i'm going to describe what I could feel and how I felt during the time Firstly, there was a lot of pressure on my eye, the nurse told me this would be the worst part and whilst it really wasn't painful it did feel a little uncomfortable. Imagine someone pressing really hard on your eye lid for around 2 minutes. Once the pressure stopped, the surgeon did something with my cornea but I have no idea what, this didn't hurt in the slightest and took around 1 minute. This was then repeated again on the other eye and I was ready for the laser.

I was told to lay very still whilst the laser was on and to ignore any sounds and smells because it was all completely normal. I was told to follow the red flashing light and that is what I did. You're literally under the laser for around 15-20 seconds per eye and that's it. It does smell a bit like burning but that is the gases inside. The surgeon then cleans the eye, again zero pain and then you're done. I looked at the clock which I could instantly see looked clearer and then walked back to the little office.

When I was back in the office, my mum and boyfriend sat with my asking all sorts of questions. My eyes were a little sensitive but nothing I couldn't handle. As the nurse started explaining my aftercare (2 different eye drops, applied four times a day along with Blinks drops which can be used whenever) my eyes began to feel heavy. When we were leaving my eyes were so heavy I could barely keep them open, this wasn't easy as I was trying to get out of a busy Meadowhall with my eyes closed. I got in the car and my eyes began to stream, this was a bit uncomfortable but not painful, it's like you're constantly chopping onions.

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//my first selfie with my new eyes//
 
The hour drive home was uncomfortable to say the least, my eyes were stinging by this point and I couldn't go to sleep. As soon as I got home, I got straight in bed and fell fast asleep. I woke up at around 7pm and tested my eyes. They were slightly dry and still light sensitive, I couldn't look up to the TV properly for about half an hour but I could instantly look outside and read number plates, something I'd never have been able to do before. Because I didn't want to strain my eyes to much, I went back to bed about 9ish an slept through.

Saturday morning came and I applied my eye drops as instructed and I could see, it really was as quick as that! I could see the tv, I could see down the street and I could see my families faces properly when we were talking, it felt amazing. I had an appointment for a post-op check the day after the surgery, this was a regular eye test and I could read letters i'd never been able to see before. The optician told me my eyes looked fine and that the likelihood was that i'd have 20/20 vision, yeyyy!

One week and 4 days later, i'm typing this post without any side effects or discomfort. My eye drops have now finished and my eyes are completely normal. They rarely get dry but if they do I add a drop of my Blinks drops and problem solved. I can now wear eye makeup again which is lovely, especially now I can see properly in the mirror! I've since been back to Optical Express for my week check up and I now have better then 20/20 vision, £2500 well spent id say.

If like me, you'd love laser eye surgery but think you're too squeamish then I would 100% recommend going for a consultation. Everything will be explained for you and then if you're suitable the decisions is down to you. The build up is the worst part as the procedure and healing time is painless and quick, 24 hours after you've had it done and you feel back to normal. If you have any questions feel free to comment below, tweet me @studentstyle or email me megan1993b@gmail.com and i'll reply asap.

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  1. I never realised the process was that quick! I've been wearing glasses for a number of years now & my eyes get worse at every check up, I'm always told to look into laser eye but I've always been a little nervous, I kind of want to look into it now!
    I'm glad it worked out well for you :)

    -sarah xo

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    1. It's literally over before you know it :). I was in the exact position as you, they were always getting worse! I'd definitely recommend you go for a consultation, there's no pressure to go for it there and then but at least you'll get an idea xx

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