Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bring Out The Laser!

It only took 10 minutes to change my life forever.
That's how long the procedure at LASIK MD took to correct my vision permanently with a laser so that I would never have to wear eye glasses ever again.
For those of you who don't wear glasses, this may not seem like such a big deal, but for those of you who do, believe me when I say this, this procedure will change your life!
After years of thinking about it and another couple of years of researching it, I finally decided that laser eye surgery had gotten to the point where it was worth the risk. I decided to take the plunge and got it done this past Friday.
The actual procedure lasted no more then 10 minutes and it was no more difficult than going to the dentist to have a cavity filled. The hardest part for me was having my eye taped open and the suction cup inserted so that the laser could do its work. There was never any pain, I never felt a thing, it was more the discomfort of having your eye forced open for the laser. The actual laser part lasted less then 2 minutes per eye and when I got up off the table I could see pretty good already, it was just very foggy.
Right after that they give you these Terminator type of wrap around sunglasses that you have to wear for the next two days 24/7, to prevent you from rubbing your eyes in your sleep or from wind and dust while outside. Try walking around at night with dark sunglasses on, see how many people look at you funny.
And the only other problem that I had was about 2 hours after the procedure, when I was home in the comfort of my own bed, the anesthetic wore off and my eyes began to burn. The pain was equivalent to the burning sensation you get when you cut onions, not too bad but very uncomfortable. That lasted for about 2 hours or so until I was able to fall asleep and when I woke up the burning was gone.
For the first 24 hours you cant watch TV or work on the computer or read or really do much of anything. So you try to sleep and follow the crazy eye drop routine that they give you, which requires you to take a series of eye drops numerous times a day for the next 7 days in order to help your eyes heal. I thought I would have a tough time with this, but I actually was able to nap and hang out on the couch with the wife and the day went by pretty quick.
The next day you have to go back to the clinic for your 24 hour check up and after that you are pretty much ready to resume your normal life again. You can drive, watch TV, go back to work and work on the computer again.
After 3 days you can start light exercising (treadmill, StairMaster, stationary bike), and outdoor activities (jogging, roller blading and light cycling).
After 7 days you can pretty much do whatever you like, just with eye protection.
After 1 month swimming, water slides, scuba diving and sports like basketball, soccer and baseball can lose the eye protection.
After 3 months add water skiing, wind surfing kayaking and surfing to the list of things you can do without eye protection.
I'm not sure about a lot of that stuff, but for me its the freedom to wake up in the morning and not have to reach over to the night stand to put on my glasses so I can see what time it is for the first time since I was maybe 10 years old. The freedom to not have to wear glasses for everything I do. And to finally be able to buy a pair of really cool sunglasses for the first time in my life.
I can't believe I waited this long.
10 minutes, that's it. That's all the time you will need to change your life forever. Check it out for yourself, I guarantee you won't regret it.

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