For those of you who are not familiar with Lasek eye surgery,
It’s a procedure similar to Lasik. This is the WebMD explanation of this procedure.
LASEK Eye Surgery
Laser epithelial keratomileusis, or LASEK, combines benefits of the two most commonly performed procedures — LASIK and PRK. LASEK eye surgery is used to treat astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness.
What Are the Advantages of LASEK Eye Surgery?
LASEK surgery is said to have several advantages, including:
- Complications associated with creating and reattaching the flap in the cornea are avoided.
- LASEK eye surgery causes dry eye less frequently than LASIK eye surgery.
In LASEK eye surgery, various techniques are used to retain the very thin corneal surface layer of cells (epithelium) that is used to recover the cornea after the laser sculpting is performed. With LASIK, a thicker flap is created using a laser or mechanical device (microkeratome) under which the laser sculpting is done.
I had the procedure done on the 9th. I’m not going to lie. The recovery time is much longer than anticipated. It’s been quite a rough ten days. I am super sensitive to light, and getting work done is quite difficult because my eyes are so dry that I have to buy a ton of artificial teardrops. Although, it’s pretty cool to wake up and not have to worry about putting on contacts or wear glasses at night. I got the procedure because I thought it was annoying to play sports with glasses, and at night my eyes were always so uncomfortable and dry. I’ve had glasses, ever since I was a young child. I remember my parents forced me to go to sleep at 9 pm, but I was always staying up anyways to play video games or read a book. I had to pretend I was sleeping.
Needless to say, my eyes got pretty bad from staying up to play video games all night and being addicted to games like Starcraft, Warcraft, Maplestory, Runescape, League of Legends, and so many other awesome games.
The pre and post-care i sometime that I would like to highlight. I’m not too fond of it when my eyes are dilated because they become super sensitive to light. They want to make sure your eyes are in a good enough condition that there is a less of a risk fo complications.
The actual procedure itself is pretty fast. It takes about half an hour total with most of it. They are doing measurements ln your eye, and he is walking you through the whole process of what is happening. You are staying into the flashing lights, and the entire surgery takes about a minute. They clamp your eyelids so that it doesn’t shut during the procedure. After the procedure, they rinse our your eyes with this cooling water that feels really cold, but it feels quite refreshing actually because the light gives you a bit of an uncomfortable feeling for about two minutes total. The doctor is speaking with you the whole time so that you don’t feel that you are in danger or anything. My surgeon was pretty good. He does a good job at explaining everything and going through what’s needed.
The post-care is really annoying. I’ve been pretty much out of commission for about ten days not really able to do most of the things I would like to do.
Working was a bit tough because it’s hard to read, and you are so sensitive to your laptop and monitor lights. I’ve spent about $100 on artificial tear drops because I have to use it what seems like every 15 minutes. This is one of those short term discomforts for long term gain decisions. Nowadays, I try to make a lot of these decisions like that. I am certainly not perfect, but I try to think in long term increments. For instance, is this an hour of Crossfit/Yoga going to help me. Yes, I might be uncomfortable for those 45 minutes, but I’m going to feel great afterward.
Easier said than done, sometimes I do tune out by playing video games but I do try to read as many books as I can to be knowledgable and expanding my worldview.
Please reach out to me if you are interested in learning more about Lasek. I am writing this to share with you my opinions and thoughts on the procedure so far. I know it will be worth it in a month from now, but I definitely did not think the recovery would take this long. I have been recovering these last couple of days like I can join meetings, but I do have to put a lot of eye drops into my eyes every day. There are 4 of a certain type of drops and then two more of this other drop that is suppose to make your tear production higher so that your eyes are constantly wet. I am able to exercise, but they did say don’t overexert yourself, which makes sense because everything is connected, and if you go too hard, then you might take longer to recover.
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