Peace out glasses 🤓
I got lasik and it has been AHHHHMAZING!
I have had corrective lenses aka: glasses since I was in 4th grade! I remember my teacher had moved my seat in the classroom to the back of the room and I remember sitting there trying to play it cool… but ya girl couldn’t see a darn thing.
Little did I know it would only continue to get worse, annnnd worse. Year after year. 😅
I couldn’t do the things I loved most like go to the beach or spend the day in the pool without trying to fight a battle with contacts. Even with contacts I couldn’t open my eyes underwater, which not many people care too much about but me.. I want to see where I’m swimming when I’m underwater.
Corrective lenses/contacts all seemed like a hassle for so long. I felt restricted from so many things. Including the blindness we all experience with glasses when you go from AC to the outdoors. Insta fog! Then you add that to having a mask on, double whammy!
With COVID, the utter annoyance that came with having to wear a mask with glasses was enough for me to look into LASIK.
I was so ready to not have to worry about my glasses fogging up when I stepped outside, or wether or not my contact is in upside down or not and fear it rips when I try to correct it for the 10739 time.
So I booked an appointment just to see what they would say.
THEY SAID YES!
Yes I was a candidate.
Honestly I was secretly hoping they would say no because I’m such a chicken 💩 when it comes to anyone touching my eyes or teeth or just face in general.
But since they said yes, I had to play it cool like I would totally rock it 🤪
That was until they started telling me more about the procedure and I told them I need alllll the meds! I didn’t want to feel a thing, put me to sleep if you can! (They can’t do that because obviously they need your eyes to be open 🤪, but I did ask!) After asking that question the doctor wrote VALUIM in big letters on my report.
Now let’s talk prep.
There really is none.
Just be sure you don’t wear contact lenses for a few days leading up to surgery.
I was a nervous wreck!
I have had one surgery in my lifetime and that was to get all 4 wisdom teeth out at once and I was very asleep for that. So the fact that I was going to go in and have someone touch my eyeballs made me so full of anxiety.
You have to have someone drive you there and wait for your procedure to be done.
The total time for the entire ordeal took about 2 and a half hours. That includes all the preop and surgery. The surgery itself took only about 10 minutes!
Before the surgery you get numbing drops put in your eyes and have to take your Valium in front of the doctor. I asked her to put extra drops in my eyes because I get hella scared of the fact that I could feel it as they do whatever was about to go down.
So once that was over I was moved to a waiting room where I literally couldn’t stop shaking, I was so dang nervous. It didn’t help that the smell of burning hair lingered in the room 🤪
Then it was my turn..
they were popping people in and out in no time, seriously so fast!
So I go into the operating room and there are two big machines and a bed in the middle (looks wayyy fancier than it sounds). So I lay on the table and I am seriously shaking so bad.
A combination of nerves and it was cold as heck in there! The nurse was like are you okay? And Of course I play it off like I’m totally fine just a little chilly 🥶 😅 so she gave me a warm blanket and I tried so hard to not shake after that.
The doctor checks to make sure I’m all lined up, he used an instrument to help keep my eye open and added more numbing drops. Then he put a suction cup over my eye so he could cut the corneal flap. This was probably the worse part only because you feel like you are blind for a good few seconds. I’ll save you all the other details of this part but in summary your eye gets cut open for the laser to do it’s thing.
Immediately following the procedure I was able to sit up and see! It was a little blurry still but I could see, seriously so mind blowing to me!
Then you go into a room where they make sure your good, check your vision once more, give you a little goody bag as a congratulations here is a bag of stuff you won’t be able to live without for the next few hours and you are on your way!
Included in the bag were some very cute glasses (picture above), so fashunable! But seriously life savers. Prior to I never had sunglasses really because it was just more of a hassle so, if you want to wear your own I’m sure you could. But I was blessed with only having the ones they provided so I just rocked them.
Here are a few pairs of sunglasses I ordered ASAP!
If you take anything from this let it be..
schedule your appointment as late as possible!!
If you have trouble falling asleep during the day it can be soooo hard to sit in bed (literally feeling like you are blind…) and not being able to go to sleep.
We got home and I got situated, holding my eyes shut the entire time. I also wish I would’ve completely blacked out my bedroom prior, I feel like that would’ve helped me so much.
But we got home around 6, it was still very much daylight out and I didn’t want to open my eyes because they were so sensitive.
Elijah had to go get Harper and feed her dinner and all the parent things so I was home alone for a while and let me tell you… I have never been more thankful for eyes that see in my entire life.
I felt helpless and restless. I just wanted to fall asleep but I couldn’t, it sucked honestly.
Once I was finally able to fall asleep I was good. The next day, I could SEE!! Like I could see when I opened my eyes in the morning. I could see in the shower. GUYS I COULD SEEEEE!!! It is seriously incredible that a simple laser could do such an incredible thing.
I had to rock some very cute glasses at night as well for a few days, drench my eyes in eye drops frequently, and protect my eyes from the sun every time I went outside but OHHH MY GOOSSH was it so worth it!
I made sure to order extra eye drops as well as blue light glasses to be sure to protect my eyes as much as possible!
Now to answer some questions you may have.
1. Did it hurt?
Yes and no.
Honestly I would say the worst part for me was the recovery, not being able to fall asleep and having to sit there with my eyes closed for what seemed like forever SUCKED. The surgery itself didn’t really hurt, kind of similar to getting a tattoo pain. You can deal with it, it doesn’t hurt too bad, just more annoying.
2. Was I able to work the next day?
I could’ve, but my surgery was on a Friday so luckily I didn’t have to.
I would definitely recommend scheduling it as late in the evening on a Friday as possible.
3. How long did it take?
The procedure itself only took about 10 minutes! Super quick!
4. How long was the recovery?
The recovery process initially only about 24 hours till you can open your eyes and see without it hurting. But your eyes stay sensitive to light for a while. I’m about 2 months post surgery and my eyes are still a little sensitive to light, just be sure you have sunglasses with you when your out and you will be just fine!
5. How much did it cost?
TOTALLY WORTH IT!!
Feel free to message me on my Insta @ivylwry for any other questions you may have!
If you have been contemplating Lasik for a while now this is your sign, go do it!
It may be a little scary at first but it is 10000% worth every single penny!
Until next time, Ivy Lowery