I was always worried about under going laser surgery, always thinking it was going to hurt and what if it went wrong I could be blind, messing with my eyes was a scary thing especially at such a young age, I was 25. But I needn't have worried at all. I booked an appointment at the manchester Trafford centre branch and all I can say is the staff there were fantastic, they couldn't do enough for you but never once put you under any pressure to have the surgery.
My consultation lasted a couple of hours where I had thorough eye tests which and lots of friendly chats with the opticians to see if I was actually suitable for laser treatment. I did bring my partner along with me which helped as he stayed with me every step of the way throughout all the eye examinations I had. Once I found out I was suitable for treatment I was then introduced to my laser councillor who was just brilliant. He just couldnt do enough for you, even though at this point i had still not decided to go ahead with the surgery. He also explained all the prices and special offers and payment offers that were available. Also if I had any questions I was able to phone him and speak to him once I was home if I had forgot anything. I did make a date for surgery that day for in two weeks time. I was even lucky enough to be shown into the surgery room as it was not in use at that time and my councillor wanted to show me as much as he could to prepare me mentally for everything because sometimes not knowing can make you more nervous.
The date came around for my surgery and I am shocked at how fast and painless it all was. I had a chat with my councillor in the morning who then introduced me to the surgeon who also did a few more checks on my eyes again. I had the LASIK surgery as I was not suitable for the more standard cheaper option LASEK. However I did not choose the added option of intralase to perform the protective flap as this was more expensive and the surgeon and my councillor said during the surgery I would not be able to feel the difference, the end results would be the same, its just without it my eyes would take slightly longer to heal.
My name was then called out for me to go into surgery where I left my partner behind in the waiting room and was taken into the theatre room which was all set up ready for me. I was laid down in the chair and I had the surgeon behind me and his assistant at the side of me. The assistant said she will do a talking commentary for me so I know exactly what the surgeon is doing throughout the surgery. This really helped to calm my nerves. I had some drops in my eye to numb everything, one eye was covered and then the surgeon then performed his magic and then repeated the same on the second eye. The actual laser lasted just 10-15 seconds and I must have been in and out of the theatre within 5 minutes. I never felt any pain at all, just a little discomfort with the pressure cup on my eye to hold it in place but nothing I would say was painful. As it was so fast there wasn't time to feel anything. I then walked into the next room where the surgeon checked my eye to make sure everything went ok. My vision was very blurry at this point with all the drops etc but I could see enough to walk down the corridor to the next room where I had the after care plan explained and what eye drops etc to use once I got home. My follow up appointment was then booked for the following morning and then I was allowed to go home. I then returned to my partner who thought that my surgery had been delayed because i was back out so fast. All in all I was away from him for just 15 minutes. He even said my eyes didn't look red or sore and that I looked ok. We then walked back to the car with my goody bag of eye drops, ointments and sleeping goggles to wear for the first week to protect my eyes. (This was the worst part sleeping in goggles,I had to get up early just to let the red rings around my eyes disappear before I left the house but that only lasted for a week and then i could return to normal sleeping patterns without the goggles). Its more of a precaution to protect my eyes while im sleeping so that the covers etc dont poke my eyes while they are healing). I would recommend taking a pair of large dark sunglasses with you on the day of surgery as my eyes were very light sensitive when I got outside even on a day which was raining and cloudy. Also take sunglasses with you on your consultation day too, looking back my eyes were also light sensitive with all the eye drops they used, I was just lucky I had a pair on me as it was a sunny day that day.
Once home I put in my drops and went straight to bed for a few hours as by this point my eyes had started watering and stinging if i kept them open, a bit like how you feel chopping up onions so went to sleep. I got up just three hours later and looked out the window and I could see car registration plates half way up the street already, I was amazed as that morning I couldn't see these without my glasses. Don't get me wrong my vision wasn't perfect at this point but the improvements were amazing! I just stayed in low lit rooms that evening and didn't watch any tv etc and then went to bed at my usual times to get a nice sleep.
The next morning I went for my first check up and already had 20-20 vision in less than 24 hours. They were all very happy with my progress at such an early stage.
I then returned for a check up one week later, then one month, and three months, I also had an extra appointment after 6 months because I had a dry eye problem they were keeping tabs on which I had before I went into surgery. I have now just had my 12 month check up today and all I can say is the results are amazing. My dry eye problem has cleared up and my vision is far better than 20-20, I could never have expected results like this its the best decision Ive ever made and can only wish I had done it sooner!
If your thinking about having surgery and can't decide just go for it.... Pick up the phone book your appointment and you will be amazed with the results!
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