What You Can Expect from Laser Eye Surgery

I wanted to share in this post what you can expect from laser eye surgery, considering it’s #WorldSightDay

I want this post to help people who are thinking about undergoing laser eye surgery, or who have been too scared to take the step, or who have heard horror stories and myths about what it’s done to other people.

Also, I wanted to give my own opinion. Like me, you’re probably thinking that ‘reviews’ on various websites that offer laser eye surgery are biased or even completely made up. I hope this review enables you to take the step.

Before the surgery

There were numerous appointments I had to have to make sure I was eligible for the surgery. At some points, I did feel like the company would have said I was eligible no matter what my circumstances, because I was paying them A LOT of money.

I had to read over all the terms and conditions the month before, which you can believe I did with a fine toothcomb. I also had to have eye tests and scans the week before, and then on the morning of the surgery. So although there were times when I was thinking ‘Am I being rushed/forced into this?”, all the precautions were taken and tests were done which helped to put my mind at ease.

The doctor also went through the risks and side-effects. Most were so unlikely, but the most common was dry eyes. This can be solved through the use of eye drops, and my chance of having dry eyes for more than 2 years was 2%.

Of course they had to go through all the really scary stuff: loss of sight, chance of further surgery, etc. This is just something they have to go through, and shouldn’t panic you or scare you out of having the surgery.

what you can expect from laser eye surgery

The day of the surgery

I was really nervous the day of the surgery. I waited in the waiting room for around 20 minutes before being called through. They did both eyes together, and I came out of surgery with already-improved vision, though still a bit blurry.

The actual surgery is completely pain free. They give you eyedrops that numbs the area. You lie down on the chair, underneath the first machine that removes the flap. Then the second machine is the laser. When your eyes are lasered, it smells a little bit like burning bacon, but this is normal!

Then the flap goes back down and you’re done!

At this point, you’re not allowed to touch your eyes for a week. No eye make-up, no rubbing your eyes, no showers (you’re more likely to splash water in your eyes in the shower than a bath). You also get these super attractive eye goggles. You have to wear them while you sleep to stop you touching your eyes in the night. Though I did wake up a number of times with the goggles on my head, so they clearly didn’t do very much.

Once the eyedrops wear off after about 2 hours you’ll start to feel a scratching and burning in the eye. Imagine peeling onions, having hay fever, and having sand in your eye all at the same time. It isn’t necessarily painful, just uncomfortable. They always prescribe a nap as soon as you get home.

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After the surgery

I had to have an appointment 24 hours afterwards, and then a week afterwards, then a month, three months, six months and one year. Of course if you feel the need, you can ring and book an appointment any time.

I had the surgery in January, and my eyes still get very dry. It doesn’t help that I work at a screen all day, which decreases your blink rate by a huge 60%.

I get all my eye drops included though for 12 months after surgery. I can nip in any time and pick more up, I don’t need an appointment.

Besides the dry eyes, I’ve had no other issues. As someone who had a seriously strong prescription, and an astigmatism, I can’t believe I can wake up in the morning and see everything. I especially wanted the eye surgery to be complete before I got married, which isn’t until April 2018.

I always hated having to take spare glasses and contact lenses everywhere, or forgetting solution for my lenses, or having to go blind by the pool on holiday. No more prescription sun glasses (and having to swap between glasses when indoors and sunglasses when outdoors).

So there’s what you can expect from laser eye surgery. Life is so much easier, and I’d have the surgery again any day.