LASIK Eye Surgery – My Experiences – Day 2

This is what happened on Day two which is the actual day of the surgery. If you have not already read LASIK Eye Surgery – My Experiences – Day 1 you might want to read it to get an idea of what happened on the first day.

Step One: Repeat Tests

On Thursday December 27, I had to repeat some of the tests just to make sure that everything was right on track.

EyeChartI had to repeat the vision test to ensure that my eyesight was not fluctuating, since this would disqualify me from getting the surgery done.

I got some more eye drops put in and then repeated some of the different tests with lasers although I do not remember the exact tests now.

Then, instead of getting the corneal thickness test again, I had my eyes marked with surgical ink. I got some more numbing drops put in and the doctor got these different colored pens that injected ink into my eyes.

I now had these purplish spots around the edges of my iris, to help guide where the incisions needed to be made. After waiting around in the inner waiting room for a little while it was time to meet the doctor.

Step Two: Surgery Time

I was given a mild sedative so that I would be relaxed during the surgery. After waiting a few minutes to give the sedative time to work I was ushered into the operating room, along with five other candidates.

The room was extremely cold and we were given blankets and then told to sit with our eyes closed. We were then called one by one to get the corneal flaps cut on our eyes. This involved getting some retractors put on the eyelids to keep the eyes open.

Eye2Next, a suction ring was placed on the eye to keep it steady. All the lights were turned off and a bright spotlight was directed at my eye. I saw Dr. Boothe‘s hand come down over my eye and then I saw the cornea being lifted. After that I could not see anything else.

A few seconds later the second eye was done and then my eyes were taped shut. Someone helped me off the operating bed and took me to a seat.

I waited a few minutes and then I was placed on another operating bed so the laser could do its work. The laser was very LOUD but it was not painful at all. In fact I could not feel anything at all and all I could see was a very fuzzy light off in the distance.

The actual procedure itself probably took about ten minutes in all. The long waiting time was the period in between each stage of the surgery.

Step Three: Instructions and Equipment

gogglesAfter having my eyes taped shut for a few more minutes I then got the tape off. I was given these goggles to wear any time I was outside or in a position that might pose a danger to my eyes.

I wore the goggles outside all the time and walked around WalMart with them. People stared and stared all the time.

Some people smiled and I think they thought I was some ghetto person trying to look hip or something.

I kept wanting to tell everyone that I had just had eye surgery so that they would not think I was a Fashion Don’t.

EyeShieldsI was also given these eye shields to wear whenever sleeping. I was not allowed to wear the goggles for sleeping because the doctors said that people tended to rip the goggles off when sleeping. Now I have tape on the edges of the eye shields because I have already used them but you can see how they look without the tape.

I had to put in two separate sets of medicated eyedrops every two hours, waiting ten minutes in between each type. I also had to use artificial tears every 15 minutes while awake in order to keep the surface of the eye moist.

The eyes need to stay moist so that the healing process can take place and also to prevent irritation of the eyes. Even though the eyes needed to stay moist ordinary tap water was completely out of the question. In fact we were told that we could not wash our faces for SEVEN days following the surgery.

This seemed a bit gross to me but I understood the reasoning. The doctors did not want us to touch our faces or get water in the eyes because of the risk of infection.

The eyedrops ran out of my eyes and dried on my face so I used a little cotton pad to wipe around the edges so that my face did not look gross. I am glad that I am off for the rest of the week with all of these restrictions.

There was a clear, medicated contact lens that was placed as a bandage over the cornea and this had to be removed by the doctor the next day.

Come back to find out what happened the next day when I went to remove the medicated lens in LASIK Eye Surgery – My Experiences – Day 3.

Here are my past experiences with LASIK:

LASIK Eye Surgery – My Experiences – Day 1

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  1. My experience was a bit different than yours. The whole thing happened at one time. The chair they used to cut the flap was the same chair they did the laser. It took maybe 5 minutes for the whole thing. They gave me large black sunglasses that my grandma had when she was blind to wear outside, but other than that, I didn’t have to wear anything protective to sleep. I was probably more protective than the doctor would’ve recommended. I had the eye drops too, which one had the worst after taste. Yuck! The best feeling was opening my eyes and being able to see things across the room. I was 24 when I did it and I’d been wearing glasses since I was in the 4th grade.

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  2. Isn’t it GREAT to have good vision? So how long now has it been since your surgery and how is the vision now?

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  3. Congratulations!! I had my eyes done by LASIK more than 2 years ago and I haven’t regretted it. I’ve been wearing glasses for almost 8 years and my eyes were extremely bad. I couldn’t even go down the stairs of our own home without my glasses on. Now I have perfect vision. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Enjoy your new sight!

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  4. Wow. What an experience.
    None of that for me though, thank you very much.
    I would NEVER have Lasik surgery. Absolutely not.

    My mother in law had that done, and everything worked out really well for her. But I won’t let them do that to my eyes.

    No way.

    My vision is already excellent.

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  5. @ Jade…Yes it sure is great to be able to see. I am enjoying every moment of my new ‘second hand’ vision (as my boyfriend calls it).

    @ Jagular….boo to you. You have perfect vision so you just don’t understand. :_0

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  6. I’ve thought about lasik type surgery….
    stories such as yours help, thanks…..
    btw, the link to the ‘day 12’ story is broken.

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  7. I accidentally sent out Day 12 too early and I have removed it from the posts. Day 6 is coming out next and then Day 12 will be back in circulation….but thanks for noticing.

    Just remember that my experience has been HEAVENLY but there have been some people who had bad experiences so you need to read theirs too just to get a balance.

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  8. Wow. I’ve always wanted to get Lasik but I’m so scared. My vision is definitely not perfect, and in the long run it would save me money to get my eyes fixed, instead of buying glasses every other year. I just worry about the long term effects of the surgery. It’s nice to hear that it doesn’t hurt, though!

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  9. I was very worried about the long term effects too so that is why I did a lot of research before getting mine done. I have actually been researching this surgery back when it was called Radial Keratotomy so that is a LOOOOOONG time.

    I just decided that now was the time to do it because I have not seen anything negative that has thrown me off. I have read some horror stories but they all began from the day of the surgery…so far I have not seen anything from anyone years afterward that was scary.

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  10. Thanks so much for writing down your experience in detail like this! I will be going to Boothe this Friday and this is exactly what I was looking for. I will most likely recount my experience as well for others thinking about doing this. Thanks again and great write-up!

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  11. Well I am glad that my experience made you feel better about the surgery. And I am sure Dr. Boothe will be happy to get another client.

    Just remember to dress warmly because it is freezing in there.

    My experience may not be what you got….remember there are negative side effects for some people too.

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  12. Can’t wait to hear about day 3! I’m considering this myself…

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  13. Hey Jeff, Day 3 is already up so come back and check it out.

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  14. I thought that the surgery was a one-day procedure. Hmmm….I’m finding more info now!

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  15. Hi again, the post-lasik operation is I think more scary than the procedure itself. You really have to be very very careful to fasten the healing process. How long did it take you to completely remove the goggles during the daytime outside and the eye protector during night time when you sleep?

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    • I was at home for a week and just decided to keep wearing my goggles and eye shield the whole time. I am sure that I could have gotten about fine on the second day since most people go back to work and have no problems….but I decided to be overly cautious and wore my stuff for a whole week, taking it off for a few minutes each day.

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