I had LASIK back in 2000, and consider it the best huge monetary investment I've ever made! My Ophthalmologist called me the "LASIK poster child" because my improvement was so dramatic and absolutely the best case scenario. Before the procedure, I was legally blind without corrective lenses, with my right eye at 20/400 and left eye 20/200. I couldn't see that big X on the testing chart without my contacts! Fortunately, my contacts had always fully corrected my vision.
I wish I had known the exact routine of the day before I went in, so I'll tell you a little about it even though your Dr may do things a little differently. Also, it's possible with such rapidly improving technology that they've improved the entire technique by now. The morning of the procedure, I was given a Valium for relaxation. I was so excited, it's a wonder it did any good at all. They tested my vision again, looked in my eyes with with all sorts of lights, and then measured the diameter of my pupils in total darkness. Then we went in a special surgical suite sort of room, and it must have been about 10 degrees in there. That's the only thing I would have improved, so take a sweater with you! A neat thing is they gave me a teddy bear to hold during the procedure, instructing me to hold it with both hands. It's so the patient isn't as likely to fidget around, I thought that was a really cute idea. The most uncomfortable part was the things they use to keep your eye open. Have you ever seen A Clockwork Orange? It's something like that. Afterwards, I had little pinpoint bruises around my eyes for about a week, but that was all. The strangest part is that when they remove the little flap from your cornea, you have a few seconds of sudden darkness. This would have been really startling had they not told me what was about to happen. The entire procedure took only minutes. They tape special clear protective lenses over each eye (ever so attractive
) due to the possible risk of dislodging that little flap from the cornea if you were to rub your eye or something of the sort. This isn't an evening you'll want to plan on going out!
The next morning, I drove myself to the office to have the office to remove those lenses. My vision is corrected to 20/15, better than perfect
! I have since had the side effect of occasional dry eyes, sensitivity to bright light, as well as a bit of an aura around lights at night, but none of this is severe or even bothersome in relationship to the overall positive aspects. This was really a terrific experience, and I'm so happy for you to soon be enjoying the same results!