As a child, I had perfect vision. Beautiful, sharp, 20/20 vision. Like most young people, I totally took it for granted. Fast forward to the end of high school when I started to realise that things didn’t look quite as clear and I found myself squinting a lot and often. It’s probably a pretty familiar story. Luckily for me, I had laser eye surgery performed on my precious peepers after almost 15 years of wearing glasses. People really got a lot of value from my c-section prep post so I thought this might be useful too.
Was Laser Eye Surgery Worth It?
What if it didn’t work and I was left blind? What if the freezing doesn’t work and I feel it? How will we afford it? What if it doesn’t make much of a difference? The fear of the unknown is the worst and my anxiety had a field day with all of the thoughts swirling around in my head. Thankfully, I had family members who went to the same place to have the procedure done and they had nothing but good things to sayl. I’m hoping that this will be helpful to you too!
My optometrist had suggested for a few years that I would be a prime candidate for laser eye surgery but I always brushed it off as being too expensive. Nick and I always seemed to be saving or paying off something so dropping a few thousand dollars was never something to be entertained. The house renovation, the wedding, the honeymoon, a baby, another baby, another house. It was one thing after another. We were finally at a point where we were in a comfortable financial position and there weren’t any large purchases on the horizon so I decided to go for it!
My optometrist sent me to TLC Laser Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick which came highly recommended and is roughly a 2-hour drive from home because there isn’t currently a facility in Saint John to perform the surgery. In total, I travelled there 3 times for the consultation, surgery, and follow-up appointments. Each time, my darling Dad made the drive with me because I wasn’t able to drive myself. Don’t feel bad for him, he loves being needed!
They have some amazing equipment at TLC and I found myself geeking out over much of the whole Lasik process. They did a variety of tests on my eyeballs including dilating my pupils for the first time in my life. That part did not go well because, as it turns out, I’m one of the rare few who gets odd vertigo like symptoms and almost passes out … so that was fun! Other than that minor snafu, it was uneventful and went as it should. After the testing was finished, I got a tour of the facility and was shown all of the machines that would be used for the procedure. The staff took me through exactly what would happen so that there would be no surprises and so that I would feel as comfortable as possible. I was also able to get all of the paperwork and payment out of the way then as well so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it on surgery day.
To say that I was nervous would be an understatement! I could hardly think about the surgery on the drive up without almost throwing up. I thought about backing out a few hundred times but I’m the type of person who has to do things that scare me just to prove that I can and I knew in reality that I would be fine. In the prep area, they sanitised my eyes, put drops in to freeze them, and most importantly … gave me an Ativan! Let me tell you, that stuff is excellent and I can see how people can get addicted to it!
A few minutes later it was into the surgical suite. Inside, it’s cold, loud and full of equipment that looks like it belongs on the International Space Station. I was equal parts fascinated and nervous. The Ativan definitely helps! The nurse who I met during my consultation was beside my head telling me everything I needed to know and do. The entire process was probably 3 minutes per eye, if that, and was quick and completely painless. Once it was over, I went back into the prep area to get all of my aftercare drops and things that I would need for the next few weeks. I was given a sexy pair of sunglasses, some clear plastic guards to tape over my eyes to protect them while I sleep, and I was sent on my way! Just in case anyone is interested, I had my Dad film my procedure! Weird? Maybe. If you’re interested in seeing it, I can upload the video for your viewing pleasure.
I slept most of the way home in the car and went right to bed when I got back at around 2 pm my eyes were still slightly frozen. They advise you sleep as much as you can that first day which is made easier by the Ativan. I woke up at around 6:30 pm, grabbed a snack, then got right back into bed. My eyes weren’t frozen anymore and felt like there was sand in them. It was slightly uncomfortable but not painful. I went back to sleep until 9 pm at which point my eyes felt almost completely normal and just a little bit dry. The next morning, my eyes felt absolutly fine! I wasn’t allowed screen time, had to put drops in every few hours, and couldn’t rub my eyes for a few days but I felt fabulous! I had to go back to Moncton the next day to make sure that everything went as expected and that the healing process was beginning and all was perfect. Let me tell you, eyes heal really quickly!
The Results of Laser Eye Surgery
You guys! I shit you not when I say that this was life changing. I would have paid double for this and that would have been fine by me! I’ll write a whole other post about all the little ways in which my life has become better since having Lasik because I think that would be a fun post and this one is already incredibly lengthy. Someday I will need to wear reading glasses because ageing but I’m a-okay with that.
So was it worth it? The short answer is yes. The long answer is yyyeeeessssssss!
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