So....eye doctors, in general, don't get Lasik. Or Lasek. Most of them have seen too many contact lens complications to even wear those. When you deal with all the complications you tend to forget about the 99.99% of people who do just fine. So, previously I avoided the talk of refractive surgery but lately I've been getting a little sick of wearing contact lenses all the time. Like ahem 19 hours a day sort of all the time. And I hate glasses -- I never loved them and also my eyes are light sensitive so I hated changing from sun to regular glasses when out and about.
Then we did a University of Southern CA Roski Eye Institute refractive workshop lead by our volunteer faculty Dr. Gregg Feinerman to teach our ophthalmology residents about the lasers and this kind of surgery. So I took the plunge! Best decision ever -- immediately after the surgery I could already see better and my vision the next day was crystal clear. Post lasik I see better than I did before with contact lenses. As a surgeon this was a fear of mine, of course, but within 24 hours my vision was 20/20 (its a crisp 20/15 now) and my depth perception was perfectly unchanged -- again, maybe even better. I had some night halos before, and they're the same now. And of course, I have to keep up on the artificial tears -- at least right now -- as they're prone to be dry. My only regret is that I didn't have this earlier and get out of these contacts before. Lasik for was like a scheduled miracle and I am so grateful for how crisp my vision is and how refreshing it is to open my eyes in the morning and see! Not fumble for glasses or contacts or squint -- just see! Huge shout out to Dr. Feinerman (no pressure demonstrating a procedure on your colleague, in front of all your residents, AND know she's gonna blog on it or anything!) and the USC faculty and residents who stood by my side (but refused to push the button) during the case. Anything for y'alls education. If you want refractive surgery where the doctors go to have theirs done, look no further than Feinerman Vision Center. So who's taking the plunge next?
More LASIK on the blog here xo