I spent a couple of house waiting around and getting my eyes looked at by humans and machines and them being blown into and having drops tested in them.
The results came back that I was suitable for the procedure, in fact I had above the normal size of cornea required.
I decided that I would probably go for the middle of 3 possible options. It would leave me with some light haze at nights but still good enough for other things.
When deciding when to have it done I was a bit stuck for dates as I’m busy almost every weekend for months and months. But when the lady said that if I chose to have it done the following Tuesday I could get £2000 off if I opted for the top option I jumped at the chance.
On Tuesday 12th July I was back at the clinic. I arrived just after 3pm and was out of there over an hour later.
Most of the time was spent rechecking some parts of my eyes, having things properly explained to me (including the risks). I agreed, signed the consent form, took off my needed prescription glasses for the last time and put on the surgical shoe coverings and hairnet.
My eyes were brushed with iodine then I walked into the big giant laser room where I shuffled myself onto a comfy plastic mattress with my feet raised and my head in a curved shaped plastic pillow. I was dragged backwards so I was under the machines and then it began.
My right eyeball was sucked up into a securing device and with it wide open I was shown a series of disturbing images (or was that A Clockwork Orange?). What I did see was the Star Trek eyeball softener machine soften up the front of my eye so I could be spun round to the other machine where firstly Mr Dr created a flap with his pointy claw object and opened an eye-door to my cornea. Then I was told to stare at the red light while the Martian heat ray changed the contour of peeper-land. There were 4 short bursts in total with a countdown from 10 for each and the golden phrase of ‘No complications’ at the end.
This was repeated on the other eye then after a minutes rest I was told to shuffle forward, open my eyes and stand up. Things were a little blurry but I could immediately see the hands on the wall clock. I misread them in my excitement and said the wrong time out loud, but the point was I could read them.
I was shown to a dimly lit room where I closed my eyes for a bit, then opened them to read the signs on the door, then closed them, then opened them to read the time on my watch from far away as possible. As the minutes went by I kept looking more and kept eating the nice little mint chocolates :)~
Mr Dr Man led me to a room where he checked my eyes over and said I could go home.
In the taxi (paid for by the clinic) I was ok and kept trying to read number plates. But 15 minutes in I did need to close my eyes as it felt like I was peeling onions.
I got home and had a couple of painkillers and lied down to wait for Nurse K to get home. I was told my eyes would be streaming and I could be in a little pain, but to be honest there wasn’t that much at all.
I spent the rest of the evening resting as much as possible, putting antiseptic and anti-inflammatory drops in every hour and ate boneless KFC in my shades.
The next day I woke with a bit of fuzziness, but through that I could still read the writing on the boxes on the wardrobe.
Mid afternoon I caught the bus into town and had my first post-op check-up. My eyes seem to be healing ok but there was some inflammation which meant I was asked to go back the next day for another look. This also happened the day after so it was lucky that I had actually booked 4 full days off work.
The day after I was told that I had the correct vision for driving but I waited till Friday just to be safe.
Over those days my eyes occasionally became dry or felt like they had a bit of grit in them (which I couldn’t itch like you would normally) and there was only a couple of moments after the antiseptic drops when I was in real discomfort.
On the Monday at work my eyes got tired quickly with all the monitor staring. The next day was better but the 12 hour working day on the Wednesday made them tired.
But as each day goes by they seem to be getting better. Only a few moments of dryness and still some red bruising from the sucker underneath my eyelid.
My check 2 weeks after the op has me almost at 20/20. Not quite there yet. Maybe I won’t fully reach it. It could take 4-6 months for them to settle in. Either way I can see enough and more importantly not have to bother with glasses for a while. I can now go back to the gym so will try that out first then in another week or 2 should be ok to go swimming and in the sauna.
Let’s just hope that any if I have a jolt to the head the front of my eyes won’t fall off :o