21 August 2011


I have worn glasses/contacts for the past 28 years.  Friday I went in and had LASIK surgery!!  I can't believe that I can actually see without any glasses or contacts.  I was pretty nervous going into the surgery.  Darwin tried his best to keep my mind off of it while we were in the waiting room by being silly...

The first thing the doctor did was to dilate my eyes.  Next, he took a pen and drew dots on my eyes!  It was the most painful part of the entire procedure! 

Next they put antiseptic around my eyes to clean them...I look like an owl!

After that we went into the operating room...wait...I took a valuim sometime before this to help with my nerves...

This was the weirdest thing I have ever done!  The procedure lasted only 15 minutes.  First he put this suction cup thing on my eyeball and my vision went completely black.  Then I could hear and feel the pressure of the "buzz saw" as he cut the flap open on my cornea.  He opened the cornea flap and positioned the laser.  At this point, I could see red and green blurry lights...it was pretty freaky!  Then he turned on the laser and it smelled like burning flesh and sounded like electricity crackling!  I had to stay so focused on something else so I didn't jump up off that table!!  I sang "I Love to See the Temple" over and over in my head.  It was really weird because I couldn't remember all the words to the song...only a few of the lines, but I just sang them over and over and was concentrating really hard to remember the words so I wouldn't think about the procedure.  It worked!!

After the laser did it's job, the doctor put my cornea flap back over my eye and put lots of drops in my eye. He used something that looked like a small foam paint brush to make sure all the air bubbles were out from under the flap.  Then he moved over to the other eye and did it all over again.  I had a metal hook type of thing that stretched my eyelids open and out of the way, and the doctor taped my eyelashes to my face so they wouldn't be in the way either.  I came out with several less eyelashes than I started with!

 Done with the surgery!

  In recovery (and on valuim) 

24 hours after surgery!  I only had a hemorrhage in one eye.  The doctor said it would go away soon.

Things will be hazy for a few days/weeks until my eyes have a chance to heal, but it is the most awesome thing to be able to see when I wake up in the morning!!

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