Saturday, July 18, 2009

LASIK me perfect

17th July 2009, marks the date that changed my life after more than 10 years of blurred vision. I had been wearing glasses since I was in Primary 6 and from then, my near-sightedness became increasingly worse. I have changed glasses after glasses, I can still remember my first pair of glasses were made out of plastic and have the resemblence of the one that Harry Potter uses! Slowly, my fashion sense became better as I grow older, I start to go for semi-framed glasses, then finally frameless glasses and into sunglasses design. Contact lens too was part of my life during Secondary 4. I used to dread the idea of stucking something into my eyes and wearing it till it dries them out. But I got used to it, because of vanity. I want to look better without being "four-eyed". Whenever I go for sports, my favourite include swimming and martial arts, I would face the difficulty of seeing things clearly for I was force to remove my glasses so that I can put on my goggles for the former and avoid being crushed for the latter. And now that I am pursuing dentistry, I would require to don a face mask and the problem with face mask is that, whenever you breathe, the water vapour will rise from the mask and fog up your glasses! So, I have to stop intermittently whenever I'm doing something.

And so I made up my mind, to get my eyes fixed for good. No more glasses, no more contact lens, I am going for LASIK. I had had LASIK in mind for quite sometime already. It was in 2008, that I stumbled across a booth fair in my own campus for LASIK and the price caught my attention. Before this, I thought LASIK was very very expensive and I wouldn't afford it until I begin to earn enough when I start to work, which will be forever! But it wasn't so. This particular centre was offering LASIK for the price of RM2,888 for both eyes! Now, I'm not saying it is damn cheap but it is the cheapest in town, and I personally think it is very reasonable (not that I am filthy rich, NO!). Hey! Where else can you get prices like that now???

It took me a year long hiatus before I finally went for the operation yesterday. Money was of course the main problem. Eventhough RM2,888 was reasonable, but my parents don't have enough for me, let alone it being cosmetic purposeses! But recently, my mom had had a small fortune and she finally gave me the green light to go for it, considered it as my 21st birthday gift since it is around the corner, she said. I love her for this! :D 5.30pm, I was at the centre (oh by the way, the place is called Advance Vision Eye Specialist Centre, the eye surgeon by the name of Dr Yeoh Phee Liang is a graduate from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Check out their website if you are interested: ), waiting anxiously to be called into the operation theatre. My vision was being checked and my cornea thinkness was being measured electronically just to be sure that the results were the same with the 1st checking I did last year. Then, they put on a surgical gown on me and a surgical cap too. Eye solutions which are local aneasthesia I suppose, were dropped into my eyes. My eyes went numb almost immediately. Then.....the operation begins!

The operation theatre was simple enough, just a really long bed-like machine with laser at the top of the head rest area. As soon as I was being laid on it, my head was rotated towards the laser, directly underneath it. Now with both my eyes wide open, I was told to stare at a blinking red light, which is obviously the laser!

Honestly, this is the most intimidating part. I mean, you know damn well that THAT red light is laser and you were asked to stare AT it! It's like asking you to step into a fire knowing damn well that the it will burn you alive! You get what I mean? I was scared man! But the doctor warned me to NOT move a muscle as the initial step is the most crucial of the entire LASIK surgery.

My eyelids were taped prior to that and a retractable spring was placed to keep my eyes wide open. Then, solutions were dropped on it, something glasslike was put on top of my eyeball. Then I felt something pushing against my it, loud noise were heard, felt something moved on my eye, my cornea was cut open and the doctor manipulated it for awhile. (This DOES feel scary and uncomfortable. Not painful but it IS uncomfortable.) Laser was then shot, zapping sounds were heard, I smell something burning but amazingly this has NO FEELING at all! Not a single sensation! :D

Finally, my eye was washed with isotonic solution and the doctor dropped some antibiotic into the completed eye before continueing with the other eye using the same procedures. The whole surgery lasted about 15 minutes and I was discharged after taking 2 paracetamol and closing my eyes for 5 minutes! My vision then was 50% cleared.

Immediately after returning to my hostel, I tried to sleep because the anaesthetic was wearing off and I start to feel very uncomfortable and in fact, slight pain in both my eyes. They were slight bloodly liquid oozing out from the corner of my eyes. I took a sleeping pill that the doctor prescribed and had a 10-hour sleep, with protective eye shields on of course, for fear of rubbing my eyes when I am asleep.

Today as I woke up, my vision is 90% clear! I am seeing things in a almost 20/20 vision without my glasses!!! It was like dreaming! I can see fine prints and car number plates clearly several metres away now, and people faces at the end of the hall!!! Now I blog my experience prior to my post-operative checkup. In half an hour time I will be returning to the centre for a review. Now I can proudly say that I can see clearly without my glasses anymore! I have done it, so when will you?? :)


Nisshant~ said...

i am contemplating doing this but ure description freaks me out! should i do it as well!?!

Unknown said...

LASIK has a 99.99% success rate. Only 100 in 1 million people will have complications. But then again, not everyone are eligible for LASIK. Your cornea must be at a certain thickness and your pupil must be at a certain size, only then you are a perfect candidate for LASIK. All these will (and MUST) be checked in the clinic by the doctor. The result of LASIK is magnificent! I am of no regrets now. You'll like the results! (Hey! I'm just describing the procedures as honestly only!) Imagine the convenience of seeing without specs and lenses! But if you would ask me to do LASIK again.....I would tell you, somethings are to be done ONCE in a life time. ;)

Liz said...

OMG OMG OMG Are you really serious???!!
You did it?? You actually DID IT??!!
Wow. *salutes*
It sounds too good to be true...I'd like to, but darn, RM 2888? Gotta scrimp and save then :)

Kin Man said...

Woww...jealous wehh...

DIY NORM said...

ei,, u really go for plastic surgery ?haha


i think reasonable as least u get what u paid for... haha

the feeling to see without spec clearly must be satisfying lo.. hahaha

nicole said...

How's everything after so many year? Is it all-LASIK-laser? A bit worried cos much more lower than market price le.... :(

Unknown said...

2 years already and my vision is still perfect. :)

Unknown said...

why a year? can't you just go there ,make an appointment and just proceed with the surgery? or do you need at least a year before doing the surgery?

Unknown said...

It was just me procrastinating to go for the surgery. Of course you can just walk in anytime you want. :)

Anonymous said...

This blog post is informative! Thanks.
I am interested to have Dr. Yeoh to conduct LASIK on my eyes as well. Can I know if the LASIK you did was FLEMTO LASIK? How many follow-up sessions did you have after the surgery? Do you still go for annual check-up?

Unknown said...

Hi anonymous,
I don't really know what type of LASIK I did. Sorry. My follow up sessions were the next day, next week, next month, and so forth. I only went for the 1st year and stopped going after that.

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