LASIK: The Post-Op Care

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personal-opinionI had LASIK because I wanted to get rid of my dependence on glasses and contact lenses and all the associated issues of blurry vision and headaches. I wanted to see my baby without scrambling for my glasses.

LASIK needs an investment of your time as well as money. If you are a regular contact lens user, you have to be free from wearing contact lenses for at least 2 weeks before your eyes can be tested to see if you’re eligible for LASIK. That is quite an investment because as a former contact lens user, I know it’s not easy to function in glasses if you’re used to contact lenses.

Read my previous posts – LASIK: Before The Surgery and LASIK: The Surgery – to learn more about LASIK and what it’s all about. This post is basically what happens after the surgery.

After a nerve-wreaking 15 minutes of my life, I was guided to the testing table and Doc tested my vision. And I realized I could see. Things were blurry, yes, but not out of shape blurry. It was a good blurry. She checked and okayed me. My eyes were bandaged and I was guided out to the waiting area.

I sat there for half an hour without any company. Then suddenly the attendant came to give me painkillers and finally allowed my entourage to get me to another waiting room. Papa held my hand and showed his concern. On the other hand, my hubby showed concern by cracking jokes and lamenting how sad it is that he won’t be able to tease me about my vision any more. Since I took painkillers I gorged on biscuits because I was too pumped up for anything else.

It took another half hour to get my turn to have my eyes checked again by the doctor and get the permission to get home. Follow up checks were scheduled. 4 different eye drops and Vitamin C tablets were prescribed, plus painkillers to be used on an emergency basis. I like to think I’m tough enough not to take any painkillers, so I don’t usually buy them. But hubby insisted, so there.

Even got this cool dark glasses from the hospital to wear on my ride home. The moment I came home, my baby jumped onto me and wouldn’t let go. Doc had advised me to sleep for 2 hours or more the moment I reached home so that the cornea could heal properly but baby thought otherwise. It was later than expected but I did follow Doc’s instructions. One instruction was to wear these plastic shields on my eyes so that I don’t rub my eyes in sleep. Turned out, it was just an invitation for trouble. The moment my baby saw me in those shields, she climbed on top of me and started tapping away on the shields. Thankfully her father took her away and distracted her with other stuff. Whew!

Post-op care basically is all about helping the cornea heal. So no rubbing. No watching TV. No computer. No books. No cooking. No driving. At least for 3 days. And the biggest task is to not let your fingers or water touch your eyes for 2 weeks. That meant no showers for 2 weeks. No facewash for 2 weeks. I can’t tell you the joy I felt when I splashed water on my face once the 2 week mark was up. It was hallelujah all around!

You have to be diligent about the eye drops and medicine. And speak up your concerns with the doctor when you meet for follow-up checks. My follow-up is in a year now, if all goes well. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

NOTE: When I was deciding about LASIK, I failed to find anything human about the topic. I mean, I found loads of articles about what it is, how it’s done and so on, but no personal stories about what one goes through while LASIK. Hence these posts. Hope you find these articles useful in helping you decide.

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