And, drum roll please.
I'm happy I had it!
This is a stark contrast to just a few days ago. The difference is that I have started using gel moisturizers for my eyes. That very day, I saw a HUGE difference. My vision went from, non-consistent, to being able to see as well as I did with my glasses prior to surgery, if not better
So for those debating on whether or not they should have the surgery, this is what I will say.
It hurt! It burned! It was a worse pain than getting my stomach cut open. Granted, I was heavily medicated when those surgeries occurred, but they don't give you any pain meds for after LASIK, only a Valium, and the numbing drops during. I had always heard that Valium was potent... Apparently, I am immune.
Keep in mind, I am known for my low pain tolerance, and I do not numb well with anesthesia. They also say that 1/50 people will have pain. I was that lucky 2%! I talked to many other people, and most people experienced just slight burning or a sensation of something being in their eyes. Also, the pain only lasted three hours. I did have an irritated feeling in my eye for about two days, and occasionally now, when I do not keep my eyes well hydrated.
Another surprise I had, was that I was told that I would be able to see well enough to drive, the very next morning. They were wrong. They were so wrong! I started crying when I woke up and had blurry vision. Yes, I overreacted, but I thought I was going to be blind for the rest of my life. Rational? Maybe not, but I can't deny the truth.
Honestly, though, I believe I could have driven later on that evening. My vision for the first week was tested at 20/25, although I felt like it was worse. I had a halo effect for about a week. The halo is completely gone, because I chose to do custom LASIK. It costs more, but well worth it. Then for about four weeks, my vision would go in an out of being perfect. This was due to being dry and tired. I could not keep them hydrated enough to be comfortable.
This past weekend, I decided to try gel drops. All the sudden, I went from adding eye drops only three times a day, as opposed to constantly. It does burn a little when they first go into the eye, but it subsides after a couple seconds. Although the few seconds of discomfort is totally worth the perfect vision. I do mean, perfect vision. I wish I would have used the gel drops sooner.
Other Unexpected Things:
Some other unexpected things were, the whites of my eyes were very red. I was a little surprised at how bad the bruising was. Honestly, I should not have been, since the doctors have said I have very sensitive eyes, but alas, I was. I took photos and almost posted them on here, but figured it would gross you out. I'm also surprised at how dry my eyes are. They tell you this is going to happen, but I was a little surprised by that. If you have that issue, I'd recommend using the gel drops. They make a huge difference!
So there you have it, after all of my moaning and groaning about spending way too much for non-perfect vision, I am happy. If I knew how everything was going to go, would I have it again? I'm a little bit of a wimp, so I probably would not have gone into it with such enthusiasm. I also probably would have asked if they could have given me pain pills just in case it hurt, or doubled up on Motrin and Tylenol. For now, I'm happy.