Thursday, May 29, 2008

I can see clearly now....

Last Friday, the 23rd of May, I had my "Laser Vision Correction" surgery. Before I was called back to meet with the admitting nurse - I met with the surgeon, Dr. Perkins. He told me what he would be doing, and went over any questions I had. Which were none. I had already done all my research. Once I was called back my sister, DeAnn who drove me left to visit with my grandmother who lives right around the corner from the surgery center. The Admitting nurse took my BP, put drops in my eyes and gave me three (3) pills to take. I then sat to relax in a reclining chair in the pre-op prep area as the meds began to take effect. Also at this time the nurse was trying to offer me snacks and drinks, I should say juice. I declined both. I wasn't nervous I just wanted to get the ball rollin'. After about 10 minutes I was called back into the laser room. which was really cold inside, but felt really good. The first machine laser the cornea flap. That procedure took a whole 15 seconds. I then walked with the help of a young man to the final machine where I was asked to focus on a green light while a red laser started doing its magic. The last step was when the doctor brushed the cornea flap back over my eyes. Once that was done my vision was blurring, but I could already see the difference. I was given a pair of protective glasses to wear home. From the time my sister left to when they called to tell her to come get me was about 30 minutes. I was told to go home and sleep. But I have to wear these goggles for the next couple of days. They are to protect my eyes from any rubbing I might do. They are really comfortable to wear. I just might wear them every night! For the first week I have three (3) different drops to drop in my eyes four (4) times a day. I have a drop for the first 24 hours while awake and then I have another drop I do two (2) times a day that will continue for 1-3 months.
Saturday morning, the 24th I had a post-op visit with the doctor and after reading the eye chart I was told that my vision is at 20/25. Which will only increase over the next 3 weeks. I'm very happy with the out come so far, and the only question I have for myself is..."why didn't I do this sooner?". It was so worth the money I was saving for my trip to England.
Per the doctors instructions, I can't wear eye makeup for seven (7) days. That's why I look, as my nephew Ivan would say "Horrid". If anyone is concerning Lasiks - go for it. I give it the thumbs up!

5 comments:

Elise said...

Yeah! I was just going to email you to ask how it went! Sounds like everything went well! Congrats on getting it done. I keep trying to convince my mom to do it, but she is too scared. Enjoy seeing the world clearly!

Heather said...

Glad you took the leap and went for it. I need to get a job and help pay for Rich to get it done! :) btw - u don't look horrid??

Staci Jayne Love said...

I'm so glad it went well! I think you look awesome in the glasses, you need to wear them all the time!

J's Wall said...

Hey LaVonne! how are you doing? sorry it's been so long since I've talked to you. I hope everything is going well.

Eric and Breanna Graham said...

I'm so jealous! Someday I'm totally going to do it. I hate messing with contacts and glasses all the time!