Sight Beyond Sight – 4 Months of LASIK

I had my last major checkup after my LASIK procedure (detailed here) this week.  For the past four months, I’ve been enjoying the benefits of having amazing vision without the need to wear contact lenses or glasses.  I now have 20/16 vision in my left and right eyes, and when I use both eyes I have 20/12 vision.  Since the majority of the healing process has now occurred, I’m fairly certain this this will be my stable vision for a good long while.

Continuing on from my previous post, I can honestly say that the experience was the best thing I’ve ever done.  My worries about night halos were pretty much over-hyped.  I’d heard from many people that bright lights at night had a kind of halo effect that caused driving to be difficult with all the headlights.  I found that while there was indeed a halo around things like street lights or car headlights, it wasn’t nearly as pronounced as I had been led to believe and was quite tolerable.  Now, four months later, even those small halos are practically non-existent.  This is pretty much what I expected, since the halos are usually just artifacts of the incisions made during the procedure and as the eyes heal the halos vanish.

The other side effect that I have is increased light sensitivity.  Imagine walking outside on a day where the sun is shining so brightly that it hurts your eyes to have them open more than just a small amount.  That’s what going outside on bright days feels like to me.  When a flashbulb or bright light gets shined in my eyes, the after effects seem to last a bit longer than they did before.  It’s not that it’s any different that what a normal person might feel in those situations, it’s just a little more pronounced.  I’ve managed to fix the sunlight issue by investing in a nice pair of polarized sunglasses.  Before, I wore sunglasses only to drive.  Now I feel like I need to wear them most of the time when I’m outside in the sunlight.  As for flashbulbs, I think that’s only going to be a real problem when I become a celebrity blogger and TMZ starts following me around with cameras.

Tom’s Take

The big question is: Would you do it again?  Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.  I recommend that anyone capable of getting the procedure done should investigate it.  My wife is going to get it done before the year is out.  My friends are all asking about it and I recommend it without reservation.  Unless you have a medical reason to avoid it, or you just like the look of “brainy specs”, the benefits of no longer needing glasses or contacts far outweighs anything that you could consider a downside.

I don’t rub my eyes nearly as much as I used to.  Before, when I felt my eyes start watering, I had to grab a napkin and blot them, lest my contact pop out or become dislodged.  Now, I just let my eyes water and I find that they aren’t nearly as irritated as they once were.  That might also be due to the notion that I no longer have a hunk of plastic sitting on top of them.  The highest praise that I can give to my LASIK procedure is that I sometimes forget that I had it done.  I just feels natural to me now to not have to worry about changing contacts or tracking down glasses.  If you are thinking about it, don’t hesitate to go out and get more information.  Ask your eye doctor about their opinion of your local options.  And don’t hesitate to get a second opinion.  Your sight will thank you.

3 thoughts on “Sight Beyond Sight – 4 Months of LASIK

  1. I wear one day disposable contacts that although cost a few hundred pounds a year (say $500 right now) are very comfortable all day.

    Despite that I’m still tempted by laser surgery as the results do sound great. I mean, being able to see from the moment you open your eyes in the morning? Yes please! It’s just the fact it’s not been around long enough for people to know how it is 20 years later that puts that seed of doubt in my mind?

  2. I was lucky to have gotten PRK in June of 2008. Previously, I was 20/400 and 20/600. My contact prescription was -7.50 and -7.25. I wore glasses since the age of 5.

    I now have 20/20 and 20/25 vision and enjoy seeing things as they are without the hassle of keeping my glasses in working order or having to put in and take out contacts daily. The only two side effects was the haze that lasted about a year or so and the current sensitivity to sunlight. My eyes water occasionally when I am outside, but it’s not really a big deal. I should wear sunglasses all the time to alleviate the issue, but I cant find any I like so I suffer. 🙂

    It was easy one of the best things that I have ever done. It didn’t hurt that I got it for free either 😉

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