I finally did it! This is something that I had been putting off for awhile. I’d go through cycles where I’d look into every Lasik eye surgeon in the Los Angeles area, book an appointment and then chicken out last minute. This time my close friend had gotten it for a very reasonable price and I decided it was time to just do it. I made an appointment with the possibility of a same day procedure. I knew if I didn’t do the procedure the same day I would probably never come back. So finally the day came and it was a 3 hour wait until I got the checkup and consult. They said I was a prime candidate and that I’d do great. I waited a couple more hours and it was finally time. I was going to be the last surgery of the day. I’m not sure why, but I hate being last. I have this insane fear that the surgeon is tired by the end of the day and will rush through the last surgery to get home and relax. I know it’s an insane fear that makes no sense, but still, I hate being last. So, I asked the girl behind me if she wouldn’t mind switching with me. She didn’t, so I was second to last. 🙂
It was the most terrifying 14 minutes (7 minutes on each eye) of my life. He taped my head to chair so that I wouldn’t move my head. It literally felt like something out of Dexter. I thought, “Oh. My. God. He’s going to kill me! This was all a cover up for murdering people. I’m going to die just because I didn’t want to wear contacts anymore. I’m literally going to die!” I’m not dramatic at all. I then saw a flap lift off of my eye and random red blurry lights. Then finally I hear the laser snapping at my eye. The smell was the worst – the burning of my eyes!
I’m honestly making this sound way worse than it was. The surgeon was really awesome, and really calmed me down through the entire process. He kept saying how great I was doing, which helped me a lot. I was in so much shock and fear that I couldn’t say one word throughout the entire process.
As I walked out of the room, I felt awesome. I could see! And then 30 minutes went by…I was in sheer pain. I couldn’t open my eyes. The minute I tried to open them, tears would fall uncontrollably. I thought “I’m never going to see again….I’m doomed!” Then, I fell asleep. It wasn’t too great. I would wake up periodically through the night with pain in my eyes. But, finally the night was over and it was morning. I opened my eyes, the pain was gone and I could see! It was the weirdest feeling. In nearly 14 years, I forgot the feeling of waking up and being able to see. I went in for my next day checkup and everything was perfect!
Lasik was an awesome decision. DO IT!