Yup, I FINALLY did it! After contemplating for what seemed like years, I finally decided I had to get over my fear and just go ahead.
Honestly it was the best decision I have ever made! Initially I didn't see the big deal about it but over time I have realized what a blessing it has been to have 20/20 vision 24/7. It's been about 3 months since my surgery and I love it!
I went to LASIK MD and they were extremely helpful throughout the process. The initial meeting was very long where they do multiple tests and consultations to advise you if you are a good candidate or not. My eyesight has been stable for quite a few years, which was good. I had 2 major fears going in to the surgery; one was that I have uber dry eyes so I didn't want the LASIK to make it worse than what it is. This is a major complaint because no matter what contacts I wore, it would always dry out my eyes to the point I wanted to rip them out. My second concern was seeing halos at night. I always saw halos because my pupils are larger than average so, seeing halos at night is normal but I didn't want it to become worse.
Through the consultation they advised me that I go for the more sophisticated surgery to avoid dry eyes (I don't know if this was a gimmick but I went ahead with the advanced surgery....I might as well go all out!). They advised me that I will always see halos as that is my "normal," LASIK is just vision correction and will not take away things such as dry eyes and halos as it only corrects vision. I appreciate their honesty because I knew exactly what I was getting into. They did say the halos would get worse right at the beginning and then become better as my eyes healed.
So on the day of the surgery I was uber, uber, uber anxious! I could barely sleep at night and I did ask the clinic to give me a Xanax....trust me, I needed it! It is an option for super anxious patients as you are still awake during the surgery. On the day of there were more consults and then you met the surgeon, they reviewed the process and the healing, prescribed meds and you were ready to go to surgery.....argh! In total I think it lasted 2 minutes per eye. I felt the surgeon put drops in my eye and open them up. My eyes felt so wet and they tell you to stare at a light. You can barely see the surgeon operating on your eye and they are so quick. I did panic when he did my second eye but I felt the nurse just softly brush my shoulder and told me to calm down. After the surgery there is more check-ups and you are off to go.
You must have someone to pick you up as you can barely open your eyes. So when I was asking all my friends who had the surgery done on how painful it was, everyone said it was easy-breezy; which it was. But, no one talked about the after-care which was awful!!! I would recommend buying all the meds at the clinic because going after is a nightmare! You have to wear sunglasses for 24 hours, even while sleeping in case you scratch your eyes while sleeping.
The moment I walked out in to the sun, I felt like my eyes were burning and they would not stop watering. I went home and nibbled on some toast and went to sleep. The Xanax was messing up my body as I felt I was going to puke at any moment. I kept thinking my eyes were bleeding.....blame the Xanax! Putting eye drops was really rough since your eyes feel like they are burning. The best way I could describe this is that imagine someone rubbed raw onions into your eyes.
After sleeping for most of the day, by the evening I was feeling much better and so were my eyes. They were still a little scratchy but the drops were helping. I could see much more clearly by night but things were still a little blurry. By day 2, every thing was so sharp and clear! By 1 month, I felt like everything had settled. I did have slight bruising on one of my eyes but luckily you couldn't see it as it was under my eyelid. The doctors advise you this in your consult as well since it's very normal and it depends if you are easily bruise-able or not. The bruise healed within 2 weeks.
In the beginning, my halos were pretty bad but slowly by 1 month, I was back to seeing my "normal" halos. I was putting in my drops religiously and my fear of having uber dry eyes was completely false. My eyes were not dry at all! I wouldn't need the drops that much after but i'm noticing now in winter with the heater on, I do need the drops a lot more because my eyes are much drier.
Honestly, the surgery has changed my life. I do still miss my glasses (I know, i'm weird) but I will most likely get some "fashion glasses."
If you are looking into getting LASIK done then please do your research; ask as many questions as you want. Go visit different clinics but I would recommend going to one that is close to you (location-wise). There are multiple check-ups after your surgery.
I would totally recommend the surgery! It's life-changing!