This photo was taken by the brilliant Kensa Photography at a very fun wedding in Taunton, Somerset that I was at a couple of weekends ago. I’m using it because I am doing my best “stock photo” face which I feel conveys the elatedness of being able to see perfectly without contact lenses or glasses.
I was meant to blog after my two month check-up but it’s actually been four months now since I had my epi-LASEK laser eye surgery in February. I am pleased to report that at my two month check-up, my vision was tested to be better than 20:20 at 20:15 (which means I can see at 20 feet away what normal people can see at only 15 feet).
For those of you who checked in with me about my left eye which I said was a little less sharp than my right eye, it still isn’t quite as sharp as my right eye. This isn’t to say that the vision in my left eye is bad – it’s just that my right eye is extra, extra sharp now. I would never know that my left eye wasn’t as good as my right eye if I didn’t keep covering up each eye in turn to see the difference. The difference is only at very far, far away distances and is only noticeable for things like text.
Apart from the vision, I’m also happy to say that I’m not getting any glare/halos, dryness or any other common issues. I was worried I might end up with these problems but it turns out I had nothing to worry about.
I can’t describe how great it feels to go from being -4.75 and -5.00 to seeing perfectly. I went to a ballet performance recently and sat quite far back so the dancers were just tiny figures in the distance. But I could see them with a crispness that I’ve never had before even with contacts. It’s like switching from normal TV to HD.
I love being able to see when I wake up, having naps without contact lenses suctioning onto my eyeballs and not having to remove and clean lenses every night. But so far, the best it’s been is travelling and not having to quadruple check that I’ve got all my contact lens supplies and just being on flights and not having to wear my milk bottle glasses. There was also that one time after a long, hard week and one too many gin and tonics that I passed out fully clothed on my bed and woke in the morning thinking “WOOHOO I haven’t done that since I was 16!! God bless laser eye surgery!”
So as you can probably tell, I’m ecstatic with the results of my laser eye surgery. It couldn’t have gone any better, so I feel really lucky.
As I said in my last post about my laser eye surgery, the only thing I would change is to have had the surgery in a less dry season. The humidity in New York was 10% for weeks after I had my surgery (optimal humidity is around 50%), so even humidifiers couldn’t help that much (especially not when I was out and about). My first few weeks would have been a lot more comfortable if I’d had the surgery during Spring! I would also have taken more days off work because my eyesight was unworkably blurry for two weeks, although my recovery was probably hindered by the dry air.
Anyway, a few of you wanted to see the video that was recorded during the surgery, so I finally got round to uploading it. The video is just of my right eye because the treatment of my left eye is exactly the same. But I’m warning you – don’t watch the video if you are squeamish or if you are considering having laser eye surgery and don’t want to see the gritty details of what actually happens in case you chicken out. Just a reminder – I had epi-LASEK, which is the procedure which doesn’t involve cutting a flap in the cornea.
Thanks everyone for all the tips, moral support and general curiosity over the last four months!
[Update: For those of you who asked whether it was uncomfortable or painful during the surgery, I literally couldn't feel a thing! I was completely dosed up on Valium and I'd had a bucketload of numbing drops put into my eyes (which stop the blink reflex as well as numbing any feeling).]