I finally got fed up with contact lenses and decided I wanted laser treatment in Jan this year, but was worried because I had a 2 week ski trip booked to Utah within 5 weeks and thought it wouldn't have healed up properly by then. Anyway the doc said it should be ok so I took the gamble and looked forward to skiing without contacts falling out or glasses steaming up. I went for IntraLasik with Wavefront with Optimax (I'm in the UK), which is where the flap is cut with the laser rather than a blade and the wavefront smooths the eye surface out creating a better final vision. Was actually not nervous that day and was quite looking forward to experiencing the surgery in a curious way. All over in about 15 minutes although a bit worrying when the laser cut blinded me during the procedure and they lifted the flap up for the burning bit. Mmmmm smells lovely, NOT That night was a bit painful and teary but could start to see clearer every hour. Next day was pretty good and actually drove myself to the docs for the checkup and they confirmed I had near 20/20 vision already. Took the med drops for a week or so and went back a week and then a month later and was officially discharged a week before the ski trip with a better than 20/20 vision and no problems at all. Had a great ski trip based in SLC and skied all the resorts in the area, and my eyes were amazing and so much less hassle than i'm used to with contacts drying or freezing etc. No problems at all and I kept having to pinch myself that I could actually see. The initial feeling is of amazement and although now I've got used to it and take it for granted I still think it's amazing how a simple procedure like that can make a massive different to ones life. Anyway, I would say to anyone contemplating having done to do a bit of research and find a good surgeon with good stats and get it done. The success rate now is so high now around 99.8% that it's worth the risk IMO.
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10/14/08 at 3:33am