Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My new 'Laser' eyes..

I'm back with my new 'lasik' eyes.. Thanks a lot to everyone who wished me luck for the surgery.. It all went fine.

I was a bit tensed when I presented myself at the hospital half an hour before my scheduled time. I was the first to go and I was the first on the surgery list as well. Soon after, an elderly British couple joined us. As we were waiting we had a nice long chat and I came to know that the English lady has already done the laser surgery months ago and now her husband was about to do the surgery as well. She told me that there is nothing to be scared of and the surgery would be very simple. That really helped to raise my spirits a bit.

But..Gosh..! the surgery wasn't that easy at all..! The surgery was done under local anesthesia..they just put anesthetic drops into the eyes, and that's all. The prob is that you have to witness the whole surgical procedures on your eyes with the same eyes and you cant even blink or move your eye balls..Ohhh..that was verrry uneasy to me. They placed a glass shield like rim between the eyelids so that I wouldn't be able to blink... I felt really uncomfortable as I watched the surgeon cut a flap in my cornea and all the rest of it..I wont say it was painful..but really that was some uneasiness beyond words..Sometimes I thought I felt pain, but I might have imagined it..I don't know.

My right eye was done first and as I lied down there waiting for the surgeon to start the next eye, I felt really scared this time..because I knew what was coming..That made the second surgery even worse..But it seemed to finish a bit quicker than the first one..

After the surgery, they just told me to wear the sun glasses and wait for sometime. Then after a while they checked my eyes again , said I'm perfectly okay, and I shall go home for the night. They told me to come for a check up on the following afternoon. Before I left the hospital that English lady told me to be prepared for a tough night. How very correct she was..!. That was the worst night in my life. I felt like as if thousands of knives were inside my eyes and I couldn't even fully open my eyes. My vision was all blurred and wet. I felt terrible.

When I woke up next morning, it was all fine, except that my eyes felt a bit heavy and sticky..But otherwise my eyes felt like new. My vision was damn clear!!. I was so happy that I instantly forgot the previous day's pain.. The surgeon checked my vision and said Its all very fine. As I was told, my eyes are very dry now and I have to follow up the drops to avoid eye ulcers. Now the post operative follow up is the tricky part.. I'm having to apply 3 different drops every 4 hours, avoid getting into dusty areas and also having to wear the cooling glasses whenever I go outdoors. Also I have to be careful enough not to rub my eyes. Well..so far so good and I'm now back to my routine life which is full of lectures, books, hospital..and all..

Hope my laser eyes will keep up with all those strains..:)

PS:
For those who dont't know, here is a brief explanation of how the surgery is done -

In LASIK eye surgery, laser is used to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. . The surgeon folds the flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using a laser. The laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.




8 comments:

Saranya said...

That was some experience Vani! Glad you are perfectly fine now..with your laser eyes!! lolz.
Thanks for the info at the end.
Btw, you cant move your eye balls during the surgeryyy....wow...I can't imagine how not to do that! Hard ey!
anyway, all over, went fine, new eyes..happy about it:)

Hemanth Potluri said...

congrats buddy :)...u have laser eyes like of super man ...i am afraid to directly see them now :P...its good to hear from u :)..

urs..hemu..

brocasarea said...

good to hear that..:)...so no more classes!!!

brocasarea said...

u have been tagged by me!

Vani said...

@ Saranya
Thnx sanu. Ya, the surgeon told me to keep looking up at a green light some where straight up..I kept looking at it with all my strength..Nyhow, sometimes I lost the sight of it..

Vani said...

@hemanth
Thnx hemanth..
Ye..Beware of my laser eyes..hehe :)

Vani said...
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Vani said...

@brocasarea
Thnx buddy.
I'm not sure whether u meant to say 'classes' or 'glasses'.
As for glasses- yeyyy..I got rid of dem.:)
and, about classes- der's no escaping dem :(

Tag!! Omg.
Yup, I'll get to it ASAP..Thnx ;)

October 17, 2008 7:15 PM