I woke up around 8am from the Hotel Valencia in Santana Row and rubbed my nearsighted eyes for the last time. I then put on my glasses and headed down for a complimentary breakfast (which was actually quite good).
I had an appointment with Dr. Craig Bindi at the Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA. He’s performed thousands of procedures and his patients range from professional athletes, musicians, movie stars, and soon to be me. 🙂
Around 9am I showered and dressed up before hitting the road. Once I got to the dr’s office I signed in and had a seat. I was supposed to get one last examination to see if I qualified for Wavefront lasik surgery which is the latest and greatest method.
Unfortunately after a short visit with the dr, it turns out I was borderline qualified because my corneas are too thin. I thought about it for a minute and then decided to opt out and just go with the traditional IntraLase procedure.
I then met with a patient councelor to sign my life away and decide on how I plan to pay. There were three lasers to choose from (who knew) and I wanted the best. The top of the line laser actually had a built in eye tracker in case I had problems holding still. Turns out the dr. said it was best if I didn’t use that one. Good thing because it saved me an extra $600. Thanks doc!
So after taking some valium, my eyes were anesthetized with eye drops. I was then taken into the IntraLase room and laid down. an instrument called a lid speculum was used to hold my eyelids open. A ring was placed on my eye and very high pressures was applied to create suction to the cornea.
My vision dimmed while the suction ring was on and I felt pressure and experienced some discomfort during this part of the procedure. A laser shaving was made with an instrument known as a microkeratome, to expose the inner layer of my corneas, creating a “flap.” After both eyes had been shaved, I was taken into another room.
This room contained the laser which was then used to vaporize a very thin layer of my corneal tissue, 0.2 microns at a time. My corneal flaps were then reflected back to restore the corneal surface.
The whole surgery only took around ten to fifteen minutes.
As soon as the surgery was done, I stood up and could tell the difference right away. My vision was so bad to begin with (-7.50 in each eye) that anything was going to be better. My vision was blurry but I could make everything out much better than before. It was like I had blurry contacts in or something.
I left the building with some stylish lasik sunglasses and felt pretty good (still drugged up). When I got back to the hotel, I put on my eye goggles and went to sleep. I actually had trouble falling asleep at first because my eyes were burning and scratchy. They were uncomfortable but not in any pain. After some eye drops, I was able to fall asleep for a few hours.
If I needed to, I’d do the surgery again without a doubt. The quality of life increased ten-fold. No more contacts or glasses ever again (or at least until I’m older)! I could go diving, swimming, camping, etc without having to worry about losing a contact.
The only negative I could think of was that I lost my nearsightedness (myopia) ability to see close objects clearly with my glasses off. It was great for pulling out splinters or working on tiny projects.