I can still see!

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If you pop over here regularly, you may remember that in the beginning of February I made an announcement about having had eye surgery. In that post I also said I might tell you about it all in a bit more detail someday. Well, turns out that today is someday.

Before

I first went for a consultation to see if I’d even be a suitable candidate for this procedure in May last year. Turned out my eyes were perfect for the surgery and I could’ve gone ahead with it in only a matter of weeks. I decided to mull things over for a while yet though – the timing didn’t seem quite right and I wanted to do some more research.

Fast forward a few months and behold it’s a new year and I’m ready to take the plunge.

As it had been too long from my consultation I needed to have another one, to make sure my eyes were still good for it. They were. In fact, after my previous appointment I pretty much stopped wearing contact lenses to improve my eye health and it seemed to have worked – my eyes were better than ever (except for the not being able to see without glasses part).

I went through a series of tests, some of them quite wacky (looking into a red spinning light machine) and scary (you try to hold your eye open when there are puffs of air blowing into it!), but overall it was a great experience and I felt very comfortable throughout most of it (that puffy air thing was not my friend).

After this I had a Q&A session with an.. uh, eye doctor (I actually can’t remember whether he was an optometrist or ophthalmologist or something else entirely. I know I have it written down somewhere in my paperwork but that’s a whole lot of paper I’m not willing to go through at the moment). To be honest, I can’t really remember what questions I asked, but he showed me the scans of my eyes and explained all the results in a clear way so I understood why something was good or bad. For example I remember that my cornea was over 600 microns thick. Around 620, I think. (For the eye surgery newbies here, that’s a good thing as you lose some amount of your corneal thickness during LASIK).

Then, finally, after mulling it over for a few more days, I met with my surgeon. Again, I was able to ask any questions I had and was given more time to consider if I wanted to proceed with the procedure.

I did.


Right, I really can’t tell a summary of a story. It apparently needs to have all the added bits and bobs, dragging it on until it’s a full blown epic. I don’t know why I thought I’d be able to give you all the details in one sitting. That’s obviously not me.

So this is it for now, but be sure to come back for parts 2 and 3!

G.

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