Observations on LASIK

My sexy post-surgery sleep goggles.
My sexy post-surgery sleep goggles.

My LASIK surgery was a just a little more than eight hours ago, and while I am not 100% vision-wise, but I can read the guide on the tv and see my laptop using just my eyes and nothing corrective for the first time since I was 12. This is pretty cool, even if everything in my peripheral vision is still blurry. I am trying not to spend much time on the computer, but thought I would share a few impressions:

  • Valium is horrible. It made me feel woozy and stupid, not calm and relaxed.
  • It is intensely freaky – even when stoned on Valium – to be able to see the suction thinger and lasers coming at your eyes.
  • I didn’t know I would be given the choice between a stuffed raccoon and a football to occupy my hands during the surgery. I chose the raccoon because it was already out and squeezed the living daylights out of it. I doubt it will ever be the same.
  • Nobody told me the laser would smell like burning hair. That was most unsettling.
  • Everyone I had talked to about LASIK told me it was painless, so I was totally unprepared for the fact that my eyes hurt like crazy for an hour or so. I think this may be due to the fact that it was really sunny – sunnier than even my freebie sunglasses could block out. My eyes felt like they were on fire.
  • Once I had taken the two-hour nap recommended in my post-operative instructions, the pain was gone.
  • I thought the instructions to put drops in my eyes at least every 30 minutes seemed ridiculous, but as it turns out, my eyes want them about every 20 minutes.
  • The giant plastic sleep goggles are not designed for people like me, who sleep on their belly.
  • It was incredibly helpful to have my sister-in-law there to bring me home. I was told I’d be fine to get home on my own on the Metro, but I am pretty sure that would have been a disaster. She also bought me lunch and waited until I woke up from my nap to make sure I was OK. (Thanks, Jen!)

OK, that’s probably enough computer time for now. Many thanks to everyone who shared well-wishes here and on Facebook/Twitter. It was nice to know folks were pulling for me.

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5 thoughts on “Observations on LASIK

  1. Mom May 24, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    WOW, YOU ARE INCREDIBLE!!!! NO more computer time tonight!!! More comments tomorrow. Gentle hugs from me. I hope you can sleep tonight — goggles are a must. You cannot itch your eyes in your sleep. Love you lots!!!!!

  2. maryann May 24, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    So glad all went well. Won’t it be nice to see the clock when you wake up at night?!

  3. Common Loon May 24, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    Well done, Sarah! You’re done with the hard part. Now it’s supposed to just get better and better. Woo HOO!

  4. Fran May 25, 2012 / 7:50 am

    Three Cheers! Hope you got some good sleep. The next few days are going to be sooo exciting. WOO HOO is right!!

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