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I can see (fairly) clearly...

Well, despite the not-too-positive press about LASIK yesterday (seriously, did the powers that be have to time the release of those articles for immediately before I did it?), my surgery went off well.

It's been a little less than 24 hours and my vision is 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other. Apparently that's largely unheard of less than a day after the surgery (especially for someone with vision as bad as mine). I had a follow-up appointment this morning and the doctor was extremely positive about the results (in his words they were "absolutely perfect"). He actually called his assistant over to look at how my eyes were coming along and they both have high hopes for where I'll be in the next week or two.

I'm just looking forward to having my vision settle down a bit. Right now it's still healing so I have periods where I can't see quite as well and then things come back in even better focus, but my eyes aren't quite even (plus my brain is still trying to get used to them, imagine trying to get used to new glasses that keep changing slightly) so it's a little tiresome. Right now my vision is a tiny bit worse than it was with my glasses (they corrected me to something like 20/17 in both eyes).

On the plus side though, I'm having nearly zero side effects from the procedure. My vision is a little blurry/doubled but that's lessening rapidly and it's an expected result immediately after the surgery. I just hope it does finish going away. My night vision is as good as it was before, my eyes used to be fairly light sensitive and they seem to be less painfully sensitive to light now (an unexpected but quite welcome change), and my eyes aren't even particularly dry. They're already feeling pretty much back to normal discomfort wise and it's amusing to catch all the little idiosyncrasies I'd picked up from wearing glasses for 20 odd years.

I was used to looking over the glasses in order to see very small things up close and I caught myself looking over non-existent glasses. I tried to take my glasses off last night before bed. After I showered this morning I was briefly puzzled about why I couldn't find my glasses in their usual spot by the sink. I keep trying to push my glasses up or take them off to clean them. All told though, I'm enjoying this glass-less vision thing and given the doctor's reaction this morning, I'm kind of excited to see where my vision settles in the next couple of weeks. It looks like I might end up better than 20/20 :)

Now to go drop my eyes again (something I had never been able to do comfortably before, but which I now find myself doing easily... granted I've been having to do it every 2 hours or so for the last day so I'm getting plenty of practice).

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Woo! That's fantastic, I'm really glad to hear it seems to have worked so well for you.
Thanks! So far so good, no significant side effects (beyond slightly dry eyes) and my vision looks like it will settle down maybe a little bit better than 20/20 on both eyes. I'm looking forward to Friday's check-up to see how I'm doing.

All things considered it was a great outcome.
i'm glad to hear your lasik surgery went well, and it's good to hear that you're healing up quickly!
Thanks. It was a bit nerve wracking to go through with it, but I'm constantly amazed at the whole "seeing w/o glasses thing". This whole in-focus peripheral vision thing is the bomb :-p
All right! That's excellent news! I've known several people that have had the procedure, and they have been very happy with their end results a swell. I'm glad it's been easy going on you so far. I am still to much of a wuss to try said eye surgery. Maybe one day.

I had to emotionally overcome the obstacle of my first pair of bi-focal glasses this year. Talk about a milestone. ack! Keep taking good care of your eyes during the healing process, I hear that makes a huge difference.
Amusingly enough, half of the people I've been involved with in recent memory have gotten it done. Add in some friends and family members and I think it's well over half a dozen people I personally know who've done it and they all seem to be very happy with the outcome. The surgery itself is really easy, but you definitely do need to be in the right frame of mind before doing it. They gave me some vallium (which didn't seem to do anything IMO) and waiting for it to kick in was the longest part of the procedure.

Speaking of aging milestones, the one downside I found to this whole new-fangled vision thing is actually spotting my first few grey head hairs (my goatee has several). Until today I hadn't actually been able to see the grey's on my head. Darn it! :-p

Edited at 2008-04-29 03:28 am (UTC)
That's great. My hubby underwent the eye surgery in October 2006 and like you, had nearly perfect vision pretty much after the surgery. His eye has settled down and it's not perfect vision but overall he's fairly happy. I can't wait to get mine done (if I can get it done - I have to get it checked out).
I'm glad it worked out well for your hubby. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the perfect vision sticks around after the surgery. The good thing is that I went to one of the best doctor's in the city and apparently nowadays better than 20/20 vision is somewhat common (although not something he promises anyone). So here's hoping! :)