Eye Correction/2007-11-28

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Today's the day of the surgery. It went exactly as the surgeon described, so I won't go into much detail. Basically, he had two machines. The first one was the laser for cutting the flaps, and the second was the laser for reshaping the corneas. Both machines required me to lay on my back. The surgeon cut both flaps on the first machine, after which I could only see light and dark. Then I stood up and they guided me to the other machine and I laid down again. The surgeon lifted the flap in one eye, the laser did its work, then he smoothed the flap back down with a soft spongy instrument. Then he repeated for the other eye. That was all; the whole thing took about 10 minutes. When I stood up, I could see pretty well, and my eyes didn't hurt much because they'd numbed them. We sat in a dark waiting room watching an aquarium for 20 minutes, since during the first minutes the flaps are most vulnerable as they seal back down. Then they examined my eyes again, and we went on our way. After about half an hour, my eyes started burning quite a bit. When we got home, I slept for awhile. (They say to keep your eyes closed or sleep for a few hours so they stay moist and start healing well.) Strangely, during the surgery, my left eye seemed more uncomfortable than my right, but my right seemed to take longer to get the flap back in place. When I woke up this evening, I could already see well enough to drive. I have to use two prescription eyedrops (Flarex, for steroid-responsive inflammatory conditions, and Vigamox, an antibiotic) 4 times a day for a week. Also, I have to use Systane (over-the-counter wetting drops) at least 4 times a day until the dryness goes away. I can't rub my eyes for a few weeks because that could dislodge the flaps, and at night I have to wear goofy protective goggles to prevent me from accidentally rubbing my eyes. Also, the whites of my eyes have huge red spots. So far, I'd say it was a huge success, but we'll have to wait and see how the healing goes. I'll have to go to an optometrist for exams after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, then annually, but I can do those in town at my regular optometrist rather than driving to Fargo each time.