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- updated 4 years ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $3,400
- Dr. Cherne at Pacific Clear Vision Institute (Eugene, OR)
It's been a month and I am completely happy with...
- 20 Dec 2008
It's been a month and I am completely happy with the procedure. I'm at 20/20 in my left eye and 20/15 in my right. I was really nervous about having LASIK but I finally decided to go for it. I've worn glasses for as long as I can remember and I was just tired of them. (That work would pay for it was a big part of my decision too)
I opted for the microkeratome rather than the laser flap because in my research it seemed like there was no advantage to the laser flap and it took longer to heal. My doctor made the analogy that it was like tearing a sheet of paper rather than cutting it with a scissors. Because the laser cuts the flap by creating a series of holes rather than a single clean cut like the knife, the resulting flap heals faster.
The operation itself was definitely creepy but not as bad as I was expecting. I think I built it up in my mind as a really traumatic scary thing but in reality it's over in 60 seconds and you just have to deal with it. During the procedure I felt no pain whatsoever, the laser hitting my eyes felt like puffs of air. If anything it was uncomfortable and "weird" but not painful at all.
After the procedure I did have some mild "achy" pain in my eyes and they were definitely drier than normal. Eyedrops every couple hours and PM gel resolved this. The pharmacist warned me that the antibiotic eyedrops might sting, but he did NOT warn me that they would trickle into my sinus cavity my mouth, tasting unbelievably foul. Since it was kind of a delayed thing (10-15 minutes after I put the drops in) it kind of scared me, because I couldn't figure out what was going on. When I finally figured it out I carried around some Cinnamon Altoids so I could eat a couple after I put the eyedrops in to mask the taste.
I had weird little red bruises in the white part of my eyes for about two weeks, it looked kind of gross but they went away.
A month later, the halos are almost totally gone (I only notice them sometimes at night) and while my eyes are still dry in the mornings, it's much better than it was. I just put the box of eyedrops where I used to put my glasses and it works out.
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I really felt like Dr. Cherne knew what he was talking about and he gave me confidence in his abilities. He made me feel comfortable and addressed my concerns