Challenge- I had been using spectacles since the age of 9 years (20 years of my life) and had a very high myopic number (-7.5- both eyes). I was very used to using specs or lenses all the time, and never gave much thought to the smaller things in life that I was actually missing out on due to poor natural vision. I did hear about the lasik surgery options for the past 7-8 years but was apprehensive of opting for one. Firstly, I am petrified of needles or anything that sounds remotely like surgery, and I also used to defer the idea opting for lasik thinking about all the ‘what if it goes wrong’ scenarios.
However, since the past few years, my consulting has gotten very busy. I work in a client facing role and need to use laptop for 9-15 hours a day. I was also traveling a lot for work and needed to carry my contact lens solution and lenses everywhere which at times became quite a hassle. Then I met a friend of mine who had recently gotten her lasik surgery done at Dr Jay Goyal’s eye institute. She spoke highly of her experience which convinced me to go in for an appointment. Post tests and meeting Dr Jay, I was rest assured of going through the procedure asap.
My experience of the surgery- I underwent the bladeless contura vision surgery in July 2019. I had watched the surgery videos before, so I knew what to expect and was a lot more relaxed on the day of the surgery. The operation room is not like the traditional ones and feels quite comfortable. The procedure in itself was quick (5 mins per eye- 15 mins in to out) and painless- they administer anesthetic eye drops so you don’t feel any pain- no discomfort.
You are able to see throughout the procedure (I blacked out for a few seconds during flap creation, but that is normal). Your relative/person accompanying you can watch the surgery on a screen in the waiting room.
Post-operative surgical experience- Once the anesthesia wore off, my eyes pricked for a couple hours (pain similar to the one we feel during conjectivitis). My vision was a little hazy that day but I could see better later that day and vision was completely normal till the next day. Eyes feel a bit tender for a day or two but there is not much pain or discomfort.
The doctor advises to not take a head bath, spray water on eyes and to wear protective glasses when going out for a week. The idea is to keep your eyes safe from dust and water till they heal. Apart from the above there are no other restrictions- we can use mobiles and laptops and any screens from the next day of surgery, though I personally took a week off.
Life after surgery- Much better than I ever imagined! I have 6/4 contura vision (better than normal human’s). I can see the moment everything I open my eyes and don’t have to grab at my specs. I can read small fonts off billboard, travel without thinking about packing my optical solutions, read and work for hours at a stretch without feeling the strain on my eyes. I definitely recommend this procedure which practically changes your life for the better!