Sunday, July 22, 2007

The goggles do nothing!



Sweet. Now I have officially become a blogger. I don’t update my page often. I think I’m going to just start posting every Sunday evening, we’ll see how that goes.

I’m now writing this blog from a new perspective, without contacts or glasses. I went through Lasik surgery Friday! I’m still amazed at how fast and easy the process has been, thought I'd share the process with you.
I woke up Friday morning, had my roommate Paul drive me to the doctor’s office. They brought me in a couple different rooms, had me stare at a small house till it came into focus, all the usual eye tests to double check their numbers. Then I end up waiting in a room for about 30 minutes, they said they were a little behind, didn’t help my nerves very much. So I ask to go to the bathroom, I can’t see shit by the way because my glasses are off. I go to the bathroom, and just as I come out a nurse grabs my hand and says ok come lay down here. I lay down on this machine. It’s cold as hell in the room. The place a pillow under my legs and ask if I want a blanket, so of course I say yes. I wait for the doctor, he comes in and I’m like, I still have sensation in my eyes, don’t you need to numb me up? He says, “Of course, we do that now.”

So they place some drops in my eyes and I’m rotated under this giant circle of light. They tell me to look straight ahead into the dark center. They tape one eye shut, and place a piece of plastic into my other eye that stops me from blinking. They then take a small ring and put it over my eye. The doctor says, “Now your vision will gray out during the procedure, but that is normal.” I see something else placed on my eye and the doctor says “Suction on”. My vision starts to go blurry and blacks out completely. I’m thinking, wtf, this isn’t “gray out”. But whatever, I’m not worried about looking around anymore because I can’t. I feel pressure on my eye and maybe a slight burn, but nothing bad at all. The doctor counts down, and after about 15 seconds they turn the suction off and I see lots of blurry light. I close that eye, they tape it up, and then the same thing happens on the other eye.

That process was cutting a flap in my eye with a laser so they can get to my cornea. It’s called intraLasik, and has replaced the use of an actual blade, thank god. They roll me out and I keep my eyes closed. They tell me to stay there for few minutes. I’m nervously waiting with my eyes closed, and after a few minutes my eyes begin to burn a little. The nurse comes in and drops more stuff in my eyes to keep me numb.

Eventually the doctor grabs my hand and walks me down to the next machine. Similar layout. I’m rolled under a bright light again. This time I have to stare at a red blinking dot. I then see the doctor use a tool to peel away the flap they created, kinda cool. I can barely see the blinking red dot because my vision was so bad, but I stare anyways. There is a loud ticking sound for about 20 seconds and the doctor keeps saying I’m doing well and keep looking at the dot. He then takes the tool and places the flap back. He takes some sort of brush and wipes my eye a bunch of times to make sure the flap is in place. That eye is taped shut, then they do the same thing again.

And that was it for the procedure. The doctor checks my eyes, then they tape goggles over them and send me on my way. I can already tell my vision is better, but the goggles made it hard to notice. I fumble to use my cell phone and call my roommate to pick me up. I walk out of the office on my own and hop in his car to head home. My eyes start burning on the way out and I keep them closed except when I’m walking.

I finally get home, take all the drugs they gave me and try to go to sleep. This was the worst part. I’m in bed trying to sleep with a burning sensation in my eyes. This lasts for 15 minutes or so, until the drugs kicked in and knocked me out. I wake up 5 hours later, take the goggles off and put drops in my eyes. That’s it! My vision was great already. The only bad things left are, I can’t rub my eyes and I have to wear goggles when I sleep for a week. Also, at night, lights have large halos and blurs around them. Sort of like when your eyes are watering. That is supposed to just go away after time.

I know this has nothing to do with video games, but so many people in the industry have bad eyes and are considering Lasik. Hopefully this will help ease the nervousness of the process. It’s a pretty expensive process if you haven’t looked into it, around 2-3k per eye. Well worth it, in my opinion. And if you live in California, aren't you required to have at least 1 elective surgery?

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice! If I didn't have like 20 kids I would do it myself! I'm broke, I'M BROKE!

John Edwards

chengwhich said...

i don't think i could ever stand to have anything come close to my eyes though the benefits seem great. i would be able to put my head down without having to take off my glasses! anyhow, cool seeing you at the movie.

- davin

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