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Although it hasn’t actually been all that long since I wrote the first post in this series, I figured some updates on how the whole recovery deal is going might be of some interest to those of you who are interested in the process. I know that although finding specific information regarding the procedure itself was difficult, when researching whether or not I wanted to go through with it, specific information regarding recovery was almost non-existent, outside of some atrocious horror stories from over ten years ago.
That being said, there is some good information to be found at consumer reports regarding the procedure. However, it still leaves much to be desired in the way of understanding what one might expect during the actual recovery period (which many places state can be upwards of 6 months!)
Now, I can’t really give much for input on that, as I’m still incredibly early on in the recovery process. In fact, today marks my first day off the antibiotics and steroids I was directed to take for the first week, but I’m still putting in re-wetting drops as often as they’ll let me. However, here’s some thoughts about where you might be 7 days after having lasers etch out part of your cornea…
I can see. First and foremost I want to continue to express how amazing it is that I am able to see. As I showed you in part 1 of this series that may or may not continue, through the usage of my amazing photo-editing skills, I was blind before the surgery. Now, I’m constantly reaching for the glasses that I assume are on my face because I can see. There’s no squinting at the computer screen as I type this, which I wouldn’t have been able to see at all without my glasses only a week ago.
Now, that being said…things aren’t perfect (nor should they be a week after eye surgery). My eyes are constantly dry. If I go longer than the prescribed hour between rewettings, they almost immediately turn red with agitation. The pain isn’t much more than an annoyance, reminding me of when I would wear my contacts for too long and just needed to get them out. There have been some headaches that ensue from straining my eyes too much that can be pretty darn bad, but as of yet, are dealt with quite nicely with a bit of ibuprofen.
Speaking of straining…one of the pieces that really bugs me is that my vision is not solid yet. There is still a haze around any light source. Christmas lights look a lot like a bunch of little halos instead of crisp points of light. And I really probably shouldn’t be driving at night right now. On top of the oncoming driver’s headlight issues, my nightvision is still pretty weak as well. Luckily we live in the 21st century where there’s always a cell phone around to illuminate things that need it.
One of the things I’ve been really struggling with is the ability to see finer details. The other day I was taking apart my wife’s KitchenAid mixer (it’s been broken for a while, KitchenAid wants to charge at least $100 to fix it, I was able to determine it’s closer to $10 in parts [if I get the fancy grease]) and was having a very hard time inspecting the pieces I needed to inspect to figure out what gear was actually busted, causing me to give myself a pretty darn good headache.
But honestly…these are all pretty minor. A day after my surgery, I remembered an annoyance from my childhood. You see, soon after I got my glasses, a craze began sweeping the nation in the form of the Magic Eye books. For those who are too young and therefore uninitiated, these were books of images that if you looked at them just right, a three dimensional image would jump off the page. Now, I could get these books to work…but not when I was wearing my glasses, which means that it took a lot of extra squinting and eye strain to get them to work, and even then, poorly. Less than 24 hours after my surgery, I was able to get them to work on my phone with very little effort. Sure, it seems minor, but I should also add that 3D movies have never really worked that well for me either…I’m planning on trying out Thor in 3D this weekend to see if the new ability carries over (it might not be this weekend due to holiday stuff going on…we’ll see).
So, overall, a week into it and I’m still pretty happy that I had the procedure. I’ll admit that I’m concerned about the few issues I’m still having, but also realize that I’m only a week post-op and have no reasons to complain at this point seeing as I’ve been reading in bed by the light of my nightlamp every night with very little issues (and no glasses!). I’ll try to keep you all updated on the recovery process as time goes on, but for now, I’d still say that it’s been a good decision, although I’m going to give it a few weeks before I declare whether or not it’s worth the cost.
As always, if you have any questions that go into more detail than I’ve been putting out here, feel free to contact me through any of the normal (or even abnormal*) channels.
Have fun out there!
*attempts to contact me through manners including, but not limited to, Bat Signal, two-way wrist communicator, or telepathy is not guaranteed to receive a response.