May 29, 2004
Intralase LASIK surgery is really pretty cool. I mean, when else do you get to feel your eyeball being pushed down so hard that you lose vision completely even though your eye is wide open? A new sensation for me entirely. The evening after the procedure (May 12th) I had to keep my eyes closed and wasn’t too enthused with the discomfort and watering and stinging, but some pain drops and Motrin took away my objections and David and I played a game of blindfold chess (no blindfold needed for me). Our 9-year-old son, Jason, moved the pieces for us and cordially notified us when we tried to make illegal moves (quite often, as we fumbled around our mental screens for where we’d last left that knight and rook).
The next morning, presto, 20/20. Whoa! Eyes still a bit gritty, but 4 or so doses each of 4 kinds of eye drops took care of that feeling. The following day, my eyes felt mostly back to normal. Now, though, 16 days post-surgery, I’m having a little trouble with eye dryness blurring my vision slightly. Currently sitting outside ophthalmologist’s office awaiting my next checkup.
Later, that same day: Good. Dr. Kim said it was perfectly normal for the natural tear layer NOT to be behaving normally at this point. Hopefully it will be back to its fruitful self, moisturizing my corneas by itself, in 1-2 months. In the meantime, drip, drip, drop – I’ll be popping those lubricating drops into my eyes 6 times a day or more. Then again, even before the surgery, my contact lenses spontaneously used to leap out of my eyes in the middle of conversations (such as at the Easter dinner table). So I’m not exactly known for the most moist eyes.
The great news is that using both eyes together, after a few blinks I was able to make out the 20/15 line on the sight chart! Cool! All those prayers I asked people for were answered beyond my dreams…I am very thankful to the pray-ers and the Prayee.
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