Laser Eye Surgery – 2 year 10 month UPDATE
Last month I made an update on Youtube regarding my PRK/Laser eye surgery. I got the first surgery done on 12th of Dec 2013 and the follow-up surgery for my left eye was done in March this year (2016). The reason for the follow-up surgery was to remove the scarring in the eyes that occurred after the initial surgery. After a lot of waiting and treatment with different eye drops over the course of 2 years, we finally did the first touch up surgery to correct the “haze” in the eyes that caused blurry vision.
I have made a follow up video where I talk about the next steps, and what we intend to do onwards in the process of solving the issues. My next surgery for my right eye would be scheduled for the beginning of next year and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the outcome will be just as good as the left eye. Check out the video below if you’re interested in the current situation and how it’s going. Subscribe to my channel over at Youtube if you’re interested in knowing when I upload a new video. Write to me over at Youtube or down below in the comments if you have a question or asking for advice, I’m happy to answer and give my opinion since this is a topic close to me.
My LASEK Eye Surgery Experience (2 year post op)
I have made several videos on my LASEK (No Cut) eye surgery experience over at YouTube if you are interested in checking them out. I had initially thought I’d just do a few and then everything would be normal and healed, but I ran into complications. I got haze (scar tissue) in my eyes and it made my vision a bit blurry and not so sharp. I am according to tests passing a driver’s license vision but I can’t really read signs off a distance. It’s a tricky problem and it’s been 2 years and almost 5 months post the first surgery.
5 weeks ago I did a follow up touch up surgery of my left eye to try to remove the haze and it’s been healing up well. I have days when I get worried that my vision is slightly blurry again, but I believe it has mostly to do with dryness at the moment. Keeping my fingers crossed that it’s going to be successful.
If you want to check out my latest video on the LASEK (No Cut) surgery experience, you can take a look at it below. I have received so many questions and concerns over these 2 ½ years and I am amazed over the caring comments I’ve gotten from all over the world. I can’t tell anyone if you should go through with your surgery or not, I am only here to tell you my experience. I haven’t even reflected on whether I regret my surgery or not, there’s really no point in thinking about the past. I made the decision in all good thoughts and in a way the result is better than having to pop in contacts every day and getting tired/dried eyes at the end of the day so I had to use glasses. I don’t miss my glasses at all, since I had such a bad eye sight prior to the surgery. It’s such a luxury to wake up and be able to see the time and look at my phone without looking for my glasses first. I have tried looking at the bright side after all these complications, it’s hard some days, but most days I’m grateful that it’s not worse than it is right now.
Check out my other videos by going in to YouTube following the link below.
Thanks for watching and let me know if you have any questions, concerns or if you want my advice.
Peace and Love,
LASEK (NoCut) Eye Surgery – 2 week Update Video
I have another update in video form regarding my LASEK eye surgery, this was filmed 2 weeks after the surgery. I will make another update video soon, but only when I have something different to tell than this one. It’s still a bit foggy to read text off a screen and similar tasks, so I’m awaiting the day when it all changes to the better.
Peace and Love,
Stay away from silicone-hydrogel contacts
This blog post is something I’ve been wanting to write for a year now, and I’ve finally gotten down to writing down all facts and stories so I might be able to help someone out and to share my experience with the world. The audience for this post is obviously people who wear glasses and/or contacts on a regular basis or planning to start with contact lenses. It’s very important to not just trust whatever anyone tells you, no matter if they work with it daily as opticians – you need to get yourself acquainted with the field and get yourself some knowledge so that you can judge whether the options an optician suggest to you are good or bad for you and if you’re willing to try it out. That’s just some basic advice before I get started telling my story.
I’ve been using contact lenses since I was 15 years old, the year I started high school. It was such a freedom and it gave me ton of confidence I didn’t think I previously had. When you’re in your teens you’re usually also very self-conscious about what others think of you, and getting contacts made me feel good about myself. Long story short – I never had any issues with using monthly contacts ever since I started, until I tried out silicone-hydrogel contacts about a year ago.
It all started with the whole idea of being able to see night and day, and the thought of it sounded so cool when you have as bad eye sight as I do (minus 6). I thought that it would also make it easier if I slept over at a friend’s place to not have to worry about not seeing. So I went to my optician and asked for them specifically because I got totally sold on the whole idea of not having to use glasses for a whole month!
She told me to use them first for 3-4 days in a row and sleep with them and then go back for another check-up so they can see the eyes. I never even got to the 3rd or 4th day. I tried sleeping with them one night and I woke up with eyes almost glued together because of either irritation or lack of oxygen. I tried blinking it away during the morning but it really didn’t work, so I took them out and cleaned them in solution and tried putting back in again – nothing worked – they were blurry as hell and I could not function with those crappy contacts.
I went back to the optician and got a check-up and apparently my eyes weren’t feeling so well after this try-out of silicone contacts, and we tried going back to monthly. So here’s the major issue – I could never go back to normal monthly contacts after that major failure of silicone contacts. It was as if every time I’d put them in, they’d just roll around in my eyes with every blink and I couldn’t focus on anything. Extremely annoying – and it didn’t get better!
I was recommended daily disposable contacts after that because that’s the least irritating to the eye and of course I had to rest my eyes by only wearing glasses for a while. This might be a solution to some people, and the story might just stop here, but if you’re living an active life and you want to be able to switch around from glasses to contacts in your free time – you should be able to. This solution with daily contacts might have worked fine but I found it to be a step back from before and also a very expensive option for me who used contacts almost every day normally.
Months went by and I only used daily contacts for a long time. Then I went back to try monthly contacts again after several months. This time it worked okay for a while, like a week or so. But I started getting dry eyes and itchy eyes very quickly after using them. This later on turned out to be some sort of bumps underneath my eyelids, which caused not only these symptoms – but also the same as what I got when I used the silicone ones. Glued eyes in the morning and really sore every day and it didn’t get better. So I got remitted to an eye doctor, who didn’t find anything. Then I went to another one, he could totally see the issue and he prescribed me some eye drops and it all got much better very fast.
What is important to think about when getting these kind of contacts tested out, is to always trust your eyes reaction – if they’re dry, itchy or anything abnormal – take them out! Right away! We usually tend to think that it will be fine and that it’s just something temporary, but your eyes are so important so you shouldn’t risk anything by waiting it all out – while it might get worse.
I wanted to tell my story about this because I’ve seen some people writing about it online, similar stories to mine, and if me and all the others can inform people about the risks and the symptoms then at least we have saved someone from the anxiety, irritation and pain it can cause. I don’t think silicone contacts can be good for anyone really, if it doesn’t give your eyes the sufficient oxygen. I believe it’s just meant as something to sell more, from the contacts companies, and they don’t tell the opticians enough about the risks so they can let the people who try them out know before we decide.
Fast forward to today. I have just recently done a laser surgery, two weeks ago- so I won’t have to deal with these things again. Will keep you posted regarding the healing progress as time goes on.
Peace and love ,
LASEK Eye Surgery – First video Day 1-5
I’ve made a video about my LASEK eye surgery, this one is about day 1-5 and what my experience has been so far. I will make another update today or tomorrow about day 6-10 and how it’s going currently.
It’s not easy to write these posts, since I have to make the screen 150-200% larger at the moment, but my vision is gradually getting there.
Let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer them here or in a new video update.
Peace and Love,
Laser eye surgery – LASEK – 2 weeks left..
It’s less than two weeks left and I’m doing the countdown to my laser eye surgery. The treatment that I’m going to get is called LASEK (No Cut) and the healing time is about a week, give or take. I’m totally excited about it, but at the same time I’m nervous because it’s such a big deal to do a surgery for the eyes. I have pretty bad eye sight today so it would be such a blessing to be able to see properly without having to correct it with contacts or glasses. Waking up in the morning and be able to see the clock and where I put my mobile phone. To be able to take a shower and see where I’m shaving without having to put glasses on (that are steamy and watery). To not have to think about taking extra contacts with me if I spontaneously need to spend the night somewhere other than home. There are so many scenarios I can think of that would make my life easier, so I can’t wait to get this done!
My plan is to make a video journal for each day after the surgery so I can remember the progress if anyone ever wants my advice on it afterwards. I’ve been asking people around me at the office if they’ve done it, so I can get some advice, but usually they only remember the result and have forgotten how it felt like during the first few painful days.
So when I’m off to Stockholm for work during next week, I’m going to look for some nice sunglasses I could use right after the surgery. I would need to sit with those on both indoors and outdoors, especially if it’s going to be sunny – even during winter time.
I’ll come back with more details and progress regarding this in two weeks.
Peace and Love,