I decided to create a new health and life style section of my blog to talk about health and life style related topics. This is my first blog and it is a big one … I decided to get Lasik surgery done and am scheduled to get the surgery later this week. Let me give a back story on my journey with glasses and my decision to go with Lasik.
I remember I was in the third grade and the teacher told me to do the simple math problem on the board and I replied … “It is blurry” … haha … thinking back I thought everyone had problems seeing far up until my parents brought me to the eye doctors and got me my first pair of glasses. My father was a Boston public school teacher back then so we got our eyes and eye glasses through the eye doctor in the Boston Teacher’s Union building near JFK/the old convention center. I remember going every year and my eyes getting worse every year.
Eventually I was a teenager and started wearing contacts, they were horrible though and would dry out constantly. When I was 15 years old, my parents and my two brothers went on vacation to visit my uncle in California and they introduced my mom to a Lasek surgeon (PRK). It was relatively new back then but there was a lot of buzz about it after Tiger Woods won the series after getting his eyes done. My mother decided to get it done and I remember she was tearing like crazy for the few first days. Because of her reading eye sight, they gave her monovision which from my understanding overcorrects one eye and undercorrects the other eye for reading purposes. She LOVED her new vision but hated the monovision. She told me the first few weeks she had headaches because of monovision.
Fast forward about 12 years, I was sitting in South Korea, pretty much the capital of cosmetic surgery in Asia and I wanted to get it done. It was a lot cheaper than the US (about 1,300 USD for both eyes depending on the exchange rate and doctor), but I decided not to do it as I wanted to enjoy my time in Korea and recovering from eye surgery wasn’t really high on my list. Also I know the doctors are great in Korea, but what if something did go wrong? I know most of the doctors go to the same schools as American doctors, but I am only there for a few weeks … if something goes wrong it could snowball very fast and one extra flight back + hotel fees to get my eyes fixed could eliminate any cost savings of having it done in Korea in the first place. Along with this, the Korean website I checked promised the latest and greatest laser but after researching , I found out the laser isn’t FDA approved yet. It maybe because the FDA is slow to approve medical instruments but for long term safety I would want the surgeon to use a FDA approved laser (even though it maybe older). None the less, I know there are plenty of people who got their eyes done in Korea, but it was just too high risk for me at the time.
My mother has been trouble free since her PRK surgery for 15 years and encouraged me to get it as soon as my vision stabilizes. Fast forward 2 years and I am now getting custom wavefront Lasik back in the states. The first step for me was the pre-op check which was relatively easy. They measured my eyes with various machines and then dilated them to further inspect. This process was about 1-2 hours. I qualified for Lasik and LASEK. I thought about Lasek(PRK ) but the recovery time is a bit too long for me. I googled the risks and even sat through a YouTube video of the procedure (watch it if you dare) and am thoroughly prepared. In a few days, I will have my surgery and then I will create a new post then!