Before I got my LASIK surgery, I really couldn’t see anything but blurry shapes. There were multiple instances when my contacts would irritate my eye, I’d take it off, and it would tear. I was never really graceful.
I’m a pretty rough girl, I have gone many nights without taking off my contacts. It’s frowned upon because it can cause infections. Truthfully it’s not only frowned upon — it’s straight up not allowed. Like I always say, though:
I know that not taking off my contacts is unhygienic but what was I supposed to do? I’ve been wearing contact lenses since sixth grade. And when you get to a certain age, you tend to just fall asleep in different people’s houses.
… I MEANT MY FRIENDS’ HOUSES, OKAY?? Calm down.
You get to the age of unplanned sleepovers after going out with friends, not having a contacts case, not having contact lens solution, not having glasses… So you just say F it and sleep. Don’t judge!!
You can’t just call your mom and ask her to drop off an overnight bag. You’re not a psychopath who carries around an emergency overnight kit either. But if you were lucky enough to drive your own car in high school or college then good for you cos you probably had an emergency overnight bag in the trunk (and also, I hate you).
It’s not just that it’s a hassle to take it on and off every day of your life. I have neurotic tendencies and I tend to think of the worst-case scenario in most everything in my life.
A cute baby is walking? I don’t think, “awwwww…” Instead I think, “THAT BABY IS GOING TO TRIP AND HIT ITS HEAD ON THE CORNER OF THAT COFFEE TABLE OMGOMGOMG SOMEBODY SAVE THE FRICKIN’ BABY.”
It’s not very fun and thankfully I’ve toned down a little bit over the years. I started meditating recently. (Obviously, I’m such a noob because I’m totally unfocused and going off-topic by the second.) What I’m trying to say is that it’s always been a fear of mine that there will be an emergency and I will have to drive somebody to the hospital but I won’t be able to because I tore my contacts and I don’t have glasses. This scenario is also the main reason I got a driver’s license and learned how to drive. TRUE STORY.
So I finally got LASIK surgery last year as a birthday gift to myself, right? It was insane how I could see people and things WITHOUT wearing contacts or glasses. I was told my vision would fluctuate for a few months as my cornea healed.
PRE-LASIK (OCTOBER 2015)
R: -3.00 = -1.25 x 175
L: -3.25 = -1.50 x 10
The above prescription means I had a grade of 300 and 325 (it lowered from before when I reached 350 and 400!) with astigmatism of 125 and 150 the last numbers in each eye’s sequence (175 and 10) indicate the axis of my astigmatism. The negative sign means I was nearsighted.
Regression can happen and can vary from patient to patient. In my case, my bad eyesight was coming back sooner than most people.
POST-LASIK (JULY 12, 2016; 7+ MONTHS AFTER MY SURGERY)
R: -0.50 = -0.50 x 180
L: -0.50 = -0.50 x 15
As you can see, my prescription drastically improved but there was still a little bit of refraction and astigmatism left. I asked if maybe I could just get glasses for when I’m driving or reading but my doctor, Dr. Ang, said he refused to let me wear glasses again. So we decided to do an enhancement surgery which is apparently free of charge for all patients who get LASIK surgery in Asian Eye Institute! This is, of course, provided that your cornea is still thick enough and you have no cataracts or other eye diseases wherein vision may never be corrected to a perfect 20/20.
We did the enhancement surgery which took about 5 minutes each eye last month.
POST-ENHANCEMENT LASIK (JULY 26, 2016)
R: +0.50 = 0.50 x 80
L: plano = 0.25 x 105
The day after my surgery I COULD SEE SO CLEARLY I CRIED. Technically though, they made my right eye a little far-sighted (see the positive sign), my left eye no longer had any refractive error (that is what plano means) and I still had some astigmatism left. There was nothing to do but wait for my vision to fluctuate but honestly, I was happy with the results already!
Yesterday I went back a month after my surgery and did a thorough test
POST-ENHANCEMENT LASIK (AUGUST 30,2016)
CHECK. IT. OUT.
ANNNNNND not only do I have 20/20 vision — I have 20/15 vision!!!! No astigmatism for the first time in my life! Getting LASIK surgery was the best decision I’ve ever made (next to marrying Jim Bacarro). If you’re thinking of getting it for yourself, I REALLY REALLY recommend it. It’s an amazing investment. Don’t get a bag, don’t get shoes — GET YOUR EYESIGHT FIXED!!
To help you out, here’s a promo code you can present to Asian Eye Institute Rockwell so you can get a 15% discount on their services:
Patients just need to present printed or screenshot copy of this ad. They can also call or email Asian Eye and give promo code to avail of the discount.
Patients must undergo Lasik screening prior to surgery. Lasik screening is available in Asian Eye Rockwell, Trinoma and Mall of Asia clinics. Patients must call to schedule their screening at their preferred clinic.
This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
Offer is valid from August 29, 2016 to November 28, 2016. Surgery must be scheduled within the promo period.
Valid only at Asian Eye Rockwell. All surgeries will be done at the Asian Eye Rockwell clinic.
Now I will be able to drive anybody to the hospital WITHOUT the need for prescription glasses or lenses. I’m hoping meditation will be able to help me with my malabo worst-case scenario thoughts. As for my better-than-perfect vision, I think it’s pretty clear who I can thank for it.
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