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My LASIK Surgery Story (Plus, Get A Discount From Asian Eye Institute!)

August 31, 2016 32 Comments

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:

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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.

UGH.

ANYWAY.

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

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POST-ENHANCEMENT LASIK (AUGUST 30,2016)

R: plano
L: plano

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:

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Mechanics:
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.

For inquiries and assistance, just e-mail: eyehelp@asianeyeinstitute.com

♥,
Saab

September 2, 2016

Saab

32 Comments

  1. Reply

    Bey

    August 31, 2016

    How much is it though?

    Xx,
    -4.00

    • Reply

      Saab

      August 31, 2016

      You may e-mail them for inquiries :)

  2. Reply

    Life

    September 1, 2016

    is the 15% applicable na agad sa Lasik screening palang?

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 1, 2016

      You may e-mail them for inquiries!:)

  3. Reply

    Pia

    September 1, 2016

    Super jealous of your perfect eyesight now! I’ve been wearing eyeglasses since I was in 5th grade as I’ve always been hesitant to try out contact lenses — my vision’s now 450/450. :( Did you have second thoughts before you got a Lasik Surgery? I’m always unsure and/or anxious of getting something done to my eye.

    http://pepperonipia.com

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 1, 2016

      Yes when I was younger. But I was SO excited to see clearly that I stopped thinking of it as actual surgery and saw it more as a magic trick LELZ

  4. Reply

    Jewel Clicks

    September 1, 2016

    Is this installment? -5.50 both eyes. T__T

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 1, 2016

      You may e-mail them for inquiries!:)

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    p

    September 1, 2016

    How about the eye dryness? I’ve had lasik but found the dryness to be quite bothersome :(

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 1, 2016

      After my enhancement, it hasn’t been as dry as after my first surgery! But I still put drops as much as I can!:)

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    hazzle

    September 2, 2016

    Does it hurt? During and after surgery? It’s so scary.

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 3, 2016

      Not at all! During the procedure, you’ll tend to freak out just because you KNOW what’s going on but you won’t feel anything at all. One of the doctors held my hand throughout and I squeezed it to my heart’s desire. But if you can just focus on the blinking red light and just stay calm, you’re good. Just think: After 10 minutes, I’m gonna see the world like never before!!

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    Mariel Rodriguez

    September 2, 2016

    Wow. A 20/20 always seemed like a far away dream for me. What a time to be alive! So jealous. I’m saving up for this.

  8. Reply

    Kelly

    September 11, 2016

    My parents are planning to get me a LASIK procedure as a Christmas gift! Sayang di aabot!! Looking foward to waking up in the morning and seeing my bedroom ceiling clearly. I cannot remember the last time it happened. (Except for when I fell asleep with my contacts on. :| )

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 12, 2016

      Sabihin mo agahan nalang, makakamura pa sila! ;) GIRL, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

  9. Reply

    Gayla

    September 12, 2016

    I was supposed to undergo lasik two years ago but got scared at the last minute! I was already at the clinic but freaked out and up until now still can’t find the courage to get it done. I have one question though, does it hurt?

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 12, 2016

      No!!!! Not at all. Yes, it will freak you out a little bit but you just have to think of other things, also just think how clearly you’ll be able to see after only 10 minutes of freaking out a bit. Do ittttt

  10. Reply

    Sher

    September 13, 2016

    How long is the waitlist for Dr. Ang? :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      September 26, 2016

      You may call them to ask!:)

  11. Reply

    Deanne

    September 15, 2016

    It really changed my world. I got my LASIK surgery on American Eye Center last year. And just like you, I have 20/15 vision. Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam because after 13 years of wearing eyeglasses and contacts, I feel so free.

  12. Reply

    Elsie Ulangkaya

    December 2, 2016

    how much is the total cost of lasik surgery?

    • Reply

      Saab

      December 2, 2016

      It really depends on your eyes. You can give Asian Eye Institute a call and schedule a consultation :)

  13. Reply

    Cheyenne

    June 20, 2017

    is there a promo for this year?

    • Reply

      Saab

      July 13, 2017

      You may contact them for inquiries :)

  14. Reply

    Cheyenne

    June 20, 2017

    also how much the screening test?

    • Reply

      Saab

      July 13, 2017

      You can call them to make sure :)

  15. Reply

    jeng

    July 31, 2017

    hi saab, how much did you spend for the lasik?

    • Reply

      Saab

      August 7, 2017

      It was sponsored! It would have cost about 150-200K pesos! Soooo worth it if you can afford it!!

  16. Reply

    Miles

    October 26, 2017

    Hi Saab! After 2yrs of lasik, do you still experience dry eyes? Thank you! I had mine 6 mos ago and still hVe dry eyes.

    • Reply

      Saab

      October 26, 2017

      Hi Miles! It took a while but my eyes aren’t dry anymore except when exposed to too much aircon! If we use aircon overnight in the bedroom, I have to make sure the vent is not nakatutok sa akin. I suggest lugging around Hialid everywhere you go :)

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    Kia

    May 7, 2018

    Hi!
    Do you have any implications as of today? I am curious about the long-term effects. Thank you for answering.

    • Reply

      Saab

      July 3, 2018

      Hello Kia! I am still seeing clearly and the side effect of dry eyes has subsided. That lasted for a few months after surgery :)

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