Spell Saab

All my life, I’ve suffered from Error of Refraction. I have nearsightedness with terrible astigmatism and I finally decided to do something about it! I got LASIK surgery last month for my birthday!

Since I saved you all from the horrors of a visual step-by-step of the process, here are the steps in LASIK surgery:

  1. A corneal flap has to be cut and lifted to expose the inner layers of the cornea
  2. Laser energy will be applied to ablate or vaporize tissue to reshape the cornea
  3. The flap is then returned to its original position to cover the lasered area

Aren’t you glad I edited out the whole process?? You’re welcome!!

Asian Eye Institute has been using the Bausch and Lomb XP microkeratome in cutting corneal flaps for the past ten years. The microkeratome is a mechanical device where a stainless steel blade is attached to cut the flap. Although there’s less than 1% chance of any complication with the device, it’s still scary to think of a blade touching your eye, right? Well, thanks to advanced technology, Asian Eye Institute is now offering BLADELESS LASIK with the help of their new machine, the state-of-the-art Technolas VICTUS femtosecond bladeless laser. There’s an even lesser chance for complication with the new machine (less than 0.2% chance). Since there’s a difference in price, you can choose which machine you’d like to use.

My procedure went as smooth as I anticipated, thanks to my mom’s raves. The doctor who performed surgery on me was the same one who did mom’s surgery ten years ago! Dr. Ang put anesthesia drops on my eyes and I didn’t feel a thing! Although, there was a time when I felt a bit of pressure on my eyeballs at the beginning. You know when you don’t feel anything but you still kind of feel something? Does that make sense? No? GET OUTTA HERE.

Just kidding. Anyway, it was like something was pushing down on my eyeballs and my vision went dark for a millisecond. Pretty crazy because my eyes were stuck open the whole time. I’m guessing that was the suction to cut the flap open? I could barely see any of the tools used — all I did was to look at the blinking red light. It was there to help me focus and Dr. Ang was very gentle and he talked me through the process the whole time. He even let one of his staff hold my hand during the first part when I was obviously nervous. I have no idea who you are, but if you’re reading this: thank you, stranger.

The actual laser ablation sounded really scary — like a cop was using a taser gun on my eyeball. It smelled like burning hair, too. But I didn’t feel a thing so it was definitely a strange experience. Except, I actually like the smell of burning hair, so… I guess I enjoyed that part. Haha.

Since recovery time varies from patient to patient, unfortunately I’m not like my mom who told me she could see clearly the very next day. My eyes are unusually dry and this is causing blurriness of vision. It’s been a few weeks and I’ve been using 3 different types of eye drops and gels 3 times a day. It’s definitely not as blurry as my previous 400-375 grade and I’m hoping I will make a full recovery in about a month. Thankfully, Dr. Ang and the rest of the AEI staff are very accommodating. They take post-operation check ups very seriously because it’s a huge part of a patient’s recovery. I am scheduled for my 3rd post-op check up on the 22nd!

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions in case you’re curious:

Q: My eye doctor said that my left eye is nearsighted while my right eye is farsighted. I am considering LASIK to correct these disorders. What do I need to do to prepare myself for LASIK? Does it ensure perfect vision after the surgery?
A: Before the surgery, you will have to undergo a screening test to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK. It should also reveal whether you have other eye conditions that need attention. Discontinue wearing contact lenses for a week prior to the scheduled screening to minimize the effect of the lenses on the results. There is no guarantee of perfect vision after LASIK; the American Association of Professional Eyecare Specialists (AAPECS) reported that 55.3 percent of LASIK patients obtained 20/20 or better vision after LASIK surgery. However, you can minimize risk by choosing your LASIK provider carefully. Check the thoroughness of the screening process, the doctor’s training and expertise, the eye center’s track record, the cleanliness and sterility of the laser environment and the type of technology used in the surgery. You can also ask your friends and relatives for their referrals, or visit several eye centers first to get a feel for what the available options are.

Q: My dad had Laser vision correction years ago, and it took him two weeks to recover. Is that how long it takes to heal for LASIK?
A: Visual recovery varies from patient to patient, but with today’s technology, it generally takes one to two days. A patient should be able to drive or go back to work two days after the procedure. For steady and faster recovery, make sure to follow post-operative instructions from the doctor. Although LASIK is a popular and quick procedure, it is still a surgery, and the risks are similar to those of other eye surgeries.

Q: How will I know if I qualify for LASIK? What if I don’t qualify? What are my options?
A: A refractive screening test will determine if you are qualified for LASIK surgery. If you are not qualified, the test will also indicate what alternative procedure might be more suitable for you. If your cornea is too thin for LASIK, you may undergo PRK surgery. PRK is similar to LASIK, but instead of creating a corneal flap, the surface layer of the cornea is just removed. If your cornea is too thin even for PRK, then implantation of a Phakic intraocular lens is an option. Phakic intraocular lenses are also used for patients who have very high grade beyond the acceptable range for laser treatment.

Q: I had my LASIK last year. Now I’m 33 years old and truly enjoying my improved vision. Is the laser correction permanent?
A: LASIK is permanent. However, your body will undergo changes as you age, and this includes the condition or grade of your eyes. If your eyes regressed after LASIK, you may opt to have a touch up laser procedure to improve your vision. You may also have presbyopia or loss of near vision. Presbyopia is an age-related condition that makes it difficult for people in their 40s, 50s or 60s to focus on near objects and necessitates the use reading glasses. Asian Eye offers various treatment options, such as intraocular implants, multifocal contact lenses and Supracor laser procedure, to reduce or eliminate dependence on reading glasses. Asian Eye Institute is the only eye center in the Philippines with the Supracor technology. Patients who have had cataract surgery and wear reading eyeglasses for near vision can also benefit from this technology.

Send your inquiries to eyehelp@asianeyeinstitute.com or you may reach them through 898-2020 or 0918-8982020.




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    December 15, 2015

    ‘i have re-applied my red lipstick’ | I died! hahaha

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    Köurtney Love

    December 15, 2015

    LOL! I kept on laughing while watching your video. :)) These were the parts that I found very funny:
    – Jim’s reaction at 1:44
    – when you said ‘thank you’ at 3:40
    – the outro — at first, I was like “Um, okay” but then you showed the other half of your face so I was like “Oh…”. I thought there was something wrong with your right eye and then after about two seconds I realized you were just making a cross-eyed face (ang slow) and laughed really hard. (But deep inside I was kind of affected cuz I used to be cross-eyed. :'( hahaha jk! :)) I wasn’t born with it tho. Long story but my eyes are okay now… kind of. LOL)

    Glad you can see clearly now! :) *long comment hehe sorry! Here’s a potato for you. :p

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    Nics Sy

    December 15, 2015

    That last part though! :”> Why are you so adorable? :D

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    December 15, 2015

    Hi Saab,

    Do you mind sharing how much the procedure cost?


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    Ley S.

    December 16, 2015

    Been waiting for you to post about your surgery, Saab! I did not expect it to be that funny. Hahaha. I’m really interested in having LASIK done, too. My eye grade is 600 for both eyes. I know, I’m basically blind. I’m a little scared about having it done, though. But will try to save up already! :)

    P.S. Is it weird that I get a little sad thinking about having to stop wearing my glasses, if ever I get LASIK? Haha. I hide behind my glasses!

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      December 16, 2015

      DON’T!! You’ll wear glasses when you’re over 40 and need reading glasses. Hehe. I really can’t go out with glasses because magulo ako and my nose keeps getting sweaty and my glasses slide off, it’s so annoying. Grabe ang 600, I hope you get to do LASIK in the next year!!:)

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    December 16, 2015

    gAndAh moH pfowZzhHH.,. jEj3je :> you are so adorkable!

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    Jewel Clicks

    December 16, 2015

    The panic was real when Doctor Ang said no mascara and no eyeliner. HAHAHA :D

    But really, I inquired to AEI last year and since I am based in Cebu right now, I might going to have my screening schedule this month for yes that kind of procedure hopefully next year! >_< So I can see clearly too! :D Thanks for sharing this experience from AEI.


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      December 16, 2015

      OMG GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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    December 16, 2015

    I’ve been living with eyeglasses since the 1st grade and now that I’m a nearsighted 23-year-old with a 750-850 vision, I’m really thinking about LASIK surgery and how it will change my life. Kasi lagi nalang ganito ang scenario ng buhay ko”

    -Person notices I’m wearing eyeglasses: “Uy, malabo mata mo?” (Hindi, trip ko lang mag salamin na makapal yung lens.)
    -Person notices na makapal ang lens: “Uy ang kapal ng lens ng salamin mo! Hindi ba mabigat?”
    -Person asks how bad my eyesight is and when I say my grade they’re like “OMG ANG LABO NA! May nakikita ka pa ba kapag wala kang suot na eyeglasses?”
    -And lastly, person asks if they can borrow my eyeglasses just because he/she is curious as to what and how it feels like: “WOOOOW PARANG 3D!!!!”

    Sooo yeah, I’m kinda getting tired of all that hahahaha! So happy you got it done! Can’t imagine what it feels like to actually SEE everything. This post was so helpful :) Sana kaya ko din mag undergo (kasi parang nakakatakot huhubells) para naman every time na pupunta ako ng beach hindi ako magpapalit-palit ng eyeglasses at shades, hassle kaya! Hahaha love you, Saab!!! <3

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      December 16, 2015

      Haha go for it!!! Best investment you’ll make!

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    December 16, 2015

    I am so happy for you and thank you for sharing this important event (event talaga? haha) in your life. Gusto na kitang makita…kita sa mata! Merry Christmas! Ps. Kinabahan ako sa last part whew! LOL

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    December 16, 2015

    Congratulations on the new SaabTV! Loved watching this video, especially the last part. Haha! Got it! ;)

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    Lian V

    December 18, 2015

    waaaaa ingggiiiittttt much! but seriously, this is VERY inspiring Saab. nearsighted din ako 600 grade for both eyes and i’ve been wanting to get LASIK surgery. thank U for documenting this haha congrats i can only imagine how u feel now that u can actually SEE. mwah!

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    December 20, 2015

    The way you talk reminds me of Kris Aquino. Haha! Eloquent but not very serious.
    You look good, Saabelly!! <3

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      December 21, 2015

      Hmmmm not sure how to take that LELZZZZZ thank you?:)

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    December 21, 2015

    This is very informative Saab. (and entertaining haha) Thank you! I was supposed to have Lasik as well as a birthday gift (Sucks to have vision like that of an unfocused camera), but I had an eye injury earlier this year which got me having recurrent corneal erosions. Timing’s forever a bitch for me. Hopefully, everything goes back to normal soon and doctor says I can check back for Lasik in a year or two after monitoring my eye. Can’t wait!

    Caffeine Rush

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      December 22, 2015

      Oh no! Good luck!!:)

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    December 30, 2015

    I am also interested in this one “Do you mind sharing how much the procedure cost?”

    Thanks in advance.

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    LASIK Atlanta

    May 31, 2016

    This is a great resource guide for people looking for services in our profession. Great LASIK article!

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    Jing Fragante

    June 27, 2017

    OMG this comment is sooooo outdated haha I am backreading all your posts, so I read this one 2017 na amazing. Anyway, I just realized, same year pala tayo nagpa-LASIK. katuwa lang :D definitely life changing!

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      July 13, 2017

      I LOVE IT