To all the people I scared out of LASIK with my story last April, I just wanted to reassure you again that’s NOT typical. The top photo is Adam’s eye today, about 8 hours after completed LASIK- his vision is almost perfect already and will only further clear up after a few days. The bottom is my eye the day the suction ring didn’t correctly fit my eye and would pop off when the laser was in place- I had no correction as it was unsafe to proceed. This just shows how much it varies. My case was VERY rare and Adam’s is pretty typical so don’t let the rage scare you from going for #LASIK. I’m so happy for him/ jealous as hell.
For those of you who missed it, i was approved for lasik last April and was left greatly disappointed when, on the operating table, i was told my eye wasn’t suitable for the suction cup- you can read more here.
Essentially my vision wasn’t corrected and i carried on as usual.
Over the last few months i’ve noticed my contacts are getting worse and worse to wear and i often have to stick my fingers in my eyes to turn the contact to the right place (contacts for astymatism are weighted so they stay in place to fit the eye, if they rotate you then can’t see), for the first hour or two of wearing them each time i have to do this until they “stick”.
I needed an eye exam in order to get new glasses too so i went to the eye doctor today for my annual eye test.
It turns out not only was i lucky to have had the LASIK procedure stopped when i did because having the suction pop off while the laser was cutting my eye could’ve been potentially awful, i’d probably be quite unhappy with the results now any way since my eyes have changed for the first time in years.
My prescription had been stable for about 3 years and prior to that had barely changed but it turns out my near-sightedness has improved and my astigmatism has got a whole lot worse.
If i’d had the LASIK and my eyes had still changed like they have, i’d probably need additional correction.
My eye doctor explained that i probably won’t be a candidate for LASIK again for some time and, with the severity of my astigmatism, might never be. She did mention that there is a different type of laser correction that doesn’t dissolve or cut your lens but that only a very small group of people are candidates for it so that might be worth looking into in a few years.
I’m actually relieved to know all of that now and not have to think about it for some time, even after the last experience its always been in the back of my mind as something i want to do ASAP but knowing i now can’t… i feel like i can just forget about it.
I got some new contacts to try in my new prescription in hopes that will ease some of the discomfort.
The only negative of my visit is the cost of my glasses because the lenses had to get thinned so much to fit the frames. Oh wells!
Just keeping you guys updated :)
2 weeks since attempted #lasik Thought I’d be here in LDN able to see and allowed to wear makeup again but instead I’m poking in my eyes to get my contacts to sit right. Bummer! (Taken with instagram)
I know my last LASIK posts were a bit vague so heres the full story.
I had my consultation and was told i was a good candidate and suitable for LASIK eye surgery. This is thought of as the ideal option as its a quick recovery and not as invasive (click the link for the wiki page) so i was excited i wouldn’t have to look at LASEK, which is a longer recovery where, instead of cutting a flap with a laser, they use a solution to weaken and (i think) dissolve the top layer of cornea or epithelium in order to laser the deeper layers. You then have to wait for your cornea to regenerate and wear a hard contact until that happens.
After all the tests and opting for LASIK i booked the procedure and didn’t even think there would be a chance it wouldn’t work.
The morning of the surgery i was really excited at the thought of never wearing glasses or contacts again as i headed into Ultralase.
I filled out some paperwork, met the surgeon and was taken into the surgical prep room where i had anesthetic eye drops and they prepped my eye area with betadine (really cute) before taking me into the OR.
I kinda felt like i was about to be probed by aliens because of all the weird high tech equipment but everyone made me feel totally at ease and positioned me on the “operating” table. My head fit securely in the headrest and they used a machine to make sure it recognized my cornea from my previous scans which all went fine.
When it came to putting the suction device on my eye i felt pressure and my vision became blurred and twisted side to side as if i was being turned upside down but in fact my eye was just being moved as they applied pressure.
This suction ring is applied and the suction is activated with what looked like a spring loaded syringe attached to it. This ring is what the laser that cuts the flap is steadied by so it is imperative that it is stable. They moved me (on the magical spinny bed) under the next machine which would apply the laser to the ring and as soon as it was in place, the ring would lose suction.
I was moved back under the original machine to try and replace the ring and try again. This happened a few times before i started to get worried and asked if it was something i was doing. They reassured me that i was doing great but they kept losing suction. I think they tried another 2 times before the surgeon decided it was unsafe to proceed and he could not complete the procedure.
Being a little disorientated and confused i felt like i might cry but just sort of lead there in shock before they wiped away the betadine and helped me up. The whole time they reassured me that it was nothing i did and it really wasn’t safe to try and proceed. They took me into the recovery room and called my mum down to sit with me.
After a little while the surgeon called me back into his office where he apologized and explained everything in great detail even showing me the suction ring so i understood exactly why it wouldn’t work. My eye shape would not support the suction ring either because of the astigmatism affecting the shape of my cornea or because i have thick corneas. Unfortunately there was no way of knowing until they tried to apply the ring and although it did hold momentarily, the suction was eventually lost every time.
He told me there was a possibility that we could try the LASIK procedure again at a later date or i could consider LASEK. He said i could go away and think about it and they would call me in a few days to check up and see if i wanted a refund or to try an alternative.
There is currently only one size of suction ring for this procedure so i’m hoping in a few years they will have figured that out and i can try again.
Currently my eye is very red but the discomfort and swelling has subsided and i’m able to wear contacts again (much to my annoyance that i had to find them again). The blood will dissipate over time and it is already looking better than it was.
All in all i am still very happy with Ultralase as a company. They provide a wonderful clinic with amazing staff and incredible customer service, it was just unfortunate that it was not my time to see. Although i am still gutted that it didn’t work i have even more faith in them as a company that they would not proceed because it wasn’t 100% safe.
Hope this covered everything..?
This isn’t common at all but it can happen. I haven’t lost anything and just had a sore eye for a few days. Don’t let this put you off, so many people have perfect results.
Just woke up day two after failed laser eye surgery (#lasik) Gonna start with some arnica. Feel pretty destroyed. (Taken with instagram)
Epic fail on LASIK surgery this morning. My eye shape won’t support the suction ring needed to create the flap. #lasik (Taken with instagram)
I am officially approved for LASIK at Ultralase in Bristol UK.
I had 3 different eye drops in between lots of scans and tests. One to dye my eye yellow, one to dilate my pupils and one to numb them.
I have thicker than average corneas which is great for the surgery itself but it has caused me to have higher pressure in my eyes which they looked into a lot but said I am still an ideal candidate!
Ultralase has an amazing clinic and everyone was so professional. I saw one guy for the vision tests and another for the corneal scans and pressure tests etc. It seems like each person is a specialist in their area within the company.
They were so thorough and gave me so much information that they’d answered my questions before I’d had a chance to ask.
I got all the pricing info which you can find online and they offered me an appointment for this Saturday.
After looking at my options, I’m just waiting for a call to confirm everything tomorrow.
I’ll make another post a out risks and after care etc soon. I’m excited!!
Anyone here had laser corrective surgery?
I have a consultation in a couple of weeks and i’m very excited. My father in law had his done at the same place with great results.
I’m hoping they can correct my astigmatism because thats the reason contacts are so annoying, if they dry up or rotate: i can’t see. My contacts are weighted to correct the astigmatism so if they get out of place i’m screwed and have to poke around in my eyes all the time.
Pretty excited and of course will review it all on here for anyone who’s interested!
Those of you who have it already, how was the whole process for you?