I finally did eye laser surgery. It has actually been over a month now, but I wanted to wait until the check up to blog, which was this morning.
So, this story kind of started last summer, when I got an eye infection. Up until then I had had contacts, since I was 14 or something. And since High School I had the 24/7 contacts, which I only had to take out and change once a month. So, having bad sight was nothing that I though about more than 10 seconds a month when I changed the lenses, until last year then. Having infection was the worst, it felt like my eyes were on fire sometimes, so in the end I went to the hospital (before moving to China). The doctor gave me some antibiotic drops and told me that I couldn't wear lenses for the rest of the year and even after that I had to wear dailies. This meant glasses. I wore them for about a month but yeah, you know me and listening to people, so I started to wear my lenses anyway from time to time. Having to wear glasses was never really an option for me. They are unpractical and I think it's ugly.
During this whole thing my friend Ikhlas had done laser surgery in the summer and I started to ask her about it. She said it was the best investment she had ever made. She could see! I considered it for a while, especially those days when my contacts started to give me trouble again haha. I found a company in Gothenburg that just had a promotion for students, so I booked an appointment for an examination during the winter break to see if I was even a valid candidate for surgery. I also googled a lot, and became very nervous after reading weird stories, but I convinced my self to at least go to the appointment and get some more information. I went with my mom and they did a lot of funny high-tech tests, and somehow I ended up with an appointment for the surgery in 10 days, as they had a cancelled time slot. Laser with NoCut, which is the least invasive eye surgery there is today. The clinic is really professional and I got a good first impression. They explained the whole procedure and how the laser works. Nonetheless, I still wasn't sure about this whole thing, worried about the possible side effects. Although, they had said that there is no way to go blind and also my sight couldn't get worse than what it was, but still I wasn't totally convinced. I talked to some other friend who had done it 1.5 years ago, and she also said that it was all good. She even asked other friends who have done it (so sweet) and they were all happy with it.
Time passed and the day for surgery came. I went in, still not sure about it haha, but going with the flow. The day started with a nurse giving me some more instructions, papers, painkillers and several eyedrops, and pills that were supposed to get me calm. Those did NOT work haha. Then I had to wait for a while until everything kicked in and then the doctor came and also did some checks before he told me to go into the room where the laser was. I was super nervous but lied down. The nurses were sweet and tried to calm me. Then the doctor came and they put some things that would keep my eyes open. I asked one last time "will this hurt?" but he said NO. And surprisingly it didn't hurt a bit. Basically the surgery was me looking into a green blinking light for a minute with each eye. The light slowly got blurrier and then BAM it was done. The only thing that hurt a little bit was when they flushed my eyes with some cold liquid and some drops fell down on my cheek.. kind of the same feeling as going outside on a cold Swedish winter day. The whole thing really did not take more than a couple of minutes. Then the doctor told me to sit up and open my eyes. My first though was "OMG I'm not blind, so far so good". I could even see a lot better than before, still blurry but a loooot better. Then they took me to a dark room and gave me some fika and told me to leave when I was ready. I went home, and for the first two hours I was totally fine. Then, meanwhile talking to Ikhlas on the phone it slowly started to hurt. I guess the painkillers wore off. It hurt a lot for about two days. It came in waves kind of and it felt like having schampoo in your eyes, but there was nothing I could do. I had gotten a lot of different drops, antibiotics and pain killers that I had to take regularly (like every 10 minutes for the moisturizing one). And also I could not stand any light, ANY! I was basically locked up in my dark room for 3 days. As my friend said, it was like being a vampire.. light killed me! I couldn't look in the fridge or at my phone even so my boyfriend had to come and feed me and change my podcasts when they ended. It was like that for 3-4 days, but it felt like an eternity, super boring, and well the first two days also super painful. The 5th day I went back to the clinic and they took out the bandade lenses. At that time I was still very, very sensitive to light I remember.
The whole thing took a week, and then I was good. Almost. I had some double vision for a couple of days.. which made thesis writing interesting hehe. And also one of the drops I took made my sight a bit blurry. So it wasn't until the 3rd week (when I could stop taking those drops) that I could see totally perfect. And now 6 weeks later on the check up they said everything looks fine and the healing process is good. It takes about 1 year until the sight gets stable, but so far I have been able to see perfectly for 3 weeks now. There is no way to tell for how long the sight will be perfect after laser, as eyes grow and it is very individual. It could be until you get old but it could also start changing in 10 years or so. At least this clinic have a 5 year guarantee, so economically it's the same as buying lenses for that long.
So, this has been a long and detailed description of the whole thing hehe, but honestly I wish I had found a post like this before doing the surgery. If you have any questions though, feel free to ask!!
All in all, based on my experience so far I would recommend doing laser. But maybe, the first resort should be trying the 24/7 lenses, because honestly, for about 7 years I never had any trouble with being nearsighted. But still, it feels good to be able to see without anything and all the time :D