One Year After ASA Eye Surgery
Today was a great day! After months and months of eye healing, I had my one year follow up appointment from my ASA eye surgery. My local eye doc doing the follow-up said I was close enough to 20-20 for us both to be thrilled…
And, in all actuality, 20-20 isn’t the goal for everyone. It’s not even ideal from everyone. In fact, they do tests before your surgery to see what vision you tend to prefer, so I am likely “preferring” to see things sharp at a distance after not being able to see them for so long! I’m not sure what my vision was before, but my contacts were -6.50 and I had astigmatism in both eyes.
I’m sure there are some who have it worse, but all I know is, I was so nearsighted most of my life, I couldn’t even tell how many fingers I was holding up right in front of my face! 😀 I was so nearsighted, I couldn’t walk through the house in the dark without running into the walls. I was so nearsighted, I learned to shave my legs in the morning without seeing — I could do pretty well by feel, but always had to repeat my bony knees and ankles later when I could see with contacts. I never could get right up and pop in contacts, and wearing glasses fogged up in the shower. I was so nearsighted I couldn’t drive without glasses, couldn’t walk around without them, and was often afraid of a fall-out that would render me utterly useless without the aids. I couldn’t even be at the pool without glasses or contacts, which was always an annoyance…chlorine left a permanent fog on them (thank goodness for disposables, but still).
A glory moment recently: last week, Mom came over and said, “Daughter, do you have any ‘One Solution’?”
“No, mom…I most certainly do not have any solution!”
She said, “Oh, you! I forgot. That’s just sickening.”
The other day, I went to the tanning bed (haven’t for years, but am getting a base tan this year slowly for a personal treat). ANYWAY, I didn’t have to go home to take out my “eyes” first. I didn’t have to fool with putting them back in after I had lotion on my hands. I didn’t have to worry about it AT ALL. It was lovely.
I can see really well at night driving with no halos or light problems.
It took from the end of May until the end of September before I started to have a “wow” moment and could read comfortably and see first thing in the morning definition on doors and things.
It was a LONG wait and a LONG process, but ASA was the best choice for my eyes (there were irregularities on the surface of my cornea that needed to be dealt with now or later anyway, so they just burned the surface clean with a mild alcohol solution and let it rebuild–thus the name ASA–Advanced Surface Ablation).
This photo of me drawing was one of the last trips we took where I needed my glasses, last fall break.
This year, I didn’t have to pack all that stuff to go swim in a heavily chlorinated hotel pool! (Ironically, the pool water was too cool for me to swim…but still, even the chlorinated air used to dry out my contacts!)
The dry eye symptoms from the surgery have gotten progressively better since my last visit, though I still use drops some in the morning, especially if I have a lot of popcorn the night before.
My eyes ARE STILL healing, and my vision was still improving even a year later! I have improved a half step since the last visit in my worse eye.
My eyes aren’t fatigued at the end of the day from a day of contacts. I am saved minutes of my morning and evening routines, and the hassle of inserting and removing contacts is such a blessing. I don’t have to find my glasses. Be thankful if you have good vision already!
It’s a great gift–I used to pray as a young girl that if God would heal, that he’d heal my eyes (and my zits). My zits are mostly gone now, twenty years later, and my eyes are “healed”.
I’ll take it. He is GOOD!
I wouldn’t say it’s for everyone. The discomfort, risks, and expense wouldn’t seem worth it to me unless there was a great lifestyle benefit to be gained. If you are getting older and have cataracts, insurance will pay for it, so I’d wait.
The bad part is, you may not know until you go for the consult whether you get Lasik or ASA. I had to have the latter, which meant the difference in a 3 day recovery and a 3 month recovery, a lot more pain, and a lot more waiting. So, think carefully before you go jumping on a bandwagon. It costs just way too much if it’s not a debilitating thing for you, and not everyone is a candidate, even if you want it.
My eyes had finally stopped changing for a few years, and soon, they will start going downhill again, it was a golden moment for me to do it, if it were to be done. I can get the most out of the expense.
Thank you, dear husband! He stuck by me, drove me, and helped me out during my recovery. Three cheers!
TODAY:20/25 in my Right eye; 20/30 in my Left… I like it!
I CAN SEE!
PHOTO: March 2009, Park (trust dark tinted sunglasses, protecting my eyes from harmful UV as they continue to heal–The eye surgeon in Louisville said they were really uncertain as to how long it actually took a lifetime of cornea to heal back fully, but the eye doctor today, and even in January, said if he didn’t know I’d had the surgery, he could see NO sign of scar tissue or even any line at all that indicated it had been done at all. AMAZING.)
READ MORE: If you want to read more about the days/months following the surgery here’s a link to those back posts. (I love the photo on one of those links where I found a way to decorate my post-surgery goggles with sequins. I may have been in a heck of a lot of pain, on morphine, taking twenty some odd eye drops a day, but dad-gum it, I was going to have me some girlie sequins going on!)