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So I went into the opthamologist's yesterday, and was going through my health history, etc. The nurse asked if I had my Rx written down anywhere. I said I didn't, but I'm pretty sure I remember it. OS: -5.25, .75cyl, 180°; OD: -4.75, .75cyl, 170°. They decided to have me take out my contacts and do the exam to get my Rx. I was off on the cyl on my left eye; it's 1.0. At least the Rx is stable, which is important. So there's no need to go back next week for the exam. I was up front about not taking out my lenses at night, and told them I've been doing that for over 10 years. No lecture ^_^ . I discussed my reasons for wanting LASIK and the doctor told me about the pre-procedure steps. Funny, I don't know for sure what she looks like as I was contactless at the time.

They had to measure the thickness of my corneas, which was a weird experience. First, anasthetic drops in the eyes. Those squeamish may want to skip to the next paragraph now. The nurse took this little probe thing with a rounded glass tip (as best I could tell in my blindness) connected to the machine by a fiber optic and touched the tip to my corneas, each in turn four times. No sensation of pain or pressure, just a little distortion around the tip of the probe.

So, I got a Rx and took it to the optical center for frames and lenses. I got a $105 pair (frames and lenses), and I like them enough to keep them for fakewear after the surgery. After I get those, I have to be out of contacts for at least three weeks, and then I have two appointments on the 6th of Feb. One in the morning is a "Wave Scan," which sounds very Trekkish. It's "like a fingerprint for your eye." It evidentally maps the surface and interior of the cornea very accurately and precisely, which is, of course, very important. Then in the afternoon, the second appointment is the "Long Evaluation." I'm really not sure what that's about, but it's necessary and also very important.

After that, I keep with the glasses and come back on the 19th for the actual surgery. They only have the machine that does the procedure once per month. It's a strange idea initially, but they lease it on a rotation with other hospitals so that they always have the most up to date equipment for the procedure. After that, I'll have to avoid touching my eyes for a while, maybe wear pirate patches on both for a couple days (j/k), and within a few days, my eyes will be better than new. I'm sure I have some conceptions wrong about the post-procedure, but I'll be given more details when the time comes.

So, for the irony bit, it's just that after years of not even owning glasses, I have to buy a pair so I can get rid of my myopia for good.

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the_ericai
Jan. 11th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Glasses are cool
So...you really DID get a poke in the eye? Wow.

Are you nervous? Did you check out the doctors stats, make sure she's not a Dr. Nick?
I think you should wear the pirate patches. I mean...why not?
mandydax
Jan. 12th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: Glasses are cool
Yeah, of course I checked her stats out. Though she does say, "Hi, everybody!" when she walks into a room... I got the glasses today. I'll post about them later. It's a fairly trippy experience.
the_ericai
Jan. 12th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Re: Glasses are cool
Ha ha, you'll be falling down all over yourself to tell us of your new experience?
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