LASIK Surgery Experience & Thoughts – Excelview Mid Valley Megamall

by xin on August 10, 2011

*Wordy post, only recommended to those who are interested.

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Pre-LASIK

Since I was in secondary school, I have been ‘blessed’ with one eye short-sightedness (right eye). In fact, I have been depending on the right eye for all my activities even without myself realizing it. I was diagnosed for short-sightedness only through an eye-test.

Most people call this symptom as lazy-eye but it is actually not exactly the case. Lazy eye is a case of reduced vision in one eye that cannot be corrected by glasses nor LASIK.

In my case, it is a little complicated. It is short sightedness and can be corrected with glasses or LASIK. In short, it wasn’t really a big issue as I was still able to see even without the aid of lenses. However ever since I started working, I had to wear contact lenses daily as spectacles gave me nausea due to the imbalance of vision in both eyes.

Long story short, contact lens was a headache for me as well due to my dry eyes. I have used the most expensive soft lens (as it claims), but the dryness came after just a few hours of use. I had red eye almost everyday! It was annoying of course.

And that’s it, I decided to go for LASIK after seeing the success of my sister in law’s LASIK.  Prior to the surgery, I had gone for an eye check to make sure that I was a suitable candidate. LASIK might not meant for for:

- those who have over-thin cornea
- the power of short-sightedness is too high >10.0

excelview lounge

During LASIK

A week before the surgery, I stopped wearing contact lenses to make sure my eyeball return to the original shape.

And fast-forward to the surgery day, I scheduled my appointment to the earliest time. (to easily find a parking on a Saturday)

It is recommended that you arrange your transportation after the surgery as you won’t be able to drive due to the blurry vision, best if you have a companion, so you feel safer psychologically too.

Before the surgery, I was given eye-check once more to make sure that I fit all the criteria for zapping my eye. It was simple. I was also given numbing eye drop ( for anesthetic purpose) and advised to rest my eye for about 10 minutes in a dark room. Just in case you wonder, both my eyes were given the eye drop so they felt balanced even though I had only the right eye for LASIK.

And you will be required to make the payment and sign a letter of consent before they zap you.

waiting

*My view while waiting for the anesthetic to kick in

I put on a robe and rested my eyes for a while. My eyeballs felt funny. It was as though I could not roll them and had a hard time opening my eyes. I was nervous, then I was getting impatient for the surgery to begin when I rested in the room. In the room there is locker for you to keep your belongings. And you will have to silent your phone.

dark room
*The dark room with reclining chair and the locker

Finally, the moment came after what seemed like 2 hour of wait. And oh, they helped me on with a disposable shower cap and disposable shoes before stepping in to the surgical room. Prior to any LASIK, they would do a test-run with the laser machine and the noise it produces is really terrifying.

I was given a beanie toy to hold throughout the surgery. I squeezed it so hard that I was afraid that my long nails might slit open the toy.

Once I lied down on the bed, my heart was pumping like crazy and I was asked to only concentrate on 3 things:

1. To focus at the red light
2. To keep my eyes open real big
3. To not move my head

eye stretcher

 

*Illustration is based on my guess & imagination
As they put a cover on my left eye, they put something like a loop holder to stretch my right eye open. It was no pain. But it felt uncomfortable when they inserted it into my eye.

I had to struggle to keep my left eye open to ensure that the opening of the right eye would not be affected.

My vision became blurry as I was not able to see the red light clearly. What was in the air was only the burning smell of my cornea. Laser beam is transparent so you will not be able to see, but you will not miss the sound of it. And soon, I was able to focus on the red light!

The laser procedure only took less than a minute, and they rinsed my eye with a small flow of water.  Then, they took the stretcher out from my eye and led me to have my eye examined. It seemed that there was some remaining stuff in my eye, and I put on the bed again with the stretcher inserted (again), and had my eye rinsed. This procedure repeated twice.

The feeling was funny, I could see people playing with my eyeball yet I did not feel anything.  The whole procedure took only about 5 minutes and I was led to the room again to rest my eyes, or sleep for 45 minutes. Don’t worry about over-sleeping, they will wake you up when time is up ;)

And? You are free to go! However, you are advised to head home and sleep as your eyes will feel dry, uncomfortable and sensitive to lights. Oh, bringing shades is a must for post-surgery use. People do stare if you wear shades in the mall, so just wave the LASIK paper bag at them!  ;)

Post-LASIK

I was given a ‘goodie bag’ with 3 bottles of eye drop (2 lubricating eye drops and 1 antibiotic). They do issue a maximum 2 days of MC should you request.I was given some RM200 discount vouchers for friends who are interested too.

Overall, service is great, and the staff are quite attentive and gentle. Of course I have not been to other shops so I wouldn’t know about the rest.

Post-surgery care:

1. No swimming – Yeay! I don’t know how to swim anyway.
2. No rubbing eye – It was quite hard to resist rubbing my eye. When it is itchy, I will just use the lubricating eye drop.
3. No eye-makeup for a week – Not too bad :)

Post-surgery thoughts:

eyedrop

It’s been a week with my new eye and it has been working quite well.  However, I was informed that the short-sightedness might return due to my weird eye condition but let’s hope all is well ;)

Price: Starting from RM1988/eye ( 0% interest installment for most major credit cards is available)

Availability: Excel View Mid Valley Megamall  (03-22873797)

Post-Surgery Check-up: The next day, one week, and one month.

P/S:  Consultation for eye-check is free.

Disclaimer: The entire story is based on my own experience and not affiliated with the company. I will not be liable for anything should you have different experience or treatment. 

 

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meisie August 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

Hello, I was reading ParisB’s blog when your blog title caught my attention :)
I’ve been thinking about getting a LASIK but don’t have enough courage yet. Even reading your experience makes me weak hahaha. Other than discomfort, did you feel any pain in your eye during and after the procedure at all?

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prettybeautiful August 10, 2011 at 10:58 am

hi meisie, i have struggled for 2 years before i decided to do it :D other than the discomfort, there was no pain during and after the procedure. your eye might just be dry after the surgery but with the eye drops, it’s not an issue at all ;)
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Nikki August 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Wow…glad you’re ok! I didn’t know you went through this! Thank goodness everything’s done and over! So you can see me clearly by October? :D
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karmen August 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for sharing this!! I’m very tempted.. Always too ‘geli’ when it comes to the eyes.

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prettybeautiful August 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Once you get it through, it’s heaven!
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Leanne Karyl August 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

hi there, so that means if my eye grade is more than 1000 then i cant go through with lasik? thanks!

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prettybeautiful August 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I am not totally sure, but as far as I know, it might not be able to correct for myopia >1000, best to consult the professional for their advice.
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shahrich April 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

hi there.. i be doing my lasik in excelview mid valley next week.. so far till today is there any side effect ? n how is the power for ur eyes now? is it ok?

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