Lasik Surgery Guide

Hey guys! Finally blogging my experience since I get so many inquiries about my Lasik / Laser Treatment. Hope this helps you to learn more about Lasik or with your final decision on whether or not to undergo one. You can read my personal thoughts here, and now I am presenting you some of the things you probably want to know. Best of luck!

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LASIK EYE SURGERY GUIDE:

Here are some things worth knowing to help you get started. Again, I can only speak for Shinagawa Lasik Center because that’s where I had my surgery done. If you are having yours done by another clinic, kindly ask them for guidelines:

What Is The First Step If I Want A Laser Treatment?

You need to go to the clinic to have a full screening. This 2-3 hours series of tests will determine if you’re eligible for your desired treatment.

At What Age Should I Consider Getting Lasik?

Shinagawa does lasik for 18-60 year olds.

What Is The Minimum Grade For Me To Be Eligible For Lasik?

Shinagawa caters to those who need lasik – beginning at a grade of 50 or even just high astigmatism.

My Eye Grade Keeps On Changing. Can I Still Get Lasik?

Yes, you can.

I’m Afraid I Will Go Blind. Does This Happen?

I can only speak for Shinagawa cause that’s where I had mine done.They have done over one million eye surgeries (all their clinics combined) and so far, no one has gone blind from getting an operation.

I Have A Lot of Eye Issues Like Allergies, Infections, Etc. Am I Still Eligible?

It is still best to consult with professionals. You can try getting the full screening process of Shinagawa because the main purpose of the screening is to make sure you are eligible for lasik.

How Should I Prepare For My Full Screening?

 -If you wear contact lens, stop using them 2 weeks before your test for hard lens, and 1 week before your test for soft lens.

-Save a day for it. While the test takes only about 2-3 hours, you will be given drops that will give you blurry vision for about 5-6 hours. This will be uncomfortable (but not painful) and prevent you from doing your usual work. Sleep it off.

-Have someone accompany you. You will not be able to see clearly by the time you leave the clinic, so it’s important that someone helps you commute, or drive for you going home.

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 How Much Will The Screening Cost?

The screening costs PHP 2,500. But if you decide to have your lasik done with them, it will be credited to your account so whatever lasik procedure you get, PHP 2500 will be subtracted from your total bill.

 How Much Will The Lasik Cost?

 1. Microkeratome (Traditional) – PHP 65,000

-corrects distance and astigmatism

-bladed but automated

-gives back 20/20 vision

-procedure takes about 10 minutes per eye

 2. Intralasik – PHP 89,600

-corrects distance and astigmatism

-bladeless, painless

-gives back 20/20 vision in an instant

-procedure takes about 20-30 seconds per eye

-overnight healing process

 3. Z-Lasik – PHP 140,000

-corrects distance and astigmatism

-bladeless, painless

-gives back 20/20 vision in an instant

-procedure takes about 20-30 seconds per eye

-lessens inflammation

-limits tissue damage (no overlapping functions)

-1-2 hours healing process

*Rates are for two eyes already. Cut the rate into half if you only need one eye for lasik.

*They also offer other eye procedures such as laser treatment for patients who have presbyopia, or collagen crosslinking (alternative to corneal transplant).

*I might be able to get you a discount. Please see my note on the next question.

*Rates as of December 2014.

Okay, I’ve decided to do it. Now What?

 -Call Shinagawa Lasik Center to schedule your operation. Look for Xendrix. But before you schedule your operation, make sure you read the things you cannot do after the surgery (please read next question). Please also make sure you are free the day after your schedule because that will be your first check-up.

-Make sure your eyes have rested well from contact lens. Stop using them 1 week before for soft lens, and 2 weeks before for hard lens.

-I might be able to score you a little discount if you’re really serious. No promises but I requested for a little discount for my readers from Shinagawa. If you’ve decided to do it, email me at PaulaTheExplorer@gmail.com with the subject: DISCOUNT FOR SHINAGAWA and I’ll see what I can do. No promises, but probably worth your try!:) Do this before calling them up.

What Are The Things I Cannot Do After The Surgery?

-Your eyes will feel painful after the surgery, so don’t expect that you can go back to work that same day.

-You cannot strain your eyes much for a couple of months. Come to think of it, you should not strain it too much forever.

-You cannot allow soap or water to enter your eyes while bathing/ washing your face. Extra care must be taken from now on.

-You cannot stay in smoky/ dusty areas for the first couple of months.

-You cannot swim and/or snorkel for one month.

-You cannot scuba dive for months (Doctor will tell you when your eyes are good to go).

-You cannot scratch your eye – no matter how itchy they feel. You can put the artificial tears (which is part of your kit) instead.

-You cannot wear eye make-up for months (Doctor will tell you when you can already).

-You cannot wear cosmetic contact lens (consult your doctor).

-You cannot engage in contact sports where eye injury is a high possibility for a few months.

What Should I Do On The Day Of My Surgery?

 -On the day of surgery, make sure you’re not wearing make up. You will be asked to wash your face in the clinic and make sure you wash it thoroughly because you cannot wash your face for the next 24 hours (so yes, please take a bath, too).

-If you’re taking any medication and/or using eye drops, kindly bring your prescription, write down the names of the medicines, and show them to the doctor.

-Do not wear wool, hats, fur. Do not use perfumes, antiperspirant, or spray. These may cause instability for the laser.

-Do not wear earrings.

-Bring dark sunglasses especially if your car has no tint. Or at least bring something you can use to cover your eyes. The clinic will provide glasses, but they are clear eye shields, so wearing something darker might help you better.

-Have someone accompany you. You will not be able to see clearly by the time you leave the clinic (not yet – but soon you will), so it’s important that someone helps you commute, or drive for you going home.

What Happens On The Day Of The Surgery?

-You will be given a consent form to read and sign.

-You will undergo pre-operation examination to see if there are significant differences or irregular conditions since your last consultation.

-You will be briefed on how the operation will go and what you’re supposed to do (and not do) while in the operating room.

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-You will be given anesthesia in the form of eye drops.

-It depends on which surgery you choose, but for Z-Lasik, which is what I did, the operation will take about 10-15 minutes in total. The more still and cooperative you are, the faster they can work on your eye. The laser itself is quick, but of course there are preparations to be made even inside the operating room.

-Once the operation is done, you will be asked to rest at the operating room to rest your eyes for at least 20-30 minutes. You are free to stay longer, but should you wish to leave and go home, you will be discharged and given your post-surgery eyecare kit (which you should do as advised).

-While you’re in the recovery room, it’s possible the doctor will check-up on you and do an eye test of two.

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What Should I Do/ Expect After My Surgery?

 -Depending on the surgery you choose, your eyes will feel painful post-surgery, especially when the anaesthesia wears off. For Z-Lasik which has the quickest recovery time, it was painful for about 3-4 hours after the procedure. Eyes will feel very sensitive to light, too, so to lessen the discomfort, here are two things you can do: take the oral medication (pain killer) given with the kit right after surgery to help you ease the pain even before it really kicks in, and if you can, sleep it off.

-For the first week, wear the clear eye patch while sleeping to prevent yourself from scratching your eyes (this is part of the kit).

-For the first week, wear your eye shield as much as possible to prevent your eyes from catching dust/ infection. Any pair of glasses will do, so if you want to look more stylish, you can wear sunnies or your old eyeglasses with no grade.

-For the first week, put on all the eyedrops religiously (as prescribed).

-Have your first official check-up the day after the surgery. This is important. Make time for this.

Once you’ve recovered (which is the day after surgery for Z-Lasik), you can go back to your normal activities, but do not strain your eyes too much if possible. Take rests in between reading or using your gadgets. Blink to hydrate your eyes.

-Your eyes will be dry for the first few months or so. Drop the artificial tears as often as needed (at least 4 times a day). When you’ve run out of the drops from the kit, you need to buy your own which are available at drugstores. I get mine for around PHP 150 for 15 ml.

-Your eyes might feel blurry from time to time. That means they’re not hydrated (dry), so you can blink to hydrate them, and if that doesn’t work, drop artificial tears.

-You will feel the eye strain, believe me. As someone who’s constantly in front of a laptop for work, I can feel my eyes complaining after a while, so I rest them and sometimes even sleep it off. I personally think this is good because it makes me take care of my eyes more.

-In my case, I’ve been getting headaches (nothing too painful) and based on research, it’s possibly because my eyes are too dry. Maybe I just don’t feel it because my eyes have always been dry. So I consciously put more artificial tears on my eyes now, and they seem to work.

How Often Are The Eye Check-ups?

 -The first one is the day after your surgery. After that, a week after your surgery. And then a month, 3 months, 6 months, then yearly.

-Shinagawa will give you an appointment card, but of course, if you feel something is wrong and symptoms persist for a couple of hours or so, you can schedule a visit at the clinic.

What Is The Mode Of Payment?

-Cash/ Credit Card/ Cheque. Kindly direct this concern to Shinagawa.

Will My Eyes Forever Be 20/20 After Lasik?

-There are cases where eyes have gone from clear to blurred again. There is always that possibility especially as we age. Lasik is not magic. It just means your eyes are given a chance to go on reset. It’s up to you to take care of your eyes after. However, Shinagawa offers free lasik for those whose eyes regress within three years after the first surgery.

-Expect that when you get to your 40’s or so, you might need reading glasses.

Is it worth it?

-If you have enough money and feel that having blurry eyes are somewhat a hassle for you, I would say, DO IT.

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This was exactly a month after my surgery, and we celebrated by dipping in La Chevrerie Resort and Spa’s gorgeous pool (in Anilao, Batangas – blogpost coming up!). I did not swim yet, though. I dint want to take risks. 🙂

4 comments on “Lasik Surgery Guide”

  1. jo Reply

    Hi has your eye strain been resolved I had mine done a week ago and im scared that something went wrong cause my eyes feels so heavy. Hope your eyes are doin well.

    • admin Reply

      Hello. Sorry, I just saw this. Yes it will get better in time. Hope yours is okay already. 🙂 My eyes are doing great as of writing!:)

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