So…I had some work done!

The LASIK has been done!  Now I can see!  All the time!  Well at least now I can.  The first night was a little bit rough.  The doctor said I would have some, “discomfort” “Discomfort” my ASS.  It felt like they had sliced my eyes open and poked around the inside—practically exactly what they did.

My last post about LASIK I was still searching for the perfect eye hospital.  I had been to two and was not satisfied.  It turns out the third hospital was just right.  I went to Turkuaz Göz Merkezi, a boutique eye center in Ankara.  They were great, small but cutting edge.  The doctors were great, the staff support and the treatment impeccable.  They only do the procedure on Friday night.   We were a little concerned at one point because they told Bülent he could not come in and translate for me.  The doctor that handles preliminary testing spoke English, but he was not the one completing the procedure.  The doctor doing my LASIK spoke German and Turkish but not English.  When we told them our concerns, the English speaking doctor promised he would be at my side the entire time translating the operation.  He also made sure there was an English speaking intern with me in the waiting room and the recovery room so that I would not misunderstand the nurses or orderlies who only spoke Turkish.  Overall we were very impressed with our experience, not only the medical procedure, but also the language accommodation they so thoroughly supplied.  Yay for Dr. Fatih Bey!  Whee I can SEEEEEE!

LASIK Shout Out!

Traditionally after the wedding the bride and groom exchange gifts.  Or so I was told.  So for my gift, my new beloved husband told me he would finance my LASIK surgery.  YAY!  My eyes are horribly myopic, around –3.75 plus astigmatism.  His gift was perfect.  We both can’t wait.  However, since it is my EYES and if we mess it up there could be serious complications, we have proceeded cautiously.

Hospital #1: Super Shiny!  Clean and New!  Expensive and commercial.  We felt that they did not care about safety as much as money.  They wanted to give me LASIK after only one week of not wearing contacts.  I have been wearing soft contacts for 10 years, seven days a week, 15-18 hours a day.

Hospital #2:  Our new doctor is SUPER conservative.  Maybe too much!  He saw me (after not wearing contacts for two weeks) and said at least one month later.  So today I go in—after not wearing contacts for six weeks.  (Side note:  I hate wearing glasses) He wants to wait six more months of no contacts before the surgery.  That seems excessive to me—what about you?  All the research I have done says that before LASIK you cannot wear soft contacts for two weeks, toric for a month and hard lenses for a month for every decade you wore them!   Am I mistaken?  I really don’t want to wear glasses for six more months if I don’t have to, but I also don’t want to ruin my eyesight.

Any suggestions?

We are going to Hospital #3 tomorrow.