The Day Of Surgery
Before the day of my surgery, I was given instructions not to drive on the day itself and to come without any perfume or makeup (although eyelash extensions were fine). I was also advised to dress warm and shower beforehand so that I could immediately sleep once I got home after.
When I arrived at the clinic, I went through the same pre-check of machines to ensure that the details were still accurate. Next, I got dressed up in a gown, hair net, shoes and stick-on mask, and was given numbing eye drops before entering the operating theatre.
From Inside The Operating Theatre
Stepping inside the operating theatre, the first thing that hit me was how cold it was! You’ll definitely thank yourself for wearing a long-sleeved top and pants.
The nurse guided me over to the bed and I was first asked to sit, while they placed a patch over my left eye and asked me to confirm my name and birthday with them. Next, I was asked to lie down, and the bed slowly moved until I was directly under the laser.
The device looked simple enough. All I was told to do was stare at the green laser light that rhythmically blinked throughout the operation.
Having watched ClearVision’s informative slideshow, I was scared but mentally prepared for what’s about to come. Starting with my right eye, they firstly administered more numbing eye drops before holding my eyeball open with a small device to ensure that I don’t blink during the procedure (This was probably the only discomfort I felt throughout the operation. Even then, it doesn’t feel as bad as it sounds, you’ll mostly just feel a strain).
After that, Dr. Ho held the sides of my head firmly. Immediately, I could hear a motor going, like the sound of an electric toothbrush. I was taken aback by the sudden sound at first, but relaxed when I realised that I couldn’t actually feel anything. From there, all I did was focus on the green light and tried to busy my mind by noticing how the light became blurrier and blurrier by the second.
I also appreciated Dr. Ho constantly speaking to me, telling me to just relax, and comforting me by letting me know the progress, “halfway done… now 20 more seconds… we’re almost there, and that’s it”.
It really helped that by the second eye, I tried to slow down my breathing, dismiss the motor as white background noise and to mindlessly count the number of times the green light above me blinked – the way one would count sheep to fall asleep. Before you know it, 40 seconds per eye… and it’s over!
For Lasik Xtra, this was an additional step after the laser procedure. They administered a few sticky, yellow drops before getting me to stare at a UV light for what felt like a minute. All I could see at that point in time was an array of colours and light – purple and red hues around a blue glowing light, it was almost psychedelic. Afterwards, my eye was thoroughly rinsed out twice with eye drops and that was it!
When everything was done, I was surprised when I propped to sit up and I could still open my eyes and smile for a photo with Dr. Ho for a good 5 – 10 minutes before the numbing effect wore off.
From there, I was guided to rest in the same room where I had watched the slideshow and was given 3 eye drops about 10 minutes apart before I was ready to head home.
Post-surgery / Recovery
I was given a kit of eye drops to use every 4, 3 or 2 hours and a timetable to keep track. I was also given up to 5 days of MC and advised to stay indoors as much as possible during the healing process.
I could barely open my eyes for the first 2 to 3 days post-surgery as my vision was still blurry and very light sensitive.
The most important things to note in the first month or so would be:
- Wear your sunglasses every time you step outside!
- Stay out of direct sunlight for the first 1 – 2 months
- No swimming in case of contamination
- Try to avoid water/sweat getting into your eyes – meaning no heavy sports activity
Since my operation on 5 July, I’ve had 4 consultations with Dr. Ho, spaced every 3 weeks, to check my healing progress. I was still prescribed an eye drop each time that I return to use twice a day, and each costs about $7 – $25 per bottle.
As of my last consultation, 43 days after the surgery, my astigmatism is completely gone and degrees stand at +0.25 and -0.25. He explained that there will always be a slight overcorrection so that in time, it would go to a 20/20 eyesight.
Q: How much does it cost? Is it different prices for different degrees?
Patients aged 18 – 45 for Safe Sight TransPRK procedure is $3,625.16 (after GST), and does not include the costs of additional consultation and eye drops required post-surgery.
TransPRK Xtra per eye is $642 (after GST).
Read more about the prices and what is included here: http://clearvision.com.sg/prices/
Q: Does it hurt?
It’s hard to describe. It doesn’t particularly hurt, however, I’d liken it to the smarting feeling of when you are cutting onions. That’s why I couldn’t open my eyes so much in the early days and why I would constantly tear up. It is also still quite light-sensitive for a long period of time, so be careful when looking at your computer screens and camera flashes etc.
Q: What was your degree before that?
-3.75 / -4.25 with 0.5 astigmatism each
Q: Would you recommend others doing it?
Yes! Definitely for those who find it inconvenient to wear glasses or contact lenses in the long-term. Although, you have to plan it in advance if the healing process does interfere with your activities!
Also, you should be mindful that in future if you do get long-sightedness, you’d most likely not be able to do another procedure as your cornea would probably be too thin by then. However, it has definitely saved me a lot of time and worry every single day since I’ve done it!
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Read My epiLASIK TransPRK Experience With ClearVision – Part I here.
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