Hello everybody! Recently, i made a very important decision in my life. This will change my lifestyle forever. I finally decided to do LASIK!
I know i will be getting a LASIK one day but just not sure when. Just two months ago, this thought came out again and i was like "ok fine i'm gonna do it!!!". Since my eye degree is stable, i know i can do LASIK. There is just one thing i am very worried of - my cornea thickness.
If your cornea thickness is not thick enough (avg thickness is 550microns per eye), then you are not a good candidate for LASIK!
ok story cut short - I started asking around from my friends who did LASIK and went to google for good eye clinics for this surgery. My two friends did their LASIK at Shinagawa Eye Centre. I also have friends who did their LASIK at Eagle Eye Centre by Dr Julien Theng. If you have googled about lasik before, you will know Dr Julien Theng is very popular in this field.
After googling all the clinics, reviews and prices. I made a decision to go for Shinagawa Eye Centre for 4 reasons:
1. The next available appt to see Dr Julien Theng is 2 months later.
2. My friends who did their LASIK at Shinagawa recovers very fast and no side effect.
3. I saw a review that since Eagle eye centre is very popular, the clinic is packed with people and you don't feel the 'personal' space around you. This is clearly opposite in Shinagawa. In Shinagawa, the clinic is less crowded and you have feel the 'atas' feel. Or should i say- more comfortable in Shinagawa.
4. The assessment fee in Eagle eye was like $200+ while the assessment fee in Shinagawa was $22. I have no idea why this huge price difference. Can someone tell me? haha
If you are considering to do Lasik in Shinagawa and can't find much reviews. Then here it is for you!!! Click here for Shinagawa's Website.
In Shinagawa, there are 2 doctors (one male one female): Dr Lee Sao Bing and Dr Jovina See . When i called to make an appointment for eye assessment, the nurse asked if i have a preference to which doctor i want. Since my two friends did their LASIK each with different Doctor, i had no preference. The nurse asked if I am ok with Dr See and i said okay.
I called in on a Tuesday and i have a slot on that Saturday. Super fast right?
During your first appointment, the nurse will be running tests on your eyes to see if you are a suitable candidate. The whole assessment takes an hour or so. They test your eye sight and there a lot different machines for different purpose. Basically, there is no pain at all. No discomfort for me. At every test, the nurse will be telling me what i need to do and what she is going to do.
After all the tests, you get to see the Doctor for your consultation. i.e. Also telling you WHETHER YOU ARE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LASIK!
For me, my cornea thickness is as follow:
Right eye - 532 microns
Left eye - 521 microns
Wait what???! I'm less than the average?!!! In that split second i thought i couldn't do LASIK and then Dr See told me although i am slightly under average, i am still a good candidate for LASIK. Also, since my shortsightedness is not high, i have enough remaining cornea thickness after LASIK.
Right eye -2.5 (i.e. 250 degree)
Left eye 3.0 (i.e. 300 degree)
My average corneal curvature:
Right eye -45.75D
Left eye -46.25D
Dr See said my cornea shape is round and all tests show consistency and there is no problem for me. Some questions you might want to know:
Q: What if my eye look away when i am doing lasik??
A: There will be something that holds your eye ball and you will be focusing on a light. Even if your eye starts to drift away, the doctor will alert you. The machine will also immediately stop if you are not looking at the correct direction.
Q:Hows the whole process like?
A: I will explain in detail later!
Q:What are the chances of me getting blind from LASIK? i.e. LASIK FAIL
A:Chance is 0.000001% kind. The chances of you getting eye infection and then getting blind is higher than you doing lasik and get blind. (yes i asked the Dr this question. haha)
Q:Is it pain?
A:No pain at all. Just slight discomfort that's all.
Q:How long does the whole process take?
A: The actual lasik took like less than 15 seconds per eye. The whole process took less than 30mins in total.
Q: Will i be able to see clearly immediately after LASIK?
A: I could see but it wasn't clear. For me, i had slight blurry eyes straight after LASIK. But i could walk normally and don't need to wear specs. I can still see and walk to the taxi stand. (of course accompanied by my boyfriend and mum).
Q:Is it painful after the LASIK?
A: When the anaesthesia wears off, my left eye felt stingy and i couldn't really open it. My right eye was still fine. But after a few hours of sleep, my eyes got better. The stingy feeling just feels like an eye infection that's all. It is nothing serious. Your wound takes time to heal ok!
Q: How much did i spend on LASIK?
A: I spent a total of $3904.11 This does not include the $22 eye assessment test. The $3.9K is inclusive of the LASIK surgery plus the medication. The LASIK itself cost $3588 based on referral. If no referral, it is $3888. You just need to provide the name and phone number of your friend who did LASIK there and you will get the $300 discount.
Q:What is that collagen cross-linking thing about? And how much is it?
A: For people with thin cornea, it is recommended to add an additional step during your LASIK procedure. This additional step is called LASIK XTRA whereby it adds Vitamin B (and dunno what other stuff) into your eye thru UV light. This will extend the LASIK surgery by 30seconds more to each eye.
The cost for both eye is $1K +. So if you do cross-linking on top of your LASIK. You will be paying $5,081.11 (remember i got $300 off from referral). Did i do cross-linking? I didn't because i have enough cornea bed and this is just optional for me. But for people with super thin cornea, it is VERY IMPORTANT for you to do it.
Q: Do i have any side effects after LASIK?
A: Thank god i don't have. I guess i am very lucky. I could see very clearly without blur vision just 5 hours after LASIK. Didn't experience dry eyes also. No halo vision or dunno what kind of other side effects that you read from reviews. The next day, my eyes were completely perfect and normal. It was only when i start looking at the computer on Day 5 and my eyes tend to get dry easier and faster. Just keep putting on eye drop and that's it.
Q: How many days MC was i given?
A: You will be given 3 days MC from the day of surgery. And MC for the review session one week after the surgery.
THE LASIK PROCEDURE
I am going to explain it in a very layman terms. For the machine that Shinagawa is using and the explanation of the procedure in more chim terms, you can visit their website.
I scheduled my surgery about 1 month after my eye assessment.
On the day of surgery....
1. Wear the surgery gown and cap and their slipper.
2.Tested your blood pressure. No more eye tests needed because it will tired your eyes.
3. Anaesthesia eye drops were applied on my eyes. I think the nurse applied at least a good 5-6 times before i went for the surgery. I was also given a pill for calming purpose.
4. After 6-10 minutes of waiting, doctor did last check on my eye before proceeding to create the air bubble on my cornea.
5. Laid down and focused on the white light. Just keep looking at the white light. The light might become blurry but as long as u keep looking at the white light, you are fine. Dr See also continuously say "You are doing very good. Just focus on the white light. Ok now the machine is going to create the air bubble" ...
6. Just 15 seconds per eye and i was done with the first step.
7. Then i was escorted out of the room. Sat on a chair and waited for the air bubble in my eye to dissolve. Waited for about 5-6 minutes.
8. Dr See came back. Checked that all air bubbles were gone and carried on for the ACTUAL lasik procedure.
9. Went into another room (actually just 6 steps away from where i seated. lol). Laid down. Head stationed and now focus on a green light.
10. The green light was very sharp at first but after Dr See did something to my eye, it became blur. Don't worry. All a part of the procedure. Just keep focusing on the blurry green light now.
11. The Laser ran over my eye. Smelt something burning. Then done for one eye. Go to the next eye. Takes only 20seconds for one eye.
12. Dr See will keep calming you down and explaining to you what she is going to do next.
13. After reshaping my cornea (i.e. the burning smell via the laser), she washed my eyes with some water and that's it. I was done!!!
14. Escorted to a sofa and rested awhile.
15. The nurse came with a bag of eye drops and eye shield. She explained each eye drop's purpose clearly. LIKE SERIOUSLY, VERY CLEARLY and patiently.
16. Had my eyes checked again with Dr See before i went home.
First 5 hours after surgery....
- Eyes slight blurry but can still see
- Reached home and started feeling sleepy
- Slept with my eye shield. But wake up every 1 hour to apply all the eye drops.
- Left eye feeling more discomfort than right eye. While i was doing the surgery, i could already feel that my left eye is more tired than my right eye. Left eye almost couldn't be opened. But i continued sleeping.
- 5 hours later, my eyes were back to ok status!
One day after surgery....
- Must go back to the clinic for review the next day. Dr See checked on my eyes. She said my cornea is healing very fast. Everything is very good. Just keep applying the eye drops.
- Cannot let water get into your eyes.
- Basically, my eyes are fine liao... Nothing much to write already.
Two days after surgery....
- Eyes feeling better and better everyday!
Seven days after surgery ....
- Go back for review. Dr See said almost cannot see my cornea flap already. Healing very well.
- Can stop using the disinfect eye drop. And gave me one gel tube to lubricate my eyes.
- Can start washing my face like normal after 7 days and put on make up. BUT DON'T RUB YOUR EYES HARD.
Ten days after surgery ....
- Today is the 10th day. My eyes are perfect already. Even when looking at the computer, it doesn't get very dry too. But i just keep applying eye drops to lubricate my eyes every hour still.
So everything is very good now! I must protect my 6-6 vision now! I am not going to wear specs anymore. At the end of the day, we must choose a really good doctor. I trusted Dr See and i am very happy with my results!
If you wish to share your LASIK experience, you can comment down below.
That's all for now. Ciao~! xx