Today I’m celebrating my new Near Vision and can’t believe in just a few short minutes I went from being totally dependent on reading glasses to eliminating them completely. After seeing first hand the delight that patients were experiencing with our new Progressive Multi-focal LASIK, I underwent the procedure on July 18th.
I turned 52 this year and have worn reading glasses for my near vision needs for the last 10 years. I’ve been frustrated that I couldn’t read the menu in a restaurant, couldn’t see the numbers on my cell phone and even the food on my plate was blurry. I’d had perfect distance vision my whole life and prior to the procedure, I was totally dependent on reading glasses. I was a little anxious that the surgery may compromise my distance vision and was slightly fearful of any discomfort during the procedure. However I was amazed at how easy it was and never had any pain during or after the treatment.
I checked in the morning of surgery and everyone was really great. They rechecked all my measurements and gave me some oral meds to make me comfortable and numbing drops to make sure I didn’t feel anything. The first step of the procedure was done on the Intralase laser to create the flap. It took just a few minutes and then we began the laser treatment. The doctor explained that first they performed a myopic treatment with the laser and then followed it with a hyperopic treatment. They completed both eyes in less than 5 minutes and placed clear shields over my eyes that I could still see through. I went home and napped on and off throughout the day but could tell my vision at both distance and near was improving.
My post-op visit the next morning was incredible. I could see 20/20 at both distance and near. It was absolutely remarkable that after years of not being able to see, I now had clear vision at all distances. No more bifocals, progressive lenses, looking for reading glasses and not being able to see. It was like being much younger and being able to see at any distance without any adjustment. All areas were crisp and clear; near, intermediate and distance.