Matt the Optometrist – LASIK

Maths surg 002I was anxious/excited and a little nervous the morning of my surgery, even given my optometric background and knowledge of the procedure. This is not to say that I had ANY doubts whatsoever, in the care I would be given as a patient of Dr. Gordon. Dr. Gordon is a pioneer in his field and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with him. I have had the unique experience of being able to see numerous pre- and post-op patients prior to my surgery, and listen to their positive testimonials–all of which added to my confidence.

I felt completely at ease as I checked into surgery and signed the forms. A technician double-checked the numbers on my prescription and discussed the post-operative directions. I was given a ‘goodie bag’ filled with all my eye-drops, eye shields for sleeping, polarized sunglasses, and directions for the next week. I also remember placing my glasses into the bag and smiling–I would not need those glasses for a very long time!

After some numbing drops were placed in both eyes, I was led to the first room where I was placed on my back. I was given a stuffed animal (a fish in my case) that I was told to grasp on my chest during the flap creation. My right eye was done first. I felt a little pressure as the flap was being created, but no pain whatsoever. I was told at this point it would seem as if I was looking through a frosted lens–and this is a perfect explanation. After both flaps were created, I was led next door for the actual laser treatment. Again I was placed on my back, clutching that stuffed animal, eager for the treatment. In under 3 minutes it was over. Eye shields were placed over my eyes, and I sat up. Still blurry/watery I noticed a tray of small shot-glasses filled with juice. What better way to come out of the procedure than a toast with Dr. Gordon to my new vision!

I had some slight discomfort after the procedure, with mild tearing. I was told to sleep for a couple hours after the surgery, with the eye-shields, and reminded of my eyedrop regimen. At this point, I could see a little bit better than without any glasses. However, after 2-3 hours, my vision had increased to almost about 80-90%. I was already thrilled with the results.

By the next morning at my post-op appointment I was 20/15 in both eyes. I had bought a new pair of sunglasses that I was waiting to wear until after my surgery. I had a smile on my face all the way home driving with them on!

– Matt

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