History of eyesight
As of 10 years ago, my eyesight was 600+ on both eyes. You can consider this a pretty bad case of myopia. So 10 years ago, I started this corrective lens (Overnight Vision Correction) on my eyes known as Orth0-K lens, or Orthokeratology.
Orthokeratology is the wearing of a special hard lens to sleep. Ideally, when you wake up in the morning, you remove the lens and you can have clear vision for the day. Then, the cycle repeats itself every night.
The main benefit of the lens (ten years ago) was that it was able to stabilize the myopia in young children. Furthermore, it would be very useful if you’re doing contact/water sports as wearing soft lens might not be very safe.
At my age now, the maintenance of the lens is really very troublesome especially I am at an age where I don’t get sufficient sleep every night. If I do not have sufficient sleep or if the lens doesn’t position properly at night, I will have to wear glasses the next day. The worse case scenarios always happen on days where I do not want to wear glasses – the rare days that I actually have to dress up + make up (e.g. Prom, Grad, Weddings etc.). I always end up having a blurred vision or just wearing my spectacles which never looks good with make up.
Even though with Ortho-K lenses which established my myopia for the past 10 years in which the degree in my eyes dropped from 600+ to 475 and 525 degrees, I decided it was time for LASIK.
Over at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), I through a series of eye sight tests, eye pressure test, with both normal eyes and dilated eyes (with special eye drops) which took roughly about 2 hours. After the series of tests, I met with a Doctor who told me that my eyes was suitable for LASIK.
I did not choose the surgeon as it would cost more and I also do not have any friends who can recommend me a good surgeon from SNEC. The doctor was thus assigned to me.
Due to my history with Ortho-K lenses, I had to wait 1 month instead of 1 week for my surgery.
LASIK Surgery Procedure
I was brought into the room and they dressed me up with all the protective gear and gave a brief explanation of the procedure. At the same time, they were constantly dripping anesthetic eye drops to numb my eyes.
Once the operating room was ready, I was brought inside and asked to lie down on one of the machine. They taped some equipment on both my eye which restricted my eyelids from closing.
The first part was to cut a flap in my Cornea. I was instructed to stare at some blinking light as the machine came closer and closer to my eyes. It took barely 30 to 45 seconds for each eye. After the flap was cut, you will be asked to walk to the other machine (which I thought was unnecessary if both machines could just work on one single bed).
My vision after the cutting-flap procedure was still blurry. I remember holding on to the nurse tightly as if I was blind. The restrainer was still on my eye thus I was unable to blink. I was actually very scared and anxious at this point.
The second procedure was slightly longer than the first. What happens is that the flap will be opened and you will be asked to focus on a light source again and the laser will then do it’s job. You can hear and smell the laser and probably blank out for a second or two. I was rather fidgety as I was really worried and I kept using my hands to press the stress ball they gave me.
After the laser finished its job, the surgeon will close the flap and brush your eyelid. It’s pretty amusing because I can see the brush painting on my cornea as my eyes are wide open. Thereafter they placed a bandage soft lens onto my eyes.
It was my first time wearing my soft lens and I didn’t know it was a lens until the surgeon told me. I thought the feeling was an after effect of LASIK. Anyway, the procedure repeated itself again for the other eye.
After the procedure was done, my eyes were still teary. As I blinked and tried to focus, the reality of perfect eye sight sets in and I started to feel joy with my new found vision. The nurse then assisted to remove my surgical clothes and dropped two different types of eye drop onto my eye. One was yellow in colour and the other was murky white, which is probably some kind of antibiotics. I was also provided with 2 boxs of natural tears drop. On the first week, I was supposed to drip every 15 minutes and then for the next month, once every hour.
My recovery was smooth and I haven’t had any major issues with my eyesight thus far. It has been 3 months since my surgery (as of this posting May 2014).
In the initial recovery phase, my night vision was slightly affected and my eyes took a longer time to focus. Back then, the doctor reassured me that it would not be long and things have been fine till now.
The total amount I paid was about $3570, and it might be cheaper to do it at a private clinic instead. The procedure that I have done was Bladeless but it was not epi-LASIK as I had the procedure of flap-cutting.
If you do a quick google on LASIK Singapore price, you will be able to find many private clinics, some of which with prices cheaper than the $3,570 that I have paid. Usually, their prices are inclusive of most of the post-op consultations too!
But I’m happy that I’m free from glasses and contact lenses! The best part about LASIK is that you can finally see yourself clearly in the bathroom (the only time when I’m not wearing spectacles/contact lens) AND when you wake up in the middle of the night, you don’t have to fumble for your spectacles anymore!
Lasik Singapore Review by Jiayu. The writer blogs at flyhoneystars.wordpress.com.