My Experience with LASIK Eye Surgery at LASIK MD: Alexandra Sakellariou
It’s normal to wonder what to expect from LASIK eye surgery if you’re considering laser vision correction. LASIK is one of the safest elective medical procedures available and it offers a quick recovery as well as a virtually painless experience. At LASIK MD, we have a very high satisfaction rate – 99% of our patients are satisfied with their visual results after LASIK eye surgery.
One way to learn what to expect from LASIK (and to decide if it’s right for you) is to hear about a patient’s first-hand experience with the procedure. Below, we speak to Alexandra, a LASIK MD employee, to learn about her experience with LASIK eye surgery nearly a year since her procedure.
LASIK MD (LMD): How long did you wear glasses and/or contacts before LASIK?
Alexandra Sakellariou (AS): I got my first pair of glasses in high school, and only had to wear them for distance (like to see the white board). But my vision got worse in my early 20s, and before LASIK I was wearing glasses 24/7.
LMD: What made you want to get LASIK?
AS: I never really felt like myself with glasses. I think since I spent most of my childhood and teenage years without them, it felt foreign when I needed to wear them full-time when I got older.
The more I wore glasses, the more I felt they got in the way of things. I couldn’t lie down while watching T.V. and I was always scared of them falling off if I was doing something active. I wanted LASIK because I missed the freedom and convenience I had when I didn’t need to wear glasses all the time.
LMD: What was it like to get LASIK? Can you describe your surgery experience?
AS: The worst part was the anxiety! I was really nervous before the procedure, even though everyone I knew who went through it said it was a pretty simple process.
The staff was really friendly, which helped calm my nerves beforehand. I was surprised how quick the procedure was. I was nervous when I first saw the laser, but it didn’t hurt at all for me. I was shocked I could see clearly right after I sat up.
LMD: What was your recovery from LASIK like?
AS: It wasn’t that bad. I just felt tired, and my face was sore for the first 12 hours. But I went home and napped after the surgery. I got my procedure done on a Friday, so just rested the whole weekend. My eyes were pretty dry, even in the week after LASIK. But it went away as soon as I applied drops, and I don’t really have dry eyes anymore.
LMD: Was there anything about the procedure that surprised you?
AS: The simplicity of it. The thought of eye surgery can be intimidating, but it was an easy process. I was in the clinic for a few hours to do tests and paperwork, but the actual LASIK surgery was quick. I had to sit for maybe 15 minutes afterwards, but then I was able to go home.
LMD: What’s the best part of freedom from glasses and contacts after LASIK?
AS: Not having to always think about my glasses, like wondering if I put them in a safe spot or if they’re going to get in the way of something I’m doing. I can’t tell you the number of times I put my glasses down somewhere, only to forget the spot.
And as someone who loves beauty and fashion, it’s nice to be able to do eye makeup without it being hidden by glasses or wearing whatever sunglasses I want and being able to see clearly.
LMD: What would you say to someone who’s considering getting LASIK?
AS: Do it sooner than later! I don’t know why I waited so long because I was frustrated with glasses for years before I got LASIK. I can’t remember a time my vision felt this clear, even with glasses. I highly recommend doing it if you’re interested.
The benefits of LASIK eye surgery are life-changing, and 90% of people between the ages of 18 to 65 are excellent candidates. When you come in for a free consultation, we’ll perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine what vision correction procedure is right for you.
For more information on what to expect from LASIK, book a free consultation today.