So as of tomorrow, my ICL surgery would've been 5 weeks ago, and as much as I was hoping for a fairy tale speed recovery, it wasn't really like that, but I'm mostly on the other end now, so I thought I'd talk about it.
So, this is specifically about the Visian ICL, not about other ICLs, iLASIK, IOLs or whatever... so people know.
With the operation side of it, the pre-op was probably the worst of the two, where they needed to laser a few drainage holes in my eyes with a Nd:YAG laser (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) so that the fluid in my eye could pass through after the extra lens was put in- they call the procedure an iridectomy. IT felt like I had a rubber band around my wrist and someone was plucking it lightly, but in my eye ball. Uncomfortable, but tolerable. The surgery its self I had so many eye drops in my eyes that by the time it got to the actual operation, the only sensations I felt was weirdness... like... I had to look up at 3 lights above me for about 5 minutes and the stuff they operated on me with gave me a weird sensation- it was a high pressure that didn't hurt, but I knew something was going on? Another woman after me described it the same way too- weird. It's hard to explain it, but it wasn't painful. I came away with a couple of plastic caps over my eyes that looked like weird bug goggles.
I had a heap of eye drops to take which was to lower my eye pressure and all sorts of stuff, but I was able to see enough to drive within a day or two. My night vision is still full of halos and auras, btu back then they were super bad, like... even reflectors on the side of the road gave off mega lens flares! All it took was for the lighting to not be bright, and all my bright spots were bishie sparkles. It was cute till it got darker >.< I got them from every day things like reflection on a table ornament, the reflection of light from my dinner plate- everything. The warping of sizes was weird too. I kept paying for $2 items with a $1 coin cause it was so big. My 21" monitor felt like it was upgraded to a 30" and I was all "HELL YES" cause that was totes rad.
A few weeks ago though, it took a turn on me.. I took my eye drops as normal before I went to bed, and my eyes started hurting. I put some synthetic tears in thinking it was dry eye, but it got worse. 10 minutes later, I was starting to see rainbow halos around the lights, my vision was cloudy, and a bit red and it hurt like hell from a killer migraine. Using my good eye, I Googled the symptoms, hoping it wasn't something major, and the only thing that came up was acute glaucoma and I panicked. For those that don't know, if un treated, glaucoma can permanently destroy your vision due to high pressure in the eye. I hunted everywhere for my surgeon's business card in between visiting the toilet to empty my stomach... it was so scary for me T.T Eventually I found his number, called and was rushed in to the surgeon's office at 1am to get eye drops to lower my eye pressure. A few days later, I was taken in for a second set of iridectomy with the YAG laser again, but this time it was way worse, cause they had to bring back the high pressure I had before to do the laser that would relieve the pressure, and the laser had to do it's thing for 3 times as long cause my lens was clouded. I'm not going to go any further into it than that cause I've blocked out most of the procedure now. All I can say is that the closed ducts in my eye are now open, and are passing fluids so well that the pressure in my right eye is actually better than my left now.
So, mega scares aside, the procedure is all done, and the final result on my eyes is that I have 6/5 (20/17) vision, which is the line under normal vision which is super amazing since I use to barely see past my nose, and apparently no cross-eyedness. It's been and experience for me- they say you get a wow factor, but I think my wow factor was all in hind sight since the eye drops messed my vision up and the upset a few weeks ago. I can see why people with perfect vision take their vision for granted now though. It's so.... easy. I'm still getting use to a lot of things, but I was amazed at how normal having perfect vision is. Like.... I've stepped out of looking through a window all my life and I see the whole world. I thought it'd be like wearing contacts, but it's nothing like it. I miss my glasses a lot still. Having wind in my face, and being able to hide behind my frames gave me a security I don't have now. I still long to put my glasses on in the mornings till I see that I don't need then and feel disappointed. Wearing sunglasses makes me feel better, but I should probably get use to not wearing glasses. I'll be fine eventually, but right now it's still so strange. I don't recognize myself in the mirror, yet I look at old photos of myself and find myself in awe at how much they warped my face.
Perfect vision has been an experience. I assume this surgery is far less stressful for someone that wears contacts on a daily basis as it's a permanent version of what they're use to already. Mine was a bit of a bumpy ride, but it's nearly over, and enough of my reading vision is back to draw, so I'm happy about that
Anyways, I thought I'd give an update here. I'm very excited to get back into my projects again