My LASIK Experience

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Hope everyone had a great weekend! I definitely did because…. I CAN FINALLY SEE! Well, I can finally see without the help of glasses or contacts. This past Friday, I had LASIK eye surgery, something I've been wanting to do for eons. If LASIK is something you've been wondering about and you want to know a little more about my experience, keep on reading…
I've been wearing contacts for the last fifteen years and while they've always given me occasional problems, during the last few months, it's gotten to be so bad. Every single time I would put contacts in, it would be a matter of time before my eyes would just start rejecting them. Lately, my eyes always felt puffy, watery and I even had to stop wearing mascara on most days (tragic). I started wearing my glasses more often because quite frankly, I had no choice, but I never felt like the best version of myself when I wore them.
In order to improve the quality of life (seriously, it got that bad), I finally met with the doctors and scheduled the surgery. Two of my close friends had the procedure done by Dr. Moadel, and after both highly recommending him and his staff, I didn't even bother getting a second opinion. I went there, got a great vibe from him as well as the entire office and walked away feeling very comfortable with my choice to go with him.
Prior to the surgery,  you're not allowed to wear contact lenses for a full week, which admittedly, was harder than I thought it would be. The surgery itself takes less than ten minutes. I got to the office at noon, they gave me a series of a few more eye tests, gave me a pill to easy my nerves, even though I was way more excited than nervous and after about an hour, I was ready to get it done. You walk into a room with tons of fancy machines, the doctor walks you through the steps and before you know it, it's over. For those who asked, it does not hurt at all! And yes, you're awake for it but don't let that scare you. I promise, it's fine!
Keith picked me up and on the way home, I felt a little blurry-eyed (normal), woozy (normal) and very sleepy. I came home, slept for a couple of hours and woke up being able to see. The next morning, that's when it really hit me. My vision felt like it was perfect and I could see the alarm clock without reaching for my glasses. It's such a crazy thing! Even getting ready in the morning and not having contacts as part of my "getting ready routine," is so strange!
I'm sure a lot of you are wondering how much the procedure cost. I'm sure prices vary depending on the city and doctor, but I paid $5,500. It's a lot of money but you know what, I probably spent a couple of thousand dollars a year on contacts, glasses and solution. It really is some of the best money I've ever spent and I'd pay it again in a heartbeat.
If you guys have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer!
Photos by Keith
xo, Helena

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