...here's a few paragraphs about yesterday:
I got to the Dr.'s office a little after 0930. I got
signed in and filled out a few more last minute forms.
After my AMEX was charged (4000 SkyMiles, baby!), I
went to speak with a nurse about the day and she was
bringing in the surgeon.
Dr. Scott Perkins was nice. The meeting was short but
he seemed genuinely personable and had a good sense of
humor. He answered a couple of last minute questions,
like will a big sneeze jar the flaps loose? (No) He
also explained the procedure in more detail than had
been previously mentioned. Still didn't mention the
Because I went ahead and got the custom WAVfront
procedure, they buumped me up in the line since it
would take longer to get the additional photos and
scans taken. In between all these steps, they have
like 8 leather recliners where you sit and relax.
The additional scans and photos were pretty
straightforward. I went into the surgery area for a
scan with the main laser. Then I went to another
little side room for the photos. A couple were taken
with my eyes normal, then I got some dilating drops
and more photos were taken with my eyes dilated.
Back to the recliner, I finally got the good drugs
which meant that I was getting close. First I was
taken in to one laser where they cut the flap. I
didn't notice any smells at this point. It took about
a minute per eye. The Doc counts down for you. It was
helpful to keep the concentration up.
To make the cut, they put a funny little suction cup
on your eye. It put a decent amount of pressur eon
your eye for this minute, kinda like a good poke in
the eye. It was weird when I got up from the flap
cutting. It was like I could see through a little
circular window with very blurry edges. Here they,
laid me down on the table for the WAVfront laser.
After a couple of minutes, they were ready for the
real business. Right before the they got me lined up,
I got a wiff of the burning eye. They were also firing
the laser, doing some kind of test, I presume. It
sounds like a taser or stungun going off.
At this point, I'm lined up ready to go and they reach
down and lift the flap. Throughout all the cutting and
shaping they keep loading me up with numbing drops.
Then the WAVfront is put into position. Right now I'm
focusing on a very blurry red flashing light. Then it
begins. All I can really see is the light, but I can
"see" the flashes form the laser zapping in some kind
of periphial vision, like it in the background or
something. Now I can REALLY smell the burning cornea.
The best way I can describe the smell is this: You
know the distinctive smell a motor or electronic piece
of equipment makes when it shorts or is overloaded?
Well the eye smell is a bit different, but it has the
same level of distinctiveness. That's the best I can
do on the smell.
Once both eyes are zapped and the flaps back in place,
I'm helped off the table and back out into the
recliner area. I sit down a couple of minutes and then
they sit me down to take a close look at my eyes to be
sure the flaps haven't shifted and in the right place
and to check for any trash that may have drifted in. I
get some of the drops that I'll be taking for the next
Now, I'm walked out to the waiting area and offered
some juice and Nutrigrain bars. I decline. After I
came out of the surgery area, they called the hotel to
come pick me up. I wait a few more and they drive me
back to the hotel. I'm able to walk to the elevator
and to my room. I could have walked back to the hotel,
but was very thankful for the ride as the walk might
have been quite stressful.
At this point in my room, about 1236, I make all my
calls to the family, Rich, and a couple of other
friends. I fire up a CD on the my little radio I
brought and try to rest.
For the first 2-3 hours after surgey,my eyes were
burning quite a bit. I couldn't open them without
significant effort. When I did get them open, I had
tears running all over the place. I finally decide to
put on the sleeping goggles and see if I could nap
About 1555, I remember being able to finally get my
eyes most of the way open and most of the burning was
gone. I could also tell already that I was seeing
The rest of the evening was event free. I ordered a
pizza, listened to/watched the Braves game, listened
to another CD or two. listend to TV some more and
finally went to bed about 2300.
I feel I slept pretty well considering the goggles. I
sleep on my side mostly, so you can imagine the issues
I have with the goggles.
I waited till this morning to take a shower. (I'm
usually a night showerer.) I got dressed, walked down
to the Continental breakfast and had a waffle, and
walked over to the doctor's office for my follow up
I graded out at near 20/20. There are still some haziness around whitelight sources, but otherwise thigns look great. If my eyes don't improve over the next few weeks like they say they will, I'll still be pretty darn happy. The haziness is also supposed to go away over the coming weeks.