My LASIK Eye Surgery Experience

What’s up guys? In my April Favorites video, I mentioned I
got laser eye surgery this past month, and I love it so much so far. I know a lot of you guys are curious about
LASIK, so I wanted to make this full video dedicated
to my experience of getting LASIK: before, during, and after the procedure. Let’s start with: what is LASIK? What does laser eye surgery even mean? So this is your eyeball. There is a layer called the cornea on top
of your eyeball. And how it works is: in LASIK, they cut that
top cornea. They cut it open and it flips open. Then a laser shoots into your eyeball to change
the shape. Depending on whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted, and what
degree your vision is, they will adjust it accordingly to give you 20/20 vision. I’m not going to go into too much detail on
how it works because you guys can totally do that research
on your own. I just want to cover some common misconceptions
about LASIK. Something that I didn’t actually know until
I went to my consultation and read those pamphlets was: you cannot go
blind from LASIK. I think that’s a fear that a lot of people
have. They think that, if something goes wrong, they’re going to go blind. They’re scared that’s going to happen. In the US, no patient getting LASIK surgery has ever
gone blind, and that’s because LASIK- they only operate on the top part of your
eye, so they don’t touch the nerves or whatever’s on the inside which is how you
could possibly go blind, I think. And another misconception is that LASIK is
more dangerous than wearing contact lenses. There’s actually an article that I’ll link
below about how contact lenses could be statistically more dangerous than
getting LASIK. That’s because when you wear contact lenses every day, there’s
more probability that you’re going to get an eye infection. Me, I’ve been a contact lens wearer since
junior high school til now. How many years is that? Ten or more years of wearing contacts? And I’ve gotten two or three eye infections,
especially during high school where I got super lazy. I would sleep and take naps in contacts and
wake up with infections. It was bad. On that note, let’s talk about my thoughts
before getting LASIK. I’ll just give you a quick history of my eyes. I started wearing glasses in fourth grade,
and I think in seventh grade, I started wearing contacts. In junior high and high school, I wore soft
contacts. I think I mainly used Acuvue contacts, the
one you wear for two weeks and then change to new ones. In high school, that caused me more problems because my eyes started getting really dry
wearing those contacts, and like I said, I would be really irresponsible with sleeping
in contacts and get eye infections. So my eye doctor changed my contacts to daily
contacts. Those are pretty pricy because daily contacts, you just wear it a
day, throw it away. It cost me almost $600 a year for those contacts. And ever since I was a senior in high school,
around that time, I knew that I wanted to get laser eye surgery
at some point in my life. I just knew that when I was older, like 20-something,
in the future, that I wanted to get LASIK. So it’s always been on the back of my mind. The question was when was a good time. And they always say you should wait until
your vision plateaus and stops getting worse and worse. So if your vision has been the same, consistently
for many years, then it’s okay to get LASIK. Since I started college, which was 2009-ish, I had the same prescription which was 4.5
on this eye and 4.25 on this eye. Aside from not wanting to rely on contacts
and glasses the rest of my life, another big reason for getting LASIK is that
it’s more cost-effective in the long-term. Like I said, my contacts were almost like
$600 a year, and hopefully if I live until an older age, that’s going to be 40-50-60 years that I’ll
be paying $600 a year if I continue to rely on contacts and glasses. So if you can afford LASIK then it’s actually
an investment that will save you money in the long-term. And if you’re wondering what the price of
LASIK is, it really varies and depends on where you
go and what doctor you go to. But I’ll post a link below that has an article
about the average LASIK prices. Alright, let’s jump into the process of getting
LASIK. The first step is: you go for a consultation. I signed up for my consultation when I noticed
that I was running out of my contacts, and I was like, “Alright, I’m not going to
order new contacts. I’m just going to do it. I’m going to get laser eye surgery.” At the consultation, they basically check
your eyes. They do a lot of those eye exams with the
machines. (I don’t know what they’re really doing.) But they’re just checking to see whether your
eyes are suitable for LASIK, depending on how well your eye takes pressure,
how thick your cornea is. I found out that I have a thick cornea, which
is good for LASIK because you have a thicker flap for them to
cut open and it’s just easier to heal. One thing they also do during that consultation
is that they dilate your eyes so that they can open up your eyes and see
what’s inside. They give you this eye drop that dilates your eyes and they take you to
a dark room where the guy shines a light into your eye which-to me, my eyes are so
sensitive to light, so it was kind of hard. But after the procedure, your eyes stay dilated
for, I think, a couple hours. You can drive home on your own. It will just be a little bit blurry. So I drove home a little bit blurry but it wasn’t too bad. And they give you these eye shades so you
can protect your eyes from the sunlight if it’s sunny outside, but
that’s about it. After all your eye exams, then you meet with
the patient manager who will talk to you about the procedure. She’ll go over everything, answer all your
questions, and then also go over the payment. What I really liked about the place that I
went to is that they offered a payment plan so that
you don’t have to pay everything at once. You could split up your payment over the course
of the next two years, so that’s what I’m currently doing right now. I’m paying $100-something a month for my LASIK for the next two years which, for me, is pretty
affordable for that kind of procedure. At the end of my consultation, we set an appointment
for my laser eye surgery date. I did this because I had Coachella coming
up and I told the lady that I wanted to go to Coachella, and I knew that I wanted to wear eye makeup
at Coachella and be fully functioning, so she was like, “Okay, we need to give you
two weeks to fully heal before you go to that kind of event and wear
eye makeup.” So she booked me an appointment the week after my consultation, so I didn’t
have that much time to prepare. But I’m really happy that they could accommodate
my schedule because that was really nice of them. If you wear soft contacts, you have to take
off your contacts three days before your surgery. I took out my contacts on Tuesday and I had
my surgery on Friday. If you wear hard contacts, then I think you have to take out your contacts
earlier, so maybe two weeks earlier. The reason for that is because contacts can
affect the shape of your eye. They want you to take off your contact so
that your eye can go back to its normal shape. Then they could measure your eye the morning
of the procedure to get a more accurate result. Another thing is they gave me two eye drops
to start dropping in my eye three days before the surgery. One eye drop was just tears. Tears are just to keep your eyes moist and
wet. And the other eye drop was antibiotics so
I think that’s just for preventing infections from happening. They also tell you to shower and wash your
hair before the procedure because after you get the procedure, you can’t
really get your eyes wet for, I think, 24 hours. After a few days of preparation, you are ready
for laser eye surgery. So let’s talk about the procedure. My appointment was at 3:00 PM and they told
me to reserve three hours for the procedure. I actually got out an hour earlier. I think I got out around 5:00 PM. Once you get there, the person at the first desk gave me a Tylenol,
so I took that Tylenol. Then I waited a while and when they called
me in, they did all of those same eye exams that they did at the consultation. But what’s interesting is that my eyesight
actually changed after not wearing contacts for three days. Like I said, before my vision was 4.5-ish and it went up to like a 5 I think. My eyes are pretty bad. By the way, you have to make sure that you arrange for
somebody to drive you home after your procedure because you need someone to drive you home. You can’t do it yourself. You can barely open your eyes. Don’t do it. After all the eye exams, I waited a little
bit and then I got taken to the pre-surgery nurse area where the nurse gave me packets on all the
things that I would need after my surgery. Let me just show you what was in that packet. It’s really simple. They already gave me these tear eye drops and antibiotic eye drops
before the surgery, but in the packet were more tear eye drops. I really love these things, they’re really
great. And then they give you these eye shells. These are just plastic shells that you wear over your eyes when you sleep. They give you a roll of tape so you just tape
it on your face. After the procedure, they taped these on my
eyes and put these sunglasses thing over it so that my eyes are
protected. The reason is: when you’re sleeping, you don’t notice if you’re rubbing your
eye or not. This just protects your eye from getting touched when you’re sleeping. I actually really grew to like these. I call them my egg shells. I just thought they were so cute. My boyfriend thought I looked so stupid with
them. Anyway: eye shells. After they gave me the packet, they gave me
this head wrap to wear to cover my hair. So you cover your hair up and after that,
they take you to see the doctor. The actual doctor who will be performing your
surgery. So you get to sit down with the doctor right before your surgery, ask him any last
questions that you have, and get all of those fears and anxiety out. And then they take you to the actual surgery
room. When I got into the room, there was a nurse
who gave me these two stress balls that I could squeeze if I got nervous during
the surgery. And the nurse drops these anesthetic eye drops into your eyes, and in
a couple minutes, you’ll feel that your eyes feel numb and heavy. Then they lay you down on a chair where there’s
a machine on top of you and the doctor comes in and
they talk to you during the whole time. They’re really friendly. So let’s see, what do I remember? I’m just going to tell it like I remember
it. First, going into surgery, I was not scared. I was never afraid of the pain because I didn’t-I heard it doesn’t hurt;
you just feel the pressure. I had read all the pamphlets, and I knew logically what they were going
to do to my eye. I knew they were going to cut it open, flap it open, and shoot some lasers in it. I was fine with that. Things changed, the moment when I was laying there. The doctor was talking to me, and I was like, “Cool, cool, cool. Let’s do this!” And then the doctor takes this plastic thing and holds your eye open, holds this eye open
like he-that was kind of disturbing because I didn’t expect for that to happen. I mean, obviously, if you’re going to do surgery on your eye, you don’t-you want to hold them
open. But just the pressure of having that plastic
thing hold my eyelids open was interesting. That was when I was like, “Oh my god. It’s real. It’s getting real.” I mean, nothing in the surgery hurt. Nothing caused me pain. The thing is, you can still feel the pressure on that area. If something’s shooting your eye or he’s touching
your eye, you feel the pressure. You know what’s going on because your eyes
are open the whole time. So he holds my eyelids back and then I just
remember the doctor like painting things on my eye. Dropping things and painting things on my
eye, which is a new sensation because you didn’t know that someone could
have a paint brush and paint something on your eye. That’s just a new feeling that I never felt
before. And there is a machine on top of you where there is a red light and the doctor
continuously says, “Look at the red light, look at the red light,
look at the red light.” And then what happens next is probably the
most difficult, the most ugh part of the surgery. Basically I remember the nurse talking to
me. She’s like, “Alright, I’m going to hold your
hand. Everything’s going to go black for a second,
just for a moment, and then you’ll be able to see again. Don’t be scared. It’s just going to be a quick second.” And I’m like, “Okay, okay.” They’re like, “Okay. 3, 2, 1.” [Whirring noise] They count it down and I heard this machine
go [whirring noise] over my eye and everything went black. It’s as if I went blind for a second. It went black and then it opened up again. And that is when I noticed that they cut open
my eye. They cut open that flap, I knew it. That was this machine-the doctor takes- I don’t know if he takes off the machine,
but basically after that, he tells you to look at the laser red light,
and that’s all you have to do. You sit there and you focus on the red light. To be honest, there were times where my eyes felt everything got blurry and
out of focus and I couldn’t even see the red light anymore. He’s like, “Focus on the red light,” and I’m
like, “Where is it?” There were those times where I’m not even
sure what my eye was doing. It feels like an out of world experience. It feels like a weird kind of dream. But once that eye is done, then they move
onto your next eye. They did my left eye next. And trust me: the second eye goes by much
faster. It’s a fast process anyway, but because you know what they’re going to
do, you know what’s happening, you’re like, “Okay, it’s this again.” [Whirring noise] “Everything went black. Okay, yeah. I know what’s going to happen.Look at the
red light, I know.” So that happened. And the funny- the thing that was different about my left
eye was, when the laser was shooting my eye, I felt the pressure, and I smelled the burning
of my eye. It doesn’t gross me out but I just think that’s interesting because
that’s my eye. It’s weird, it’s weird. It’s definitely an experience that I never
had. It’s an interesting ride. After the procedure, which was like ten minutes
because it’s five minutes per eye, I don’t remember. I think they-I sat up. They put the eye shells on me. This was when I was just kind of like everything
is blurry and I don’t want to open my eyes, so they told me to just keep my eyes closed
and rest and just wait for my ride to come. And they reminded me that, in my packet, there
were my sleeping pills: two sleeping pills, one to take right after I did the procedure,
and one later on in the night if I woke up. So my boyfriend came, the nurse escorted me
out. And I think my eyes were closed the whole time. People were just escorting me into the car. And it was funny because my boyfriend brought me ice cream
because-just as a celebration. And I wanted to eat the ice cream, I was trying
to eat the ice cream, but I was trying to open my eyes to see the
ice cream and it was really hard. But anyway, I took the first sleeping pill
in the car and I pretty much knocked out by the time we got home and I ended up on
the bed, sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. I think it was like 6:00 PM, and then I slept
til like 9:00 PM. That’s it. I don’t know why. I woke up and once I woke up, I took the second
sleeping pill so that I could continue sleeping. So I think when I woke up, that was when the
anesthetics started to wear off and so I noticed my eyes were just uncomfortable,
a little bit itchy, but obviously you’re not supposed to touch
it. It was definitely a little uncomfortable. I just took the next sleeping pill, knocked
out until like 5:00 AM. So I slept through it. When I woke up at 5:00 AM, I took off those
sunshades and I was still wearing those eye shells that were taped to my face. And when I opened the eye shells, it was like-I could see through them. I was surprised that I could see. And what really wowed me was, when I took
off the eye shells, I could see the time on the clock at night. And I wasn’t wearing contacts. I was like, “Whoa, I could totally see everything. Everything’s clear. This is weird.” A few rules you have to follow after the procedure
are: the day of the procedure, don’t shower, don’t wash your face. You don’t want to get water in your eye because it’s like a fresh wound, and you cannot
wear eye makeup for two weeks. You have to wear these eye shells to sleep
for two weeks. And what else? And you have to drop those eye drops as much
as they tell you to. I did the antibiotic eye drops every four
hours, and the tears every hour. And the morning after my procedure, I went
back for a checkup because they like to check you the day after you get your surgery. So I went in at 8:00 AM that Saturday morning and I basically did the typical eye exams. They tested my eyes and my eyes were 20/20 for the first time in my life. Crazy. And everything seemed to be normal also. I was really happy with that. So they let me go and I went back to sleep
I think. I just had a really relaxing day. I think-you could probably do normal daily
activities like the day after you get your surgery. You just have to be careful about touching
your eyes. Don’t do anything that involves, you know,
activities around the eyes, basically. One thing that I did notice was the first
night that I experienced with my new eyes, that Saturday night, I was overwhelmed with
how clear the things were. I think I got dizzy because everything was
too clear. If you guys have gotten new glasses, it’s kind of that feeling where the new prescription
is so strong, you’re like, “Whoa.” So I would have to close my eyes many times
during the first day just because I didn’t want to get dizzy. Another side effect of getting LASIK is that,
at night, you will see extra big halos around lights, so it’s not-it wasn’t a big difference for
me. I didn’t notice it affected my vision, but it affects some people more than others. And they told me that halo effect will fade after like two months. Even now, a month after my procedure, I’m
don’t-I’m not bothered with those halos. I don’t even notice it. It doesn’t bother me. I guess it’s not that bad for me. Definitely, the second day after surgery,
things were a lot better because my eyes were adjusted to the new vision and I think I lived a pretty
normal life for that first week, and the only thing was, it was really hard not to wear eye makeup
because I had to film a video. And one day I actually broke the rule and
I wore eye makeup for a video, but I wore very light eye makeup and I was
super gentle with washing it. And I’m okay. The following week after my surgery, I went
back for the weekly checkup. That checkup, they check your eyes, do the same thing. They just want to make sure that everything
is stable. What I was really happy to hear was that my
cornea had healed perfectly smooth because there is a possibility that, if you
mess it up, that the cornea will heal wrinkled. I don’t want wrinkles in my eye. I’m happy that I don’t have wrinkles in my
eye. Everything is good. Now, a month later after my procedure, I literally
feel like my eyes are normal, nothing is wrong, no dryness. I see things clearly. And at night, I see things pretty clearly
too. I notice that my vision is better in the day
vs. at night time, but it could be that halo effect that will
improve over time. But it’s not a big deal. And I still drop those tear drops maybe once a day. You could do it more or less, depending on
how dry your eyes get. But like I said, my eyes don’t feel that dry. They feel pretty good. Alright! If you guys watched this far, then that means
you are really interested in getting LASIK because I think I gave a
lot of information. I have no idea how long this video’s going to be. But anyway, if you guys are curious: the place that I did my LASIK eye surgery
is called IQ Laser Vision. I went to the one in City of Industry, but
they have several locations all over California. I really, really, really, really loved my
experience. Honestly, there were super professional, super friendly. They really walked me through every step of
the process that I felt really taken care of. I had heard of IQ Laser Vision before through
my mom, through friends, so I was really familiar
with their name. And if you check them out on Yelp! they have amazing reviews so for me, I definitely
wanted to go to a place that was reputable, a place that I could trust. What’s really great about IQ Laser Vision-and
by the way, they’re not paying me to talk about them at
all, they’re not paying me to make this video- but what’s so great about them is they gave
a lifetime guarantee, which really kind of makes you feel comfortable
because essentially, they’re saying that if your eyes do get worse
anytime in your life, then you can go back and they’ll do the enhancement surgery for
free. That was something that I really, really loved, because for me, I was always worried like,
“What if, in ten years, my eyes change and things happen?” So that really, phew, makes you feel comfortable
with going with them. So if you guys are in the southern California
area, then I highly recommend you consider them if you want to get laser eye surgery because
they are professional. And like I said, I told that lady I wanted to go to Coachella
so she was like, “Okay, let’s go around your schedule and I’ll book you in time for Coachella.” That was super nice, and literally, the best
people. The week after, they remembered me, they remembered
my name. We took a picture. I think my photo’s on the wall. It’s a fun place. So if you guys are interested, I’ll post their
links and all their information down below so you can check them out. They also gave me a stack of referral cards that I can give to my friends for $500 off,
so if you’re serious you could go to them. Mention my name, Aileen Xu, the code, and
get $500 off. I actually emailed them before I was planning to shoot this video
and they told me that they’ll give you guys $1000 off if you go in the month of May and mention
my name Aileen Xu and my code. Everything will be in the description below. Okay, so I think we talked enough about LASIK
for the day. I gave out a lot of information. If you have any more questions for me, then
feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try my best to answer them. Thank you so much and I’ll talk to you next
time. Bye!

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