I’ve worn glasses since I was thirteen. I went through various stages of wearing glasses and contact lenses. As I got older I tried varifocal contact lenses but I just couldn’t get on with them. As my eyesight continued to change it became really difficult to see what was on the screen and then to look down and read my handwritten notes. In my job I do a lot of note taking and in meetings I either had the choice of seeing the people in the meeting or seeing the notes clearly; I could not see both.
My best friend, who is the same age as me, had increasing trouble with her vision and did an enormous amount of research into laser eye surgery and finally chose AccuVision and I came with her for the consultation and for her procedure a couple of years ago. And, based on her experience, I was so impressed I then put myself forward even though I was terribly nervous about the intervention on my eyes. Her results were so good that I decided I would consider surgery with Accuvision too, I also have two other friends who had this surgery elsewhere, however the company they used had since gone out of business.
After the consultation I was quite adamant that I would not have it done and I remember speaking with AccuVision the next day saying "It’s just not for me, I’m too scared, I could not do it." At that time I just knew I could not get through that procedure with someone holding my eyes open. But as my friend said to me after, "You will have it done, you’re just not ready for it, you’re not yet annoyed enough with your eyesight ."
And sure enough a year later I was so frustrated with my glasses and my eyes were so tired from having to use both the reading glasses and distance glasses. My focus point was just gradually moving further away from me. It was at this point that I decided I just to to conquer my fear and have the surgery.
On the actual day of surgery I was not the slightest bit nervous until I got into the treatment room and it was then that I had an adrenaline surge, but the clinical team were lovely and talked me through the whole procedure. It was all over so quickly and then I was getting up.
Even though my vision was a bit hazy, as if I had been swimming without goggles, I could see clearly across the room, the light made my eyes a bit sensitive but I could see where I was going which, previously, was something I could not do without glasses.
I write this having had surgery just a week ago. I’ve been to work every day apart from the day after when I had to come in for my first check up. I’ve used the computer and written notes for my paperwork and have been able to see everything.
My vision has changed on a daily basis but I have been able to work each time. We have screens up on the wall for meetings and I’ve had to check myself to get the focus so I do feel that my eyes are working hard at the moment.
Having said that I wake up in the morning and it’s just astonishing. I can see my pictures on my bedroom wall and I can see everything in the garden, it’s amazing I can see everything.
I would definitely consider laser eye surgery again. As I get older my eyesight will change but I wouldn’t have any hesitation doing it again. I’ve been telling people all about it. People have come up to me and asked what has changed as I have not been wearing glasses and people who are wearing glasses are especially interested. They ask, "when did you have the surgery?" and I say "two days ago" and they cannot believe it!
So I would certainly recommend that people at least investigate laser eye surgery as one of the options, I know there are a number of options but this particular experience at AccuVision has been so easy.