Courtney’s Experience

I decided to have LASIK because I’ve worn glasses since I was 7 years old. I was moved to the back of the room in school, and when asked to read the board, I kept moving closer and closer. My teacher sent me to the nurse and sure enough, I was blind as a bat. On the way home from the eye doctor, my first pair of glasses on, I was in absolute awe. I told my mom “I can see the leaves on the trees!”

I started wearing contacts in 6th grade and continued wearing them throughout college with little problems. My senior year of college is when I started having trouble with my eyes. They became progressively drier and were prone to infection. I had 3 ulcers on my eyes, 2 on the left, and one on the right, between 2007 and 2010. By the end of 2009, I was wearing my glasses almost all the time, with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights and an hour each day to go to the gym. So when I went for my yearly eye exam in October 2010 (and my eyes were stable for the second year in a row), I immediately jumped on the chance for corrective surgery.

The actual surgery hardly takes any time. It isn’t painful, but there is pressure on the eye. My eyes were very scratchy/gritty and extremely sensitive to light following the procedure. As recommended, I went home and went to sleep. I slept for 4 hours and woke up able to see, almost perfectly clear, for the first time in my life. The scratchiness and light sensitivity had subsided by then. My eyes were dry but the hourly drops kept them lubricated and pain-free, and by the time my 24 hour post-op rolled around, I had 20/15 vision and could hardly tell they had even operated on my eyes.

Overall, Eye Consultants of Texas did a fantastic job and I could not be happier with the results. It has only been a week for me but my eyes feel totally normal and my friends and co-workers keep complimenting how good my eyes look. There are hardly any red spots left from where the flap was made. My contact prescription was around -6.5 for each eye, which means I have a hard time reading the big E, so this is a huge quality of life improvement for me. I would recommend the procedure to anyone who relies heavily on contacts or glasses for day-to-day activities. And, if you’re worried about the monetary aspect: the surgery pays for itself over the course of about 5 years (at least for me). It also helps that I got an easy 24 month payment plan that’s about the price of my cell phone bill each month.

The things I am most looking forward to:

1. I’m a big runner and it’s so nice to not have to waste time or irritate my eyes with contacts before hitting the gym or running trails.

2. MAKE UP! I loved my glasses, but I’m girly and being forced to hide behind them was no fun (I still have a few days to go before I get to wear mascara again).

3. Waking up every morning and being able to SEE. No more fumbling for my glasses and bumping into furniture just to get to the bathroom in the morning. This has been the coolest part so far, in my opinion.

— Courtney Standerfer
LASIK Patient