O, woe is me to have seen what I have seen, [now] see what I see [slightly less good]!
I have been remiss! I had a one month post-laser eye surgery check-up a full week and a half ago which I fully, totally, and completely meant to blog about and then I fully, totally, and completely didn’t.
The reason my one month post-laser eye surgery check-up was blog worthy is… my vision has regressed! At my check-up , my eyes had gone from perfect 20/20 vision to slightly under 20/20 vision. When I couldn’t quite read that 20/20 line on the eye chart, it was like someone punched me in the gut. All I could think was “$4400 to have perfect vision for 3 weeks? Seriously??”
My optometrist pointed out that having slightly less than 20/20 vision is actually better than having 20/20 vision, as it means you don’t need reading glasses as soon1. The only concern, is whether they will regress further. She said it’s not uncommon for the vision you have in early healing to not be what you end up with. I gather that as corneas heal from laser eye surgery, the angles and suchlike can change. So, as long as they don’t continue to regress, all will be well. If they do, well, that’s gonna suck. After testing my vision, my optometrist checked out my eyes and seemed quite baffled: “Your corneas appear to be completely healed. That usually takes 3-6 months. And it has only been 1 month.” The good news about this, in addition to the fact that it confirms I have superhuman healing powers, is that this may mean that my vision will not regress any further – since my corneas have finished healing, they shouldn’t change shape any more, which means my vision should stay as is. Which will be fine – I can’t actually tell the difference between my 20/20 vision and my slightly less than 20/20 vision in my day-to-day life. And, as much as I enjoyed saying, “I have 20/20 vision!”, I’d actually prefer not needing reading glasses until I’m older. Because, apparently, I’m not getting any younger.
At any rate, I have an extra optometrist follow-up scheduled now; usually they do follow-ups at 1 week, 1 month and 3 months, but my doc wants to do one at 2 months, just to make sure that no more regression occurs. So, keep you fingers crossed for me, k?
1There’s always a trade-off beteween near and far sight.