It took me years to finally decide and go through LASIK surgery. I had to consider lots of things before I decided to go through with it. Like, am I brave enough to have my eyes operated? What if something goes wrong with the surgery, I’ll be left blind. Of course I don’t want to be the first blind blogger right? As if I can still blog if I’m blind hahaha…. The other thing is, can I afford it? It turned out that I can. J
So, few weeks before the operation I emailed and even called Asian Eye Institute to schedule my appointment for the screening. The screening will let you know if you are eligible to go through LASIK.
Two days after I arrived in the Philippines and that was 27th of September 2008, I went to Asian Eye Institute located at Rockwell, Makati and I was accompanied by my Mom and some oldies hehehehe… The oldies are my aunts and a friend of my Mom. The screening took half a day due to a rigid screening that sent me to at least 10 or more rooms, I lost count of it. After the screening, I talked to Dr. Robert Dante Ang and he said that I was eligible to have the surgery, he briefed me with what to do on the day of the operation. He told me to take a bath before the operation but not to wear deodorant and cologne. Oh boy, if you can only imagine how I was so worried that I will stink inside the operation room.
I also found after the screening that I have small black dots on both of my eyes. Dr. Ang said that these are the early stages of Cataract where only 50+ years get. In my case, it’s too early. But he said that the dots might stay the size of what they are now are or will get bigger. His advice is to have them check after 5 years. Okay fair enough.
To prep me on the actual surgery that was scheduled two days after my screening, I was told that they found Lattice degeneration (don’t ask me what it means because I don’t know neither) in my right eye and was diagnosed to have Myopia with Astigmatism. Bottom line was Focal retina laser was performed on my right eye so they can perform the actual LASIK Surgery after two days and the preparation cost me an additional P15 thousand (the screening cost P2.400.00).
The day of the surgery
We left Angeles City around 6:30 AM and my surgery was scheduled at 1PM. The reason why we left early was I need to go to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City to renew my passport. We reached around 9AM and went inside to start the process. I will post an article about the renewal of passport after this post so keep visiting this site. So to keep the long story short, I finished the passport renewal around 12:30 PM and went directly to the 10th floor of Asian Eye Institute for the operation. We reached half hour past 1PM, in short I was late. But AEI (Asian Eye Institute) staffs were very kind so they didn’t ask why I was late. They prep me for the operation, put an operation dress, have me sat on a Recliner chair and gave me a half pill of a medicine I guess to sedate me. A young lady was sitting beside me and found out that she will also go for the operation but with a different procedure. She said she didn’t pass the screening. While waiting, I fell asleep and a staff woke me up to take me inside the operating room. I told my self, “This is it!” I was kind of nervous but went through it and the pill that they gave me helped to calm me down. How I wish that I was photographed so I can document it.
The operation went well and it didn’t really hurt that much. It felt like kagat ng langgam (bitten by an ant).
That is all for now and I hope that this post will help some people who would like to go through LASIK.
If you ask me about the total cost of the surgery, it cost me P100,000.00.
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