Once again, way too many details, mostly for my real-life friends.
I forgot to mention that right after the surgery, I was allowed to put my right contact lens in, so after I came home, I was able to put the old lens on. After three weeks of glasses, it felt great. The left eye was still foggy, and also there were random dark “bloody” spots floating around, but for those, I knew they would go away.
I also knew that my operated eye might still change, but not significantly. So when I woke up Wednesday morning and took my eye shield off, I knew right away that that was not -2 or -2.5
My appointment was st 8-45 AM, and again in a distant location. Vlad came to me in the morning and drove me there.
When the doctor’s assistant was trying to measure my vision, I told her that I see nothing on the screen, no matter how big it is, that the screen and the wall are blurry. So She stepped closer and measured the max distance fro which I could see things clearly.
After a while, the surgeon came in, and I told him it must be -6 or so. He checked it, and it turned to be -4. I said: doctor, let’s discuss what can be done now. He started again about Lasic, and I told him: forget about Lasic for a moment, I need to understand how I am going to function in the next four weeks.
Right now, I can manage around the house and can walk on the streets with extra caution. I can’t drive because my -4 is not annulled by the eye, which is in the lens. Besides, for the operated one, the astigmatism is presumably gone, but for the one with the lens – not. Also, I have a different close vision on both eyes.
We agreed that I can get glasses with one lens closer to -4, and another one clear, and this will help me till the next eye is operated. But I will need to get off the right contact lens a week before the surgery. First, they said – three days before, but during this last conversation, the surgeon said – better a week before surgery. This raises another interesting question – what I will do then. I can try to replace one lens from the -14 glasses with -3…if it will work, and if it will be enough time to make this replacement.
And guess what – he said that he will change my second lens to monofocal. Wasn’t it what I’ve asked him from the very beginning?!
Then Vlad, who was protecting me better than any helicopter parent, asked him whether I can get an extra prescription for one of my eye drops. I told him previously that I was afraid I will run out of them because I would miss my eye quite often. The surgeon pulled the drawer of his desk and gave me three boxes, saying -you should not have paid that much, I have no problem giving you samples. And then he said that he will send prescriptions for my second eye to another pharmacy, which won’t’ chare me more than sixty dollars per one prescription.
When we returned home, I called my optometrist, and we had a long conversation. I explained to her that I am not functional at the moment, and I do not care if I will have to change a prescription two days later – I need something. Since she was not going to be in today, we agreed on Friday, She is going to figure out something for my left eye, and she is going to send me to the 1-hour place. Their lab takes up to seven days to process a prescription.
Today I went to work. I walked to the train station, using extra caution when crossing. I was OK, walking around the office, but working on the computer is challenging because I can only use one eye at a time.