Lasik: The Down Low on My Surgery + Recovery

Last week I had Lasik surgery! I am so happy that I did — seeing with my own eyes is an amazing thing! I received a lot of questions regarding the surgery itself and the recovery process. Here’s the down low on my Lasik surgery and the first seven days of recovery.

First, let me say that Lasik is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made! (I feel like I say that a lot, but Lasik was definitely worth the investment and it’s just been over a week.) My post-op consultation was 15 hours after my Lasik surgery, and at that time my eyes were already seeing at 20/20 vision.

The Surgery

Where did you get it done?

I went to LasikPlus in Lincoln Park and Dr. Aymond performed my surgery.

How much did Lasik surgery cost?

There are varying levels of cost. It depends on your eyes + your prescription. You receive a cost estimate at your consultation (which is free of charge). There are three tiers of lasers used for Lasik. With my vision prescription and astigmatism, I needed the third-tier laser (AKA the strongest + most expensive one, of course). In total, my Lasik was $4,500. But, with the third-tier laser, there is also a lifetime warranty. So, in the case that my eyes ever regress (which is rare) I can go back to LasikPlus and have Lasik again for free — which I think is a stellar deal. I also have United Healthcare Vision Insurance. UHC Vision partners with LasikPlus, so I received an $800 discount on the surgery, bringing my discounted total to $3,700.

*LasikPlus also partners with Care Credit, a company with which you can receive financing for your surgery. 12 month financing is 0% interest, however, there are also longer term payment plans if that works better for you.*

How long did the surgery take?

I was at LasikPlus for about an hour and twenty minutes in total for my procedure, but most of that time was spent signing consent + liability forms, or waiting for the anti-anxiety medication + numbing eye drops to kick in. In total, the laser itself takes about 20 seconds per eye. I was in the procedure room for maybe two minutes in total.

Do they put you under?

No, they do not put you under. You are awake for the surgery, but they do offer anti-anxiety medication if you are freaked out (I opted for the meds). The pressure that is put on your eyes is enough to make you lose vision, so while you are awake, you don’t see much except for the lights on the machine. (I didn’t see anything when they did my right eye, it wasn’t until they did my left eye that I was able to vaguely see the lights).

Did it hurt?

The Lasik surgery itself did not hurt. I was uncomfortable, mainly due to my anxiety. The 6 hours after surgery were where I felt the most discomfort. I wouldn’t categorize it as pain, my eyes were just severely dry and it was uncomfortable to be awake (yes, it was uncomfortable to even have my eyes shut).

Now that I have answered the questions that I received, I want to dive into the recovery aspect of Lasik. I was unaware of how long the recovery process actually is and I want to make sure you are aware in case you are considering Lasik for yourself.

Recovery: The Night of the Surgery

After the surgery, you must spend the following 4-6 hours with your eyes closed. It is preferred that you sleep during this time, but if you are unable to sleep, you are asked to simply sit and keep your eyes closed. This is when I felt the most discomfort. At the surgery, you are provided with three varying eye drops. An antibiotic to take every 2 hours while awake on the day of surgery and artificial tear drops to take hourly while awake on the day of surgery. (The third drops start on the day after surgery along with Hydroeye capsules).

Recovery: The Days Following Surgery

The day after surgery, you start taking 4 Hydroeye capsules per day (for 30 days). You also use gel tear drops at wake and bedtime (for 30 days). Four times a day for 10 days you take the antibiotic eye drops and you use the artificial tear drops four to six times a day (for 30 days).

For seven days after treatment, you are not allowed to touch your eye socket. You also cannot get water in your eyes for 7 days — no swimming, saunas, or hot tubs either. You must wear goggles (provided) to sleep and in the shower for 7 days. Want to workout? You can, just be careful not to get sweat in your eyes. If you do, use artificial tear drops to flush out any sweat from the eye. They advise wearing a sweatband during activity (I didn’t even know sweatbands were still a thing?). Makeup lovers like me, be warned — you cannot wear eye makeup for 7 days (unless you purchase new makeup, in which you can use new makeup after 3 days).

You will have red spots on the white part of the eye (a lady at work told me I looked like I got in a fight). I am a week and a half post-Lasik and I still have red spots, but the redness has dramatically lessened. The doctors advise that the red spots can take 3-6 weeks to completely go away.

For me, the extreme dryness was really only on the day after surgery. I felt significant improvement on day 2 and on day 3. Now, I’m only using the eye drops as directed (whereas on day 2-3 I was overusing the artificial tears, which my doctor said was perfectly fine if I needed them).

I’ll do a follow up post once I hit 30 days post-Lasik, but this is a high level recap of how the the first seven days of recovery went.

Xx,

Leta

P.s. If you have more questions about Lasik that I didn’t answer in my post, comment your question below + I will be sure to answer it on my next follow up post.

2018 Intentions

With the new year approaching, talk is ablaze with “New Years Resolutions.” Resolutions literally means the action of solving a problem. This would imply that our resolutions are made because we have a problem to solve. I take issue with that. We are exactly where we are meant to be + we are a creation of every past experience. We, in our current state, are not a problem. We do not need to be solved. This year, I’m throwing “resolutions” to the wind and setting intentions for the new year!

Intentions are the fuel used to manifest the life you want to live. They are well thought out desires, feelings to cultivate, and goals to chase. Intentions, in my eyes, are a gentler + kinder way to tell the Universe what you want. Intentions are based from a place of love + desire versus resolutions that are based from a place of “let’s fix this.”

I hope you all take time before the new year to understand what you want 2018 to bring to you.

Here are my 2018 intentions:

In 2018, I intend to…

  • look fear in the face and begin teaching yoga
  • write more
  • learn how to use my camera + edit pictures
  • find my “aesthetic” for my Instagram + blog to mesh
  • be love + light
  • share my magic
  • find a happy balance in health + fitness; find a “lean for life” state
  • save more money
  • travel more
  • be more kind
  • donate money AND time to charities and non-profits that call to me
  • monetize my blog + Instagram
  • be open to opportunities that allow me to live out my passion
  • CREATE opportunities that allow me to live out my passion
  • host workshops
  • inspire other’s to use their magic + give it to the world
  • make more YouTube videos
  • Release my ebook/workbook “Life in Alignment”
  • Believe in my ability to help, guide, and inspire people around me… and get paid for it
  • host a yoga retreat
  • become a sought after teacher — wherever I’m residing
  • make 2017 my LAST midwest winter
  • remain open to new relationships, friendships, and partnerships
  • GROW — personally + professionally
  • pay off a sizable chunk of student loan debt
  • let go of past projections/stories that i’ve let control my life
  • forgive those who have wronged me that i have held grudges against
  • work hard to make my dream job my REAL job by the age of 30
  • transition more of my diet (+ consumer preferences) to vegan/cruelty-free
  • build the groundwork for my online store
  • cut out toxic people in my life; and fill the spaces that they once occupied with good-intentioned people + relationships

Are you ready to get started on your intentions for 2018? I’ve created a 2018 Intentions Worksheet  just for you! Download the worksheet, print, and start intention setting.

Happy New Year, loves.

Xo,

Leta

Life in Alignment

It’s a phrase commonly used in yoga, to be “in alignment.” Of course, when your yoga instructor is talking about being in alignment, (s)he is trying to make sure your body is in the proper form in a posture to avoid risk to injury and ensure that you are receiving all of the benefits of the posture. I love this term because it can also be adequately used off of the mat. (As I’ve learned many lessons from the mat can be). You can live your entire life in alignment. In fact, I hope that with this post, you start living your life in alignment.

Living life in alignment means that you are living each day in agreement with your heart and soul. It means that from the moment your eyes flutter open in the morning, every thought, every breath, every action is in line with your truth and your Highest self.

It isn’t easy. I believe it is human nature for us to resist the happiness that alignment can bring us. Many of us live our lives from a place of fear versus a place of love. This pushes us out of alignment.

To be able to live your life aligned with your truth, you need to know what your truth is. How can you discover your truth? Ask yourself a few questions:

  • What do I value in this life?
  • Who am I at the very core of my being?
  • When am I my truest self?
  • What kind of person do I aspire to be?
  • What do I want to be remembered for?
  • What do I aspire for people to feel after they have interacted with me?
  • What causes and belief systems do I stand for and speak to?

Write those answers down. Put those words on to paper. Make them real. See them. Visualize them. This will help you wrap your head around your truth. It will help you actualize these truths into existence.

Now that you understand who you are at your very depths, it’s time to live in alignment with your truths. This means you think, act, speak, and believe in accordance with the answers that you wrote down.

Maybe you value kindness: living life in alignment with that truth means that you will make a conscious decision to think kind thoughts, to speak kind words, and to do acts of kindness. It also means taking a step back when you think, speak, or act out of alignment. Reflect on those situations, what drove you to break from your truth? How can you address it the next time you may be put in that situation?

Maybe you stand for self-love: this means that you need to live each day giving yourself the love that you deserve. This can be done by eating well, exercising, self-care, and speaking sweet nothings to yourself. It also means calling yourself on your bullshit and holding yourself accountable on the days that you aren’t giving yourself love. Self-love also actualizes when you take a step back from situations that aren’t contributing to your Highest good. For instance, you can’t say that you love your body, then only fuel it with garbage food and drown yourself in alcohol each weekend. That is not living life in alignment with your truth.

It’s not a simple change. It’s actually really hard. And it can get messy, because you have to take a good, hard look at the “why” behind your own thoughts, words, and actions. But once you do this, you find that life seems to flow. When you’re in alignment with your truth and you’re living each day in accordance with these truths… the right people, places, and opportunities find their way to you naturally. Instead of forcing yourself down paths not meant for you, you find yourself falling into the flow of living. Once you live a life aligned, mind-body-soul, you won’t ever want to go back.

Xo,

Leta

P.S. There is so much more to come on this! I’m actually working on my very FIRST e-book workbook titled Life In Alignment. I can’t wait to release it in 2018!