The surgery started with me doing one final eye exam, and then the nurse took my blood in order to prepare a special eye serum that uses your own blood mixed with artificial tears. Then, I put on a gown and had my face disinfected, and then it was time for the surgery! I felt nervous of course, and I accepted the offer to hold the nurse's hand, as well as hold a stuffed animal. The doctor was great the entire time and told me what was happening and asked me how I was doing. They put anesthetic eye drops in my eye, and told me to stare at the green light the entire time. It all happened so fast, I'm not sure the exact details of the entire process. I didn't feel anything, except for when they were putting cold water or different types of drops into my eyes. My eyes were also clamped open, one at a time, so that I couldn't blink even if I tried. For LASEK, they used a laser and some different methods in order to some how shape my eye back to how its supposed to be to have great vision. I tried to focus on the green light, but sometimes it seemed like it was moving. I also felt like I was moving my eye by mistake involuntarily, even though I was trying to stay perfectly still, but the surgeon announced it a success so I guess I did okay.
For recovering from the surgery, I got 4 different types of eye drops to help my eyes heal. One anti-biotic eye drops, one anti-inflammatory, one normal artificial tears eye drops, and the blood serum eye drops. That night after the surgery I went straight home, because I felt pretty tired. The next day (day 1 of recovery), I felt surprisingly well. And while I tried to stay home and rest, I got bored and was able to go out for dinner. However, the brightness of the artificial lights around started to annoy me, and I went home earlier then expected. The 2nd day, while I still managed to go out for an Easter brunch and to hang out with friends for a little bit, was the most uncomfortable for me. It was hard to look at lights and my eyes felt very tired all day. I never really experienced any pain though. Just tired eyes and a little sensitivity to lights. As the 3rd day went on, (a Monday for me, though I stayed home from work), I felt better and better. It was good that I had some audio books and podcasts downloaded so I wasn't too bored! I did okay going to school the next day, and just had to use my sunglasses some during class to prevent sensitivity to the lights. By Wednesday I felt great, and my discomfort was completely gone. Now, one week from the surgery, I feel fine, just waiting for my vision to get completely sharp over time (it could take a couple of months). Overall, I felt like the LASEK recovery process wasn't as bad as everyone says. I think its worth it to choose LASEK over LASIK, especially if you are an active person, because there is just a lot more risk of future complications with LASIK. I keep forgetting as I go to bed, or wake up in the morning, that I don't have to put my contacts on or take them off ever again. Or ever have to worry about buying contact solution. Getting LASEK eye surgery was one of the best things I've ever paid for and I'm so glad I got to get it for a cheaper price, with very qualified doctors here in South Korea! If you're interested in getting it done, please let me know if you have any questions!