Post-Lasik Thoughts

It has been almost 7 months since my EpiLasik at Eagle Eye Centre (EEC). It took me really long to write this post because of a series of events and some mixed feelings. I am still very glad that I am free from glasses-wearing (for now) and I guess it’s time for me to pen down some thoughts and updates.

When I wrote about “How Myopia Affected My Life“, I was more or less resigned to the fate that I will never be able to do any water sports nor look good WITHOUT my thick glasses at all times. Then shortly after, I was being assessed by EEC and given the go-ahead for the lasik and cornea-strengthening procedures. I had both procedures done in the same day in April this year. It took less than 15 mins and I was out of the operating theatre. Regular reviews were done to ensure fast and successful recovery. I visited the clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena countless of times on top of the times I was supposed to because I am paranoid like that.

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Suffering a Retina Tear

If I had used the word “traumatizing” often in the past, I must not have known the real meaning behind this word until May 17, 2017. Since I started specs-wearing from the age of 8, I built up the phobia of deteriorating vision and blindness. I maneuvered around darkness in my own familiar surrounding well (i was literally half blind with my severe myopia), but I feared, and still fear darkness to the extent that I might suffer a panic attack should I not control the paranoia.

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The Decade-Long Wait to Save My Eyesight

A decade ago, I was extremely dejected when I found out I couldn’t have Lasik done like any other normal person. A decade later, I was overwhelmed at this new chance to see the world without the aid of any kind of lenses!

It didn’t occur to me to seek another professional advice or treatment after a lasik centre in Paragon diagnosed me with Keratoconus (KC) and abandoned me at that point of time. I let myself mourned over the fact that I will be condemned to glasses-wearing for the rest of my life and perhaps even risk going blind.

Neither did I know that years down the road, the technology made it possible to halt the progression of  KC and also strengthen the cornea. I am thankful that I published “How Myopia Affected My Life” and posted it on Facebook. Someone on Facebook recommended me to see Dr Julian Theng from Eagle Eye Centre as she has had her eyes (which was in a worse condition as compared to mine) treated. Thank you, Evelyn!

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