I was diagnosed with nearsightedness when I was in grade school, but I remember telling my mom I didn't want to wear glasses. Instead, I would always ask to be seated in front of the classroom. However, when I reached high school, I was forced to wear prescription glasses because my eye grade was pretty high already. Since I really really really hated wearing glasses, I would only wear them during class hours. (Tsktsk! Bad example)
Some of my glasses through the years. Please don't judge the frames. Uso yan dati. Hahaha!
Fast forward to college, I had an eye grade of -3.50 so I requested for contact lenses... Can you guess why? Because I hated wearing glasses! It just didn't feel comfortable especially because the frame exerted constant pressure on my nose and behind the ears.
I was contented with my contact lenses even though I experienced dry eyes at the end of the day. It was also a challenge to do water activities like snorkeling or surfing because I had to be extra careful that my contacts wouldn’t fall. However, there were a series of unfortunate events: First, during my 3rd year of college, I had an eye infection so I had to switch from yearly contact lenses to monthly contact lenses. Second, when I started working, I had my second eye infection and was advised to get LASIK because if I get another eye infection, the drops might not work on my eyes anymore and I could go blind. I was terrified when I heard this, but I was a new graduate and I did not have enough savings to undergo a LASIK treatment. So I had no choice but to go back to wearing prescription glasses. Huhuhu. Thankfully, my doctor allowed me to wear Dailies Contact Lenses by Alcon, but only during special occasions (events, hiking, traveling, etc.).
After two years of wearing glasses and my “on-off relationship” with my contact lenses, I can FINALLY say goodbye to them… FOREVER!!! I’m beyond grateful that Shinagawa Clinic has given me a second chance at 20/20 vision. Anyway, I’ll be sharing with you guys my experience since a lot of you asked me about my surgery.
Important note: this is based on my experience with Shinagawa Clinic. I cannot speak for other clinics that offer LASIK treatment.
Day 1: Consultation
First step is to book a full screening with Shinagawa Clinic, which would take around 2-3 hours. They did a series of eye examinations to help determine if I was eligible for the Z Prime Lasik. I won’t bore you on the details, but basically they will check your eye grade, the contour or curvature of your corneas, the status of the cornea, etc. After going through the full screening, Dr. Dinglasan said I was a perfect candidate for LASIK. Yay, praise God!
- You must stop wearing contacts for at least 2-3 weeks before the eye consultation.
- Make sure to have someone accompany you on the day of your full screening because they will put eye drops, which will blur your vision to weaken the built-in focusing mechanism of your eyes. This is done to obtain the real grade of your eyes. It wasn’t painful, but the blurry vision made me feel dizzy so I just slept it off.
My mom's awesome photography skills. I guess she wanted you guys to know what it felt like to have an eye grade of -3.50. Haha!
They gave us an orientation before surgery, and talked about the do’s and don’ts (more on this at the end of the article).
I won’t lie: I was nervous (partly because of the movie Final Destination) so I kept praying while waiting for my turn. It was also comforting to know that Dr. Dingalasn, one of the best doctors in the industry, was performing the operation. He made sure I was comfortable during surgery. In fact, he was even joking around so that I wouldn’t feel too nervous.