I found an ophthalmology center with a real professional surgeon.
My vision was not so great and bothered me more and more. I seriously started to think about laser eye surgery. I wanted to improve my vision because I was almost blind without glasses and contact lenses. My glasses were always misty in the winter while I was driving. Despite the fact that my contact lenses were of very high quality and quite flexible, I felt uncomfortable with them.
My friends told me about a special surgery for vision correction. Some told about the advantages of doing Lasik, others mentioned the disadvantages. For a full year I could not decide whether I should do laser surgery or not. I found it hard to believe to stories about surgeries which were painless, quick and with immediate, perfect results. I used the internet to study the newest technologies and most modern equipments. I looked for a laser center where the most professional surgeons work.
After a long search, I went to a few consultation, including with Dr. Boothe. At the consultation he said that I have 10% vision but after the laser eye surgery I’ll see up to 10 times better. Dr. Boothe was patient and allowed me to ask about everything. For example: “ would I feel pain after the analgesic wears off? Can I be blinded by this surgery? How long is the recovery period after surgery?” I guess that Dr. Boothe gave responses to the same questions to many patients each day. He did not mind answering them lengthily and it convinced me to choose to do the surgery with him.
Before my laser eye surgery I had doubts. I thought that it sounds painful: someone will touch your eyes with a laser, even that part takes 1-2 minutes. I was afraid that after the surgery I will have some complications. But my desire to get rid of the glasses was stronger!
At the early hours of the morning, I arrived at Boothe’s Center for the surgery. The assistant took me to the room. It was very cozy, quiet and calming. I remember that the air in that room was cool, super fresh and clean. I wore a special dresses and the assistant took me to the “heart” of the center – the operating room. I lay down and the nurse dripped anesthetic into my eyes. I lay there in silence and expected that there will be pain. Dr. Boothe smiled to me and I started using the laser. I felt some pressure inside the eye but it was not painful in any way. After a couple of minutes Dr. Boothe said that I can go to rest in the post-operative room. I thought to myself: how can I get up and walk now? But I easily got up and one nurse took my arm and helped me to get there. For a while, after the surgery, I was afraid to open my eyes. I even fell asleep. After a couple of hours I woke up and the first thing I did was go closer to the window. I was shocked!
I was on the first floor and I could see the people walking on the street on the other sidewalk, their clothes and faces, store signs, tree branches. Before my surgery things that surround me were large and blurry. I now see better than when I wore glasses and contact lenses. I found out by my own experience that laser eye surgery is really not painful, it is rapid, accurate and achieves what the doctor promised. The next morning I began to see even better. I went to Dr. Boothe for postoperative tests on my eyes. My vision is almost perfect. I could see all letters & numbers on the board.
I got used to my new vision so quickly that I forget my previous, poor vision. I’d just like to get on with my normal life!