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Better than 20/20: My Lasik Surgery Experience

Shinagawa Lasik Surgery Experience
Always wearing glasses everywhere before + everything’s blurry.

I would just like to begin this by saying that Lasik is one of the best things I have done for myself in my 20’s. I have been wearing glasses since I was 12 – which is about half of my life! It’s been a pretty big inconvenience in my life, but I got used to it. I even tried contact lens for a year or so, but that was even more of an inconvenience, so I went back to glasses. I’ve been hearing about lasik from the past few years, but with the price it comes with, I was just non-committedly saying I’ll have it done one day. I absently check a few clinics from time to time that do Lasik and when I saw a promo that halved the price, I said, “You know what? This is a sign. Let’s do this.”

It has been a little over three months since I got my lasik surgery at Shinagawa. And honestly? No regrets. It was so worth it. I gained a 20/12 vision from the surgery – even better than 20/20 vision. Here’s a few things I don’t miss since ditching my glasses:

  • Blindly reaching for my glasses every time to wake up so I can actually see something.
  • Remembering to remove my glasses before I nap no matter how tired I am. (I once laid on my glasses and destroyed it after I pass out.)
  • Worrying about my glasses fogging up even if I just get out of the car.
  • Have to have a buddy when swimming or in a water resort because I can’t recognize anyone.
  • Being annoyed when my glasses get scratched and itching to get it replaced, but I can’t since it’s pricey.

The only downside I see to getting lasik is the big chunk it’ll take out of your savings and that you’ll feel weird seeing yourself without glasses all day. (Or maybe that’s just me.) Any-who…

Here’s a quick timeline of my surgery…

August 11 – Consultation and screening. Took 3-4 hours. Result is that I am eligible for lasik but I have to undergo another procedure as well.

September – Off to trips so I scheduled my surgery on October. You’re not required to take the surgery right after your screening.

October 5 – Z Lasik surgery date. I was in the clinic for about two hours including the orientation, actual surgery, and post-care.

October 6-7 – I still have blurry eyesight and was really sensitive to light. Recovery depends per patient, I’m told.

October 8 – I’m already back at work and seeing much better. My eyes are dry, which is a common aftereffect of lasik surgery, but I had my drops with me.

October 12 – I don’t have to wear my protective glasses anymore and can wash my face. Have a 20/12 vision.

November 5- One month after my surgery. Got prescribed some drops for my dry eyes. Vision’s still at 20/12.

January 22 – A little over three months after surgery. My vision’s at 20/12 still. Occasionally still have dry eyes, as expected, but everything’s okay regardless.

What is Z Lasik?

According to Shinagawa, Z Lasik is “The painless, bladeless procedure works by gently reshaping the cornea or the part of the eye which is mostly responsible for its refractive power. 5 hours to overnight recovery.”

Shinagawa has three types of Lasik surgery: Z Lasik, Z Prime Lasik, and Ultra Lasik. They’re at PHP140,000, PHP160,000, and PHP180,000 respectively. I did mention that I availed a promo so I paid PHP58,000 for the Z Lasik.

I also had Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking which I’ll discuss later that’s originally priced at PHP114,000. But I only need it done to my right eye so I paid around PHP50,000 for that.

Before Surgery

Unfortunately, not everyone would be eligible for Lasik surgery. You need to undergo a comprehensive eye check and screening to make sure that you’re eligible. This would include the doctors asking you about your medical history, your eye health history, social history and lifestyle, etc. They will also do different tests that will check the actual overall health of your eyes, it’s dryness, your cornea, etc. This lasts around 3-4 hours and costs PHP3,000.

I got my result within the day as well.  I was qualified for Lasik surgery but I needed to do another surgery along with it. My cornea is too thin and weak for the lasik procedure, so I need to undergo Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking as well.

PS. You’re not allowed to use contact lens two weeks before you undergo the screening process.

During Surgery

Right before you go in to the operating room, you’ll be briefed on your do’s and don’t. There were three of us in line for the surgery and I was the last one. They gave us a small bag that includes our drops, protective glasses, and protective lens.

Here are some of the don’ts after surgery:

  • Can’t wash your face for a week.
  • Don’t rub your eyes for a week.
  • No eye make-up for a week.
  • No work-outs for one week.
  • No swimming for a month.

Here are some of the do’s:

  • We have to wear the protective glasses all the time for the first week.
  • We have to wear the protective lens during sleep so we won’t accidentally rub our eyes.
  • Eyedrops every four hours for a whole 24 hours period.

After the briefing, we were then given anesthesia in both eyes then just have to wait for our turn.

I felt like I was on the operating table for less than ten minutes. It was that fast for them to fix up my worsening eyesight! Color me amazed. I’m not gonna go into the details of what happened in the surgery but you can read about it here.

It’s completely painless! They’re not even any blood. You might feel a little comfortable like something was in your eye, but it’s nothing that’ll hurt at all.

However, you will smell it. It’s laser so it’s to be expected but I have to admit that I panicked for a nanosecond. My doctor was so nice to reassure me though and joke about how everything will be done in a minute or two. He’s right.

After Surgery

Right after surgery, there’s a post-op check-up done by another doctor to check that everything’s okay. I was also reminded of things that I can and cannot do. It’s also important to have someone with you as you won’t be allowed to drive home.

I literally just slept away the first two days after surgery. I had low pain tolerance and the lights weren’t my favorite thing. BUT I’m almost back to 100% on day 3. It’s become a game to me for the first month to see how far away I can see clearly!

Is It Worth It?

YES. I already mentioned it before, but I’ll keep mentioning it again. It’s such an life-changing experience since I was already wearing glasses since I was like 12. It’s literally like seeing the world through a new set of eyes. I would also recommend having it done at Shinagawa as they’ve taken such good care of me from start to end.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave it as a comment below or send me an email at hello@richelvergara.com.

PS. Not a sponsored post by Shinagawa, but half of the surgery is sponsored by my dad. Thanks, Papa! <3

That’s it for now.

Ciao.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Mira
    January 31, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Reading about your experience was so interesting, I can’t believe how quick the procedure was! I’m very happy for you that things went well and that it was worth the money. I have okay eyesight so I’ve never thought much about this topic but of family members wear glasses so I can see some of the struggles that come with that. I can only imagine how life-changing this procedure has been for you. xx

    113thingstosay.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 6, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      I was really surprised at how fast everything was. Like I’m just starting to get comfortable on the operating table then bam, it’s done. Hahaha.

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    Ulyssa Elaine
    January 31, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Wow! You did the right choice! You’re so brave! 👍

    I remember my sister had 400+/400+ vision and she wore thick eyeglasses since Grade 1. Last 2015, she had lasik eye surgery and it was a rewarding experience. Up to now, she has 20/20 vision.

    In contrast, my vision was 50/75 before. Last year, it became 100/100!!! It’s not surprising at all ‘coz I’m constantly exposed to computer (IT job, hehe). I’m also considering to undergo lasik eye surgery in the future (maybe in my 30s or 40s or if I change my career). 😊

    Regards,
    Ulyssa Elaine ❤ https://www.iamulyssaelaine.com/

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 1, 2019 at 1:14 am

      Waa! It’s so nice to hear that she still has 20/20 vision! I’m also in IT and that just made my eyesight a whole lotta worse haha. Hopefully my lasik will keep my eyesight 20/20 for at least a decade or two!

  • Reply
    Rejoyce Canaynay
    January 31, 2019 at 10:00 am

    wow, that promo is super sulit. I don’t really have a problem with my eyes but I got interested because my little brother wants to do it if he just has the budget. I’ll show this to him and who knows, he might consider this as well.

    love,
    rej | rejcanaynay.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 1, 2019 at 12:53 am

      Tell him to subscribe to his preferred clinic’s social media and email list. Bigla biglang nagpro-promo tapos yung iba six months to one year to pay hehe.

  • Reply
    Nancy
    February 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Glad lasik turned out well for you! My mom went through one 15 years ago and she’s still doing fine. It’s great that you don’t need to be hassled by glasses anymore. It is pretty cool to see that the process went by fairly fast. Hope your eyes continue to get better. Oh man, there are a lot of restrictions but thankfully it’s temporary. It is great that this was a painless effort as well. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 6, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      I no longer have any restrictions now! It was only really strict in the first week after the surgery. I’m glad to hear your mom is still doing great. Hopefully lasik will last as long or longer for me!

  • Reply
    Claudine
    February 5, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    As you know from our previous conversations, I’ve always wanted to try Lasik surgery! Haha! Just curious though, you mentioned that dry eyes would be an after-effect, is that permanent? I don’t really like putting on eye drops every once in a while 😮

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      I think the dry eyes effect is for the long term! It’s on-again-off-again and you can apply the eye drops only when you’re eyes are feeling dry. Small price to pay for the “new set” of eyes, but it can get annoying too haha.

  • Reply
    Kat
    February 7, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Ano grado ng eyes mo before, Richel? Ang mura nung nakuha mo, eyeing Lasik for my husband kasi 700+ yung grado niya. I’m like 120 ish pa kaya keri pa.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 7, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      350-400 na both eyes ko nun. 🙂

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    February 9, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Sponsored by dad hahahah love it. My mom got some kind of eye surgery years ago, so I’ve known I wanted to get eye surgery ever since I was little when the time was right. I still haven’t gotten it but I’m actually not dying to at the moment. I’ve been using night contacts for many years now and I’m not too bothered by it, except occasionally when I’m too tired at night and just want to crash into bed and not have to worry about putting my night contacts in. I love that I can go around during the day without contacts or glasses. Anywho, congrats on the surgery and thank you for sharing your experience! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 14, 2019 at 2:08 am

      Thank you! Now it seems like forever ago that I was wearing glasses. I kinda miss it. Hahaha. Still, clear eyes ftw!

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    Karen Roldan
    February 11, 2019 at 5:32 am

    When I was younger, I wanted to wear glasses (for reasons I don’t remember). Then when I really had to wear it, I hated it. My eye grade is not that bad naman, 100-125 but I still need to wear glasses. My boyfriend had the same surgery in Shinagawa rin, and he said it’s worth it!

    I hope I could get one soon kasi ang hassle talaga mag suot ng glasses minsan. Haha.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 15, 2019 at 12:42 am

      We want what we don’t have talaga. Ngayon naman gusto ko magsuot ng glasses pero para sa aesthetic lang hahhaa. Ilang years na yung surgery nya? 🙂

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