Did LPIs on both eyes today. This is necessary before ICL insertion, so the fluids in your eyes can flow as needed and eye pressure remains where it should be.
What is it? More or less, the doctor puts two holes in each eye, at the top of the iris, using a laser.
This was the part of the procedure that concerned me the most. Do a search and you’re likely to find more than a few people talking about how painful it is, how they’re experiencing side-effects, such as “white lines” in their vision, etc.
Got to the doctors office this afternoon and checked in. They called my name almost immediately and I was taken to the back where I was given a test for the cell count of my corneas. Machine looked like all the other machines I’ve used. “Put your chin here, rest your forehead against the bar. stare at the light, blink, don’t blink…” This took about 2-3 minutes.
After that, was taken to another exam room where I was given drops that do the opposite of dilate your eyes. The reason for this is because the holes the doctor makes are through the iris and he needs the pigment spread out, giving him as much room to work with as possible.
Waiting 15 minutes for the drops to work. After that, was given numbing drops and it was time for the laser (YAG). The machine it’s hooked up to looked like all of other “rest your chin here and put your forehead against this strap” machines. There was a sign on the door that said something like, “WARNING! Laser in use!”
Tech took my blood pressure. Doctor came in and put a lens that looks like a monocle on my eye. This kept me from blinking. Tech held my head against the machine.
He fired 13 “shots” into the right eye, making a low-volume “clicking” sound and leaving me with two small holes above my iris. Does another 13 on the left.
It was a lot more mild than I expected. After reading all the (negative) experiences online, I was expecting something like Star Wars. This thing was more like a laser pointer you’d see a college professor use and felt like it was hooked up to a 9-volt battery. A little pressure, but more of an annoyance than anything painful. It’s hardly anything to get worked up over.
As a comparison, I was at the dentist earlier in the day getting my teeth cleaned and x-rays done. Putting the x-ray film in my mouth was more of a hassle and I don’t think that’s a big deal at all.
You have no reason to fear this part of the procedure.
After he was done, I waited about 10 minutes and did a final test to check the pressure of my eyes. Got more numbing drops and tech touched the corneas of my eyes with a pen like instrument. Not painful at all.
Total appointment time was about 30 minutes. Time in the “laser room” was about 3 minutes.
Vision is a little hazy. Feels like the colors are a bit off. Could be all the drops I was given today. Very little pressure still in the eyes, but no big deal.
ICL in left eye is one week from today. Until then, I have some steroid eye drops to use four times per day.