It's been a year since I had LASIK, and last week I got two thumbs up from my eye doctor that my eyes still look great. 20/20 vision, and my corneas look good with normal moisture. The only issue is that I'm starting to have some allergy irritation. Excuse me, but since when is it ok for pollen to start in early February?!
Anyway, I went on my way with prescription for allergy eye drops and a standard appointment for next year.
As for my thoughts on LASIK after being contact- and glasses-free for a year? In short, I LOVE it. Being able to be carefree in the pool and at the beach with the kids over the summer, being able to quickly hop out of bed in the middle of the night to check on Lorelai, being able to wake up in the morning and see the alarm clock, all make it so totally worth it. I've even noticed that I get fewer headaches from eye strain now.
The only slightly negative thing I've noticed is that my eyes are significantly more sensitive to pollen now. Not sure if it's because I don't have the contacts acting as a barrier over my eye anymore or what, but I never felt the pollen in my eyes or needed allergy eye drops until last year. But the drops do their job, so it's a minor issue.
Also in the (very) minor bummer category, I do occasionally miss my glasses. Not *having* to wear them, but they were cute and I liked how I looked in them. Ha!
Maybe one of the biggest positive things to report is that my intese dry-eye (that I worried so desperately about at first) cleared up gradually within a few months, so by the time our cruise rolled around in April, I wasn't totally dependent on eye drops to get me through the day or night. I don't need them during the day at all, but over the summer and fall, I would occasionally need a drop overnight (the preservative-free Refresh Tears are the best drops for me) and I've started to notice a little bit more dryness overnight during the winter since our heat has been running, but it's nothing like it was at first.
In fact, I had stopped taking my fish oil and B-complex supplements for a while, but ever since I started taking those again a few weeks ago, I've noticed less dryness.
I'm really happy with my decision to get LASIK and can say with confidence now that I don't regret it at all.
Read about my LASIK experience here and here.