He walked up to me, no longer wearing the eye glasses that he had regularly worn for more than twenty years, and said, “I can see your face so clearly!” Though still red, his eyes shone with a special sparkle – his eyes are finally free! His smile melted into my heart, and I felt his excitement.
Masood had LASEK surgery done to correct his myopia of more than 20 years.
What is LASEK?
Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) is a laser eye surgery used to correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness (even those coupled with astigmatism). This procedure is ideal for people who have thin corneas.
Do you qualify for LASEK?
You should be at least 21 years old, to ensure stable vision and shouldn’t have any scars in the cornea. Masood underwent a thorough evaluation (a lot of fancy eye tests) before his doctor finally concluded that he qualifies for the procedure.
How’s LASEK done?
In case you’re wondering, a local anesthetic is used before the procedure.
What happens post-LASEK?
Masood came out of the operating room 15 minutes later (I watched the entire procedure on the TV in the waiting lounge) wearing green protective plastic caps on both his eyes. He sat with me for about half an hour, then we were called in the doctor’s office. Masood’s eyes were examined, we were advised on the medications and precautions, and scheduled to meet the doctor in five days.
Although the flap edge heals in 24 hours, Masood was required to wear bandage contact lenses for 5 days to protect his eyes. Once the effect of anesthesia wore off, he began complaining about mild pain and irritation. “It feels as if there’s something in my eyes,” he often said.
For the next four days, Masood had barely been able to open his eyes. And when he did struggle to open them up to look at me, I saw red, teary eyes. He wasn’t allowed to take a head bath, nor splash water on his face (specifically the eyes). I had to bring his meals, on the bed, and feed him myself. I had to give him three different eye drops, four times a day.
I actually enjoyed looking after him.
Our Doctor: Syed Maaz Mohiuddin
During the healing period, there was a time when Masood actually thought for a while, “Have I done the right thing?” I assured him that he did.
One of the reasons why I had been confident about the procedure was the fact that we had a very good corneal and refractive surgeon, Dr. Syed Maaz of the New Vision Laser Centers. The attention and compassion, along with the confidence that reflects his knowledge and expertise in the subject, is exceptional (MashaAllah). Sitting there in his office, it felt like we were talking to a friend.
No wonder his clinic is always packed with people waiting to rid of their eye glasses.
Dr. Maaz, thank you so much!
You may check out the website of New Vision Laser Centers if you’re interested to have the procedure done in India, or may contact Dr. Maaz himself at +9140 66364808 between 3 to 6 pm local time.
A month after LASEK:
“I don’t understand how people manage to wear eye glasses,” Masood teases a colleague of ours.
He still instills eye drops regularly, and will continue doing so for a couple more months. His vision is as normal as mine now, Alhumdulillah. And he proudly wears his Ray Ban sunglasses (which he bought last year and loves so much but couldn’t wear because of myopia).