LASEK laser eye surgery diaries: Meet the surgeon

Hello and welcome back to my LASEK laser eye surgery diaries series. This is my fifth entry, so if you’d like to start from the beginning, visit “LASEK laser eye surgery diaries: The backstory”.

Since my last blog post and my email to the customer care team to ask about my consultation that was never scheduled if I didn’t call but needed it, and the eye drops I should have been given but never was, I still haven’t received a response yet.

What happened at the consultation?

As I arrived at the building, I was buzzed up to the floor, this time I was prepared for them to delay for over 30 minutes like they did last time, so I packed my work laptop with me but they didn’t delay at all this time, well 5 minutes but that’s nothing. The staff didn’t seem as welcoming but I’m not here for her or her energy, so we move. When I was called, I was in the surgery area’s waiting room for a few minutes and spoke to a lady whose husband was getting a LASIK laser eye surgery done as we speak.

Then I got called in to meet the surgeonDr Sajjad Mughal.

He introduced himself, spoke to me about the differences between LASIK and LASEK (of course I knew everything because I did my research), and walked me through all the risks that could potentially happen.

Once all that is complete, I could ask any questions I have.

The surgeon then walked me out of his consultation room, and took me back to the lady who was supposed to guide me while I was there. She didn’t give a flying f*ck and I just walked out the door.

Questions I asked

Will my eyes be bruised and roughly how long for?

No, my eyes won’t be bruised.

What would happen if I accidentally scratched my eyes?

Nothing bad will happen as a result.

Is there anything I could do to help me manage the pain or discomfort?

  • Numbing drops just before the surgery
  • Ibuprofen and paracetamol before the surgery

How can I best prepare myself before the procedure?

  • Continue with the dry eyes eye drops
  • Drink lots of water a week before surgery
  • Take vitamin C before and after the surgery
  • Continue taking hay fever medication

Can I wear swimming goggles to shower?

Avoid showering for the first week, and no goggles.

Will I be given a list of medications so I can plan?

All medication information is in the booklet.

Questions I asked after meeting the surgeon via email

  1. Can I wash my hair the night before? Yes, I can as late as the morning of the surgery
  2. Could I continue taking the supplements I was already taking? Yes I could
  3. What is the surgeon’s contact details (he told me I could contact him directly but I never asked for his details)? I could call up to arrange a call as and when I needed

What’s next?