A Journey Through Self Care: How Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK Changed My Life (The Procedure)

A Journey Through Self Care: How Blade-Free LASIK Changed My Life (The Procedure) has been sponsored by the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center in partnership with Mom It Forward. Although I received complementary Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery, all thoughts, opinions, and experiences are my own. #KEHelpedMeSee

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

Last I left you all, I was discussing the pre-op to my BladeFREE HD IntraLASIK. Only a week after my pre-op appointment, Mathew and I headed to Dallas early in the morning for my procedure while Addie had a nurse stay with her for the day. I was instructed to not wear any eye makeup or wear my contacts for a week prior to my surgery, so I only wore my glasses and I didn’t wear eye makeup. We arrived to the  Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center a little earlier than my procedure time for one last test, the Field Vision Test.

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The Field Vision Test is a test that determines your peripheral vision. I have a history of Glaucoma on my dad’s side of the family, so it was very important for me to have this test done to be perfectly sure I was a candidate for the Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery. It was a really simple 10 minute test where I looked into a machine and there were dots popping up all around the screen. Every time I saw the dot, I had to click a little button. I had to wear a little eye patch on the eye I wasn’t testing on. Mathew may have threatened to take pictures of me looking like a pirate to blackmail me. Ha! After my test, Dr. David Kleiman reviewed my results, and rechecked my prescription to make sure that it was accurate. I was so nervous to see if I had been a candidate for the surgery.

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

After waiting for a little while, Dr. Kleiman came and spoke with me and let me know that I did excellent on my Field Vision Test and I would, in fact, be getting the Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery in just a bit! I was so excited and I was given some papers to sign before my surgery along with a goodie bag that included some papers about post-surgery care, goggles to sleep in, and sunglasses. I was also given a little Valium pill to calm any nerves before my Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery. You guys know I use essential oils to help me relax, and I did that day, but trust me, you’ll not only want to use your essential oils. Take the pill! After I took the pill there was a little bit of a whirlwind that went on. I had nurses giving me numbing drops into my eyes every few minutes, Dr. Kleiman talked to me and made sure I was ready, and then I was taken into the operating area.

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

What’s really cool about the operating area there’s a glass wall that separates it from the waiting room. Mathew was allowed to wait in the waiting room while the procedure was going on. There was also a tv in the waiting room that was panned close on each eye that was currently getting the Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery, so he could see exactly what I was going through. I had him get some pictures and he recorded a little of it too. It was really cool to see how they did everything! Not only that, but before the surgery, Dr. Kleiman asked me if I wanted to the bare minimum during the procedure or if I was a medical junkie and wanted every single detail. After spending 10 months in the hospital with Addie, and countless nights of falling asleep to Dr. Pimple Popper on YouTube and Dr. Miami on Snapchat, I told Dr. Kleiman I wanted to know every single detail. Besides, I think it helped prepare me so I knew what to expect before each part of the Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery was happening. It was very comforting to know that he took the time to ask me what my preferences were in regards to the procedure. I really appreciated it.

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

As far as the procedure itself, it’s fairly painless. The numbing drops numb your eyes so much that you don’t feel the lasers reshaping your eyes one bit. I didn’t have any discomfort with that at all, which was probably the thing I worried about most initially. However, I will say there is some moderate discomfort with the suction device they use to keep your eye still. I wasn’t exactly ready for it and it didn’t hurt but it was pressure on my eye that I wasn’t expecting. Still, it’s important that they do it so your eyes don’t move while the lasers are going! The procedure is blade free which means there’s no blade that cuts the flap. Instead, a laser does! Like I said before, you don’t feel the lasers working because of the numbing drops, so it’s really easy to relax and focus on the lights above you. Then you are moved to the second laser so they can reshape your cornea. Each eye is under the lasers only a few minutes and Dr. Kleiman just instructed me to relax and look at a light that was above me. You can see the flap done with the first laser in this picture and the second laser working to reshape my cornea.

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

Once Dr. Kleiman was done, I got up from the chair to go get my eyes checked. I will tell you, you might feel a little dizzy- almost like you’re drunk. It’s not the Valium. Getting a change in eye shape and the pressure that was on the eye nerves causes a dizzy feeling, but it’s absolutely normal and doesn’t last but for a little while. I had some help walking to a chair and had each eye examined to make sure everything looked perfectly. I couldn’t believe it- although things were a bit hazy, I could see a dramatic difference right away! The Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery really simple to do (from my standpoint) and I was in the operating room maybe about 30 minutes total including getting set up, doing my right eye, then my left eye, and then getting my eyes checked. It was really fast!

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

I was brought into the waiting room with Mathew and was instructed to put on my sunglasses and just rest as much as I could. I was also given 2 sets of eye drops- one was an antibiotic and steroid and the other was a pack of artificial tears. The most important part of the healing process is using the drops, so Dr. Kleiman said to take a really good nap, then start my eye drops every hour for the first day (and then every 4 hours for the next 10 days). Moist eyes heal faster than dry eyes! I slept the whole way home with my sunglasses and Mathew’s jacket over my face. My eyes were really light sensitive after the surgery, and I actually felt as if I was crying the whole way home (I really wasn’t- my eyes were watering like crazy!) I went home and took my first set of eye drops and napped. Many people feel discomfort after the procedure and it just varies person to person with the level of discomfort. My eyes stung pretty badly so I figured a nap was for the best. I closed my bedroom curtains, put my goggles on, and slept for about 2 hours.

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

When I woke up, I felt much better and my eyes didn’t sting anymore! Although my vision was still hazy on the outside, I literally could see a huge difference in my vision and could read labels of things all the way across the room on my bathroom counter. It was crazy! My eyes were a bit red and puffy after my eye surgery, which is very common due to the suction that is used to hold your eye still during the procedure. I was told it wouldn’t last more than a couple weeks, so I wasn’t worried. I spent the day taking it easy, using my drops every hour, and getting as much rest in as possible. By evening that day I could see a significant difference in how I could see. I honestly couldn’t believe it.

I was told though that once I got an entire night of sleep I’d truly tell a difference. It was true! When I woke up the day after the surgery, I could see incredibly well. The day after my Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery I was required to have my post-op appointment, so that was my plan for the day. I’ll be blogging about my post-op results soon, but in the mean time, check out my Snapchat story from the day I got the Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery! You’ll get a closer look at how my day went first hand.

It’s funny, the things I was worried about before the procedure weren’t anything to be stressed about. It’s been over a month now that I’ve had my Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery from the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center and honestly, I haven’t looked back since I got it. It’s been great so far and I can’t wait to keep you all updated on my progress!

What worries or questions do you have about Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery? Soon I’ll be having a FAQ post with any questions you might have that will be answered! Leave your questions in the comments. Feel free to chat with the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram as well if you have questions that you feel they can specifically answer for you!

A Journey Through Self Care: How Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK Changed My Life (The Pre-Op)

A Journey Through Self Care: How Blade-Free LASIK Changed My Life (The Pre-Op) has been sponsored by the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center in partnership with Mom It Forward. Although I received complementary Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery, all thoughts, opinions, and experiences are my own. #KEHelpedMeSee

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

 

I’ve talked about self care several times this year. The phrase has been a really huge piece of my life the past two months, and I’ve really worked hard to give myself more “me” time. When you have a special needs child, one that’s in the hospital 10 months long, and always in and out of many doctors’ offices, you don’t get to spend a lot of time on yourself. For the new year I committed myself to taking more time for myself and doing things exclusively for me and no one else. I’m trying to regain my old self back, and in order to be the best mom and wife possible, I have to take care of myself. I rang in the New Year at a local charity ball with Mathew, I got new glasses, we cashed in our massage gift certificates, we began Whole 30 (and I lost 15 lbs!), and then I made the seemingly scary decision to get Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery…all in the month of January. I was really gung-ho about changing my life for the better, and let me tell you, of all the things I did in January, Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK changed my life.

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

To be honest, when I applied to be considered as a blogger for Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK at the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center, I didn’t think it’d even happen for me. I did some research, I applied thinking it was a long shot, and went about my way. I’d been so frustrated with contacts drying out all the time and glasses always getting mascara flakes or smudges on them that it just seemed like a great idea to finally give in and get LASIK. Then I got an email that said I’d been chosen for consideration- and I froze. Was I really about to consider getting LASIK?! I threw myself into a ton of more research because I’m naturally an anxious person. The more and more I looked into it though, Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK at the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center actually looked like a really great thing to get. Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center became one of the first laser eye centers in the DFW area to offer LASIK, and it continues to be the focal point of their practice, which was a HUGE deal to me in deciding whether or not I would go ahead with the procedure. I also checked out the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center website and their FAQ page to get a lot of information and even watched a video on an animated procedure to see what I’d be going through if I proceeded with my Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK. The Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center has state-of-the-art technology with two different lasers for the procedure, which was very comforting to know as well.

Considering getting LASIK done? Check out how BladeFree HD IntraLASIK changed this woman's life. She documented from the pre-op to the post op!

Although I was still a little nervous about the thought of LASIK (even though I’d wanted it ever since I was in high school), James, the Director of Patient Services,  called me from the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center for a pre-op consultation. I was so excited to see if I was even a candidate for the Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery, and James and I talked a little about the events that would occur leading to the procedure, and then told me about the procedure itself. He answered any questions I had about LASIK and really put me at ease with his extensive knowledge and friendly attitude. James is the kind of person that is incredibly thorough, and it really made me more comfortable because I am the type of person that thrives on knowing as much as possible before a procedure. I guess that’s what happens when you’re a mom of a medically fragile child that’s had 6 surgeries and multiple procedures. I hung up with James and was really excited to go to my appointment in a week to see if I was a candidate for Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK eye surgery.

A week later, I drove up to Dallas, and I met James in person at the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center Dallas location (they have 3 locations in the DFW area). He was just as friendly in person as he was over the phone and he took me around to do two different tests on my eyes to see if I would be a candidate. One test gave a general idea about my prescription, and the other test was a Pentacam, which takes about 25 pictures of your eye in about 5 seconds. The Pentacam was really important because it gives the depth of your eye to see how much corneal thickness you have. After the two tests, I got to sit down with a doctor and had a basic eye exam (you know- one…or two?) to review that my prescription hadn’t changed in about a year or more. We got to talk about any concerns I had and any medical questions that I still needed answered, and we talked about glaucoma. Glaucoma runs in my family (my Memaw had it and my Aunt Gloria has it) and I have a good chance of having it later on in life through genetics. The doctor recommended that he see me again for a Visual Field Test to make sure I had good peripheral vision before having surgery.  I would only be allowed to have my Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK if I passed the test. The fact that the doctor wanted to make extra sure that I was a candidate really made me feel good about the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center. Any other doctor could’ve just said that I was a candidate and then I would’ve been really upset to find out this information later in life, but the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center took the time to make sure I was a perfect candidate.

 

After the three eye tests, I sat with James in his office and we discussed some great questions as to how the procedure would be done, how much it generally costs for people, payment options, and what to expect after the surgery. We sat chatting for almost an hour just making sure I has all the information I needed, was comfortable, and was ready to make a decision regarding whether or not I would proceed with Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK. James was SO helpful and I left my appointment feeling happy and confident that I was choosing the best place possible for my surgery. I was really excited to have decided to go with the Kleiman|Evangelista Eye Center for my Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK. To make the day even better? I got to meet up with my sweet friend Amber in Dallas after the appointment. Talk about a great day!

I was so excited about my surgery that James and I scheduled it for the following week after I really thought things through and talked with Mathew. I’ll admit, it made me so excited that everything was happening so soon. I wish I’d gotten Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK done years ago!

I’ll be documenting the actual surgery next week (including a fun Snapchat story and surgery pictures) and an FAQ the following week including many of the things I’ve learned about Blade­Free HD IntraLASIK. Ask your questions in the comments so I can make sure to discuss them in my FAQ soon!

Great Tips for Self Care

While this post was sponsored by LensCrafters via Socialstars, all thoughts and opinions remain my own. #LensCraftersCrowd
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Self care is such an important thing. I never really knew that it was until Addie was born and we were at the hospital every single day. I would stay by her bed 8-12 hours a day, grab a bite of fast food to eat for dinner, and then we’d head to bed. It was exhausting, yet every morning at 8 am I’d arrive at the hospital ready to do it all over again. I didn’t care if I had messy hair, sloppy clothes, no makeup, glasses on- whatever, because my baby was sick and she was all that mattered. It wasn’t until Addie was in the hospital for a couple weeks that the nurses, doctors, and chaplain began to speak to me about self care and why it was so important.

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I generally brushed anyone aside that said that I needed to take care of myself. Addie was my only priority while Mathew worked to keep the bills paid (which made that his priority). I rarely went did anything outside of the hospital and when I did, I was gone for only a couple hours and would call the hospital like crazy to make sure Addie was fine. I constantly ate junk food (I’m sure it was to quiet my feelings of worry, not knowing what the future held for Addie, and the fact that my husband was being torn away from us because of his job). I gained weight because of it, and I didn’t care about my appearance. I wore my hair messy and dressed casual, when the “old” me loved to dress up. I wore glasses as a sign of my laziness instead of how I used to wear them, like a fashion accessory. This went on for months until we finally came home from the hospital in June with Addie. Mathew got a job closer to home with better hours, and I made it a point to get dressed into regular clothes daily, do my hair, and eat healthy. It all was pretty good until I started slipping back into my old habits of not getting out of pjs, getting Chinese or burgers for dinner, and just generally being lazy. You know what they say about old habits…

Love these matching Christmas pajamas!

After realizing on Christmas break that this pattern I was putting myself into was a destructive one, I decided to make some changes in my life and devote 2016 to self care. Self care is such an important part of being a parent, and my 2016 resolution is to take the time out to give myself more self care.

Mathew and I gave each other a massage and facial gift package for Christmas at a local salon and spa, and we already have it booked on our calendars for this weekend. I also got us hopped back on My Fitness Pal and we have started Whole 30 to get our bodies in shape and just healthier in general. No more junk for us! I’m also forcing myself to get dressed daily (even though things are a bit tight after holiday eating) and I even went out recently to buy some brand new glasses at LensCrafters! They’re the perfect glasses and they just perk me up and give me confidence!

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After starting Whole 30 on the 1st, I wanted to do something that was going to really help me start off my New Year’s resolution with a bang. Finding the perfect glasses were the top thing on my list, and I finally was able to get the time to go to LensCrafters and pick out a set of glasses because Mathew was off from work. I was so happy to go and just have some time to myself to look and enjoy picking out a very new pair. I did the Find Your Look quiz a few weeks ago and kept the styles in mind when I headed to the store.

It was SO nice to just get out by myself and peruse the store. There’s nothing like walking into a store by yourself to browse, and I was excited to be able to do it. I grabbed a few frames that were from the Find Your Look quiz, as well as some others that were similar, and tried to narrow them down. I took selfies, I FaceTimed Mathew, and I even posted on Facebook to see which frames you thought were the perfect glasses for me! I had a blast.

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Once I narrowed down what I thought would look best, I couldn’t decide! These 3 pairs were so different and yet all so perfect! I loved the first pair by Tiffany and Co because of the smaller frame shape and the beautiful, classic Tiffany blue sides. The second pair was by Dolce and Gabbana and were plain black but had a fun cat-eye shape to them. Lastly, I found this Prada set and was in love with it because it was tortoise shell with blue! Mathew immediately shot down the Prada glasses though, and it made me sad, but he sees me more than anyone, so I knew his opinion was important.

After tossing back and forth between the Tiffany and Dolce glasses, I decided on the Tiffany set! I know you all on Facebook and Instagram were wondering what I would choose. In fact, I was so surprised that so many of you commented and tried to guess what frames I picked. Well, now you know, I went with #1, the Tiffany! What’s even cooler, is that a similar pair of Tiffany glasses was on the list of recommended glasses from the Find Your Look quiz. LensCrafters, you’re scarily good like that.
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After I chose my frames, I handed them to a girl that worked in the LensCrafters store who had the frames custom fit to my face using their AccuFit technology. She had this device that she connected to my glasses to make sure my frames were perfectly straight for my face. No measuring with rulers, it was all digital! She took a picture of my face and I popped up onto her computer. She made a couple changes, asked me about my lens preferences, and I was literally done after less than 7 minutes at the desk.

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My new glasses took about 3 days to get, although that’s not the norm because they’re usually in stock. They didn’t have one of my lenses in stock and had to ship it to the store. Although my salesperson told me it would take 7-10 days, it only took 3! This was probably the easiest glasses purchasing experience I’ve ever had. I literally was in and out of the store in about 30 minutes. Isn’t that amazing? I even had time to spare after my trip and was able to head to Target to browse and get some grocery shopping done too. It was SO nice.

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I was so surprised to see just what a difference putting on a new set of glasses would have on the way I felt about myself. Although I don’t wear glasses every day, when I do have them on, I want them to have a little bit of a statement to them! It made me feel so good knowing that I was also taking time out for myself. As the mom of a child with special needs, I go last for everything. I skip my own doctor appointments because I don’t have a day nurse (or I am so busy that I forget to ask my nursing company to send someone), I eat on the run because Addie has lots of appointments and therapies, and I go to bed after everyone else to make sure things are ready for the next day. Taking care of myself is going to be a priority this year and there will be no excuses! It’s time I do things for myself to be the best mom and wife I can be.

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I feel so much better now knowing that I checked one part off on my resolutions list in regards to my self care. Taking care of my eyes and my appearance is important to me, and I’m going to make sure that I’m incredibly successful with this resolution this year. What are your favorite ways to get self care?