As part of the leadup process, I had my first eligibility consultation (free--basically they just check that at a first glance I seem to be a candidate for lasik, meaning my vision is within the right range (they correct from some number I don't remember to -10, apparently--my perscription was roughly -4.5 I believe), astigmatism within certain range, no weird problems, large enough cornea, etc. I didn't expect any problems with that, and All my stuff checked out within the right range, with good eye health and really minor astigmatism. This appointment was back at the end of last month.
On tuesday, the day before surgery, I had a pre-op appointment. The appointment consisted of detailed checking of my corneal shape, eye health, perscription, etc. I had my eyes dilated and some focus paralyzing thing given; I actually had my mom give me a ride to work afterwards, since I didn't feel like sitting around until I could see properly to drive . The doctor also answered any specific questions about the surgery and described what would happen. Most of my questions were to do with the after-care, since it seemed important to me not to have the surgery go fine and then a week later be blind! I also had to fill out some forms giving consent, acknowledging that it's a voluntary and non-medically-necessitated surgery (I actually had to literally copy with a pen the statements saying this, not just sign it... lol)
On the day of the surgery itself, I showed up at 2 PM (which was the appointment time) and was prepared for it. Basically this involved them giving me some various eye drops to apply for after the surgery (I got some in advance from the pharmacy, but some they just give on the day of surgery instead), and a mild sedative (you're awake and totally conscious for the surgery, but they use a mild sedative for whatever reason). They also put some anaesthetic drops in my eyes.
After that, they took me into the first operating room. Lasik consists of two phases: cutting a flap in the eye to reach the cornea, and then doing the actual operation on the cornea to improve vision. I paid for top of the line lasik all around, so my lasik was bladeless. It's supposed to reduce chances of complications, and frankly seems a lot less icky to me than some dude cutting my eye with a blade :S. In a mere matter of seconds, he put some doohicky on my eye (obviously I could not see this very well given my position, so I don't really know what it looked like), which ended up blocking out my vision, and then he cut the flap in the eye. This was pretty damn psychedelic, because whatever the doohicky was, it blocked off blood flow or some such, and the eye started making up weird colors to see after the initial blackness (or something like this--I'm not a doctor...). Anyway, I saw a whole bunch of crazy colors and stuff, reminding me of old bad music videos and the like.
After he did this, I stood up (throughout all this they were kind of worried I'd topple over or something due to the sedative, but it wasn't too bad, perhaps because I'm a pretty big guy, so I just walked around on my own power) and walked to the next room, where they did the 'actual' lasik (the vision correction part).
I lay down, and then he flipped back the flap created in the previous part. Now, this totally fucks up vision, such that I couldn't really see anything. There were 3 lights above me, with 2 red lights on the outside, and a green light on the inside. Obviously since I'm conscious and my eye can move, they need my eye in a certain place to do the surgery itself, rather than wandering all over the place. The green light was what I was supposed to focus on, although the machine itself tracks the eye such that if I look away a bit, which apparently actually happens involuntarily when we stare at things anyway, it does no harm. My vision was like -20 or something, because these precise little lights basically looked totally blurred and filled my vision as if I couldn't see mere inches from my face. Each eye took just a few seconds to do. He then said the surgery was done, and I was good to go. They gave me some sunglasses (which I am supposed to wear whenever I'm outside, and all day, including inside, the first day), final preparatory-to-go stuff, and I walked out of there.
Clearly, I did not drive myself, since not only could I not see too well (although still much better than my previous vision without glasses), but it would be illegal due to having had a sedative.
The first day (the day of surgery) was pretty boring, since I was supposed to just nap, rest my eyes, etc. I listened to part of an audiobook (one of the Indiana Jones ones) and slept, as well as ate a bit.
The next day, and days after that, have been basically normal days from the point of what I could do. The only real restrictions are that when I go outside I've had to have sunglasses on, every couple hours I have to put eye drops in my eyes (there are a couple different types), and obviously I'm not supposed to get stuff in them (hands, water when showering, etc.) For the first week or so, I have to wear these horrifically annoying eye shields while I sleep (basically, they prevent my eyes from being hit while sleeping, and I can understand the need, but they're annoying to sleep with, since I don't sleep on my back ever)
My vision is 20/20 (actually a bit better) now, which is really awesome. I easily re-took the driver's license vision test yesterday, and thus I no longer need corrective lenses while driving.
I totally recommend the surgery to anyone who has the moey and a desire to not need corrective lenses.
Hopefully there aren't too many errors in this post, since I didn't proofread it at all :D