Melissa Parks on Facebook
8 months ago
12/21/2019, 09:37 AM
Let me start by saying this was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I would do it again in a heartbeat! This is the longest review I’ve ever written but I want to explain the whole process I went though, because when I was researching, I found the step-by-step reviews very helpful. I called The Lasik Vision Institute in Richmond, VA on a Saturday, and set up my free consult for the following Saturday. (They had sooner consult appt’s available, but that was the first I was able to attend). I arrived for the consult, filled out the eye history paperwork they provided. I had read other reviews so my husband and I were prepared to be waiting a while; we brought TV on a laptop, drinks and snacks but they actually had water and snacks in the waiting area so that was nice. I was pleasantly surprised that after filling out paperwork, it was less than 10 minutes and they called me back for my tests. The tech was very personable and informative and explained what each machine measured/tested for. I was then taken to an exam room and given the standard vision tests, followed by having my eyes dilated. (When scheduling the consult, they tell you to bring glasses, as they will have to dilate your eyes). I was told I was a great candidate for Lasik with Contoura, Dr. Evans explained the whole procedure and answered a ton of questions about contoura vs classic lasik, and bladeless vs bladed surgery. (LVI offers multiple options, the more basic at a lower price, but as we were discussing eye surgery, my husband felt that the newer machines were worth the extra money.) Next, we went into Jennifer’s office (the Center Manager) to talk pricing. I had been to one other consult (at a different Lasik company) and you just went back to the checkout window to talk pricing and surgery dates and it felt very rushed, so it was nice actually being able to sit down in a closed office to discuss this major part of the process. My total with the Lifetime Assurance Plan for both eyes was $3,598. LVI price matches, but we did not find a lower rate. My prescription was -2.25 and they were running a December special so you may not be offered the same rate, this is just for a ballpark for you. Jennifer had also printed out a Care Credit form to show us what my monthly payments would be; Care Credit had an up to 24 month interest free payment option. We decided to “sleep on it” before making any decision and the next day we crunched some numbers and decided to proceed. We emailed Jennifer on Sunday 12/8 to let her know we had decided and been approved for a Care Credit card and on the following Monday, my surgery was booked for Thursday with Dr. Brusco. Fast forward to the day of surgery, I was very nervous and again went prepared to wait 2-4 hours because of what I had read from other reviews. I was told to arrive at 11:15 so they could do any additional scans prior to the surgery. When I arrived, there was only one other person in the waiting room, I signed all my consent forms, by 11:30 I was getting the punctal plugs put in by Dr. Evans. At 11:42am I was in the second waiting area which was located right outside the OR. At 12:04pm I was taken into the OR, met the surgeon Dr. Brusco, was given a stress ball for each hand (which I definitely took advantage of), numbing drops were put in my eyes and they started with the laser that cut the flaps in my cornea. This felt very strange because it suction cups to your eyeball. Then it was on to the other laser which corrects your vision, due to my prescription this laser only had to be on for 5 seconds each eye, they have you stare at a green light that is surrounded by bright white lights so you’ll want to blink but you can’t because they are holding your eye open with the eye retractor thing. After they’re done with the laser, the surgeon smoothed the cornea flap back down over the eye and they put a few drops in your eye and the surgeon explains not to rub your eye but to dab away tears/drops. Then I sat up from the table and could see! It was crazy! One of the techs walked me out to an exam room (it was now 12:22pm) where Dr. Evans checked the cornea flaps to make sure they were repositioned properly. He asked if I had any questions, explained the prescription drops again (I had picked these up at the pharmacy prior to surgery; 2 different drops you use 4 times a day for a week). They also give you a “goodie bag” with samples of preservative free artificial tears, sunglasses, eye shield (that you have to sleep in for 1-2 weeks) and a paper with some instructions (I had already been scheduled for my mandatory next day follow up). Then I was walking back out to my car where my mom was waiting to drive me home (we live 1 hour and 15 minutes from the location). On the ride home, my eyes were super sensitive to the light and any time I would open them, they would pour tears, even with my sunglasses on. I actually ended up putting a blanket over my head to block out extra light. I got home and took my mandatory 3 hour nap and when I woke up, all sensitivity to light was gone, my eyes felt normal, the only difference was, I could see without my glasses! The next day I went back to work, taking frequent breaks to rest my eyes and kept up with the drops, then I had my 1 day post op visit and I’m seeing 20/15! Night vision is supposed to get better with time, right now I just have starbursts around headlights but its nothing major, I just don’t look directly at the headlights and I’m fine. I haven’t had any pain whatsoever. I went for my 1 week post-op visit on Tuesday 12/17 (which was technically only 5 days post-op) and I’m still seeing 20/15 but Dr. Evans mentioned that my left eye was more swollen than normal so I just have to continue the steroid drops in my left eye only for 2 more weeks.
All this to say, my experience with The Lasik Vision Institute in Richmond, VA was wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone looking to get Lasik. I’m so glad I did it, and like most people out there, my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!