An alternative look at life in the Land of the Rising Sun, coming from its southernmost prefecture, the island of Okinawa.
Posted By Dave on July 8th, 2014


Those who have known me a while will know that I just about kept my body shape in control (mainly in Okinawa through sweating generally due to the heat and humidity) or because of walking so much with my car dying.  It definitely wasn’t due to exercise though!  But after a couple of months of being back in England […]


Archive for April, 2013

LASIK: One week Check

Posted By Dave on April 1st, 2013

First of all, if you managed to make it through my initial LASIK article then I do appreciate it.  When I get writing I do tend to ramble a little and I just checked and it weighed in at over 2,500 words!  I wanted to give everyone as full a recount as I could though, as I know LASIK could be a very scary thing to think about, and isn’t cheap either.  So I hope some of you gained something from it.

Right, this weekend just past I was back at the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic in Osaka for my one week checkup.  The clinic recommends one day, one week, one month and three month checkups following the iLASIK procedure, so I took advantage of relatively cheap Jetstar flights once again and headed back up there to see how my eyes were faring.  Vision has been good overall.  My close vision is a night-and-day difference to what it was before – I can read, write, pretty much do anything close up that I needed glasses to do before.  Vision is probably better than with contact lenses close up too.  My middle vision and distance vision is still a little blurry, and I seem to have good and bad days.  Even on the good days, things aren’t quite as clear as I would like them to be, but it has only been a week and I’m still hopeful I won’t need a 2nd bout of LASIK towards the end of the year.

At the clinic, they did a couple of little tests looking into my eye, and then I had the eyesight check.  Typically, my eyes were not having a great day, and I knew before I went into the clinic that I wouldn’t do as well as I could have 2 days previously.  Pre-LASIK my eyesight was 0.4 and 0.5 on the Japanese visual strength scale.  After this check, I saw that 1.1 and 1.2 had been written down as my strength figures.  A lot better, but not the 2.0 we are aiming for.  Seems to take 1-3 months for most people to get their full vision back though so I’m not worried.  And the doctor said the eye was looking great from the tests and what he could see, and he had no concerns at all right now.

I’m probably going to head back up there in 3 weeks’ time too for the one month check.  I could get it done here in Okinawa, but the clinic in mainland Japan knows my eyes, where they’ve come from and how they are doing so far, so they’ll have a baseline to do a comparison from.  And I really don’t want to be taking any chances with my eyes.

Oh, if you did read my article last week about getting LASIK, just hit the link once more and scroll to the bottom as I’ve added a couple of edits.  The clinic very kindly contacted me to help explain a couple of things I experienced (the loss of vision momentarily and the sound I was hearing).  So I’m a bit more in the know now, and if you’re considering LASIK then you will be too.  and that can only be a good thing.

Will hopefully report back in 3 weeks’ time with some more good news about my eyesight progress with the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic.

EDIT: Just a side thought, but if any of you contact the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic after having read this article then the person for you to get in touch with is Richard Masuda (fire him an email by clicking here).  Mention you saw David Webb’s article about the clinic online and my membership number (612-857) and it should make you eligible for a referral discount on your LASIK surgery.  Hope it helps you out a little 🙂

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