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 […]
LASIK: 6 Months Later
As a few of you may have read previously, in March of this year I headed up to Osaka and the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic for a Premium iLASIK procedure on my eyes. I’d been up in Tokyo a month previously for a pre-LASIK consultation and they said despite me being on the borderline of whether they’d do the procedure (my eyesight isn’t too bad, but I’m farsighted, which has much tighter restrictions on whether they can perform it).
I asked as many questions as I could before the test, and tried to write as full a review as could in my review of the procedure. In short, it was a little uncomfortable but not painful, and was over in minutes. My vision was a little sensitive but instantly better than previously, with me being able to read the maker’s name on my watch as I lifted my wrist. My one-week checkup was promising, and it’s almost 6 months (allow me a little artistic licence in the dates), so time to give a bit more of a review on how things have been going.
First of all, one of the great things for me about the Kobe Kanagawa Clinic is that they have a partner clinic in the UK, Optical Express. This means that my lifetime “Total Care Service” package will actually follow me to the UK if I go back there to live, offering check-ups and future LASIK procedures if needed. And during my trip back to the UK this summer I had a chance to take advantage of this. I contacted the always helpful Richard Masuda at the Kobe Kanagawa Clinic in Tokyo, who put me in touch with Carol-Ann Hunter at Optical Express. I couldn’t have had a better service from Ms. Hunter, who was very accommodating with selecting dates and times for my check-up that lined up with my plans while I was back.
The check-up was short but thorough, and as much as I can try with my Japanese and get most of the things out that I want to say, it was good to talk to an English speaker about a couple of things. So, 4 months after the procedure, the state of my eyes is this. My vision with both eyes is about 20/20 now (that is the norm, and means you can see at 20′ what a regular person can see at 20′), with my eyes having improved since my one-month check. My longsightedness has virtually gone, and I’m just a little short-sighted now, which again is apparently normal and will decrease over time. The vision has stabilized (although was never really up and down from day to day), but the optician said he wouldn’t be surprised if my eyesight improved marginally over the next few months too as the healing progresses.
Then I asked him the big question: “In his opinion, should I be trying to have another LASIK procedure to get my eyesight to 20/16 or so?”. He answered in a very good way. First off, he said he would definitely wait at least another 2 months as it looks like my eyesight is still improving right now. Then he asked my occupation. He said that if I were a train driver or similar, and needed crystal clear vision then he thought it would help me; in my current and future career path he said if I was happy with the vision as it was then he would advise me to leave it.
And that’s probably what it comes down to. Is my vision as clear as it was before with glasses? Probably not, when it comes to detail (e.g. faces) at distance. It is probably as good as it was with contact lenses before though, and it’s very rare that I wish I had better vision. So right now I would highly recommend both the procedure and the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic to anyone who is considering getting the procedure done in Japan. Having worn glasses daily since the age of about 6 years old, I’d have to say it is life-changing, and probably one of the best financial investments I’ve made. I only wish I’d made it a couple of years sooner!
If you have any questions about the procedure, the clinic, or my experiences, please do leave a comment below and I’ll try to offer as many honest answers as I can. Thanks for taking the time to read this piece.
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 🙂