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My Battle With High Myopia: Journey to Fully Restored Sight

October 9, 2016

So here’s a post today that’s surprisingly not about food, but something more personal which I’ve been wanting to share about. More so I am documenting my experience here so that others can share in what I am going through and perhaps find their own clarity.

It’s about my high myopic condition, and the journey to fully restore my sight.

Below are just a few things I was considering, an internal conflict within: Should I do this and is the procedure safe?

(1) Should I do this?
Not many know, but I’ve had high myopia ever since I was born (approximately more than 1,500) and personally I think my ‘eye health’ isn’t the best. From what I know, my current myopic condition is around 1,700 (left), 1,900 (right), with a bout of astigmatism. For many others, myopia is usually an inherited condition but strangely enough, both my mum and dad has almost perfect vision. Side note: I’ve also not met anyone that’s comparable with a higher degree than mine (really, it’s nothing to boast about haha).

My spectacle lenses are extremely thick because of my high myopia which makes my eyes look very small when I put them on. As such, I frequently use contact lenses whenever I go out. Since my degree is more than 1,500, my contact lenses have to be specially made (usage of 1 year), and special care have to be undertaken whenever I put them on. Aside from the high costs to make the lenses (been using contact lenses since I was 16), I was plagued with prolonged contact lenses usage which made my eyes dry and itchy.

My frequent usage of contact lenses has caused so many problems in the past and I fear it may be worst off in the future. Infection, accidental corneal scratches, and most recently, corneal infiltrates which has been making my eye itch really badly. I was worried that my eye condition would deteriorate and become worst of as I grew older. Adding to that, my fears of retinal detachment (blindness) gradually grew over the years, as I struggle to really consider what the best course of action I should take is.

Naturally, opting to look for suitable options to correct my vision was my number one priority.

(2) Is the procedure safe?
It has been a long time coming and I have been thinking about correcting my vision through numerous solutions – Lasik, EPI-Lasik or ICL. I’ve done my fare bit of research and found that with today’s technological advances, I have the option to opt for laser vision correction with greater safety and accuracy. Aside from the upfront costs of suitable treatments out there (which I’ll get to more in detail in subsequent posts), the real possibility of losing my sight was something I had to come to terms with. I had to ask myself, is it worth it to go through the fear and uncertainty that comes with the treatment?

Well now that I’ve decided I was ready to correct my vision, I had to go through an evaluation test or pre-procedure to determine whether I am suitable to undergo the treatment. Yes, recommendations, counselling, analysis, all takes up quite a fare bit of time. I decided to visit Clearvision Eye Clinic & LASIK Centre as one of the centres out there with a trusted record since their formation in 2001, recognised figure (Dr. Tony Ho) with more than 25 years of experience in the field.

Pre-procedure eye checks:

Before any treatment takes place, I had to go through a complete laser eye surgery suitability assessment. The entire consultation took roughly 3 hours, during this time my eyes was also closely examined to ensure they are healthy and I was asked about my general health too.

My eyes was measured by various assessment machines by the friendly optometrist on duty. Each machine conducted a non-intrusive scan of my eyes and took no longer than 5 minutes. Due to my high degree, I have very strong anxiety when a foreign object gets close to my eye so I was very fidgety! The team at Clear Vision was supportive through it all and was very patient with me.

From what I understand, some of the pre-procedure checks included: measuring my refractive error, corneal thickness, pupil size etc. All these thorough eye checks were essential to determine if I was a suitable candidate for Lasik eye surgery. The last test, my pupils had to be dilated to allow accurate measurements and full examination of the back of my eyes. The optometrist used drops to dilate my eyes which caused slightly blurred and bright vision for the next few hours after. It was a painless procedure, but you may experience slight numbness (which was a natural and harmless effect of the drops).

Counselling and Recommendation with Dr. Tony Ho:

After all the pre-procedure checks, I was instructed to head to the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre (which was about 5-minutes walk away from Clear Vision). I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Tony Ho, a well-recognised and respected figure in the Singapore refractive surgery arena with 25 years of specialty experience. Dr. Tony Ho had recommended for me to opt for either the Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), or the Intraocular lenses (IOL) (a cataract surgery). These surgeries are more commonly used to correct eyes with very high myopia, and if the cornea is unsuitable for laser refractive surgery.

We discussed about my current eye condition and he counselled me about the risks and advantages of each. This was particularly stressful for me as I had initially wanted to opt for the EPI-lasik surgery, but the checks determined I was better suited for ICL or IOL surgery.

Present day:
I am currently in the stage of evaluating the various treatments, and will keep you posted on my next course of action to share more about the ICL/IOL process, advantages and risks!

Stay tuned! <3

With lots of love,
Xue Wei
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A foodie at heart, Xue Wei’s passion for food and travel translates to her daily snippets of her affairs on her blog and Instagram. A quality that’s reflected in features like her ‘Best Matcha-places to go’ and ‘16 Must Eat Taiwan Food’ in collection, where she hunts out the best hits in all of the places she’s been to. When she isn’t chasing her love for food and adventure, she enjoys photography, travelling, volunteering and spending quality time with her family.

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Xue Wei

A foodie at heart, Xue Wei’s passion for food and travel translates to her daily snippets of her affairs on her Blog and Instagram. She enjoys quality family time and hopes to fulfill her dream to travel around the world with her loved ones.
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2 Comment

  1. Yeah sometimes I ask myself the same question is it worth risking the possibility of blindness. I am with you on the terribly high degree of myopic. But I’ve been on gas permeable lenses my whole life up till now and I just started using soft contact lenses but just like you, the 1 year types. At $450 per year, LASIK or RELEX sounds so much cheaper 😂😂😂 THANK YOU for writing this article 🙂

    1. Hello Captain Slow Yeo, thanks for your comment 🙂 I understand how you feel, you can try Implantable Contact Lens surgery! My results has been great! 🙂

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