So today I had my first surf with my brand new eyes!
I haven’t been allowed to go in for the past month to allow for my eyes to heal and to ensure that they won’t get infected.
Now that month has past and being a keen surfer, I was ready and waiting to get back in the water!
In-fact it was a very good test for my recently laser treated eyes because we were going for an “early-doors” session, so that meant getting up ridiculously early and get a surf in before work at 9am.
We decided upon a 3.30am wake up time, which would give us enough time to get to the surf spot, have a good couple hour surf, then come home, have breakfast at McDonald’s and get to work!
Before having my eyes fixed with laser surgery, I would have to put my contact lenses into my already very tired eyes which usually made them sting and feel even more tired than before. Unfortunately for me that was the only way I could see and go surfing for an early morning start, so I had to put up with it.
I woke up at 3.30am – my eyes were clear and I DIDN’T HAVE TO FIDDLE WITH LENSES!
It was by far one of the nicest experiences of lens free living I’ve had so far – the freedom is fantastic!
I put some eye drops in just to wake me up a little bit and it was amazing – for the past ten years, whenever I’ve woken up early I’ve had to endure the stinging ritual of under-soaked contact lenses. And now that’s all over!
We were in the water by 4.15am – the sun was just rising and it was very peaceful (oh how picturesque that sounds )
Now usually my eyes would sting when I rubbed them as the salt water would get in behind my lenses, drying them out and making my vision go a bit funny.
I surfed for the whole two hours, admiring the crystal clear landscape; enjoying the water going in my eyes (to a certain extent, I think it was more of a novelty as it wasn’t stinging!) and not feeling like my lens might fall out if I get hit with my eyes open.
It was all very nice indeed.
Here’s a couple pictures of where we were surfing – I didn’t take them … but this is Bantham were we surfed:
When we’d finished and were back at the car, I checked my eyes to see how red they were and they were hardly red at all!
Before treatment my eyes would go very red with all the salt water in behind the lenses and would stay red for the entire day.
Now I looked like everyone else, my eyes weren’t sore and with the help of my handy eye drops, I squirted a couple drops in and the redness completely went within an hour or so!
No more looking like a druggie all day with bright red eyes.
So that was my day surfing, to be honest the surf wasn’t that great and I’m really tired now as I’m writing this but at least I got a real chance to test out my new eyes!
And what a result it was!