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Puno, Co-Founder of ilovecreatives, was selected as the first Brand Ambassador for Visian ICL, an alternative to Lasik.
They are currently looking for the next three Brand Ambassadors to get a free $8,000 surgery.
How can you be a Brand Ambassador?
First of all, you have to be a good candidate. You have to have the perfect bad vision. Heh. I went to my personal favorite/the doctor I trusted in Los Angeles for my consultation: Dr. Paul C Lee, MD
Make sure to tell him I sent you! :)
They told me, I couldn't get LASIK.
I've been wearing contacts since I was about 11 because my glasses would fog up when I played tennis. So sad.
I've always wanted Lasik, but my eye glasses doctor didn't recommend it. The worse your prescription is, the more they have to laser off. Mine was -6.5 in both eyes. A side effect to lasering that much cornea off is dry eyes. I already have dry eyes living in LA and my eye glasses doctor recommended against it to avoid discomfort and maintenance with artificial tears. Additionally, because they would need to laser so much of my cornea off, I wouldn't be able to correct it as I got older. And I KNOW that my vision is going to get worse!
Alas, I assumed that I would have to wear contacts forever and be completely screwed when the Zombie Apocalypse came!
Meeting Erin, my eyeball angel.
Fast forward to a few months ago and I was eating at Pie Hole with Erin from hunternfox. Naturally, the subject of Zombies came up and I told her that I would be screwed because I wouldn't be able to find contacts or glasses.
As luck would have it, Erin worked at Visian ICL. First of all, I had no idea that there was an alternative out there. Visian ICL has been around just as long as Lasik (but mostly in Europe), but didn't get the exposure because (1) it's made for people with -3 to -20 vision and (2) isn't as cheap.
What the hell is Visian ICL?
It's an implantable contact lens. As oppose to lasering off eye tissue, they make a slit in your eye and tuck a contact lens under your iris. Each lens is made just for your prescription and you can't even see it. Whenever your vision needs to be corrected again (like in 30 years), you can just replace the lens.
How was the surgery?
The surgery itself lasted about 14 minutes. I had two valium and a ton of numbing drops. I was completely awake for the entire procedure and probably moved my eyes a lot. I have no idea how Dr. Lee did it, but he said I did great! Right after the surgery, I had 20/15 vision. He even fixed my astigmatism in my left eye.
Even though the surgery is quick, I would definitely take off the rest of the day. Driving with valium is not recommended, lol. Plus, your pupils are really dilated (sensitive to light) and your eyes have a slight pressure. I slept the rest of the day and felt fine the next morning. My eyes were sensitive to light, but I was 100% on the 5th day.
I think the hardest part was the few days before the surgery when they had to laser two holes in each eye to circulate fluids. It was like a medium-hard flick in the eye. I wouldn't call it "painful", but I also wouldn't want to do it on my day off. It's a little worse than getting waxed. If you love getting waxed, then you might love this!
What do you have to do to be a Brand Ambassador and get a free surgery?
First of all, you have to be a good candidate. You have to have the perfect bad vision. Heh. I went to my personal favorite/the doctor I trusted in Los Angeles for my consultation:
CCRS // Dr. Paul C Lee, MD
Make sure to tell him I sent you! :)
Dr. Paul C Lee, MD
CCRS Clear Vision
4160 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Fl
Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA 90010