I didn't have terrible vision, but I couldn't see very well at a distance. I wore contacts for about 10 years, but started to have problems and was forced to wear glasses. That wasn't a big deal, but when running or playing any kind of sport the glasses could be kind of inconvenient when they fogged up or slid off of my face. So, I decided to have LASIK surgery.
I talked to quite a few people who had experience the procedure before deciding on who I was going to trust to operate on my eyes. I didn't want to go the cheap route because the complications due to a bad surgery could be total blindness, dry eyes, glares, night halos, or just as bad of vision as you had before. In the end I took my physicians recommendation and saw Dr. Sarno at Des Moines Eye Surgeons. He has been operating on eyes for over 25 years, so I felt like if he didn't have enough experience, nobody does.
It took a month to make an appointment for my evaluation, which was about an hour and a half process where they tested the thickness of my cornea, pupil dilation, and how bad of vision I really had. Supposedly around 10% of people aren't even a candidate. After deciding I was a candidate it took only 10 days to schedule the actual procedure. Evidently only set aside one day out of each month for all of the operations, and some months they take off completely. I had the option of either June 14th or I would have to wait until August. At this point I was too committed to delay.
The procedure itself was at times better than I thought it would be and at other times worse. The actual cutting of the eye wasn't bad, but when they made the cut with the laser I actually went temporarily blind, kind of scary. The removing of the corneal flap took longer than I expected, which almost caused me to panic thinking that there might be something wrong. In the end though, everything turned out normal.
My eyes are extremely blood shot, but I am seeing 20/20. I have had to take drops almost every hour for the past three days, but in the end I have been very happy with the results and the ability to wake up and see without needing my glasses or contacts.
If you are thinking about getting LASIK in the Des Moines area, then I would recommend Dr. Sarno without a second thought.