The eyelift procedure
The ‘operation’ itself only takes 25 minutes, but I found it quite scary. Especially after the trouble I had already had with my eyes, I was very afraid of pressure on my eye, which could activate the retinal split again.
First, my eyelids were drawn with a marker and the procedure followed immediately.
Everyone had said that the anesthetic injections were annoying and could hurt, but I thought it wasn’t too bad. I hardly felt any pain. The anesthesia did feel like pressure on my eyes, which made me worried, but the doctor explained that the anesthesia can feel like that, but that there really was no pressure on my eye. When he started cutting it didn’t hurt, but I thought it was a very unpleasant feeling. The pulling he did felt like pushing because of the anesthesia: like pressure on my eye. The doctor kept telling me to relax and tried to make small talk to distract me.
What I also found annoying was that he had to burn away some fat from under my eyelids. According to him, that fat was the reason my eyelids were so bulging. That burning away gave flashes of light and a ‘cracking’ feeling, and caused a penetrating ‘burnt flesh’ odor, which I smelled for weeks… The pulling, which felt like pushing, on my eye felt annoying, but before I knew it one eye was already ready and stitched. I was halfway…
When both eyes were ready, I was put on a chair with a cup of tea, I think to check if there had been any bleeding. Within 3 minutes I was allowed to go to the taxi.
Immediately after the eye lift procedure