My PRK Experience – Part 11

I had corrective eye surgery done a few months ago so my eyes have already stabilized. The next few posts are my experience and will be posted weekly (hopefully) so that you don’t need to wait months to find out what it was like for me. The posts about my PRK surgery are based on the notes I left myself while I was healing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I had another follow-up appointment and my eyes are healing well and I was seeing around 20/50 about this point. My right eye still weaker than the left.

No real significant things to report for my post-op follow-ups. My eyesight slowly cleared up and every day would be a bit better, some days it was hard to notice any changes. By the end of work my sight was pretty good. Every few days I was able to increase the resolution of my computer screen so things were less gigantic. I still couldn’t recognize people from further away but it was getting better.

I caught myself trying to push phantom glasses up my nose and I even found myself trying to remove glasses from my face only to realize I wasn’t wearing glasses!


July 3, 2015

Had another follow-up appointment. My eyesight was better and I was seeing at 20/25 (right eye was again weaker and seeing at 20/30). On crisp, clear days I could see pretty well but there were heavy forest fires and heavy smoke travelled and lingered in the city which irritated my eyes some. My eyes got dry more easily and I had to use a lot of eye drops. I learned that using preservative free drops were very important. I’d forgotten the preservative free stuff and had to use what I found in my purse (Gen-Teal). The preservatives are supposed to evaporate once it touches your eyes but it very briefly and very mildly stung my eyes. I ended up having to go to the drugstore about a 15 minute walk away from work to get Bion Tears (the preservative free stuff).

My night vision isn’t bad at all. People report seeing halos but I didn’t see them any worse than I did before. I did observe what my night vision was like before the surgery and post-surgery it was fine.


Friday, October 23, 2015

My last follow-up! I’m impressed by the results and even the technicians appear to be surprised. My right eye is weaker than the left and it’s seeing closer to 20/25 but my left eye is seeing at 20/20. Together my vision is 20/20. I was told that it takes about a year for optimized results and I was told that I have a lot of tissue (cornea) left that I could do a touch-up. I’m already seeing pretty awesomely and I don’t want to go through all those drops, etc. again. I was told my eyes might regress to maybe somewhere around -100 but I’m ok with that. I think I actually look better with glasses but I’m not willing to negate the money I spent to pretend that I need glasses and wear fake ones. As someone who wore glasses since the age of 8 I’m annoyed by people who wear fake glasses. That’s offensive to real eyeglass wearers. Ha ha.

Fake GlassesI must say, though, my eyes were pretty dry the first few months after the surgery and I used a lot of eye drops. It got progressively better and now I use the drops a couple of times a day. In September I noticed that when I woke up my eyes were extremely dry. So dry, in fact, that it was painful to open my eyes when my alarm went off. I’d have to take a few moments to roll my eyes under the lids to lubricate them, slip drops into my eyes before opening them, or force a yawn to force some tears to lubricate them. It slowly got better though. In the mornings my eyes are still pretty dry (at the time of writing this, it’s early January 2016).

Overall I’m happy with the surgery. Some people have horrible experiences but looking back, it wasn’t so bad for me. I didn’t have excessive amounts of pain and I don’t have any bad side effects. I have noticed that my eyes have a bit more red but that’s about it. My eyes are still dry from time to time but it’s something I can live with. And the surgery itself was so easy. I’m told that it takes a year for optimal results but all I’m crossing my fingers for is that my vision doesn’t regress.

I need to make an appointment with my regular optometrist but barring any great changes, this is my last post about my PRK experience. If there are questions about my experience, please do feel free to ask in the comment section. I’ll do my best to respond in a week’s time.


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My PRK Experience – Part 9

I had corrective eye surgery done a few months ago so my eyes have already stabilized. The next few posts are my experience and will be posted weekly (hopefully) so that you don’t need to wait months to find out what it was like for me. The posts about my PRK surgery are based on the notes I left myself while I was healing.

April 22, 2015 – the most annoying day

The night before I had to use a very thick, Vaseline-like gel called Muro 128. It was gross, literally like smearing Vaseline on your eyeballs. It’s pretty gnarly. I kept trying to clean it away with q-tips but more would appear around the corner of my eyes.

My eyeballs weren’t stuck to my eyelids when I woke up in the morning but they did feel insanely dry and the drops weren’t helping. Then my eyes watered a little from how dry they were, I’m guessing this is what people meant when they talked about having a scratchy feeling. It was difficult to keep my eyes open because the blinking was uncomfortable but not painful. My eyes had also seemed red but after resting my eyes for a bit it seemed to go away. I also listened to more audio books.

By this point I wasn’t sure if I’d be back at work the next day since I was still having a horrible time seeing. As predicted, the FML drops were awful when it dripped into the back of your throat; it made me gag. 2 months of this. I wasn’t looking forward to it. I was told to chew gum to mask the taste but I don’t chew gum and the taste from mints didn’t last long enough.

I felt like a Class A Bitch with First World Problems this day. I could see decently with glasses before and then dropped a couple of thousand dollars for an elective surgery yet I was complaining about not being able to wash my hair or face properly. I had to take a breath and remind myself that there are people out there who can’t even afford glasses. I vowed to be grateful I could afford the surgery.


April 23, 2015

I actually did make it to work but had to move my computer screen closer to my face, reduce the resolution and magnify everything. Somehow I lasted the whole day at work but when I went for lunch I had to stick to places where I knew the menu. I also had to skip a meeting that was a 20 minute walk from my building because I didn’t want to expose my eyes to more UV light than necessary despite wearing sunglasses.

My lovely coworkers left me a “recovery gift” which was very lovely and thoughtful of them. Another coworker and friend of mine left me a card that made me giggle.

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