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.
I 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.