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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My PRK Experience – Part 6

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 19, 2015

My vision pretty much sucked as bad as the day before and there was some minor ghosting. Compared to pre-surgery sans glasses, I was still seeing better but not being able to put on glasses to see clearer was frustrating. I noted that I was seeing haze and that for my right eye it seemed like I was looking through a film of plastic wrap. Someone’s blog had mentioned that it was like having Vaseline smeared all over your glasses and it was seriously like that. The really frustrating part was feeling like if you could just clean that goo away, you’d be able to see clearly.

I was told not to purposely wake up to put in the medicated eye drops but I did anyway since getting back to sleep wasn’t a problem for me. I was also worried I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. So after I woke up to put in eye drops I’d lay in bed listening to music, audio books, or podcasts. I was able to see my iPad and I could see the keyboard but not clearly and I had to expand the size of pretty much everything I was trying to read. By this day the contacts were making my eyes itch something fierce and I don’t mean like Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce kind of fierce.

By the afternoon my vision seemed to get worse but improved slightly after a nap. Maybe my eyes were tired. I also had a mini freak out because my eyes were pretty red and I thought they were infected but it was just me being paranoid. At this point I knew I had to be patient but it was bumming me out that I couldn’t see properly. I even had regrets about doing the surgery.

This was 4 days after surgery and because I couldn’t properly wash my face my skin was reacting. It felt bumpy and I felt unclean. It was gnarly and I started feeling itchy. I felt disgusting.

The bright spot of this day was that I listened to a lot of Paloma Faith (I adore her), sang along with her like I’d been invited on stage and danced like no one was watching. Really, no one should ever see me dance. I’m horrible. 😉

Paloma Faith with her 3 backup vocalists.  Image from: Native Monster Entertainment

Paloma Faith with her 3 backup vocalists.
Image from: Native Monster Entertainment


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