Hi, I'm new here! You can call me SLK (for confidentiality issues), but I'm glad to be posting. I've been keeping a log on Google Docs... but hey, I figure I'd just post my experience so far so people can have (yet another) timeline for their reference if they ever need it to decide for PRK and so on.
My prescription was a -3.0 on both eyes. I started wearing glasses 11 years ago, and contacts about 6 years ago. I’m going to law school this following August, so I decided to give my eyes some time to heal before I dive into some major books. Kind of bummed that I won’t be able to read as comfortably as I did with glasses/contacts, but I can deal so long as I heal up. I chose PRK as I was not eligible for LASIK... even if I was, I would not have chosen LASIK.
Day 0 (Surgery): The night before the surgery, the doctor had me take some Zymactic antibiotic eyedrops. I got to the hospital at 11:30am and saw through the screen a person getting LASIK - making the flap and all. Doctor came in and wanted to give me some anxiety medicine, saw me being so engrossed into the eye video, and thought I didn’t need it. He was right. At 12:00pm I went into the surgery room and within 15 minutes I was out. I did need sunglasses after the procedure, but my vision was noticeably better. Got home, didn’t feel a thing but since the doctor told me to take a nap, I did. 3 hours. Still no pain.
At this point I was on Durezol (anti-inflammation) 3x a day, Zymactic (antibiotic) 3x a day, and Bromday (anti-inflammation) 2x a day. Correct me if I am wrong about the nature of these drops as I’m not 100% sure. I just did what the doctor told me. ;p
Day 1: Post-op! Doctor said I was healing up nicely. Still no pain. Vision kind of the same as the day of surgery.
Day 2-3: Vision more or less the same. Still no pain. Went back to work for two days - surprisingly I got a lot done! My work is very close (10 min of driving on local roads) so I was able to drive myself. I noticed during the middle of the day for like 10 minutes, I had double-vision/ghosting.
Day 4-5: Vision began to get blurry - good timing. But... no pain, hurrah! Just slept the weekend away. Went with parents to do some errands, but didn’t drive. Light sensitivity at an all-time high, but it’s not unbearable.
Day 6: 1 week post-op. Right eye was seeing 20/20, left eye was blurry. I got the band-aid contacts out on my right eye, but doctor said the epithelium was healing at a much slower rate on my left eye. Changed the contact on my left. At this point, I was on Zymactic on my left eye 2x a day and Duresol on both eyes 2x a day. Doctor wanted to see me in two days. At this point, my right eye didn’t get blurry or anything... just good ol’ 20/20 vision.
Day 7: Same as day 6. Severely dry eyes, but countered that with moisturizing drops.
Day 8: Went back to the doctor, he said left eye still had a portion of the cornea where the epithelium hadn’t healed over... he wanted to let mother nature take its course so he took the band-aid contact out. No stinging or anything. Doctor said left eye was seeing 20/50, right eye a 20/25. He wants to see me again in 2 days. Went to sleep at 7pm.
Day 9: … woke up at 7am. Right eye vision was kind of blurry, I’d say at like a 20/25. Still good enough to drive! Went to work, got lots of work done. My left eye felt really dry, so I had to put in eyedrops every so often. Also, left eye felt a little sore... didn’t want to deal with it, so I went to sleep at 8pm.
Day 10: … woke up at 7am. Hah. Right eye seems a little blurry, but hey, I’m only a week and a half out of surgery. Also, it can’t possibly get worse than my left eye... right? Severe dry eyes are a thing of the past today, but they still felt a little dry. Left eye is still seeing more or less (or maybe better... maybe) as it was since day 8. Doctor said my right eye was 20/25, left eye was 20/40. There’s a 1mm hole that needs to close up in my left eye, and that’s why it's still so blurry... he put in some drops and in a few seconds I was seeing 20/20. Only temporarily, though.
I have another date with the doctor in 3 days... haha just kidding. But I do have an appointment with him on Monday! Boo.
Day 11: I think I’m so used to being blind in one eye that it just doesn’t matter anymore. Right eye still more or less the same (20/25ish?), left eye getting better. Drove at night for the first time today. No halos, no starbursts... a little bit of light sensitivity, but not enough to bother me.
At this point I’m asking myself, is my right eye superhuman or something? Either way, I’m glad I have at least one functioning eye so I can go about and do stuff. If I had to be cramped up in a dark room resting my eyes until now I’d be severely depressed and anxiety-ridden. :C
11 days post-PRK
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