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I had PRK in one eye, which is very similar to PTK, except that PRK is specifically for vision correction. I had terrible visual disturbances initially, which improved over three weeks. Then the rate of improvement slowed down quite a bit, leaving me with residual problems, but they've gotten better over months and years.

Everyone is different. The laser is a form of (relatively) controlled trauma to the cornea. The top layer (epithelium) generally heals within a week, as it sounds like yours did. But below that, there is a considerably longer healing response, similar to the period after an infection. That's the reason for the 3 - 6 month waiting period to evaluate outcome, and I hope you were advised of that.

It can seem like an eternity, but unfortunately there is not much to do except wait. Of course you should see the doctor immediately if anything gets worse. As far as I know, the only other option for corneal scarring is a corneal transplant, which is way less fun.
[QUOTE]I had PRK in one eye, which is very similar to PTK, except that PRK is specifically for vision correction. I had terrible visual disturbances initially, which improved over three weeks. Then the rate of improvement slowed down quite a bit, leaving me with residual problems, but they've gotten better over months and years.[/QUOTE] I'm happy to hear that in the end everything is fine and that you have a better vision now :) I myself is looking forward for my eyesight to return, my surgeon told me that PRK was not needed in my case which I hope is good thing. I am just afraid that there is more than scarring in my eye which the optician and the surgeon did not see, I will try to be more patience and wait for my appointment in September :)

[QUOTE]Everyone is different. The laser is a form of (relatively) controlled trauma to the cornea. The top layer (epithelium) generally heals within a week, as it sounds like yours did. But below that, there is a considerably longer healing response, similar to the period after an infection. That's the reason for the 3 - 6 month waiting period to evaluate outcome, and I hope you were advised of that.[/QUOTE] I did not know about the healing process, I was told that withing a week or two I will be able to drive again, but I feel I am danger on the road when I can't see my left side crystal clear so I take busses more often than I drive and I still can't see left side crystal clear so how can I drive again within 2 weeks, and I ask myself how would I be able to drive if I had surgery on both eyes. I was told that it will take 3 - 6 months before the sight to stabilizes and not to heal itself, but 2 weeks to drive again. As far I understood my surgeon, just few weeks for healing, I might have misunderstood her.

[QUOTE]It can seem like an eternity, but unfortunately there is not much to do except wait. Of course you should see the doctor immediately if anything gets worse. As far as I know, the only other option for corneal scarring is a corneal transplant, which is way less fun.[/QUOTE] After having bad vision for 2 years, 3 - 6 months is not so bad. I feel great and my eye feels normal as it used to before surgery, I follow my routines and take the eyedrops and every night when I go to bed I hope that when I wake up in the next morning my sight will get better. :D

Thank you so much for your response, especially the recovery/healing part of the cornea under the top layer (epithelium) which I did not know of how the recovery process is, so thank you very much again I appreciate it :D





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