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first of all i just want to wish you luck. you must be extremely excited. i had prk back in april. before deciding to go with prk, i discussed lasik, lasek, and prk with various surgeons. with lasek the doctor removes the epithelium and then replaces it after the eyes are corrected with the laser. it is sort of a middle ground between lasik and prk. my doctor said that he had gone to several conferences about lasek and frankly did not see the real benefit to removing and repositioning the epithelium since it regenerates so quickly. i had surgery on a thursday and the bandage contact lens was removed on monday. you leave the lens in. i didn't feel them at all. i checked periodically to make sure they were still in.

the recovery time for prk is a little longer than lasik but it wasn't a big deal for me. i downloaded several audio books from the library to help me pass time. i also bought a bottle of tylenol pm to help me fall asleep at night. the post-op wasn't unbearable. just annoying. i teared a lot. on the second day my friends got tickets to a counting crows concert. i went. everyone came up to me to see if i was okay because it appeared as if i was crying. i had to explain that i was okay. a guy didn't break my heart. i just had eye surgery.

a week after surgery i was still wearing the eye shields to bed. i woke up one night and noticed that my right hand had lifted the shields and my left hand was rubbing my eyes. i freaked out. fortunately it is okay to rub your eyes about a week after surgery because the epithelium has already grown back. with lasik you have to wear the eye shields for a month because rubbing can dislodge the cornea flap.

on a side note: my stats before surgery.
- -10.25 in both eyes
- slight astigmatism
- thin corneas
- large (9mm) pupils

three months after surgery my vision is 20/20

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