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Hi everyone,
I am beside myself. I had PRK 2 1/2 weeks ago. PRK is Photorefractive Lasik. It's Lasik for those who have had prior eye trauma. They do not make the corneal flap as they do with regular Lasik. They go right through the cornea. I had RK (Radial Keratotomy) about 25 years ago, and have been back in contacts for about 10 years now. They can't make a flap as it could just tear into pieces. So, I opted for PRK Lasik to fix this as the contacts were hurting my eyes and glasses? Nope!!!

This had to be the single most painful surgery I have ever had, and I've had a few. I can take the pain. 2 C-sections with no pain meds? But this sucked!!
[B]My right eye is beautiful, but my left is like nothing was done at all[/B], and with the pain I had, I KNOW something was done to it. 4 days of excruciating pain. I regret ever doing this and wished I could just go back to the easy days of seeing clearly with contacts, as much of a hassle that it was, it was better than this!

So my question is, is this ever going to clear up? Am I doomed to see 20/8000 (that's what it seems like) out of my left eye forever? I can see the top two lines of the eye chart, and that's it (with my Left eye)!
Why does one eye turn out so good and the other is such a dissapointment?

My friend at work says it's like any other surgery. They cut you open, air/gas or whatever gets in there, and you can't poop for 5 days. With this eye, there is a build up of air/gas/water, whatever, underneath my cornea that has to be absorbed by my body and then the cornea will lay down as it should. Do I believe this? Could this be it?

The docs office just says don't compare the two eyes. They are two separate entities and heal differently from eachother. I would think by now, I would see some improvment, but I see nothing, literally!!! I work for Alcon, the eye people, I can take it. I have extracted a cataract from an eye before. Don't give me the run around! Tell me WHY this is, not that "it'll take time... separate entities..."! I'm not buying that anymore, and am really worried about having to have touch-ups done as I'm really not up for that pain again. Paying another doc to fix this mistake???

Any words of encouragement out there? Anyone have a similar experience??? Please let me know as this is all I think about. Can't help it, can't see clearly.
I had Lasik, not PRK so, I can't speak from that specific experience. But, I do know that our eyes do heal separately of one another. Basically, if you broke both of your arms, they would both heal at different rates/speeds. Your eyes were probably not the same before your surgery either. One may have been 20/40 and the other 20/60 and, believe it or not, even that can change ever so slightly day to day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Fortunately for us, that change is so minor that our brains don't comprehend it so we don't notice it. So, while it is a pain in the butt, it is pretty normal. For the first couple months after my surgery, my right eye would be pretty decent (minor blurriness) and my left eye would be blurry, dry and irritated. Even a year later, my left eye has dry eye issues throughout the day while my right eye is only dry first thing in the AM and maybe sometime throughout the day once a week. Consider the fact that they didn't shoot one laser at both of your eyes at the same time. They had to do one, then the other. That may help you realize the truth behind your eyes being 2 seperate entities. Most likely, after they did one eye, they had to recalibrate the machine in order to do the other one. So, they were two distinct surgeries.

I hope that helped some. From my experience, your is normal. But, just to be sure, go see your regular eye doctor (since you will need to in about 6 months anyway) and see what he or she has to tell you. He or she will be impartial and will be completely honest with you.

Take care and let us know how things go!

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