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Hi Elyse,

I'm so sorry to hear of your problems. I dont' have any great advice for you, but I will share what I know. I had lasik, not PRK, but I have had dry eye complications for the last 7 months from it. In my searches to find answers to my dry eye problems, I have come across some sites where people are asking about PRK recoveries. From what I've seen it sounds like PRK is a MUCH slower healing process than lasik and that it is very common for the vision to take a while to stabilize. So, please try to be the meantime though, have you been back to your doctor? I think it is always better to be safe than sorry in situations like this. So, if you think something is wrong, bug them until they give you some real answers! Also, I have found that a second opinion helped for me. It atleast helped ease my nerves that there were no other underlying issues causing my problems and that I just needed to be patient and let my eyes heal.

As for the eyes healing independently from one another. I can speak from experience on this one. The vision in my right eye has been about the same since the day after my surgery. However, my left eye has fluctuated quite a bit....nothing as bad as you are describing, but again, I had lasik, which does have quicker visual stabilization than PRK I believe. Also, the dryness in my left eye has always been worse. They have told me the same thing they are telling you when I ask why that is. They say that the eyes will heal completely independently of one another. At first, I was concerned, but the more stories I hear, the more it sounds like that is the truth. Anyway, I hope this helps in some way. I know how it is hard to stop thinking about this...afterall, it is our eyes! How are we supposed to forget about them when we are using them constantly!? If you can though, please try to relax. I really hope that you begin to notice improvements soon and that you have a smooth recovery from here. Take care.

Hey guys,
You know... Your words do help. It is nice to know that my situation, as hard as it is, seems to be a taking the course of a normal recovery. As I have said, it is just so fustrating when I can see the street sign in front of me at a stop light so clearly out of the right, and can't even read it out of the left. Arrrrggghhhh!!!

I really don't have any dry eye problems, yet, as I am dropping pretty much every hour (sometimes more) on a very regular basis. Still doing my prescribed drops too.

I did talk to the doc yesterday, and she tells me the gas/air theory is [B]not [/B] what is going on. I had 20/40 in the right before surgery, and 20/100 in the left. The amount of cornea removal, yada yada yada done to the left was more than the right. This much I already knew. She said I could come in for them to look at the cornea and maybe perscribe glasses for now(which pretty much defeats my purpose), but I'm gonna try to be patient and wait a couple more weeks. If it's not any better in a few weeks, say by Feb 6, as the surgery was Jan 6, then I'll go in and have the check done. I may anyhew just to be absolutly sure. The second opinion may be an option too.

The first half hour of the morning, after I first awake, the left eye is clear. This gives me hope. After about a half hour though, the eyes revert to their daily routine. Patience is not one of my best vertues, but I suppose it is going to have to become one.

And one last thing, my husband had lasik about 5 months ago, same doctor, and he has no problems. Maybe a little dryness, nothing drops won't cure. I'm so jealous. Oh well... this is the way it is, and life must go on. Hopefully, time will heal this wound.

Thanks for your responses, it DOES help!!!

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