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It sounds like you had both eyes done at the same time. I can understand your frustration with that. Mine are scheduled 2 weeks apart, but I can always postponne the second eye until I feel ready. Right now I'm scheduled to have my right eye done on 2/15. I know there will be some discomfort with it for a few days and then after that, it's just putting up with haze and blurriness for awhile.

I don't know if this will help you or not, but on another bulletin board someone mentioned that they were told to take vitamin C everyday and this will help with the hazing problem and improve the night vision. I mentioned this to my doctor and two of the doctors at that office confirmed it. They suggested taking 2-500mg tablets a day: one in the morning and one later in the day for a total of 1,000mg a day. The one doctor suggests to his patients to start taking it 5 days prior to the procedure and continue for a couple of weeks after. I started taking it several days ago so I should have plenty of it in my system by the day of the first eye procedure. They also did a dry eye test on me and I had a lot of tears, more than average. They said that was good too. But who knows what lies ahead. I've done so much research and asked so many questions of people, that I feel that I am committed, so there's no turning back. I hope you continue to recover. I'm sure you will. I've been told over and over that patience is the key and no two eyes heal the same way. I'll stay in touch and let you know how it goes! :wave:
Hey Bo...
I'm glad you're doing great with your eye :bouncing: . My pain was only for the first 4 days. I have no pain now, except Friday and Saturday I felt as though there was something in my eye :eek: , therefore, dousing it with drops. It finally felt better yesterday. It is tough to say if it is getting better. I am wearing +200 reading glasses to do my computer work. They help me. Mornings suck for me. My L eye is better up close and I tell ya, putting on make-up is a challenge. I'm never sure how it really looks as morning eyes are not clear. My right eye probably looks better than my L, but I can't see up close enough to know. They told me it could take up to 6 months, so I just sit back and wait. Afternoons are better, but the L eye is never clear :( . Sometimes after I do drops, I can struggle to read the liscense plate on the car in front of me, and get most of it right. This gives me hope that one day, boom!!! I can see!!! :p Don't get me wrong, I can see enough to do what I have to do, but it is never crystal clear as many lasik patients have said they have. My husband has had lasik and never complains about a thing. How rude is that?
Keep us informed as to your progress. Do you know what the change in your vision is?
Have a great day :wave: !
Hey there Brown Eyes! Don't worry too much about getting PRK. Better to be safe than sorry. My corneas were thick enough but my astigmatism is what forced the PRK. PRK is actaully a safer procedure because they do no cutting of a flap. There is not risk of flap errors or tearing corneas. When they cut the flap in Lasik, part of the cornea gets cut too, which is why they have to be thick enough. Otherwise, it could destroy a thin cornea,leading to other problems. If your corneas are borderline, I wouldn't take any chances and go with their PRK recommendation. Same results, just not as immediate as lasik results. You are not going to get up from the table and say "Wow, I can read the clock!". With PRK, the eye is pretty blurry for a few days, but you will still notice a difference. It was getting really clear by Monday until they removed my band-aid lens. That roughs up the epithelium a little bit (and they told me it would). It took a couple more days for my eye to start seeing clearer again, but that still wasn't bad at all.

I had really no pain with the recovery. Some do. Elyse had problems. I could too with my second eye (due next Wednesday). Every eye is different. For the most part, I just had a very watery eye that burned (like an irritation or "cold" in my eye type of thing). It wasn't painful, just annoying. That lasted about two days and by Friday afternoon, my eye quit watering so much (I had the surgery on a Wednesday afternoon). They will give you a prescription for codein or something like that for the pain if needed. I never even needed Advil.

I just used my regular contact lens in my other eye until my right eye heals. It's been a little over a week and it's starting to show a real improvement. I have to stop wearing my left lens tonight because of the surgery date next Wednesday. That's when things will be weird. I'm going to take the right lens out of my glasses and wear them tomorrow to see if that helps.

You will do fine with PRK. Just remember that these bulletin boards are a very small percentage of people that get these procedures. The majority of patients, we never hear from! The fact that PRK is a safer procedure, sold me on it anyway. It's hard to predict who will have discomfort vs. pain vs. no discomfort at all. It might depend on the skill of the surgeon, or your prescription, or your body's healing power. No one really knows. Like I said, my left eye could go completely differently. My right eye set the bar pretty high. It's healing fast and I had very little discomfort. Don't get both eyes done at once. That's the best advice I can give you right now, unless you don't have to drive for two weeks. One eye at a time is recommended and I highly agree with that.

Good luck and let us know how it goes! Trust your doctor, be relaxed, and you'll do just fine. The process goes pretty quickly.

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