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I am scheduled to get PRK done on 2/15. It was strongly advised by the doctor to do only one eye at a time because of the longer healing process (PRK vs lasik). I have to have PRK because of thin corneas. The doctor suggested I wait at least 2 weeks apart before getting the second eye done so that I'll have at least one good eye while the other heals.

Is two weeks too soon? From reading some of these forums on PRK, it sounds like the healing process is a bit complicated compared to lasik. I am going to a reputable doctor in this area, one of the top three I believe that do this sort of thing in St. Louis.

Has anyone had any good results from PRK? I've read plenty of the bad and I'm beginning to wonder if there are any good stories out there? I do appreciate the stories good or bad because it gives me more information to bring forth to my doctor tomorrow (for my eye dilation process). For all who have shared their stories, thank you for the information. I really hope it works out for all of you. I agree that no two people heal alike, but it's also good to know we have this support link.
You're too funny. Yeah, get a good maintenance plan for the sunglasses!

I'm having my surgery at 2:15 (CST). Well, that's when I arrive so it will be more like 2:45. Only getting the one eye done for now. Since it's late in the day, I figure I'll be sleeping the rest of the day, up for a bit and back to bed again. So I won't really have to get up until about 9:00 the next morning, so that might help.

I wonder if the stinging is from that alcohol stuff they swab on before they laser you? I heard about the bandaid lense. That'll help for sure. I'll just try to sleep it off for several hours afterwards. My follow up is at 11:00 the next morning, otherwise I'd sleep all day if I could!! What kind of pain meds do they give you to take? Does Advil help or maybe something stronger?

I can't wait until I can splash water in my face again in the morning.

Your input is so helpful! Thanks again. What city are you in. (I'm in St. Louis).
Thanks Elyse and BE.....maybe getting one eye done at at time is the trick. Even though I had very little discomfort (I am back at work today), I don't think I would have wanted both eyes done together. In fact, I don't think my doc will even do that. My eye is extremely watery, maybe that's a blessing. I'm sitting here at work with my sunglasses on because it helps with the monitor and flourescent lights. Wow, it really makes a difference!

Last night threw me for a loop because all of a sudden, when the Russian skater (gold medal guy) was doing his thing, my eye started hurting bad enough to where I had to pull my upper lid off of it. I think the figure skating had me to fixated to the screen and my bandaid lens dried on me. I should have been blinking more. I dropped some wetting solution in it and eventually it loosened up. I don't think it was centered when it dried so my cornea was exposed which is why it was so painful. Damn.....gotta quit staring at the TV!

I just hope my second eye goes as well as the first. I'm not sure why you (Elyse) are in so much pain from this. That has me kind of worried. I guess as long as the eyes are improving, it might be worth it in the long run, but that seems like an awful lot of discomfort. Has it eased up at all since the procedure? They did tell me that pain levels are different in everyone and that some do experience "pain" with it. That's always nice to hear when you are trying to decide if you want this done or not.

There is another health board that you might try. You can actually interact with lasik doctors. It's: [url][/url]
Maybe you can chat with them and see what they think. I don't know how the response times are because I've only read the chats, I haven't chatted on that BB. Give it a try and let me know what they say. I can't imagine going through what you are, but I guess I could with my second eye.

I have a wedding to go to tonight, so this will be a long day for my eyes, but at least I'll be away from the TV screen! It sucks not being able to wear makeup, but my eye would water it all off anyway.....

You both have a good weekend! :cool:

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: !
:) Your last posting was 3 days ago. Did you go to the doc? What is your vision? I am curious. What is the vision in your uncorrected eye? My left eye, after the PRK, is 20/60. Before, it was 20/100. My vision is like one contact in and one contact out. I do notice a hairline improvment. I can see some things with a huge struggle right after I drop, but other than that, it's pretty much my right eye doing all the work. I can see clearly enough to get around, I'm getting used to it so I don't notice it as much now. Using +200 reading glasses for the computer, in the AM. In the PM, the eyes seem a bit more relaxed so I don't always need the glasses as much. Know whats strange? In the early morning, applying makeup to my right eye, looking out of the lousy left, is better than the right. Up close, the L is good, and the right is not so good. I am preplexed :confused: . Not too sure what the heck is going on with that. I'm almost out of my daily eye drops, the ones we use for 8 weeks post, and they want to call in a script for me. I'm a little miffed at that. $5400. and they tell me they don't have any samples in the office? What happens if someone has surgery today? They get no drops? For that kind of money, ALL of those drops should be included. I'm going to call again and voice that one to them. I'm not paying for drops I'm only going to use once a day for two more weeks. I'll just stop with them and keep using the liquigel drops. They thought it may be my eyes reacting to the drops so we switched from systane to refresh liquigel. But I don't think that's it or it would be both eyes. Personally, I think that's a load of poop, cuz I still don't see any differently, or not much anyhew.

I will go in for another exam March 22, so we'll know a bit more then. I am convinced I'm going to have to go under the laser again. That's just me talking not them. This really bothers me! Just for the pain factor alone. But I would really like to experience this clear vision that everyone else seems to get with this surgery, with BOTH my eyes. What a rip-off!

Let me know what how your vision is?

GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!! ;) Get good pain meds, just in case. Let us know how it goes.

Elyse S. :wave:

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