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You are really going through a lot. I'm sorry it's not going well. I don't know why they did both eyes at once, because with PRK and the extended healing time involved, most doctors recommend getting one eye done at a time. The soonest my doctor would perform on my second eye was two weeks. They want to make sure that one eye can see well enough to carry on your daily activities (computer, driving, reading, etc), before they do the other eye. My right eye was first to go and after a week (7days) it was good enough to drive with (20/60 at least). In the meantime, while it healed, I wore my normal contact lense in my left eye to drive and read. After the right eye healed (7 days) I quit wearing the lens in my left eye because I had to have it out for 5 days prior to surgery. I was a little nervous without my security blanket, but my right eye carried me through the week. Everyday, it got better and better and the day of my left eye surgery (2 weeks after the first eye), my right eye was at 20/30. Today, it's close to 20/20 but not quite there. Feb. 15th was its surgery date, so it's been almost 2 months.

Left eye went well, and it is seeing as it should. I had it adjusted for monovision so the best it will get will be 20/80 or 20/100. So far, I can read and drive like normal. I do know that the vision isn't quite perfect in either eye yet, but it's getting there.

You might have had an astigmatism that caused you to get PRK. That's what I had and there is a risk of a disease that you could get in the future if you had traditional lasik. Depending on how bad the astigmatism is, the double vision (ghosting) will take longer to correct. I still have a little bit of ghosting but it improves gradually everyday. They do say that it could take up to six months for the eyes to stabilize enough to determine if corrections are needed.

It sounds like your doctor is trying to accommodate your vision needs because other people in these posts said their doctor would not give them any lenses or glasses after surgery to get them by, which I don't understand. I think it's too early to question your doctor's skills. Healing is out of their control after the surgery is over. It sounds like she's keeping a close eye on you (other posts suggest that their doctors could care less once the procedure is done). If your doctor seems interested in your concerns, take that as a good thing. If she treats you like she could care less, then I'd question the ethics. Most doctors want their patients needs met or it gives them a bad rap.

Since your procedure was done on March 24, I would give it another week before I start to be overly concerned. No two people heal alike. My personal opinion is that you should see good enough to drive after two weeks. By three weeks, you should be able to almost read well without strain and by one month, you should be getting by pretty well, with some healing weeks still to go. I know patience is a hard thing when you can't drive to go to work or see the computer. I only suffered that for about five days and it drove me nuts. When it affects your life and your ability to work and drive, patience is not such an easy thing to have. I empathize with you totally, but it is still early for you and the eyes are obviously still somewhat irritated. That irritation could be slowing the healing process. Go as easy on the eyes as you can for the next couple of weeks. Wear sunglasses even on cloudy days and wear them while working on the computer and watching TV. That made a huge difference for more. Less strain. Pamper the eyes, no matter how silly it looks!

Let me know how you're doing......
Funny you posted today, as I was just getting ready to ask you a question...did you notice your vision comes and goes? As far as clarity goes, I mean? I've noticed I will be able to see, while nowhere near perfect, somewhat clearly for a little bit, then it gets blurry and I see double. Then it will get clear, then blurry. This goes on all day. And it doesn't get clear after I use my eye drops. It just happens. Off and on all day. I don't know if that is a good thing, or if it is something that is expected, but it sure as heck an improvement over lsat week.
I got that abrasion on Sunday (no pain since then, as I was told to expect, thank God), and I almost want to say/hope my vision is getting a LITTLE better. Maybe that's just in my head. I don't know. I go in for another exam tomorrow morning, then on Saturday. Hopefully the injured eye will have healed enough for a corrective lense. In the mean time, I have been wearing magnifying glasses to help me and, they do help a bit.
As far as getting both eyes done at once, I was going in for LASIK and I actually asked about having both eyes done at once w/that. That was no problem. That issue did not even come up when she informed me that the PRK was a better procedure for me.
The astigmatism? I always thought I had it, but I guess I didn't. The procedure may have caused some, but I'm not sure yet.
I'm just at the mercy of my eyes and time.

Again, let me know if you experienced the vision coming and going. I'm curious about that.

Thanks.

Amy :)




[QUOTE=bowriter]You are really going through a lot. I'm sorry it's not going well. I don't know why they did both eyes at once, because with PRK and the extended healing time involved, most doctors recommend getting one eye done at a time. The soonest my doctor would perform on my second eye was two weeks. They want to make sure that one eye can see well enough to carry on your daily activities (computer, driving, reading, etc), before they do the other eye. My right eye was first to go and after a week (7days) it was good enough to drive with (20/60 at least). In the meantime, while it healed, I wore my normal contact lense in my left eye to drive and read. After the right eye healed (7 days) I quit wearing the lens in my left eye because I had to have it out for 5 days prior to surgery. I was a little nervous without my security blanket, but my right eye carried me through the week. Everyday, it got better and better and the day of my left eye surgery (2 weeks after the first eye), my right eye was at 20/30. Today, it's close to 20/20 but not quite there. Feb. 15th was its surgery date, so it's been almost 2 months.

Left eye went well, and it is seeing as it should. I had it adjusted for monovision so the best it will get will be 20/80 or 20/100. So far, I can read and drive like normal. I do know that the vision isn't quite perfect in either eye yet, but it's getting there.

You might have had an astigmatism that caused you to get PRK. That's what I had and there is a risk of a disease that you could get in the future if you had traditional lasik. Depending on how bad the astigmatism is, the double vision (ghosting) will take longer to correct. I still have a little bit of ghosting but it improves gradually everyday. They do say that it could take up to six months for the eyes to stabilize enough to determine if corrections are needed.

It sounds like your doctor is trying to accommodate your vision needs because other people in these posts said their doctor would not give them any lenses or glasses after surgery to get them by, which I don't understand. I think it's too early to question your doctor's skills. Healing is out of their control after the surgery is over. It sounds like she's keeping a close eye on you (other posts suggest that their doctors could care less once the procedure is done). If your doctor seems interested in your concerns, take that as a good thing. If she treats you like she could care less, then I'd question the ethics. Most doctors want their patients needs met or it gives them a bad rap.

Since your procedure was done on March 24, I would give it another week before I start to be overly concerned. No two people heal alike. My personal opinion is that you should see good enough to drive after two weeks. By three weeks, you should be able to almost read well without strain and by one month, you should be getting by pretty well, with some healing weeks still to go. I know patience is a hard thing when you can't drive to go to work or see the computer. I only suffered that for about five days and it drove me nuts. When it affects your life and your ability to work and drive, patience is not such an easy thing to have. I empathize with you totally, but it is still early for you and the eyes are obviously still somewhat irritated. That irritation could be slowing the healing process. Go as easy on the eyes as you can for the next couple of weeks. Wear sunglasses even on cloudy days and wear them while working on the computer and watching TV. That made a huge difference for more. Less strain. Pamper the eyes, no matter how silly it looks!

Let me know how you're doing......[/QUOTE]
Hey there both of you! I hope you are both doing okay. My vision was -5.25 (contact lense prescription) in my right eye and -6.25 for my left, or something like that. Both were bad. It's been a little over 2 months for my right eye and my doctor did a quick check on the eye chart last night for me (I was really in there to have my knee checked, but he was curious too, as to how the eyes were doing). My right eye was at about 20/25 and my left was at 20/70. My left got stronger than expected because it's set for a reading eye and was supposed to have a 20/100 prescription. But I can read just fine so I'll leave that alone!

I know some people already at 20/15 and their procedures were done about the same time as mine. They are younger too (upper 20s) so I don't know if the younger ones heal quicker or not! Sounds crazy, huh?

Overall, I am happy with the results because they told me my prescription was about the limit to where they will perform the procdure. Any worse, and the subtle guarantees go down. Even though Tiger Woods had -11.0 and he see's great now. Go figure.
I had my eyes done at TLC, which is nationwide. They did Tiger Woods and he is on their pamphlets. My doctor told me he was -11.0. I think he had the lasik done, not the PRK. He had his done in 1999. My guess is that he probably needed enhancement with sight that bad, but they never said if he did or not. But apparently he is at 20/15 in both eyes. So there is hope for all of us!

It's got to be frustrating with sports. I remember playing softball one year and I had to take my lenses out becuase of an irritation or something. I couldn't see squat. I shouldn't have showed up that night.

One of the follow-up doctors said that usually after the second month, there is a huge improvement. So far, that has been the case with me and again, they are going by statistics. It could differ slightly depending on the person. There will always be some that just don't heal by the book, but that's to be expected too. I go back to the TLC doctor in late May for my 2-3 month follow-up. Hopefully, I'll be 20/20 by then in my right eye. Still, I am happy with the way I am seeing now. It's just great not to have to wear contacts anymore.
Hi Amy --

I had PRK on March 31. My surgery for PRK was plans as I didn't qualify for Lasik due to thin corneas.
The surgey went fine, this was a Friday, I was OK sat, Sun --- Monday my eyes were really iritated from the bandaid contacts but it was short lived they came out on Tues. My vision wasn't good at all, but within 2-3 days I was clearing up.
My right eye is about 20/30, maybe 20/20 now but my left eye is struggling. I went back after about 2-3 weeks as I am seeing double & its all normal & I was told to give it at least 2 months if no longer. Granted I can see without glasses & I am driving but PRK does take longer to heal. I'm sure it is harder for you since you didn't get a chance to prepare yourself for the extensive healing time.

My doctor did both eyes at the same time, he left is up to me, gave me the pros & cons & I decided to go for it & do both. Glad i did.

I am so sorry you are stuggling, I'm sure things will settle soon. Hang in there.
I had PRK a year ago this June on both eyes. I am so ahppy with the results! At first I wasn't sure I had done the right think! It takes a few weeks for everything the settle down. The first week I could tell that I was seeing better than with contacts but not enough to get by. After three weeks, I was 20/20! The only thing I can tell differently about my eyes since PRK is they are more sensitive to sunlight (so I just have sunglasses with me) and they are alot more sensitive if I get something in them. I don't know if that is because I wore contacts for close to 20 years and am not used to not having them there as protection or what. Anyway, I would do it again! Good luck! I hope you are as happy as me with your results!





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