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Anyone have PRK??
Mar 30, 2006
I went in to have custon LASIK last Friday and ended up having PRK, due to something the Dr. saw on my eye.

My vision is not that great at all (I'm just six days post-op) and have been told that hte healing process is completely different and longer than LASIK surgery.

Has anyone here had PRK and, if so, after how long did you see an improvement? The Dr. took out my protective contacts this morning, but it seems as though I see a little better with them in. I can barely see anything on my computer screen and am unable to change the font in my work computer. I haven't read a paper in a week and, while I can see things on my TV screen, nothing is clear. Is this normal???? And, I can't drive yet.

I went in to correct my vision and now, while I see better than I did without contacts/glasses, I don't see anywhere near as god as I did with them.

Any information from you all is greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Amy
Amy,
I'm sorry to hear that you've been having some problems. I didn't have PRK, but I did have lasik surgery. My surgery was almost nine months ago and I still have problems. Most of my issues are dry eye related though.

I wanted to let you know that I've also had some blurry days when my eyes were really irritated or dry. I would recommend that you keep using plenty of drops. You might also want to see your doctor about your concerns. Don't forget that you paid them a lot of money for this surgery and that post-op care is included. If you think that something is wrong then I'm sure that they will see you.

Missy
I've already had a few post-op appointments. I have one tomorrow and one Saturday. They know exactly what my problems are. I'm just told to be patient (which is something I am not.). I was chatting w/another person who had PRK and he has been through the same things I am going through. Unfortunately for me, his healing time was quicker. Oh well. We're all different.
Hopefully I'll get some good news tomorrow or Saturday and be told my eyes have healed more since last week. Fingers crossed :)

Amy
Hi again....I'm glad to hear that things are getting better for you. Those first two weeks are so delicate, that if people are going to panic about their eyes, that's the time it happens. I think they could have better prepared you for what to expect as far as outcome.
Things to expect:
- vision will flucuate often, especially the first 2 to 3 weeks. Sometimes a slight double vision, to clear, to blurry. This is expected to happen off and on. I haven't noticed it happening much after the first month.
- you might have some glare and halos at night. Mine was never that bad and only lasted about one week. I took the Vitamin C, so I'm not sure that's what gave me the great night vision or if I was lucky. But it can't hurt to try.
- your eyes will often feel sore, likey they are tired. The wetting drops will help because the soreness is from dry eye. You will have a lot of this if you work with computers. When I'm not working a PC all day (like weekends), I never notice dry eye. I rarrely use those drops away from a PC.
- perfect vision will not come quickly. Mine still isn't there yet, but it's close. Again, my right eye is almost 2 months post-op. Other PRk patients that I know said they established close to or perfect vision by 3 months.

Hope this helps. I know I wrote you a book yesterday so I will try to keep this shorter. Let me know how your appointments go. If they are seeing you two days in a row, that tells me that they are taking good care of you...we hope!
No need to apologize for a long reply. I look forward to them, as I know I'll be reading some good information.
I was not at all prepared for this, as we were all expecting LASIK. The PRK was sprung on me that day just a few hours before the procedure. I had absolutely no information on it at all.
As for the soreness, I really haven't experience that. And I work on a computer from 9-5. This week, as opposed to last week, I've been logging on to my computer at home to check mail, pay bills and surf. Last week I would come home, put my lovely sunglasses on, turn off the lights in my bedroom and listen to TV (couldn't really see/make anything out). While my vision still isn't all that great, I don't always wear the glasses, but am able to leave the lights on and sort of watch tv.
I'm using drops like crazy. I went through the 1oz bottle of tears w/in a week last week.
I had an appointment this morning, but the Dr. was late, again, and my ride had to go, so I left w/out seeing her. She came in as I was walking out. So I threw a couple questions at her, like when can I sleep without those darn goggles?? I hate them. When can I take a shower w/o worrying about getting water in my eyes, when can I go back to the gym, and the most important question: WHEN CAN I WEAR MAKE-UP?????
I go back in Saturday morning. Hopefully my little abrasion I got Sunday will have healed and they can put in a slightly corrective lense to help me see better so I can start driving. I have a hockey game to go to and need to drive myself up there.
I had a much better week this week. Last week was just absolutely HORRIBLE. I know part of the reason I am having a better week is due to the corrective lense in my left eye. Unfortunately. I would like to think it's because my eyes are healing and I can get rid of the lenses completely. I really do not like sleeping w/contacts. It feels like my eye lids are glued shut when I wake up. I'm sure you know the feeling.
Anywho...thank you, again, for hte info. No worries about the length. Look at min!

Here's to a good exam on Saturday (fingers crossed).

Amy



[QUOTE=bowriter]Hi again....I'm glad to hear that things are getting better for you. Those first two weeks are so delicate, that if people are going to panic about their eyes, that's the time it happens. I think they could have better prepared you for what to expect as far as outcome.
Things to expect:
- vision will flucuate often, especially the first 2 to 3 weeks. Sometimes a slight double vision, to clear, to blurry. This is expected to happen off and on. I haven't noticed it happening much after the first month.
- you might have some glare and halos at night. Mine was never that bad and only lasted about one week. I took the Vitamin C, so I'm not sure that's what gave me the great night vision or if I was lucky. But it can't hurt to try.
- your eyes will often feel sore, likey they are tired. The wetting drops will help because the soreness is from dry eye. You will have a lot of this if you work with computers. When I'm not working a PC all day (like weekends), I never notice dry eye. I rarrely use those drops away from a PC.
- perfect vision will not come quickly. Mine still isn't there yet, but it's close. Again, my right eye is almost 2 months post-op. Other PRk patients that I know said they established close to or perfect vision by 3 months.

Hope this helps. I know I wrote you a book yesterday so I will try to keep this shorter. Let me know how your appointments go. If they are seeing you two days in a row, that tells me that they are taking good care of you...we hope![/QUOTE]
Hi, Bowriter.

So, I had another Dr. appointment last Saturday. I believe my right eye (the one I seemed to have bumped and scratched) seems to be a bit better. After taking out the Rx lenses, I think the Dr. said my vision was better in that eye.
I got a new pair of Rx lenses so I could function while my eyes heal. He told me they won't heal as fast if I keep the lenses in. Again, I have to have them so I can drive and work. So he told me to take them out at night. That's what I've been doing since Saturday and with out the lenses, I seem to be okay. No where near good vision (or no where near what I was before PRK). I can function: read, watch TV and get around the house. I would not even consider driving or working w/out the lenses. Although I do go on-line at home w/o them. It's a little struggle, but it's better than it was during week one.
I will now be going in every week until otherwise instructed. I still have my moments when my vision gets a little blurry. Like right now. Other times it's pretty good.
So, hopefully I will get good news again Saturday and will be told my vision is still improving. My eyes are still a bit rough, I was told. But, we'll see. I have a feeling this whole 'healing' process will take several more weeks, if not months.
That's my update for now.
Until next time...

Amy



[QUOTE=bowriter]Hi again....I'm glad to hear that things are getting better for you. Those first two weeks are so delicate, that if people are going to panic about their eyes, that's the time it happens. I think they could have better prepared you for what to expect as far as outcome.
Things to expect:
- vision will flucuate often, especially the first 2 to 3 weeks. Sometimes a slight double vision, to clear, to blurry. This is expected to happen off and on. I haven't noticed it happening much after the first month.
- you might have some glare and halos at night. Mine was never that bad and only lasted about one week. I took the Vitamin C, so I'm not sure that's what gave me the great night vision or if I was lucky. But it can't hurt to try.
- your eyes will often feel sore, likey they are tired. The wetting drops will help because the soreness is from dry eye. You will have a lot of this if you work with computers. When I'm not working a PC all day (like weekends), I never notice dry eye. I rarrely use those drops away from a PC.
- perfect vision will not come quickly. Mine still isn't there yet, but it's close. Again, my right eye is almost 2 months post-op. Other PRk patients that I know said they established close to or perfect vision by 3 months.

Hope this helps. I know I wrote you a book yesterday so I will try to keep this shorter. Let me know how your appointments go. If they are seeing you two days in a row, that tells me that they are taking good care of you...we hope![/QUOTE]
Hi, guys. Nice to see new posters on this topic. Tomorrow (Friday, May 19th) is two-months post-op for me. My last appointment was three weeks ago and I go back in this Saturday. When I was checked the last time, I was apparently 20/30. I couldn't even attempt to read the 20/20 line on the chart. I can't say I've noticed an improvement over the last three weeks, but we'll see what Saturday brings. I would be extremely surprised if I'm 20/20.
I go through short periods where my vision gets a little blurry. Especially when I'm at work on the computer. But, for the most part, I see pretty much as well as did before the surgery (with my old contacts, of course).
My night vision still sucks. It did before the surgery and it still does. Not that I can't see well, but lights are a problem. They have been for years. Car/street lights are nothing but globs of color. I don't think that will change.

Hope the new posters to this topic are doing well.

Amy
Those of you who have had PRK, what is your night vision like? I'm nine weeks post-op and my night vision still sucks. There is no difference between now and before the surgery. I spoke to the Dr's office today and was told that it takes longer for night vision to improve. I called to ask about this, in particular, because when I had an appointment last week, I mentioned it to the opthamologist. He told me they 'didn't correct my night vision. They only correced my prescription.' ???? HUH??? How can they correct your prescripton only??? Isn't the way I see at night part of it? I was completely confused. The girl I talked to this afternoon said that might have been a misunderstanding and, again, my night vision should improve.
What about you guys??? Please tell me it does improve after your day vision improves.

Thanks :)
I dont know if anyone still posts on this board, but I thought I would extend a thank-you to you all for reassuring me that what I am going through right now is normal. I just had PRK done at the Valley Eye Care Center 1 week ago tomorrow... needless to say I can't see very much and I've been trying to do research on what is normal versus abnormal at the 1-week marker and I've seen doctors say most patients have 20/40 or better; I had 20/40ish one day after the surgery, but today when they took the bandage contact out I suddenly dropped to 20/60ish... extremely frustrating. But it sounds like you all have been through this already, so I feel definitely more at ease with my condition. I will try to update you on my progress just in case anyone else is where I am now and would benefit from another example on these boards. So thanks-again; reading these forums just dropped my blood-pressure and worry-meter a ton.

Thanks,

Chris


A little bit about my prescription:

Left Eye Operated 6-7-06 Custom PRK
Right Eye Scheduled 6-29-06 Custom PRK

Pre-op:

Left -4.5 diopters
Chose PRK for thin corneas and large pupils and I'm also thinking about joining the Navy if Law School doesn't work out and thats what they prefer. I also had custom wavemapping and I've decided to take vitamin C 1000mg daily post surgery.

Post-op:

Day 1- 20/40ish vision and slight halos and starbursting at night; really a fair amount of pain because they didn't tell me when to start my numbing drops and I fell asleep for a few hours after the surgery... I woke up to a freight-train running through my eye... not very fun for about 45minutes until my drugs and drops kicked in. The surgery was very quick and smooth with no pain. That smell of burning is slightly unnerving though.

Day4- Vision about the same, but halos are smaller and starbursting at night seems to be better, reading is extremely hard at times, but I'm getting used to the double vision..I tried driving to the grocery store, that was a mistake and I won't try that again.

Day7- 20/60ish vision after bandage contact
was removed; very frustrating
Hey, Chris. Glad to hear you're doing better. I wasn't up to 20/40 (legal driving vision) until about two weeks, post-op. And that was with slightly corrective lenses from the Dr. I had those for one, or two (I can't remember) weeks until I stopped wearing them and had naked eyes for the first time in 15 years. My next appointment isn't until July 22nd-four months post-op. Last visit I was 20/30 in my left eye and 20/40 (still) in my right eye. Funny thing is, my right eye was stronger before the procedure. Go figure.
How is your night vision doing? Mine STILL sucks. I need to find out what the heck is going on with that. One girl in the office said that takes longer to heal than day vision. Huh? The opthamologist said I wasn't corrected for night vision. Huh?? ***? No clue. I've taken to wearing +1.25 magnifying glasses at night once in a while. Lights are still as blurry as before the procedure. But with the mag. glasses, it's not as bad. Still bad, only very slightly improved. Still pretty darn frustrating.

Anywho...you'll continue to improve. It's just a long process.

Amy
Epi Lasik 6/8/06
I was also told 10 minutes before surgery that He wanted to do Epi Lasik instead if Lasik. I wasn't afarid because I think they gave me the valum before they told me cause they knew I'd be relaxed. I have a well respected surgeon in Michigan Dr. Reza Rahmani, He told me the results would be just as good or better than Traditional Lasik, and all he said was healing would "Take a little bit" After 4 days, I thought I had @#$%^& up my vision because I had NO @#$%^&* IDEA what to expect. So I have spent all my post op days researching the procedure I had. It seems like there were others who got slipped a "mickey Finn" at the last minute also. I must admit that my 1 week post op was 20/40 boths eyes and 20/30 combined, It has been twelve days and my vion is about equal with my glasses. I have little doubt that that I will settle 20/20 or better, however, I felt alone & afarid for, and still do a little bit. I know I'm an outside sine I had Epi-lasik and not PRK, but maybe I'll start an Epi-Lasik Forum..





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