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I had PRK on Feb.15 on my right eye and March 1st on my left eye. It will take awhile to heal. After about a week, my right eye was good enough to hold it's own and I could go ahead and prepare to have the left eye done. I had my 1 1/2 month check on my right eye and it was at 20/30 and they are suspecting it will be greatly improved by my next checkup in May. It can take a few months to get to the vision you want. My left eye is doing fine so far, but not yet at it's final vision.

Your eye will get blurry again after they remove the band-aid lens because when they take it out, it roughs up the outer layer again (epithelium). My eyes were blurry for about 4 to 5 days after the lens came out. The blurriness will pass. I was told to expect that.

I think each day gets better and better. The biggest changes will occur during the first month. After that, it will be more gradual and you won't notice huge changes. But changes will continue, a little at a time.

It definately takes more patience with PRK, but it is a safer procedure than lasik and two key benefits: No flap corrections or problems with PRK and with PRK, the dry eye syndrome doesn't happen as badly as in lasik patients. With lasik, some of the nerves are severed when they cut the flap. Those nerves control the amount of fluid in the eye. Without them, the eyes are dry until the nerves grow back. With PRK, nothing is severed, so the dry eye isn't as much of a nuisance.

The healing process may take longer, but I don't think we have all the possible side effects that lasik patients have.

Hope this helps and gives you some encouragement!
I'm so glad I finally heard from someone! I have been going NUTS after my surgery on March 24th. I was not quite prepared (I was supposed to have LASIK, but the Dr. saw something on one of my eye pictures and she recommended PRK (day of surgery)). My vision sucks. With and without the band-aid lenses. I went in for a follow-up exam the Thursday after the procedure and they removed the lenses. Vision was horrible. I went back in for another exam last Saturday and told them to do something to help me see, as I could not see well enough to do much of anything at work, nor could I drive. So they put in lenses w/a slight correction. It was wonderful. Nowhere near perfect, but I could drive and see better. Then this past Sunday morning, I apparently bumped my eye in my sleep and got an abrasion. So the good lense came out, another one put back in, but without the same correction, as the abrasion screwed up my vision again.
I am completelly second-guessing this decision to have anything done to my eyes, as it's been almost two weeks and I am back to not driving.
The Dr. keeps tellimg me to be patient, be patient. Well, I am one of the most impatient people I know. I want what I want, and I want it NOW. I am trying to have hope that everything will fall into place in the coming days. I don't know how much longer I can go w/o functioning properly. This is ridiculous. It is good to hear from someone who has actually had the procedure. Not that I doubt the Dr., but does she really know what one goes through if she hasn't gone through it herself?
Pardon any spelling corrections. I can't see the screen that well and I have double vision. Did you have double vision, too?
If you thnk of anything else I should expect, please let me know.
When did you start driving, or reading a paper, or seeing your computer screen??

Thanks!
Amy



[QUOTE=bowriter]I had PRK on Feb.15 on my right eye and March 1st on my left eye. It will take awhile to heal. After about a week, my right eye was good enough to hold it's own and I could go ahead and prepare to have the left eye done. I had my 1 1/2 month check on my right eye and it was at 20/30 and they are suspecting it will be greatly improved by my next checkup in May. It can take a few months to get to the vision you want. My left eye is doing fine so far, but not yet at it's final vision.

Your eye will get blurry again after they remove the band-aid lens because when they take it out, it roughs up the outer layer again (epithelium). My eyes were blurry for about 4 to 5 days after the lens came out. The blurriness will pass. I was told to expect that.

I think each day gets better and better. The biggest changes will occur during the first month. After that, it will be more gradual and you won't notice huge changes. But changes will continue, a little at a time.

It definately takes more patience with PRK, but it is a safer procedure than lasik and two key benefits: No flap corrections or problems with PRK and with PRK, the dry eye syndrome doesn't happen as badly as in lasik patients. With lasik, some of the nerves are severed when they cut the flap. Those nerves control the amount of fluid in the eye. Without them, the eyes are dry until the nerves grow back. With PRK, nothing is severed, so the dry eye isn't as much of a nuisance.

The healing process may take longer, but I don't think we have all the possible side effects that lasik patients have.

Hope this helps and gives you some encouragement![/QUOTE]
Amy,
I didn't have PRK but I can tell you that I had the blurry not blurry business going on pretty regularly for the first 3-5 months. So, while they are two different procedure, it seems normal. It may be the trauma we cause our eyes from the surgery. I think it is part of the adjustment phase and, while some may not have any problems, it seems like it is more common to have some issues than not at all.

Take care!
Oh, I'm having issues, alright. Seems I'm having nothing BUT issues. Hopefully things will start to clear up soon. I want to drive my car again!!


[QUOTE=Hating glasses]Amy,
I didn't have PRK but I can tell you that I had the blurry not blurry business going on pretty regularly for the first 3-5 months. So, while they are two different procedure, it seems normal. It may be the trauma we cause our eyes from the surgery. I think it is part of the adjustment phase and, while some may not have any problems, it seems like it is more common to have some issues than not at all.

Take care![/QUOTE]
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
Amy - I am glad i found you (and Bowriter for that matter) because I had PRK perfomred on March 24 too. I stumbled upon the Healthboards website and your posts whil surfing the web looking for others that have had PRK done.

I must admit that I did not have issues as intense as yours but I have had my own problems. The day after and the following day were most uncomfortable and I could not function at work real well for the first week or so because my PC screen was so blurry. However, my discomfort pretty much stopped after the first week and since then I have just been struggling with vision. If I had to guess, I would say I am at 20/50 in my left eye and 20/60 in my right which is weird because my right eye was better than my left prior to the procedure. Anyway, Friday 4/21 marked my one month anniversary and I was starting to get nervous about not having 20/20 vision. I feel somewhat better after reading bowriter's posts about the full recovery time and I know they do not guarantee perfect vision but I still will have a hard time swallowing the fact that I paid over 4K to still wear glasses.

What was your perscription in each eye going into the surgery?





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