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Hello. I have searched on many forums and found some good experiences but I would love to hear feedback to my specific recovery


I had PRK surgery 6 1/2 weeks ago. I expected the recovery to be much quicker.

My initial prescription was only -1.56 in my left eye and -1.65 in my right eye.

After the surgery I have had blurry vision with a lot of 'ghosting'. At times the ghosting is worse than other times.
When I wake up in the morning or have my eyes closed for more than 15 minutes or so, when I open my eyes my vision is great! I

would say it would qualify as 20/20 or 20/15 for sure. As the day goes on though the ghosting presents itself and things become

much blurrier. The ghosting used to be horizontal ( my left eye had ghosting to the right and my right eye had ghsoting to the

left ). That has disappeared and now the ghosting is vertical ( mostly below the original object ).

If I apply artificial tears my vision will go back to 20/20 or better for a few seconds while the liquid is smothed out over my

eye but as I blink a few times and the tears start to evaporate the ghosting returns.

Here are my questions:
1. Is ghosting still normal at this stage in the recovery? If so, is it caused by the dryness in the eye?
2. When can I expect the tear film to return to normal and clear up the dry eye? I have no previous dry eye symptoms.
3. Should I expect my vision to end up like it is when I apply the artifical tears and things are very clear?

I hope the lack of tear film is all that is causing the ghosting and blurryness since the eye drops clear up the vision and the

fact that moistening the eyes while sleeping clears it up as well.

I appreciate all the responses on the subject.
Thanks for the reply. I hope it will all work itself out very soon.

I have other friends who did the surgery before and after me and they are all healed already. It's a little disappointing.
Well, it has been 9 months and my vision is not what I was hoping for.

My left eye is 20/20 most of the time and my right eye is around 20/30. My eyes are still very dry and when I wake up in the morning I have to immediately put drops in them or I cannot keep them open for more than a second.

My right eye seems to be 20/20 for the first 30-60 minutes after I wake up. As I go throughout the day it gets much worse. Putting lubricant drops in my right eye still clears my vision up to 20/20 until the liquid disappears again.

When I put on my glasses from before the surgery my right eye goes back to perfect vision and any haze from lights etc.. disappear. They also seem to help my left eye a bit as well.

I am hoping that the dryness will eventually go away. i never had dry eyes before but this seems like it is taking much longer than it should.

Anyone have any advice or experiece such as this?

Thanks again
I have had PRK surgery twice in my right eye. Recently had the second surgery because I was not getting clear vision months following the first surgery.

It's now about 6 1/2 weeks after the second surgery and I am not seeing clearly. Last week I was weaned off the Pred Forte and got a swollen eye over the weekend. The doctor said it was not related to the surgery - but I find that difficult to believe.

I, too, am very frustrated with the lack of results from PRK although I was told it would help.

My eye history (over several recent years) includes Lasik, then cataract removal, then PRK in one eye to clear vision -- and there has been discussion of PRK in other eye. (The only procedure that I had any pain with was the Lasik - and then this swelling recently along with severe sensitivity to light)

I still get ghosting - btw, thanks for mentioning that because I have tried to describe it to the doctors, too and that's exactly what it is. Is this common?

I felt like I was all alone with these challenges until I read your posts. Have you experienced clearer vision yet?

Thank you for sharing your information.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. It sounds like you have been through a lot in the last few years.

Ghosting is common after the surgery. I had ghosting as well as all of my friends who had the surgery around the same time. It lasted for a few months before it finally disappeared.

The only reason I am not 100% happy with the surgery is because my vision was not that bad to start with. i could already function fine without contacts or glasses but I wanted clearer vision as well. My eyes were at -1.5 and -1.6 before the surgery which means I could do everything fine but when driving at night things would be blurry. I wore contacts but they bothered me so i finally decided to have surgery.

If I would have started with a prescription of -3 or -4 or worse then I would be very happy.

My only issue now is the dryness. My vision is good except when my eyes get dry the get much blurrier. I am on a prescription of Restasis to try and heal the dryness but it has been 3 months on that and I don't see any benefits yet. Do you have dryness issues?

I would say you can't really tell the full results of PRK for at least 3 - 6 months and the dryness has to be gone. After that I believe the results are visible. If I could get the dryness to go away I would be happy with the results.

Keep me posted on your progress!

My eyes were pretty dry before LASIK, so dry I couldn't wear my contacts which is why I decided to get LASIK. I knew this would bring additional dryness. I had surgery on Dec. 13th and for many weeks my eyes were incredibly dry. I would have to put in Refresh Optive drops every 30 mins or more frequently. I went through boxes and boxes of those things.

My eye doctor told me I could use GenTeal lubricant eye gel at night and during the day to help my eyes. I've also had punctal plugs put in both eyes but that was over a year ago while I was still trying to wear contacts.

My little saving grace has been a Homedics personal misting humidifier. I sit it right next to me while I'm reading or working online and the micro-water vapor keeps my eyes and face moist and keeps my vision clear. It might look a little silly but otherwise I couldn't really read. I bought mine at Bed-Bath & Beyond for about $20.00. I also keep two humidifiers running in my house and have one near my bed.

I have to say that things are getting a lot better and it's only been a couple months. My eyes were super dry before LASIK and I've seen a lot of improvement already. Remember to keep using your drops throughout the day even if you don't think you need them. Especially if you read a lot or look at a computer screen, we tend to not blink when we focus.

Hope that helps.
Hi all,
I am hoping that some of you who had ghosting after 4+ weeks can chime in. I had 0.0 astigmatism before PRK. My prescription was really low at -1.25 before surgery with 0 astigmatism. Now, my post op is showing a blue spot on the topography and a -2.7 astigmatism.

Supposedly without the astigmatism, my vision is 20/25 now post-PRK. However, the ghosting (horizontal when looking close up and vertical when looking far away) is so bad that it's essentially taken away my vision. It isn't correctable with glasses.

For those who had ghosting.. did your docs say they saw an astigmatism on your eye that was causing it? I use my drops constantly, and Im still on the steroid one time per day. Im on day 28 post-op today. My optometrist (not the surgeon) said the area that is flat is shrinking, and he takes that as an optimistic sign.. ?

What I don't know is if the doc took off some area that he shouldn't have (thereby flattening the cornea and creating an astigmatism) or if this is a normal post surgical astigmatism that will resolve on its own. Im getting different answers from different folks, and looking for some thoughts that perhaps this indeed may self resolve and I will wake up one day able to see again.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Anyone have an astigmatism they didn't have before surgery? Did it resolve on its own? I am highly regretting doing this surgery at this point and tired of taking an uber everywhere.


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