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Thanks for the reply and encouragement.

I have noticed improvements over the last two weeks. My left eye seems blurry now as soon as I wake up and stays blurry throughout the day. Drops help it but it is like there is a little filmy substance on the eye that is causing some blurriness. Hopefully that is part of the healing process. My right eye seems to be getting a lot better and has less ghosting. I still get a lot of ghosting as the day goes on and the eyes get dryer. I just wish the dryness would go away so I could know where my vision really will end up.

Good luck to you as well and keep me posted on your progress.
@Padme10

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!
I also have tears with me at every moment of every day. Some days are worse but I always use them. I use the preservative free Refresh Plus drops. I have tried other brands but those are my favorite. I usually buy one box of the Refresh Plus and one box of the Refresh Optive drops. The Optive are a bit thicker and last a bit longer. I buy two boxes every 2 - 3 weeks or so. When your eyes are dry and burning those drops are worth their weight in gold aren't they? :)

I have read so many other people's accounts of ghosting and they were all pretty similar. You should be able to tell a difference in the amount of ghosting from week to week. It is a slow process but it should heal. I remember I had to put my computer font up to a huge size just to read a computer screen. That lasted about 3 - 4 weeks I think. That finally went away and everything slowly stabilizes. Then dryness becomes the only real problem.

I sometimes get a little depressed about it and consider getting glasses. My old prescription glasses still clear up my vision when I try them on. Mostly it takes about all of the hazing that the dryness is causing. The glasses work great in the middle of the day and night. The funny thing is that first thing in the morning they don't really help because after sleep both of my eyes are at 20/20. It is as the day goes on that the eyes dry out and the glasses could help but my vision is good enough even blurry to where with both eyes I am still right around 20/20.

All I can say is be patient. That is not what one wants to hear because the process is slow and frustrating but at this point it is really all that can be done. Keep the faith and keep a positive attitude.

Good luck!
Hello,

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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