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Hi all,
I had PRK surgery 3 weeks ago. My prior contact lens prescription was -7.50 in my left eye, and -6.00 in my right eye. I have been overcorrected by a LOT: I am now +3.00 in my left eye, and +1.50 or so in my right. I was told to stop the pred forte steroid drops, and to wear soft contact lenses which were supposed to help me see (they actually make it worse) and wait. I still have edema (swelling) that they say is also affecting things. They gave me the contacts, and booked a follow up appointment in one month. Well, I called that night to re-book because the contacts don't fit right and one doesn't seem to be the right prescription. I am SO scared, and panicked and depressed. I have three young kids, and a job that requires me to drive and use the computer all the time. I am using over the counter reading glasses in order to function right now, but given the difference in prescription between my eyes, it is difficult with those too. I drove today in the daytime, and was scared the entire time. Apparently I am 20/50 in my right and 20/40 in my left. It actually feels worse, but I don't know. So, my questions (some of many) are: is there any chance at all that this will regress? Will I ever get my vision back, even using some form of glasses or contacts? I don't care at this point, as long as I can see. I am so scared that I have ruined my life. Please help - any feedback from anyone who has/is going through a similar thing would be appreciated.
The first 4-6 weeks after surgery it is not abnormal for your near vision to be poor and to seem to be overcorrected. This starts to improve over time. If you are still at that high of an overcorrection at 2 or 4 months then its time for concern. If you are moving in the right direction then its a good chance that at 6 months or a year you will be alot better. Prk takes longer for healing and swelling to go away. I had lasik (regrettably). I had the most trouble with near vision for about 5 weeks. I was at +.75 at the 2 month point which is still hard to see through but was an improvement. At 10 months both eyes were near plano on the nearsighted side.

I am at 15 months now. I do not know what the refraction is but near vision is decent now. One eye is better than the other. I am answering your post on my phone and its about 8 inches from my face and all is clear. There is no way I could have done this at 3 weeks after surgery.

I started out at -5.5 in both eyes.
[QUOTE=penny4luck;5281577]Hi all,
I had PRK surgery 3 weeks ago. My prior contact lens prescription was -7.50 in my left eye, and -6.00 in my right eye. I have been overcorrected by a LOT: I am now +3.00 in my left eye, and +1.50 or so in my right. I was told to stop the pred forte steroid drops, and to wear soft contact lenses which were supposed to help me see (they actually make it worse) and wait. I still have edema (swelling) that they say is also affecting things. They gave me the contacts, and booked a follow up appointment in one month. Well, I called that night to re-book because the contacts don't fit right and one doesn't seem to be the right prescription. I am SO scared, and panicked and depressed. I have three young kids, and a job that requires me to drive and use the computer all the time. I am using over the counter reading glasses in order to function right now, but given the difference in prescription between my eyes, it is difficult with those too. I drove today in the daytime, and was scared the entire time. Apparently I am 20/50 in my right and 20/40 in my left. It actually feels worse, but I don't know. So, my questions (some of many) are: is there any chance at all that this will regress? Will I ever get my vision back, even using some form of glasses or contacts? I don't care at this point, as long as I can see. I am so scared that I have ruined my life. Please help - any feedback from anyone who has/is going through a similar thing would be appreciated.[/QUOTE]
Hi Penny4luck,
I just did my PRK 2 weeks ago. I have similar situation. I have about +1.5 overcorrection in both eye and some haze on left. I am wearing reading glasses for computer work, but my distant vision is also not good. I have to wear reading glasses even for driving.
Just wonder if this is part of the normal recovery? How is your vision now? Have your overcorrection improve on its own?

Actually I feel my overcorrection has got worse from +1.25 on Day 9 to +1.5 to Day 14 now. My pre-surgery was -7.25 left and -7.0 right.

Please let me know if you have improved yet as I am getting very worried.





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