It has been 2 months since I’ve updated my PRK Surgery recovery! I have received a couple of questions about PRK from friends and I even got a couple of questions from my readers! Which by the way I was super excited about. It’s so cool to see that people are actually reading what I write, and to know that I may help someone with their decision/recovery. So please, if you have questions about anything feel free to comment or e-mail me!
Anyway, I went to my eye doctor in February and again on Tuesday, March 15th. I’m really glad I don’t have to have appointments so often anymore. I literally spend about 2 hours at each appointment (obviously majority of that is waiting time, unfortunately). I read through a whole magazine this time! I don’t pay anything extra for all of these appointments, so I guess I can’t complain. The employees all know me/recognize me now and it’s nice to have more personal conversations with them.
I did the usual eye scan (staring at the hot air balloon at the end of the road) and the eye pressure test. The lady said I’m the best at it, haha I guess people normally freak out, but I have done it dozens of times before and after my surgery. After I did the eye exam the doctor told me my right eye is 20/30 and my left is 20/20. I can definitely see the difference between the two when trying to read the letters/numbers off the screen. I can read almost all of them with my left eye even at a small size, but my right eye struggles…especially with the number 8 and letters that look similar like P vs. F. In combination my eyes work just fine though. In my last update I mentioned that I would most likely need surgery again, but now my doctor told me that I still have 3 months to see if I’ll need surgery again, but it’s pretty unlikely because it won’t help me much. Which is great news!
So no, I do not see as good as I did when I wore contacts. However, I live everyday able to drive, see the board in class, and recognize people from a distance. My vision is ALMOST perfect, but that “50 cents worth” of an astigmatism that I have can make things harder to see. If this is how I’ll be seeing for the next few decades, I am perfectly fine with that. I don’t use the steroid drops anymore, I stopped after 2 months. I also don’t use any sort of artificial drops anymore either…I probably should though because I bought way too much! I remember reading about some people experiencing dry eye for months or permanently after PRK, that was only the first month or so for me. If I have been on the computer for too long or if I have a migraine, I’ve noticed that the computer or small text is harder for me to see. It has definitely improved though, because I used to have to zoom in to text just to focus! I don’t see halos or starbursts at all, which I’m really happy about!
Remember, everyone heals differently and we all have different doctors and results. Be patient with the process and be thankful for the enhancements you do see. It is so cool to not worry about taking my contacts out before bed or having to put them in after a crappy night of sleep and feeling the horrible burn. Does or did anyone else experience that? I would try to put my contacts in and sometimes they would burn for several minutes or some foreign object got on them, then I would get an all day migraine, etc. etc. I don’t miss it at all!! My next appointment is in June (6 month check) and I’ll probably wait to update until then!
Oh yeah, it feels soo good to rub my eyes again! I really avoided that the first couple of months. I’m still pretty gentle, but it feels amazing.
Comment below or e-mail me/tweet me any questions you may have! Thank you so much for reading and I really hope this blog series helps you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting about your PRK journey!! Yours is the first blog that I’ve read and I’m thankful I came across it first. My surgery is July 22nd. I’m nervous and really excited! My prescription isn’t but half of yours but I’m ready to be able to see without contacts or glasses!
How exciting!! It’s still one of the best decisions I’ve made and I love waking up and being able to see. Good luck! And try to avoid reading the scary stories lol