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I’ve reached the 6 month mark!!!

It’s been 6 months since my PRK surgery! Which means my eyes should be leveled out at this point, and I’m glad to say they are. I’m so, so, so happy I got PRK surgery, it was worth the money, the bit of pain, and the first couple of weeks of fluctuating vision clarity.

At my last appointment, I did the same thing as always. Stare at the hot air balloon, get my eye pressure checked, and read the letters off the screen. Luckily I didn’t have to wait so long this time and got out of there pretty quickly. This time I could definitely see the letters at a lot smaller size. My left eye is better than my right, but together I can now say I probably see as good as I did when I had contacts. Following the eye exam, I was told I have no prescription (not far-sighted or near-sighted), but I only have .5 astigmatism in one eye and .25 in the other! That’s incredible!!!!

So, from now on I just go in for my annual eye exams!

I know I say this in basically every post, but be patient! If you just had the surgery done a few days ago or even a few weeks ago, your eyes will probably not be leveled out yet! I’m the perfect example! 5 months ago my doctor told me I was doing good but I’ll probably need the surgery again, now I see great. It’s amazing to wake up and see, not struggle with burning eyes after putting contacts in after a restless night, I can rub my eyes without contacts folding up, I can lay my head on a pillow without glasses pushing into my face, EVERYTHING! I love it and I’m sure you will too! Stay positive, keep your immune system healthy, and if you just so have to need the surgery again, accept it and everything will be ok!

I hope these updates have helped anyone deciding what to do or with after surgery. If you have any questions or you want to share your experience, comment below or reach out to me! ?

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12 thoughts on “PRK 6 month Update

  1. Thank you for sharing your experience. Are you happy with the procedure still? Any updates?

    Hoping I get it done next few weeks.

    Posted on March 9, 2017 at 11:25 pm
    1. Thank you for reading! I am still VERY happy, one of the best decisions ever and definitely worth it. I love waking up and being able to see!
      Good luck!

      Posted on March 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm
  2. Thank you for taking the time to provide a very detailed account of your experience with PRK. I hope to have positive results from the surgery as well.

    Posted on April 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm
    1. I hope it was helpful! Best of luck to you, I’m sure you’ll love the results!!

      Posted on April 12, 2017 at 11:33 am
  3. Hi! I know this post about PRK is a few years old at this point, but I just got the procedure 2 weeks ago and I am REALLY looking forward to when everything is healed. I can get through my day (better than if I was wearing no contacts before) but still a lot of blurriness and like 75 pacillion eye drops. Thank you for the reminder that you have to be patient and it takes awhile. I read somewhere that Lasik is like a cross country flight and PRK is like a cross country train ride, ha!

    Posted on July 13, 2018 at 3:06 am
    1. Yes be really patient and take really good care of your eyes and you’ll love the results. I still see perfectly today. I remember using a ton of eye drops too!! Lol you’ll heal up in no time! 🙂

      Posted on July 16, 2018 at 4:34 pm
  4. Thank you for your post. Im on day 6 post prk. & feeling a little discouraged. I didnt even realize that we had the same dr. until I saw your day 1 picture!

    Posted on July 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    1. Hopefully my posts offer some peace of mind! PRK is a slow, kind of frustrating journey. That’s so cool he was your surgeon as well! Dr. Woolfson is great, and almost everyone I know who has had lassie/PRK was with him.

      Posted on July 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm
  5. Hi Leila. Thanks so much for documenting your PRK journey. I have been reading your posts and find myself in a very similar situation.

    I just completed my 1 month checkup today. I have been cured of nearsightedness. However, my left eye still has -1.25 of astigmatism. I am only seeing 20/32 in that eye. The doctor also said that I may have to consider having enhancement 6 months later.

    I would like to know whether you remember your eyes becoming clearer from the 1 month all the way up to the 6 months mark? And did your astigmatism become noticeably less as time went by?

    Posted on July 30, 2018 at 7:19 am
    1. Hi Kelvin!

      I absolutely noticed a difference in my eyesight over the 6 months and so did my doctors. Almost each visit after the one month mark my eyes were improving according to their tests. To this day I still have a very, VERY minor astigmatism in one eye, however it doesn’t bother me at all and I don’t wear corrective lenses at all.

      Just try to keep your immune system healthy to speed up the healing process. Hopefully it makes you feel better that my doctor said I’ll need enhancement surgery as well but that definitely wasn’t necessary after 6 months or to this day (almost 3 years later)! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Posted on August 1, 2018 at 9:05 pm
  6. Hi Leila, thanks for sharing your experience. I had PRK about 3 months ago. I can see fairly well now, but I also noticed that my left eye isn’t improving as well as my right eye. It’s just a lot blurrier when I covered my right eye and only see using my left eye. This, has worried me lately because most people said they have stable vision 3 months after the surgery. I would want to ask you, if you have noticed any progress made in 3-6 months after the surgery? Or the vision in 3 months would mostly be the final result ?

    Also, I stopped taking the steroid in one month after the surgery following the instruction given by the doctor. Can you share with me when did you stop taking the steroid? Thank you in advance!

    Posted on July 9, 2019 at 5:09 am
    1. Hi Mandy!

      I’m not sure if you’ve had the chance to read my other posts, but several weeks after the surgery my doctor told me I would likely need the surgery again. My vision definitely kept fluctuating for a couple of months.
      After 6 months my vision was basically perfect except for a slight astigmatism, but now almost 4 years later that astigmatism has decreased!

      For the steroid drops I honestly can’t remember when I stopped. But I’m sure if your doctor says to it should be fine!

      Posted on July 9, 2019 at 11:14 am