PRK – 3 Months Later

I had my three month post-PRK followup the other day. At this point, I was able to read the 20/15 lines with each eye individually. Sweet!

However, the right eye is still slightly behind, but it seems to be catching up. When I cover the left eye, I can tell the right eye is slightly out of focus and slightly ghosted. I attribute this to the right eye being drier on average, and the doctor agreed. He said that it should clear up in the months following, and scheduled to see me again in three months.

While I was at the office, the doc gave me an eye exam with the normal lens-flipping machine. I was kinda surprised when he said that my vision was best without any lenses. I know that’s what I was going for with this whole surgery thing, but it’s something else when he pulls them machine away and says my eyes are good enough that lenses can’t make it any better.

I still get halos and slight starbursts at night that are worse when my eyes are dry, but they’ve decreased in the last month.

I’ve weened myself from constantly using eyedrops, but I still put them in every three or four hours. They’re especially dry when I first wake up, and usually put in the drops first thing in the morning.

I’m really happy with my vision today. I was finally able to out-read my girlfriend when looking at a chalkboard menu across the room at a restaurant the other day. I’m excited for the next couple months to see the right eye catch up and the halos and starbursts disappear.

75 thoughts on “PRK – 3 Months Later

  1. Glad to hear the good news! It’s great to hear that you are happy with your surgery and that the doctor expects continued improvement. Very cool, indeed….

  2. Hi! I found your blog from Annmarie’s and have enjoyed reading it. I just wanted to let you know that anytime you would like to see someone speaking in tounges you are more then welcome to come over to my house, and hear my hubby…..for a small fee that is….you know us evangelical Christians are only after money. hehehehehe Have a great day :-)

  3. Where have you been. You taught me so mudh. I thought you were the bitter and angry one. Somehow you made me see how I was. I was fervently praying for you for a while. Did it make a difference? My heart has been crushed for you. I know I’m not old enough to be your mom; but I have a son that is very bright and I don’t know what I would do for him if he took your path. I hope all my comments haven’t ticked you off. I just feel it is so crucial that you get back to Jesus before you lead some other poor folks, that aren’t as bright as you, away. Where are you? In Christ, Cynthia

  4. I am really glad that PRK worked out for you. It always good to hear good testimonials about Laser Vision Correction. Your surgery will pay for itself in the fact that you won’t have to buy glasses or contacts

  5. How are you doing today…I guess it’s about 9 months since your surgery? I just scheduled PRK and I’m really nervous! Any update you can give would be fantastic!
    Thanks and I hope your right eye has finally caught up:)

  6. You have given me hope. I had prk seventeen days ago, after beiing greatly nearsighted all my life. Right now my vision is terrible. I went back to my highly regarded doctor two days ago almost in tears, as a coworker had prk and his recovery was much quicker. My doctor told me my eyes were dry, and to use Restasis every hour, along with my pred mild three times a day. I wake up every day expecting a big difference, but see none. You have given me a glimmer of hope.

    • Hi! How are your eyes doing? Please reply. I just did mine and I am starting to believe I will never see properly again. Please tell me I am wrong.

      Tiano

      • I actually had to get an enhancement after I had PRK done 6 months ago. The 2nd time around has been a very slow process. I am 2 months post-op and I still find myself squinting : ( My eye has definitely improved but I am not 100%. I have an annoying slight blur that drives me crazy and messes up my ability to focus. Plus, my eye itches in the corner near my nose. I need some relief…fast. Or I will scratch my eyeball out.

  7. Thank you so much for your blog. I had PRK surgery 2 weeks ago and can’t see very well. I use a magnifin glass for everything. I was afraid that maybe the surgery didn’t work or that they did a wrong prescription for me. After reading your blog, you have given me hope that it is a very slow process and that I just need to be patient. I am glad you are happy with your surgery and I hope to be as happy soon. Thanks again. Jane

  8. I had PRK done last friday..so reading your blog has helped me come to the realization that everything takes time…i am happy that it worked well for you…hoping the same for me..

  9. I had PRK done 1/21, so just passed the 4 week mark. It seems that I’m tracking similar as you did, 60% of optimal, and am hoping for the same results in time. I am shocked at how long the recovery is for PRK, vs LASIK. The doctors should inform better, and I should have looked up PRK, instead of LASIK – huge difference. THANKS for the blog.

  10. Very nicely put together progress journal. I had my PRK about 2.5 months ago but in a higher risk group of night vision issue due to large pupil size (8mm) but low myopia (-1.75 & -1.5D) with under -1.0D astigmatism. I think all PRK comrads should share their pre-op prescription readings for better comparison.
    Anyway, I now see (I have a snellen chart in my office) about 2/20 to 2/15 but when my eyes dilated (at night), the bright light sources (head light, break light, traffic light) cause some what of smudged/smeared look with ghosting. It got slightly better over past 2 months but it’s bothersome and getting worried (specially due to my large pupil size).

    I’m very interested know how you’re doing past the 3 months mark.

  11. Thank you for this blog!!! I am going nuts at home recovering from my PRK from July 2nd. I feel like when reading your early posts that I was writing them. I do not feel that I can even drive yet which is not good. I am a teacher (high school band director) and I have to be at school next week starting camps and then on until school begins. Your blog gives me some hope. Thank you!

  12. I loved reading your blog. It is absolutely GREAT. I had PRK enhancement yesterday. I had Lasik 10 years ago, and even after a Lasik enhancement a few months later, my one eye was never exactly perfect. I did have an astigmatism which wasn’t correctable back then. I’m at the same place for my PRK. 36 hours POST OP, I’m doing well. No pain, no irritation. Just going to have to see what the next days bring me. Hopefully in the end if I ended up with 20/20 or something close, I’d be thrilled.

    Once again, thanks for your very impressive posts !!

  13. Thanks, this blog and your responses help a lot. I had PRK 3 weeks ago and my vision is still blurry. The strange thing for me is when I wake up in the morning my distance vision is perfect and as the day goes on it gets worse. I am also at that age where I need reading glasses. So when my distance is good I need reading glasses and when my distance gets blurry, I can read w/o glasses. I never thought I would be so happy that I to use reading glasses. Anyway, this blog has made me feel more optimistic and that I just need to be more patient. I am now going to try to relax and not worry about it. I am also going try and stop testing my vision several times a day. Thanks again.

    • I appreciate Donna’s reply and your blog. I’m on day 18 after PRK with punctal plugs in my lower tear ducts. I had my surgery during a drought here in WNY with temps in the 90’s. It’s been a struggle keeping moist even with the plugs. I’ve experienced everything you guys have posted included Donna’s observation about vision being great in the morning and worsening as the day progresses. I find that I see better before I put the steroid drops in in the a.m., but I will stick with the protocol. I’m an English teacher and found that not being able to read for the first two weeks was a humbling experience. I was able to tear up in church thinking about Jesus healing the blind man – instantaneous eyesight (wow) and seeing our Lord’s face – what an ultimate combo. I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned and the new appreciation I have for my eyesight over and above what I realized before. Thank you, posters for your encouragement and stamina!

  14. I am going for prk surgery on september 15 does anybody know any foods or drinks that will speed up the healing process?

  15. Hey I’m glad I found your blog. I got PRK done on Friday so it’s been 4 days. It’s almost inpossible to see the screen at 400% size. I’m a coding student and an avid gamer so it’s been hard not being on my screens at all. The doctor told me that by today I should have perfect vision so I was dissapointed when I woke up this morning and only a slight improvement. I didn’t plan on taking any more time off since I’ve got my coding project presentation tomorrow and the semester ending in a week. Need to be up to full strength for that. After reading your blog I wish someome would have told me ahead of time about how long it can take. I’m also doing a martial arts tournement on Saturday so sucks that I can’t see much. Anyway thanks for the great info and I hope your vision is where you want it. I’m going out of my mind of boredom but at least I know now it’s not as fast as I had hoped.

  16. It’s been 1 year since my PRK. My vision is 20/15. Be patient, it takes time (which I wish the Dr’s would tell you). I am extremely happy with my decision to have this surgery, I only wish I did it sooner (in my 30’s or 40’s), when I didn’t need to use reading glasses.

  17. Thanks for your 3 month report. My vision is getting better too.

    Why is the person who writes the anti-Christian posts so angry, so hurt? He/She seems to be lashing out. I keep this person in prayer because in my world view those who are adamant about rejecting good news and love, need it the most. I hope you find Peace and Joy.

    Again, thanks so much for starting the PRK thread. It’s been so reassuring to me?

  18. Great PRIK post, just had mine a week ago and your post really encouraged me as am actually a bit better than your first week, but still having issues on the computer all day (best worse as the day progresses).

    I’m dying to know exactly how long it took you before you had perfect no halo, starbursts, dry eyes, degradation after a few hours on the computer etc.) whatsoever?

    thanks,

  19. I would like to know how long it takes for perfect vision. I am considering the PRK surgery at the end of January. I can only take 1 week off from work. I really hope this is long enough!

    • I’ve heard of PRK taking only a week from one friend, but that seems to be extremely rare. Most people have very blurry vision for a month and perfect vision only after three months. I work in software and during that first month, my nose was to the screen and the font was as big as possible, and things were still hard to read.

      If you’re unable to cope with extreme blurriness for a month, I’d suggest reconsidering. Just my two cents.

    • I only had 4 days off work after my PRK surgery on January 12th this year. That was probably enough time, and I was able to drive on day 4, though things were fairly blurry still. I’m now 2 weeks out and finding it hard to be patient waiting for my vision to be perfect. Overall I can get around fine, work, drive, read, watch TV (though blurry) and exist, I just feel like I’m looking through a dirty windshield most of the time. I’m relieved to read this blog and realize that I just need to be patient and things will get better. I’m encouraged to read that the vision might get better after the steroid drops stop too. I still have some fears that they will have to do a touch up surgery, but am trying to be hopeful that things will improve over time. It’s frustrating to hear people’s LASIK success stories and immediate clear vision. It’s just a longer recovery period, and I think people need to be appropriately prepared for that.

  20. I had PRK on one eye 10 days ago, and on the other 4 days ago. My vision was -2.0 and -1.75.

    I´m going back to work tomorrow, and I´m nervous about spending eight hours in front of a computer screen. It should be OK though, cause the first eye has almost perfect clarity. It´s only a bit blurry when I put my drops in. I haven´t had my vision checked, so I haven´t got any figures for you yet. My other eye is still a bit blurry and has some ghosting. I´m gonna have my second bandage lens removed tomorrow, which I´m really looking forward to. I feel that most of the blurryness comes from the lens being to dry… All my instincts are telling me to rip it out right now, since it feels just like I´ve worn a normal contact lens way too long.

    When I went back to remove my first bandage lens, my eye doctor said that my eye had healed very quickly, and that my sight was better (on day 5) than it “should be”. I´ve taken 1500mg of Vitamin C from two weeks pre-op, and I´m gonna continue for at least a month.

    Hope this info will be useful for someone. Tanya: If you´re as lucky as I was, one week off work, should be enough. Good luck making your decision!

  21. I took one full week off from work and that was sufficient. although barely. I drove to my eye dr on day 7, which was probably a bit iffy (and thank goodness for Garmin leading the way). I drove to work on day 8 and 9, but left early to drive home in the daylight. I drove at night for the first time on day 13, without issue. If you are going to be requred to concentrate on small text/computer screen all day long, then a week off may not be enough. I’m guessing age has an enormous factor in this, as well as pre-PRK perscription.

    I’m one month post PRK tomorrow. I’m 48, and have been wearing progressives for about 4 years, and glasses for 41 years. My pre-surgery perscription was -7.5 and -6.5 with a very small amount of astigmatism. My far vision is very nice now, and my night vision is actually better, in terms of stars and halos, than it was pre-surgery. My close vision is HORRIBLE… horrible horrible…. I was slightly overcorrected, with the idea that regression would get me close to plano. I use +1.75 readers and by lunchtime have an earthshattering headache making it impossible to read my computer for any length of time (and I’m a network engineer). I need these readers to see anything clearly within about 4 feet.. not just reading size text.

    I still have pretty significant ghosting, although like some here have mentioned, it is better on some days, and in some eyes, than others. I have two more weeks of steriod drops. I suspect that even my close vision would be much better if the ghosting was gone, so I look forward to stopping the steriod drops and doing more healing. I may still need readers for very small print, but I’m hoping that’s minimum.

    thanks for the blog! I find reading your and other’s descriptions so helpful during this difficult healing phase.

  22. I went through with PRK on January 24th. I was -7.25 and -7.50. Moderate Astigmatism. I am 38. I was blurry for 15 days. The doctor said I was 20/20 on my 10 day follow up, however I was still blurry and did not feel I could drive. Luckily I had a driver for 2 weeks. I started driving on the 13th day.
    I can finally read the computer screen with no blurriness! So far I have no ghosting or halos. My eyes still get tired after 10 to 12 hours of being awake. Especially after using the computer screen.

    I would definitely recommend taking AT LEAST 12 days off if you work on a computer . The hardest thing I had to do was look at rows of data on the computer for over 6 hours on day 6, 7, and 8 after surgery. The screen was so blurry it made it very difficult and painful. My eyes we not able to stay open for more than an hour or two without resting.

    I experienced moderate pain (stinging for over 12 days). Mainly caused my straining my eyes or being awake too many hours. Advil, an ice pack, and sleep work wonders! I recommend 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night for the first 2 weeks!

    I am off my steroid drops and antibiotics. The doctor thought the use of all the drops were causing fluid in my sinus area which caused more blurriness. I quit using the antibiotic after 7 days. 1 of the steroid drops after 10 days and the Pre Forte steroid after 14 days. My vision cleared up 2 days after the use of all the drops and after using Flonase, Sudafed, and Bendaryl. I also used an ice pack at times, and some how after using the ice pack I could see better and the pain would go away. I also drank a lot of hot green tea and took daily vitamin c and fish oil.

    I am so thankful for no more blurriness! I was scared it would be 30 days or more after reading some of this. I went through many emotions during my 15 days. Regretting my decision everyday until day 16. Now, I am 18 days post op and glad I did the PRK! I have had 2 massages and 2 acupuncture sessions to calm my anxiety over the last 12 days!

    I did receive customized PRK. I believe my doctor used a device called “Wavefront” My doctor is in Dallas, Tx and wonderful! The doctor and his staff took over 3 hours to test me before proceeding with surgery. He also told me he will turn patients away if he thinks they are too high risk!

    I go for 3 week follow up next week. I will see if I am 20/20 or 20/15!

    • Tonya-It has been hard to find someone whose vision is as bad as mine (-7.25 in both eyes and astigmatism) and has had PRK. How is your vision at this point? Are you still glad you had the surgery? Do you still have problems with ghosting at night or dry eyes? Who was your doctor in Dallas? Thanks!

      • Hi Kristi, I am so happy I did the surgery! The 13 days of bluriness and pain was very difficult; however I am 20/20 and see clearer than ever. I have no light senitivity. It took 90 days for the light sensitivity to go away. I wore light sun glasses while working under florescent lights. I have not had ghosting at night or dry eyes. Actually I never did. I had to use drops in my eyes for 40 days to ease the driness and pain. It is so amazing to see well at all times now!
        My doctor is at Cornea Associates; Dr. Walter Beebe. All the doctors at this place are good. They really take their time and make sure you are a candidate before moving forward. They actually turn patients away if they do not think they can help them. Please let me know if you have more questions.

    • I had PRK done on August 31st. I was 29 at the time and my vision was -5.75 in my left and -6.25 in my right. It has been 3 months and my eyes are doing great. The halos and ghosts at night are almost gone. Words far away appear slightly blurred, but I can make them out no problem. I am hoping that will diminish over time. I have 20/20 or maybe better. I still have a follow up appt in February. Light sensitivity went away about a month ago and my eyes are rarely dry. I had my surgery done on a friday and was back to work the following tuesday. I could drive without any problems except at night halos and ghosts were bad but started to decrease after a few weeks. I had no problems with my PRK. The second day was the worst and that was because I was so sensitive to light. I wore sun glasses and found that the more I could use my eyes the faster my vision came around. After 3 weeks I was reading everything just fine, even off the computer. My doctor was very informative about PRK and how long the recovery was. It could take up to a year for totally perfect vision. You should also be at an age where your eyes have settled. I’m at the perfect age where my eyes shouldn’t have made any drastic changes. They say mid twenties to mid thirties for women to have a procedure like this done. I am very happy and would do it again. I had no pain at all.

  23. I had a PRK eye surgery on my left eye on February 4. Today is February 15, 11 days after the surgery. The operation itself lasts only a few minutes but you have to take pain killers for the next 8 hours, this is how much pain time I had great pain myself. The next day pain is minor.

    I had about 3 points of astigmatism with some near-sightedness, I had a Radial keratotomy surgery in both of my eyes back in 1989 when I was just 16 and have corrected at that time, 6 and 5.5 near-sight vision. Great, but unfortunately did not last for ever.

    Now I am 38 and have developed over the years astigmatism plus some near-sight which I was thinking to correct with a laser operation but did not know that I could not do lasic as the doctor informed me that due to the first operation back in 1989, I could only perform PRK. I noticed that he did not warned me about the healing time that it takes a lot of months, as this will be a turn off. I am sure most of the doctors do not inform correctly their patients for obvious reasons, but I guess it is worth it when you look backwards and if results are satisfactory. The good thing is that he was the same doctor that I had the first operation back in 1989 so I felt that I was in good hands.

    For the first 3-4 days after the PRK surgery everything was blur but my vision got better after that time. I still use glasses to see on the computer or television as I have a long way to go still. I can not see clearly with my left eye as my right eye with glasses can. If I have to give a number I would say my left eye is 75% the capacity of the right one till today.

    I have halo, ghosting during the day, and low quality eyesight during the night compared to the daylight. If you see on bright objects like a television is much more clearer than try to read anything at night especially street address or car plate numbers which is low lighting.

    What I like about my adventure is the sense of getting better as time pass by. I know millions of people never had to go through this and have naturally a great vision, but I guess you appreciate more what you get after a lot of difficulties, right?

    My target is to see without blur, ghost, halo as soon as possible. I do not know how long it will take but I believe that I will hit my target with patience.

    Another minus is that until now I can not see from a very close view, I can not read small letters like I used to do all years. I asked the doctor about it and he said that you tried to correct my eye for far, so I can not expect to be so good reading from near..! You can not have everything from both world, only God is perfect he told, me. I guess he is right. Surely my close vision will get better as time pass by, but will not be the same like before.

    Is PRK for you or not? I guess this is why you are reading this blog. The answer is: Do you have the patience to go through the healing time that can take a lot of weeks and even months? Then go for it.

    Otherwise stick to your glasses and never experience the joy of seeing without them..!
    I chose the first option and I am ready to go through the time and discomfort myself.
    If I could do lasic I would do, but I can not in my case. In the end what you did to your eye is the best, so PRK is the man!

    I will inform you here for my progress during the next weeks.

      • You mean my eye cause I have operated only the left eye. As it takes long time to recover it is not wise to operate both eyes at the same time.
        In fact I did not know that I will become far-sighted from the operated eye, doctor did not tell me about this and I found out myself due to my age which is 39.
        So doctor suggested that I could use the not operated eye to see from close and the operated from far.. funny but true many people are like this.
        The reason for making this operation was to get rid of glasses and not to have funny vision (one eye for far and one for close)
        I never regretted doing the operation though.
        My eye had recovered I can say not to perfect stage but about 90% which is satisfactory.

  24. Great Blog. The doctors really underplay the recovery period and being so reliant on a computer it creates unnecessary frustration. It has been 2 weeks since the procedure and my vision for the computer has improved gradually since a week ago. There is still some ghosting but each day it gets clearer. It seems that I have a good 2 weeks until this is better. My far sighted vision is great at times but this depends on the time of day and how long I’ve worked in front of my computer.

    For those that are thinking of having this done make sure there is nothing critical you have to get out in 2 weeks. Don’t get frustrated and be patient!

  25. thx mate for the info i had prk almost a month ago and its pretty good so far but doc said 3 months for quality vision.
    left eye is also somewhat behind but not much.
    im glad they did prk on me cause i read with lasik the flaps can come of even after years.
    and i also like kickboxing so.
    k bbye

  26. 3 months and my vision is good in outdoor daylight, but still very blurry on mid range vision and very slow to transition. Not happy at all. If the doctor had been forthright with the information I need to make an informed decision (as I candidly encouraged them to be) then I would not have had this procedure. I informed them that I worked with my eyes and have not been able to fully return to work for 3 months. Utterly disgusted with their lack of professional duty to me as a patient.

  27. I note some references to people saying their surgeon misinformed them about healing times for PRK and mention wanting to have had LASIK. Whatever you do, anyone reading this blog – NEVER CONSIDER LASIK, ever, ever, ever!!! Visit http://www.lifeafterlasik.com for an honest appraisal of the risks and what it does by a surgeon who used to do it. No surgeon should be doing LASIK and it should be outlawed. If you do have a procedure have PRK, although that is still not perfect, it is much safer and better in many ways. If you cant take the recovery time and pain, stay with glasses. LASIK does permanent damage to your eyes in many ways and some of it may take years to come out. You cant fix your eyes once they’re ruined. Some of what I write can also pertain to PRK, but at least PRK redos are less dangerous and most sideeffects less likely in general. A few weeks of pain is nothing compared to a life sentence of misery and an eye vulnerable to damage for life. I had LASIK in 2001 by the most experienced surgeon in my country at the time. Had approx -2.0D in both eyes. The surgeon got my refraction in my dominant eye 0.25D less than the three previous optometrists – only realised this afterwards. so the correction was flawed from the start and I suffered some regression worse in my dominant L eye, probably worsened by chronic inflammation and dry eye it triggered. I have what’s called higher order aberration that isnt correctable with glasses, so my best corrected vision is not quite what it used to be, albeit not too bad in the day. My right eye only requires -0.25 cylinder but my dominant left requires -0.5D plus -0.5D Cylinder. I have meibomian gland dysfunction (not sure what role surgery played in aggaravating this but certainly an element of genetics in it also) and chronic eye inflammation and spend a great deal of my day with “lid hygiene” Lubricant drops make it worse after a day or so, so I just use saline and steroids. I am allergic to eye preservatives so just stick with Prednisolone Minims which are only non preserved steroids avail. Also take Bio Tears Tablets and Flaxseed suplements.Have spent a fortune on treatments and new prescriptions trying to get best corrected vision and acceptable night vision for driving. Just lately I have not been able to get on top of all this and I feel like I have sand in my eyes every day, esp on waking. My dominant eye has slightly worse aberration and is affected more by this inflammatory thing and so my brain is constantly struggling to accept a lesser quality image from that eye and often get pain behind that eye. Nonetheless I can achieve 6/6 in both eyes corrected in the day (used to be 6/5), but this doesnt tell the story of my night vision – haloes, starbusts etc. Not a day goes by where I dont wish I never had it done and I contemplate killing myself to free myself from burning eyes and the pain behind my dominant eye that now has ever so slightly worse vision corrected, except I have 2 beautiful young girls and they are all that keeps me going. I wouldnt contemplate further surgery as I suffer so much trouble now, I dont want any worsening of symptoms. About to try restasis drops soon to hopefully settle the inflammation, but not available locally so waiting on an order from online pharmacy – hope this helps. You would be surprised how common all this is with LASIK and I cant imagine how regulatory bodies allow it to still be done. Dont get LASIK!!!!! Also recommend everyone takes Bio Tears, stay well hydrated and aggressively treats dry eyes prior to and after refractive surgery to help stop dry eyes. Dry eyes = inflammation = interferes with good healing = regression/aberration/poor result/long term problems etc.

  28. hey i had got some useful information..but still i am having some fear..
    my vision was -1.75 and -2.25 ..Doctor suggested me to go for PRK rather than lasik..but i am little bit afraid of eye dry ness and glare and hallows ..how many days it will take to get rid of those???can any one tell me..

    • Every person’s experience is different! It’s hard to say 5, 7, 14, 30, 60, 90 days. Eyes can heal up to a year with PRK.

  29. I am a police officer and the doctor recommended PRK over LASIK because of the risk of reinjuring the flap. My concern is the recovery time. Will it be safe for me to drive a car for 8 hours a day? I have a week off after the surgery but then I’m back to work. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

    • If you decide on PRK, definitely consider the lag time in the healing process. I am 10 days post surgery and my eye is nowhere near what I thought it should be. I can tell that the shapes of the objects and people are proper, they lack the sharpness of the detailed characteristics. Such as the eyes at a distance. I’m certain that this will improve over time as I have experienced slight improvement every day. My eyes do get tired after five to six hours and I have to rest. After taking a nap i feel better.

      I have had LASIK twice in both eyes. The first time in 2001 and after a regression again in 2006. In contrast I remember the LASIK visual recovery to be quicker as far as clarity was concerned. However, I experienced haziness in both eyes and severe dry eye syndrome for a few months. I also experienced halos and star bursting. The halos and starbursts calmed down after about six months to a year. I learned not to look directly toward the lights at night to minimize this effect. The other thing I had to be careful about was corneal flap separation for the first four to six weeks. I had to keep from doing contact sports, swimming, water in the eyes or rubbing my eyes by accident. I also slept with eye shields to prevent rubbing my eyes at night.

      I elected to have PRK in my left eye to correct the mono vision my last surgeon gave me. Mono vision is where I had one far sighted eye and a slightly near sighted eye for reading. My brain fought with this when the light was low, at sunset and at sunrise. I did not ask for this type of correction, he just gave it to me because of my age at the time (39 yrs old). I figured this out on my own during my follow up with my own optometrist. So to compensate, I got a slight prescription for glasses to see equally with both eyes. I’ve finally got tired of carrying three pairs of glasses and decided to correct my near sighted eye with PRK.

      At the time of my first LASIK procedure, I was a police officer working in the investigations division. Not as demanding for physical altercations as patrol so I was comfortable with the level of vision and risks involved. Weigh the risks and decide what will work best for you. Everyone is different, I know people who have had these procedures without complications and still have great vision. My situations have been unique but the level of success and freedom of eyeglasses or contacts have been worth the risk for me. I’m glad I did the procedures and I’m excited to see equally out of both eyes again… I just have to be patient. Good luck..

    • I am 90 days post op. Each person has a different experience. I did not feel like I could drive until the 13th day and on that day I was a bit blurry. On my 16th day I was able to see with no blurriness. I was also able to drive at night by the 16th day. My eyes were really tired for 30 days. They were light sensitive for 75 days. A good pair of sun glasses for indoors and outdoors solves the light sensitivity. PRK is more stable than LASIK, but very scary while you are going through it. I am glad I did it now!

    • Not sure if you already did the surgery, but I would say unless you don’t have to drive and depend on your vision to do your job accurately, I wouldn’t do either until you can take some serious time off for recovery.

  30. I had PRK on my right eye 2 days ago on May 10, 2012. This is an enhancement following Wavefront Lasik done Nov 2006. PRK is recommended post Lasik because they do not want to re-lift the flap originally created.

    After reading this blog, i realized that I’m glad i took 7 days off from work! There has been minor discomfort, but was prescribed pain pills for relief if I needed it. Worried as I was of the post-op pain, i popped a painkiller when i got home.

    The OD that works at the office did say that recovery takes anywhere from 3 – 6 mos. I am hoping that by the time I return in work (in 7 days), that i can see out of my right eye. I was pushing for both eyes to be operated on, but the operating doctor recommended only 1 eye at a time and I’m glad that i took his advice. He is my original doctor from 2006, so I have complete confidence in his work. I am just hoping that my eye recover soon, so I can resume my life. It has been difficult not achieving the same immediate results like Lasik but I am optimistic I will achieve 20/20 in the near future. fingers crossed!

  31. I just wanted to thank everyone for the info on this site. I had PRK 3 weeks ago and thought my recovery was extremely slowI. I’ve been worried I may be having healing issues ad the dr told me 3-5 days to get back to working and driving. He was WAY off. I wish he had been more honest and I had done more homework before my surgery. I was off work for 7 days and needed somone to drive me for almost 2 weeks.
    Your timeline seems to be in line with where I am – extreme dryness and all – and gives me hope that I wlll be able to see clearly again (and work without great strain on my computer and drive at night).

  32. Thank you for the info. I’m three weeks out from the surgery and would say I’m right about the same as you were at that point. Very reassuring.

  33. Its been almost one month since PRK and i started experiencing severe dry eye upon wakening in the morning. Just yesterday, i woke up abruptly when the alarm went off, and as a reflex, my eyes opened wide. BIG mistake! the pain was excruciating and last all day long. I suffer from migraines and in combination w/the eye pain, i was a mess.

    I read online that this condition is called RCE- Recurring Corneal Erosion. which means your epithelium rubs off if you open your eyes too quick. This really sucks since no one told me that this might occur. And let me tell you, i have high pain tolerance but this really hurts!

    So i put in alot of ointment called Tears again. This stuff is oily and leaves residue on the eyes but it helped alot when i woke up this morning. I would advise to use this ointment even though it is kinda oily.

    My recovery process has gone fairly well. There is marked improvement in my Right eye (PRK) vs the Left eye (Lasik-from 2006). It is actually better than the right eye. Except for the eye pain when wakening in the morning, i would say the surgery was very successful considering this is PRK post Lasik. It is definitely not for faint of heart. lol

  34. I am 43 and had myopia, with a prescription of 7.25. I had PRK on 6/18 (10 days ago). I initially went in for LASIK but was surprised to find that the staff and surgeon all preferred PRK and would not have LASIK for their own vision correction due to the flap. They were really, really clear about the long recovery time in my case, to the point where I was afraid I’d be writhing in pain. The surgery itself was quick and painless (although slightly scary just knowing what they were doing). I have been lucky and have not had any actual pain–for me, it was just intense light sensitivity during the first week. That is now gone and my distance vision is really crisp and clear–20/30 at my week one exam. My near vision, however, is still very blurry, so I’ve had the same challenges working on the computer as the others who have posted (pardon any typos!). I’m happy that I had it done, particularly given how bad my vision was to start, but I certainly hope I can read again soon. Even with reading glasses on now it’s a challenge, but doable. I’d recommend it to others.

  35. I’m soon to be 45 and had PRK done Aug 1, 2012… But that’s not where my story begins, rewind 10 years ago, to my LASIK surgery, my vision was poor and I had a slight stigmatism. As a child I wore glasses up until I was able to wear contacts (which I did for the majority of my 20’s). In my opinion the LASIK surgery was a success considering, I was able to see as soon as I got off the table, and had absolutely no pain or discomfort associated with the procedure. The one thing I experienced was nighttime halos that lasted for several months. Other than that, life was good; I was finally able to see at a far distances without lenses. About two years ago I began noticing the significant change in my vision, almost back to pre-LASIK status. During the last two years, I’ve been wearing glasses and have grown tired of the indents the glasses were leaving, so I decided to do LASIK again.

    Fast forward, I went in for the consultation and was loosely informed about the PRK procedure. I say loosely because I feel like more information should have been provided to help me make a more informed decision.

    With all that said, this is post PRK day 6 for me and I’m disappointed in so many ways. I was told I would be able to see within 4-5 days, not the case, my vision is still very blurry, and I find myself, closing the eye I had surgery on just to be able to see out of my other eye. I had considerable pain the first two days, but that has since subsided. I also find myself wearing sun glasses indoors and out to avoid any glare. My major issue is that I wasn’t told the truth about the long recovery process. Had it not been for the posts I’ve read, I would still be under the impression that my vision would be improving in a few more days. Based on the post, I now have a clear expectation of what to expect over the next 4-6 months. Sigh!!! I feel like LASIK should have been the way to go again for me? Time will tell.

    Thanks everyone for sharing.

    • Hi Marggie:

      I was also ‘loosely informed’ about PRK and was told this was really my only option since my dr doesn’t repeat Lasik on Lasik-enhanced eyes. Since he was my original dr (from 2006), I went with his professional opinion.

      Although I am very happy with the results, 20/15, only 2 1/2 mos after surgery, I do not feel I was well informed about the recovery process. It wasn’t take off 3 days and go back to work. I took 7 days off and still couldn’t see well enough to drive for another week. But I drove anyways, since I have to commute to work and couldn’t afford anymore time off to recover.

      I also suffer from RCE – Recurring Corneal Erosion. This occurs if u have dry eyes and the enhancement makes your eyes drier. Hence, I wake up with eye pain at least once every 2 weeks, even if i use the recommended eye ointment prior to sleeping. The results of RCE is blurry vision for 2-4 days. At one point, I lost vision in my right eye for 1 1/2 weeks.

      I am thankful I am 2 1/2 mos post enhancement but know that I have another 3 – 4 mos of healing to go through. I am praying for less pain and more clarity.

      Good luck on your recovery! You will get the results, it just takes alot of patience!

    • It doesnt take much to give the worst case/best case scenario. Especially if youre forking out the cash. I want to know what to expect!!!!! I dont want to have to hunt down the reality myself. Thanks for sharing! Now I don’t feel like a such a leper.

  36. I had PRK surgery done on my eyes on July 20th 2012 and I’m still at the 3 week mark. I am still having a lot of issues with ghosting, but I have been able to go back to a larger screen resolution and have shrunk my fonts a few times. my last exam they said my right eye is at 20/25 and my left eye is at 20/40 but considering I opted for mono vision where they corrected my dominant eye (right eye) and undercorrected my left eye by -1.75 that’s not very worrysome to me. It’s very frustrating though. I couldn’t get Lasik as my corneas were too thin, so had to go with PRK. I can’t wait to get to the fully healed stage as this blurry ghosting is for the birds.

    • Van – Thanks for posting. Yours is the first one I’ve read about getting the Monivision option. I just had a consultation today and was dissapointed to learn I was not a good candidate or Lasik due to a slightly thin cornea. I haven’t made up my mind yet but it really helps to read these posts to get a realistic idea on recovery. I am lucky enough to work from home so I wouldn’t have the driving issue ain the first few weeks of recovery lthough I’m on my computer all day…I’m also considering one eye at a time. If anyone has any thoughts on this I’d be grateful for the insight.

  37. Would you be so very, very kind as to put a “Four Years Later” status update here? I am at my 1 week mark and feel as though my situation is mirroring yours exactly so far. I would love to know that everything is 100% perfect for you now. If it isn’t…do I still want to know?

  38. I had lasik done in 2001 with zero problems. It was the best thing I ever did. A few years ago I started noticing blurriness at distances again. Today I went in for another lasik consultation and was informed that my doctor only does PRK for his former lasik patients. He also only does one eye at a time because of the prolonged healing time. As many of you have stared, the healing time was not adequately discussed. I am a returning student with classes only on Monday’s and Tuesdays. My Doctor said if I had the procedure done on Tuesday afternoon, I would be fine for Monday’s class. From what I have read here, that sounds very far from the truth. I will have to give this serious thought to whether I want to go through all this while trying to drive and go to school, with tons of homework every night.

  39. I would wait for a semester break. I just had PRK and while my vision was good enough to drive a short distance at night just hours after the surgery I can tell you that day two has many challenges, driving being almost impossible with headlights starbusting even in daylight. I can read this now so the correction is good but it’s like trying to read through greasy glasses.

    Thanks to all the posters here as I feel good about my decision at this point-just have to be patient.

  40. BTW, sleeping is not easy with the eye protection my Dr. requires for the first week. She gave me what looks like something you would wear on a racketball court.

    Anyone wear regular eye-shades for protection at night during initial healing?

  41. I had PRK on July 19 after cataract surgery on my left eye which worsened my vision by increasing my astigmatism. I still have some ghosting which makes vision seem more blurry than it is. I haven’t seen any improvement in the last couple of weeks. My doctors tells me that the longer the healing takes, the more stable my vision will be in the long run. I had cataract surgery on my right eye – done by the same doc that did the PRK. He did not do the cataract surgery on my left eye. This time a toric lens was inserted to correct even greater astigmatism. I could tell immediately that my vision was great! My eye that has just been operated on feels great too – while my left eye still experiences some discomfort at times.

    My local eye doc told me to use the eye drops called Systane Gel at night to coat the eye and provide more comfort. I decided if my day vision was blurry I might as well use them during the day too. They really make the eye feel much more comfortable and I noticed a significant improvement in my vision with a few days. I don’t need them in the eye operated on 6 days ago – just the PRK eye.

    I’m now thinking I might as well expect my PRK eye to take 4-6 mos. to fully heal. As my doc says, the older you are the longer it takes to heal. I told him I didn’t need reminding of my age ! lOL

  42. 5 days since PRK on both eyes. I can see well enough to drive in the daytime and for short distances at night. The starbursts encountered on day two are pretty much gone. Some halos though and headlights of oncoming cars appear extremely bright. My reading vision (monovision) is variable with ghosts and blurred images. It’s good enough to read on a big monitor and for brief periods I can read some fine print.

    I’m getting my protective contacts removed tomorrow so I’ll post up how that goes. At this point I am back to work and may even drive from San Diego to L.A. in the next couple of days. My depth perception seems fine it’s really just reading signs that’s tiring and challenging.

    So to Rob I would say it seems to depend on whether a week off is enough. I thnk it depends on quickly you heal.

    BTW I’m 53.

  43. I had PRK done one month ago. I was very dissapointed with the lack of information my doctor gave me in regards to the healing process. It seems as though many patients feel the same way. I can’t believe I need to go to forums, blogs and websites to gain clarity and ease when my surgeon should have done that for me four weeks ago…..But then again…Maybe I wouldnt of had it done….Sucks being quazi blind…And for HOW LONG?! mofo.

  44. So THANKYOU for the info. It helps and reassures me that I didn’t go to a quack and I just need a little patience… And maybe some cheat readers to get by ;)

  45. 3 weeks tomorrow since having PRK/monovision done on both eyes. I’m seeing pretty well now. Driving is no problem even at night. Very little halos/starbursts and although my vision still varies I would guess it’s 20/20 most of the time. Reading comes and goes for low light conditions like reading a paperback at night. So for the most part I’m really happy. My vision does still vary some and I expect it will only get better over time. Can’t wait to be done with the steroid drops…

    However I have had an issue with dry eyes overnight. I live in Southern California and we were having a long period of Santa Ana weather (dry hot air from the desert). Having a fan on overnight just made conditions even drier. Anyway I started having some difficulty opening my eyes in the morning which I did very slowly. One morning the jerk neighbor down the street who owns a Harley with straight pipes opened it up at 5:00 AM right in front of my house. I awoke with a start and snapped my eyes open. It caused me quite a bit of pain- kind of like getting poked in the eye. To make a long story short my surgeon had me start putting ointment (mineral oil and petroleum jelly) in my eyes every night for 3 months. It sucks. After less than a week the problem is going away and our local weather is getting more humid so I’m only going to use it when I feel dryness coming on. It’s uncomfortable and it makes my vison somewhat blurry thoughout the morning.

    BTW my surgeon stressed that I must wear UV A/B protected sunglasses at all times when outside or driving for one year. She said that otherwise I could develop some haze that might take 2 years to clear up unless I was undergo a second surgery.

    Keep those sunglasses (and a hat) handy!

    John

  46. Thanks a ton for your blog… Today is my 10th day after PRK… God everything is so blurry… I was so depressed before reading your blog that I wanted to die… It won’t be an exaggeration to say that you saved my life… How are your eyes now?

  47. Am about to have this surgery how has it been since you had the surgery are you all better and can read 20/20 and most of all was it all worth it.

  48. I recently had my prk done on nov. 15. in vancouver bc., so it’s been 3 weeks now. My prescription was -4.75 and -4.25 on other eye. I’ve noticed I lost my nearsightedness so I can’t really read small print right now or read books and computer is still blurry and I had to change the font to a bigger size, I can use the computer but letters are a little blurry. I’m wondering how much nearsightedness will come back and how long until the computer issues will go away? Also, at night headlights are ultra bright or glowing which is difficult sometimes to drive but bearable, how long until this goes away? I would appreciate any comments from anyone here. God Bless you all

  49. My prk surgery was on January 15th and today is March 3rd, so it’s been a little over 6 weeks (pre opp -1.25 and -1.25). Among other visual anomalies that have came and went since, the most notable has been ghosting. Both eyes seem to be the same, a single image almost directly above the main image. At first it was so bad, that when driving at night tail lights far away would produce 2 ghost images, all on top of each other. Over time it was reduced to two, then they got closer together, and today the images have almost merged completely. When I say almost, I can no longer see a ghost image, but it isn’t a single image either,, kind of more blurred but only in low light conditions. During the day everything looks great, can read at least 20/20 on the snellan chart I set up. I had an irregular astigmatism before the surgery, which was slight but was not correctable with glasses. Today marks the day I could see as well at night that I could see with glasses before the surgery. Side affects have been dry eyes, but if that goes away in the months to come and my vision also improves even more I’ll be extremely satisfied with the results! Reading of the experiences of other people has been extremely comforting to me, thank you all so much!

  50. Your blogs are really touching… I’ve been reading these as I just had this procedure done 10 days ago and have been worried about the complications I have had. I am really hoping that my procedure and experience is exactly the same as what you have been describing here. I have just been nervous that my symptoms have not been getting better until I read your blog- which I have been experiencing the same things. It really gives me a lot of hope as I also have a computer-related job. Thank you so much for posting your results, it is a relief to read this.

  51. Thanks for your blog! Going through PRK recovery and it’s nice to read about how it went for a fellow traveler!

  52. I had prk may 9 and still can’t see. It’s now sept 5. Had LASIK in 1996 with great result Doctor has told me healing is taking longer. They told me I would be fine in less than 10 days. Plugs were placed in upper and lower tear ducts to help with dryness. Not a lot if help. Horrible experience. Glasses can’t even correct vision because vidion fluctuates hour to hour. They say be patient might need an enhancement I can hardly function. Misled by doctor on healing time. Very unhappy. Feeling completely handicapped. Think long and hard before you do this surgery. I wish I could push rewind. Blurry blurry blurry and drops every hour all dsy long. Can’t open eyes in am without drops next to bed to put in prior to opening eyes. Now they say ohio state tells students in training that it can take as long as a full year to heal! Anyone else still having blurry fluctuations in vision after prk?

  53. I had PRK on December 4th. So it will be 2 weeks on the 18th. I can see pretty well. I still have blurry vision more so in the right eye which is my dominant eye. So that is causing some issues. I have tried to go back to work but my eyes get way to tired and my vision gets worse as the day goes on. I am a police officer so this is not satisfactory foe work. I am going to take another 8 days off and see where I am at. I will say that it has been very comforting reading this and other blogs and commments. It seems that my vision is getting better day by day and the blurriness is getting better in my right eye. I haven’t really had any pain except for when I overworked my eyes at work the other night. I hope I can go back to work after the next 8 days.

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