I had my PRK laser eye surgery done yesterday. I thought I'd share my experience. I learned so much after my surgery as well as before.
All I can say is, it's not very scary. The only scary thing is the unknown before the surgery. Prior to the surgery, they do measurements again, they double check the measurements, and they teach you when to use the: lubrication drops, anti-biotic drops, anti-inflammatory drops, steroid drops and the pain drops (if needed). Basically, you'll be dropping so many drops in your eye for the first 2 weeks and the drops decrease in about 3 months.
The surgery itself went something like this:
- You put on a cap to hold your hair in place and booties on your shoes for hygiene reasons
- You lay on the operating table/couch
- Numbing eye drops are placed into your eyes and you close them for a few minutes
- An eyelid clamp is placed on your lids to make sure your eye stays open
- You are told to stare at a red blinking light at all times
- Lots of drops go into your eyes
- A ring is placed on your eyes (I guess for guidance for the surgery)
- More drops are placed into eyes to dissolve the epithelium of your eye
- Q-tip and squeegee thing wipes away the epithelium
- Laser beam goes in, you see lots of green and red lights and it smells like burning hair
- More drops into your eyes
- A contact is placed to protect your eye when epithelium grows back on the first week
- More eye drops into your eyes
- Repeat for next eye
Things I learned after my PRK surgery:
- I can go on computer right away - just take breaks
- No rubbing eye whatsoever
- I don't need to wear my sunglasses inside my house, just outside in the daytime
- I can work out if I wanted to - just have to wear a sweat headband
- I can drink if I want to
- I can put on makeup - just not eye make up for 1 week
- I can actually see way better than I did before with no glasses - it's not perfect right now but it's still impressive
- Instant sight after surgery
- It gets blurrier after the first day because your epithelium is growing back
- Laser eye surgery does not have tax and you can claim it on your income tax return
- Surgery only took about 3-5 minutes per eye.
Overall, my experience was good. So far no pain and pretty decent sight. I could drive if I really had to but I really shouldn't at the moment. If you guys were wondering about the price, I paid $1750 altogether at the Coal Harbor Eye Center on West Hastings. It was supposed to be $1500 but my cornea was so thin, it barely met the requirements for PRK so I had to do this tissue sample saving discs where it adjusts the laser strength (I think that's a rough definition of it).