PRK recovery logs

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Tania Choi, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. Tania Choi

    Tania Choi Guest

    i am day 11 of prk recovery and am doing ok... but am losing steam
    with my enthuciasm. Practically risked marital discord going through
    with this surgery as my husband and in laws are MDS and are dead
    against it.
    wonder if there are any prk recoverees out there, with a time frame of
    recovery. i don't know why but i was willing to wait weeks but it
    seems like week 2 doesn' seem to get me sharp enough where i am
    comfortable. was a 8.5 and 6.5 though. does anyone know if a more
    myopic eye take longer?
    any time schedule would be welcome. they should have support groups
    out there for the long haul!
    Tania Choi, Oct 28, 2003
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  2. Hello Tania,

    At day 11 you are way too early in the recovery process to make any
    determination as to the final outcome of your surgery.

    I am surprised that your preoperative refractive error was so high
    (8.5 and 6.5 diopters myopic) and your surgeon selected PRK. I can
    only assume that the reason for this choice was your corneas were too
    thin for LASIK. I also assume that the doctor used Mitomycn C
    intraoperatively to reduce the probability of corneal haze.

    Because of the large refractive error and the probability of the use
    of Mitomycn C, you can expect your vision to continue to change for a
    few weeks more. Some of your poor vision could be due to
    undercorrection or overcorrection. When you see your doctor next, ask
    for your current prescription.

    If you are able to get excellent vision with corrective lenses, then
    you can either use thinner glasses or consider enhancement surgery at
    around three to six months postop.

    In PRK the cells that constitute the outermost layer of your cornea
    are removed. These are the fastest reproducing cells in the human
    body, but it does take time for them to regenerate, fill up all the
    low spots, and smooth out. While this occurs, quality of vision is
    not great, even if you can see reasonably well.

    For up to three months, if your vision is not really sharp even with
    corrective lenses, you probably are still healing. If after three
    months the quality of vision is poor, there is probably a specific
    reason why you do not have excellent vision and that would need to be

    Something you can do now is make your eyes a good environment for
    healing, and that means moisture. Dry eyes will disrupt the
    epithelium, cause poor quality of vision, and possibly even cause
    minor damage to those outermost cells. We have a detailed article on
    dry eye treatment at

    Last but not least, don't let your MD relatives know you received
    advice over the Internet. If they didn't like your decision to have
    surgery with a competent surgeon, they are really not going to like
    you getting advice from faceless "amateurs".

    Glenn Hagele
    Executive Director
    Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance
    glenn dot hagele at usaeyes dot org

    I am not a doctor.
    Glenn Hagele - Council for Refractive Surgery Qual, Oct 28, 2003
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