As some of my readers may know, I will be undergoing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) laser eye surgery next week Friday. I have been finding that reading other people’s recovery stories has been really helpful for me, so I decided to also share my experiences for others who are considering the surgery.
For those of you who are unaware, PRK is a surgery that was the predecessor of LASIK, but instead of creating a flap out of the tissue covering your cornea, that tissue is removed completely and regrows after the surgery. Because of this difference, PRK has a longer recovery time and takes longer for your vision to adjust completely, but it also has its advantages. Unlike with LASIK, there is no flap to possibly dislocate later. In addition, less corneal thickness is needed for PRK surgery, which could allow for redos later.
I am very interested in making sure I share my PRK story because when I was doing my research it was hard to find people with very high myopia plus astigmatism. Even though the eye doctor says my cornea is thick enough, he said that for people with my prescription it is much safer to do PRK versus LASIK so that there is enough left in case we have to go back in and do some adjustments. My prescription is -8.75 with -1.50 astigmatism in one eye and -9.25 with -1.75 astigmatism in the other. Yes, I am starting out very blind.
How have I been prepping for the surgery? Well first of all, I have been wearing my glasses. In order to have the surgery, I have to have my contacts out for at least 14 days prior to the surgery. Second, I have been taking supplements. I did find a study that found with a small sample size that taking omega-3 supplements two weeks prior and one month post surgery allowed for faster healing, presumably caused by less dry eye. People also suggest taking lots of vitamins A, C, and E, so to prep I have been taking women’s multivitamins daily (the kind for 50+ because they focus more on eye health). My hope is to have a fast recovery, but with my high prescription, I am sure that there might be some complications.
Has anyone had PRK done? What were your experiences?