I had Radial keratotomy in 1983 and was good until about 10 years ago when I noticed my right eye getting weaker. After that RK my left eye was 20/25 and my right 20/35 but now the difference was annoying me
Well, after a consultation with the surgeon, I went ahead & got the PRK.
I had the PRK yesterday 2/12/09. I had asked the surgeon about his experience doing PRK on RK patients. He said he has done quite a few former RK patients and said the RK adds another variable. He said I know your measurements and what to do to correct it but the RK will have an effect on how they heal. He said all of his myopic former RK patients improved after PRK surgery, some were good & others didn’t achieve the result they had hoped for although they did improve, he said none were worse. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the severity of their myopia & astigmatism. My eyes tend to be slightly myopic when I wake up only to get more myopic as the day goes on with the right eye (the non dominantone) being the worse of the two. They only did 1 eye (the right) to see how it healed before doing the left.
Day1: After my PRK yesterday I was told to go home & sleep for at least 3 hrs. I took a Lunesta, which they had given me a prescription for, to help me sleep. My eye felt like I had a hair in it and it teared a little. I slept for about 5 hrs, then got up & put my antbiotic & steroid drops in. I had a headache, probably from the Lunesta. Still felt like a hair in it. I can see an improvement, actually pretty good out of the PRK’d eye although there is some blurriness that changes when I blink, which is to be expected. I watched TV for a few hours then went to bed for the night.
Day 2: I woke up at 7:30 am. The hair now felt like a wig in my eye. I put both the antibiotic drops & the steroid drops in. That felt better. My wife drove me to my 1 day followup. I could see pretty well again with some intermittent blurriness, after all, my eye is slightly swollen any I have the bandage contact in. It felt good enough that I could have driven myself (of course I didn’t) but that probably had a lot to do with the help of the PRK gods, it is cloudy here today, I’m sure it would have been a little more difficult had it been a sunny day.The doctor said all looked good, my right eye measured 20/25 today. Very little discomfort today so far, just the irritation when I first got up. Overall, so far, so good. I know things will fluctuate as my eye heals, but so far in the 1 day I am very pleased. I haven't noticed any dry eye but I am using the moisturizing drops 4 - 6 times a day as instructed.
They gave me Optive drops in my "kit" at the doctors office, but it only had 5 one use vials, so my wife picked up Refresh Plus drops. They said to get the one use instead of a bottle because even though it says preservative free, there is a chance they're not if in a multi use vial. The assistant there said that is what she is told & I forgot to ask the surgeon about that but I'll just get the one use pack since there is less chance of contamination anyways. Just curious, has anybody else heard this about the drops?
Also, they said any preservative free drops are ok to use so does anyone have a recommendation as to what they've found to be the most refreshing drops?
Oh yeah, I forgot, the doctor said to take 1000 mg vitamin C / day. Also the surgeon applied Myomicin C after the surgery to help with halo effect.