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LVC - Part 5 (3 Months)

Its been 3 months since my PRK. I just had a checkup with the doctor and received a clean bill of ocular health.

As it stands I have 20/15 vision. Thats better than perfect; I see at 20 feet what most people see at 15.
My only issue now is that I still see starbursts at night. The doctor says it will go away with time, so now I just have to wait it out.
I do have medicine that will stop the starbursts temporarily, but I try not to use it so I can watch the progress.

This will probably be my last LVC update for a while since I consider the process over.
Would I do it again? Absolutely, and for twice the price.

If you are considering getting the surgery done, here are some things I would recommend:

Pre Surgery:
Do your research. Not just on the doctor, but the procedure as well. No matter how good your doctor is, you won't get good answers unless you ask informed questions.
Understand the complications and risks, and decide whether they are acceptable to you. If they are not something you want to live with, don't have the procedure.
Get all your medicine, drops, and painkillers before the operation. Trust me, you don't want to be stumbling around the pharmacy half blind.
For PRK, LASEK, and Epi-LASIK, you are going to need at least a week off from work. The 3 day healing time you see everywhere is just not right. Even after a week you will still have trouble seeing.
Make sure you get a short term (1st few days) numbing drop from your doctor. I'm under the impression that this isn't a standard thing, but I don't think I could have made it through the first few days without it.
Get some books on tape, you won't be able to look at a TV or read for at least 4 days.

Post Surgery:
Its a long healing process. Don't panic.
It will take at least a month or two for your vision to return to preop corrected levels, if not more. Its taken me 3 months.

Good luck to anyone thats having the surgery.
I'll probably be putting up another progress report at the 6 month and then the 1 year mark.

As always I'd love to hear from anyone else who wants more information or has LVC experiences to share.

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posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 8:25 AM


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