And here comes the final part of my laser eye treatment story.
During the last month or so, we have discussed my decision making process behind going through the procedure as well as the procedure itself, including the pesky 72h recovery window. Here comes the right time to discuss the results.
I do not think I ever mentioned why the 72h window is so crucial and serves as a great cut-off point to the whole recovery process with the PRK method. As I mentioned before, during the procedure my doctor scraped off the top layer of my cornea. Made it vanish. Completely. And on average it takes a person up to 72h to regrow it.
That is a true miracle of nature, I am telling you. To go from not having a part of your body to having it again in three days. I found it so funny listening to Harry Potter audiobooks as it happened and having Harry complain about how much growing his bones hurts after drinking SkeleGro. I felt your pain, mate.
That is the main perceivable difference between PRK and methods such as LASIK. My eye fully restored itself to its pretreatment state within 72h. It hurt and it took a considerable amount of time for me to go back to normal life – way longer than 72h – but my eyes were as good as new. They looked as good as new as well, since they went two or three shades lighter in the process (now that is some magic!),
With methods like LASIK there is very little pain involved and sitting in a dark room doesn’t really happen – as far as I know, for most people it is a walk-in walk-out kind of deal. But their cornea takes up to two years to heal up. That wasn’t something I was ready to live with, the idea that at any point in time a part of my eye could just flap off. Some people are brave. I am not.
After my first 72h I was still on antibiotics being dropped into my eyes 5 times a day, pills for my eye infection twice a day and hydrating eye drops at least 5 times a day (more like 20 a day, realistically). I was advised to stay home and not go back to work for two weeks. I was also warned that washing my face was a no-no for at least 7 days and contact with electronics should not exceed 4h a day until I felt a significant improvement. [Read more…]