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Getting PRK (Refractive laser surgery)




So, PRK went well! :smile:


I am going to tell y'all about the experience, because it was pretty cool to tell the truth.


First, they brought us to a waiting room and gave each of us our packets that had our profiles and Convalescent Leave papers (Profile is something the Army gives you that says you are limited in performing certain physical activities. For example, if you had shin splints, you would get a no running profile for two weeks. Con Leave is medical Leave, and therefore, it doesn't charge against the Leave you accumulate throughout the year.)


Then, they brought in the surgeon who briefly went over the operation again. We had the opportunity to ask him questions if we had any. Pretty simple, there.


After that, two of the lab techs or nurses or whoever they were came in and prepped us. They went over the medications and eye drops one more time and then made us wear these silly (but sexy) medical caps. They put a numbing eye drop in each eye and then cleaned around our eyes with some iodine. After that, we waiting. There were six of us, and I was fifth in line to go in.


Waiting SUCKS! You sit there, nervous as heck, watching all the other people go before you. And even though they all come back and said they feel perfectly fine and that it didn't hurt at all, you are slightly scared. But who wouldn't be? You are about to have your eyes scraped and then shot with a laser.


So, skip to the part where they come and get me. Eep. It's my turn. I hand them my folder with my information in it, and they take me to the room next door. I am instructed to lay on this bed and scoot up, where they then move the bed over under the laser. They have me slide up until I can see a red-orange light straight on. It's disconcerting just knowing what they are about to do, and then they put some more numbing eye drops in your eye.


And then it begins. The surgeon places these little clamp-like things in your eye. They hold your eyelids open, and while you can't feel it on your eye, you still can on your actual eyelids. And you want to blink so bad, but the numbing drops do help resist that urge a lot.


So, clamp in my right eye, he brings his device up to my face. It looks almost like an electric toothbrush without the head. He brings it down, and you can kind of feel your eye vibrating, and your vision shakes a bit. And the weirdest part is you can see this thing right on your eye. You can see around it at the same time that you know this tool is right on your eyeball! That is against nature. It's just not right.


Bam. He is done scraping at your eye within 15 seconds. It's half way done! He uses a small spatula-like scraper to clean your eye off. Kinda weird. But you don't really feel that either.


And then comes the laser. part. They make sure you're lined up, tell you too look at the red-orange light and don't move. For my eyes, and the prescription I had, I needed to stay under the laser for 31 seconds. :unsure: It doesn't go by super fast, but it wasn't slow, either. You can see the light clearly at first, but then it starts going blurry and hard to focus. As long as you are looking at the light, though, you are good. Once the laser has done it's job, the surgeon squirts a bunch of nice cold water over your eye to make sure everything is all washed out. Then, he puts a couple drops that make your vision look murky, and then two more that clear it up.


After that, he puts a contact lens, or some kind of cloth soaked in medicine that will help with healing later, so you don't scar up. After that, he puts the bandage contact lense in, and you're done with that side.


Switch to the other side and repeat.



Bam. Done. Take a percoset when you get back to the waiting room and then go home. Boom baby. You can already see ten times clearer, and you're on your way to having 20/20 vision. :biggrin:




Source: PRK (Refractive laser surgery) tomorrow!



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I had the "surface abrasion" laser thing done. It's said to be the best way of doing it. It sounds like you did something similar - maybe the exact same thing - I don't know. It's worked wonders for me. I see perfectly. I had no pain at all. That's not always the case, as far as I've heard.


(I did have blurry vision, and some other irritating things (up to 2-4 weeks later), but no actual pain.

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