So tomorrow I go in for PRK surgery. Its basically like Lasik, only they work the laser on the surface of the eye rather than creating a flap first. The results are basically the same, and the long run complications are lower, but it requires recovery time for your eye to heal from the abrasion that is created by the process. I'm terrified. I know I will be so glad when its done and I'm all healed up, but I just don't totally know what to expect from the recovery since I don't know anyone personally who has done it. I've read lots of websites and blogs of peoples recovery to ease my concern, and I think its helped, but I'm still really nervous. It really varies from person to person how uncomfortable it is, so I won't really know until its my eyes.
4 years ago I went through the process of seeing if I was a Lasik candidate, and I was. So this time around when I went in, my eye doctor said I was good to go still, but they doctor at Hoopes Vision said she recommended PRK because I have some irregularities on my cornea (that had worsened a little in the past couple years) and a family history of Kerataconus (a corneal disease). Basically with laser eye surgery the chances of Kerataconus occurring are increased if you are already prone to it. There is no way to know for sure if I am prone to it, but it does tend to have a genetic factor and my brother had it. PRK lowers the risk because it removes less tissue from your eye. The surgeon said he was willing to do Lasik because I'm a borderline case and otherwise good for Lasik, but it was up to me if I wanted to assume the higher risk. The chances are slim either way, but after talking with the doctors at Hoopes again, and with my own eye doctor, I felt like I should take the safer path. Part of me is second guessing myself on that, but I think its just because it is right around the corner now. I've actually felt pretty good about the decision for a while now, but its scary! Its my eyes!
With PRK it can take 3-6 weeks to achieve optimal vision, sometimes longer. That's the other part I'm nervous about, my vision could possibly be pretty blurry for a couple weeks while my eyes heal. I'm hoping I at least achieve 20/40 quickly so that I can drive. Life will be very complicated if I don't! The doctor said most people achieve that within the first week, so here's hoping. I'm prone to headaches and migraines too, so I'm worried that while my vision is healing I'm going to be one giant headache.
BUT, on the positive side...I very much look forward to the following things:
Being able to see the clock in my room when I wake up.
Being able to see while I do my hair and makeup...I'm always very disappointed when I put my glasses on that it doesn't look like I thought it did. haha.
Being able to swim lap without worrying about contacts or not being able to see.
Not dealing with my glasses slipping around my face when I exercise.
Not having glasses fog up constantly in the winter.
Being able to wear any kind of sunglasses I so desire.
Not paying for expensive daily contacts, since that's all my eyes can tolerate.
And that's just to name a few.
So, basically, pray for me! They will be calling me today to let me know what time the surgery is, but it should be between 8-10 tomorrow morning. ah! Luckily the procedure itself is even easier than Lasik, so tomorrow should be fine, its the coming week or two that I'm most worried about. My sister-in-law is coming to help with the kids, so hopefully they'll let me rest and my recovery will go smoothly. I have complete faith in the surgeon and the laser and my follow-up care, so I'm sure all will be well. I'm just a nervous nelly today!