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My PRK Recovery Timeline

prk-surgeryOne major consequence of PRK over LASIK is the longer and much more variable healing/recovery time. It’s nerve-racking having blurry vision weeks and even months after surgery.

The amount of time required to heal can be frustrating.

Since I’ve found comfort reading other people’s recovery timelines, I offer mine in hopes that it will do the same for you. On the flip side, I’ve also read quick healing timelines that made me more stressed out. Hopefully my story doesn’t do that to you. ;)

Just remember healing time is extremely variable; six months being the most common “worst-case scenario,” but I’ve also read between 9 and 12 months.

Unless anything else comes up, I will no longer update this post cause I’m back to normal! w00t w00t! But if you have any questions about my recovery, feel free to leave a comment.

Also, be sure to read the comments for some other first-hand recovery experiences. Thanks everyone for commenting and sharing!


Day 1 – September 30th, 2010

Surgery happened around noon.

We’re looking to correct:

  • Nearsightedness (-3.25 in both eyes)
  • Slight astigmatism

I will say one thing about the surgery itself. The doctor sprayed some fluid in my eye right after the laser zapped my cornea. During this split second I could see crystal clear. The laser above me was in sharp focus; no haze, no blurriness, just perfect vision.

This short glimpse into my future vision is what I hold onto when I doubt the results of PRK. I keep telling myself: “You saw clearly then. You will see clearly again.”

Right after surgery I could see somewhere between with contacts/glasses and without. So between 0 and -3.25. I didn’t have any pain, but the doctor told me to take a Lortab when I got home.

Lortab makes me nauseous, so post-op went something like this: got home, took a Lortab, slept, woke up, took another Lortab, slept and into Day 2 we go! ;)

Day 2

Eyes feel fine. No pain or discomfort. Doctor says everything looks good.

Vision is still what it was yesterday. Blurry, but better than before surgery without contacts.

While the doctor says I can’t drive yet, my vision is good enough that I feel comfortable driving to the grocery store for some lubricating drops. Not sure if my eyes are in the legal limits though. ;)

Day 3

You know the feeling you get when you’re in a dark room and walk outside into the sun? Your eyes feel overwhelmed and you have to shut them for a bit?

That’s how my eyes felt for the first part of the day.

I tried watching college football but couldn’t keep my eyes open for too long. My eyes felt overwhelmed. I couldn’t keep them open for more than a few minutes before I wanted to close them.

Luckily that cleared up halfway through the day and I felt fine afterward.

Vision hasn’t changed though. Still blurry.

Day 4-5

I was standing in my living room looking across to the kitchen when I realized I could see better than the previous days. Still not better (or equal to) when I had contacts, but definitely better than before.

That’s good news right?

Day 6

That is until the doctor messes with you!

I go in for my second post-op appointment and the doctor takes out the bandage contact lenses.

Vision regresses to what it was on Day 1-3. Bummer! *shakes fist at doctor* “You’ll rue the day!”

Day 7

I drive for the first time at night.

This is my first post-PRK venture in the dark with my new eyes. I know night vision problems is a common side effect of PRK (e.g. halos, glare, starbursts), so I’m anxious to see what night vision problems I have.

To my surprise, it doesn’t appear that I have any.

Since I’m still somewhat sensitive to light, I don’t stare at any street lights for too long, but as far as I can tell my night vision is what it was before I had PRK. Not seeing any signs of halos, starbursts, etc.

I’m praying this trend continues throughout my PRK recovery.

Week 1

The common thread the past week has been vision that is between with contacts and without. Basically my nearsightedness has been reduced, but not eliminated.

Luckily it’s good enough that I feel safe driving because I go back to work for the first time tomorrow. I’m slightly worried about going back because I spend a vast majority of my time on a computer and I don’t want to strain my eyes while they’re healing.

But *shrug*. It is what it is. I gotta work to pay the bills.

There haven’t been any significant improvements or regression in vision (just a small improvement on Day 4 and 5). Overall my vision has been fairly consistent since the surgery.

I will say I am surprised at how non-existent pain and discomfort has been. I’ve experienced no pain or discomfort this past week. Also, I don’t have any problems with dry eyes (another common PRK side effect). I use the lubricating drops as directed, but never feel like I need them.

Score one for the home team!

Day 8

First day back to work.

As I mentioned earlier, I spend most of my day on a computer. Being back wasn’t nearly as straining as I had expected. I did have to bump my screen resolution down to 1024×768 to see anything, but I feel good about resuming normal computer activity (with frequent breaks).

Day 9

Today was the first day I felt good about the strength of my eyes. My eyes have needed 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to fully wake up and not feel like they’ve just woken up from a coma. Not so much today.

Aside from the still blurry vision, they feel strong.

The eyes no longer need to be babied and I feel comfortable resuming activities I’ve avoided the past week (e.g. reading my Kindle and using a computer).

Day 10-12

Same old, same old . . .

Day 13

While my vision hasn’t had any major fluctuations since the surgery, I can tell there are slight changes up/down. Every couple days or so I’ll sense my vision is better than it has been. Usually it’ll happen randomly during the day, but it doesn’t last to the next day.

Today, unfortunately, was the noticeably worse day I’ve had since the surgery. Not horrible by any means. I could still drive and function as normal, but I could just tell my vision was worse than in the past.

Day 14

If yesterday was the worse day, today’s the best my vision has been yet. How convenient since I had another appointment today. ;)

Surprisingly, my vision is somewhere between 20/40 and 20/25. Didn’t realize it would be that good. I could make out the letters on the Snellen chart, but the sharpness/focus wasn’t there. That’s the part I miss the most from my vision. Even reading things up close (like the text on this monitor) don’t have the crispness I did with contacts.

But according to my current progress, the doctor says it’ll take another three weeks before my eyes stabilize.

So until then I won’t worry too much.

Week 2

My vision through this past week has stayed fairly consistent. Consistently not stellar. The story of my life the past two weeks. ;)

I can detect minor ups and downs in quality of vision from day to day, but nothing significant. I’ve had both my best and worst seeing days in the same week. But overall, I don’t believe my vision is any better than it was a week ago. Or, maybe the progress is happening so subtly that I can’t tell?

Also, the doctor says to wait another three weeks for the eyes to stabilize.

In all of this, you’ll hear me say my eyes are blurry a lot. I think I should define that a little more. I was nearsighted (-3.25 in both eyes). After surgery I am still nearsighted (as of right now), only less so. I can read/see fine up close, but things in the distance are blurry.

Blurry applies to distance vision (which is expected being nearsighted) but it also applies to close-up vision. In this context, blurry means the vision isn’t crisp/sharp. It’s slightly out of focus. So while I can read a book just fine, I can detect a hint of the words being out of focus.

The clarity just isn’t there yet.

Week 3

This has been the best week by far. There’s been noticeable improvement in my vision. I believe I’ve hit 20/20 at various points. It’s been neat getting up in the morning and being able to see clearly.

My vision hasn’t fully stabilized yet, but I’m finally starting to feel better about the results of my surgery. If things progress as they have I’ll be a happy camper.

I also engaged in sports for the first time without any problems. Played a couple matches of tennis and a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee. At no point did I feel hindered because of my eyes.

There are still minor ups and downs from day to day (and within each day), but the average quality of my vision has improved. Let’s say last week was 75%, this week it’s been 85%.

The blurriness is slowly clearing up (both distance and close-up). I can now see objects in the distance with more focus. Books are also getting clearer, however, I am still having some blurriness when viewing computer screens.

Week 4

I’m pretty confident my vision is at or near 20/20. This makes me happy, but at the same time my vision is still not at the same quality it was with contacts.

I could see 20/20 with my contacts, but things were much more crisp.

Being able to see 20/20 is only one aspect of good vision. The part I’m missing is the sharpness and clarity. So that doesn’t make me happy and reminds me there’s still more healing/waiting that needs to be done.

Also, I think I am having some night vision issues. Still no halos, starburts, etc., but I feel like I’ve lost the ability to see detail in the shadows. It’s kind of hard to describe. As I’m drive at night there are portions of what I see that appear to be completely black; where I can’t see any detail. Instead of seeing an outline or shape in the shadows it all blends together into a blob of darkness.

Let’s hope this isn’t a permanent issue. While it wouldn’t be the end of the world if it were, it’s still a little weird. What if a burglar jumps out from the shadows and I can’t see him!? ;)

Week 5

Overall, not much has changed from last week. The vision has stayed consistent (near, if not at 20/20) and I think the lack of clarity/sharpness has gotten a bit better.

And also, I’m positive now I am having night vision side effects. I haven’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is. But it does have to do with not being able to see shadow detail. And whether it is related or not, there seems to be certain situations with lights (i.e. stop lights/car head lights) that make me sense something is different than it was prior to surgery.

I’m going to try and experiment with my night vision this upcoming week to see if I can explain what these “symptoms” are.

Week 6-7

Wow, has it already been seven weeks since the surgery? Over the past two weeks I’ve found myself not noticing any vision problems at all (at least during the day). So the slight issues I had looking at computer screens has gone away. It was such a gradual thing that I didn’t even realize it was getting better.

I just started waking up and going about my day like nothing was wrong. Only when I had to think about writing this update did it occur to me things had gotten better.

But as I hinted at before, I still have a detectable problem seeing details in shadows at night.

Even if that doesn’t clear up, I will still be satisfied with the results of my surgery. I have a follow-up appointment this upcoming week. We’ll see what the doctor has to say then.

Week 8

Had a follow-up appointment with the doctor this week. According to the Snellen chart, I’m seeing just better than 20/20. I could read the 20/20 line without any problems and some of the 20/15 line. Good news there.

As far as the night vision problems I’ve been describing, I explained it to the doctor and he wanted me to do a little test. He wanted me to compare my night vision with someone else. His main reason being sometimes people can over-analyze too much and he wanted a comparison.

Sounds like something I would do. Pretty ingenious “experiment” if you ask me. ;)

So I did the test and my roommate could not see shadow detail any better than I could. Perhaps I am seeing normally. I’ve only been able to compare with one other person. I’ll find a few more and see if the results are the same. If they are, that bodes well for me. That means my vision is normal and as good as it was with contacts/glasses!

From here on out I will only update this blog monthly.

3 Month

90 days! 3 months!

So here’s the deal. From my last update you know I was “complaining” about some night visions issues and the comparison my doctor wanted me to do. Aside from my roommate, I didn’t compare with anyone else cause I feel like I don’t have those night vision problems anymore.

Now you’re probably thinking to yourself it must have been psychosomatic (i.e. my brain was making me think I had issues when I really didn’t), but I swear I had problems! By coincidence it cleared up after my doctor had me do the test. Seriously! ;)

I would say I felt 100% healed and fully functional at the 2.5 month mark.

Other Recovery Timelines

1,434 replies on “My PRK Recovery Timeline”

Hi guys and guylets. I am 74 and am going in for PRK on Feb 13.
Try to keep this simple…had LASIK 20 years ago. They did Monovision. 1 eye for reading and 1 eye for distance. Very successful 20/15 and recovery was in two or three days……No discomfort.
Last year had Cataract surgery. They honored the Monvision. Left eye is spectacular. I read the bottom paragraph and the copywrite 1987 off the reading chart at about 18″!…….right eye not so good. Maybe 20/80. They waited many months for stabilization and then said they could fix it and how was I going to pay for that? I am not going to pay anybody to correct what they did wrong.
New guy. Highly Recommended..(but so was the cataract guy)……he says PRK. Safest. Good outcome almost assured. He says the first guy (Who was first interocular guy in Florida) missed badly and needs to retire. Well, I knew that.
He showed me what he believes he can get for me..20/20. The days of 20/15 are gone I guess…..
I’ll be happy if it works. I am NOT looking forward to a recovery of Months.
Am I the oldest here?

I thought the only reason for PRK is that the flap wasn’t thick enough? Can you have Lasik instead? Recovery is much longer for PRK and I would never do both eyes at the same time again. Just got the right eye redone (the machine worked this week) and it’s fuzzy and I expect it to be for a long while. But, i can wear a contact in my left eye (until that one gets enhanced at a later date ) which enables me to drive and watch tv. Otherwise I know I wouldn’t be able to function at work, let alone safely drive.

Don’t what to say that I haven’t.
Dr Gorovoy said:
Could remove new lens and replace with better prescription. (Major operation)
Could add a lens in front of new lens to correct. (Major Operation)
Could do Lasik.
Could do PRK.

Recommended PRK because.
1- it is safest. (Not said, but maybe a part of that evaluation is my age)
2- can more accurately predict outcome. (I never would have guessed this. But then my experience with Lasik was great….20 years ago…and who knows…maybe only 90% of Lasik and 95% of PRK is fully successful. Again, maybe my age enters into it.)

Yeah. I did both eyes with lasik 20 years ago.Knowing whatI know now,I would never do it again.
But to wake up the next day and see the world…….was an amazing experience.
But then again, I had zero problems. Many are not that “lucky”.
But then again, used the same Dr that had just done many of the Dallas Cowboys. I am convinced that although the machines may be the same…..there is a bit of an art to it and the Doctor you choose IS important.

I have been keeping up with the comments, but haven’t posted in many months. I had PRK April last year and went back yesterday to finally get an enhancement on my right eye and guess what? The machine broke down! Not only did myself and other patients wait for over an hour wondering what was going on, they had already given me Valium, so I left yesterday looped and no surgery!! I will eventually have both eyes redone, but will never do both at once ever again. At least with my left eye now, if I wear a contact I can read street signs to drive (but then it’s difficult to read and can’t get the right reading glasses for that). My right eye is blurry near and far and so far they have found nothing wrong and keep saying it’s scar tissue and wanted to wait month after month to see if it would correct itself. PRK is overrated and I am beyond patience, but unfortunately have no recourse but to wait. I’m rescheduled for next week, so let’s hope they have the machine up and running!

I had PRK done on January 6th. The first few nights after they took the contact off I was waking up and my eye/eyes would be burning. They said they thought my eyes were drying out and when I opened my eyes I was tearing the new skin off. So for about a week and a half now I have been waking up every hour or so to put drops in. Did you or anyone else have problems with something like this? I have yet to see really any improvement in my vision.

Heya Jonathan, thanks for sharing your experience with the rest of us!

I, personally, did not experience any dry eyes or major discomfort at any point in my recovery. But, if you read through some of the comments here, others have experienced varying levels of discomfort and symptoms.

If I’ve learned anything from others who have had PRK, the healing process can be very different for each person. Dry eyes is probably one of the most common symptoms.

But being only three weeks out, you are still pretty early in the recovery process. Keep your hopes high! You’ve still get plenty of opportunity for your eyes to heal and for your vision to improve!

Well I had my 3 month check-up.
They said my right eye is 20/20 now, last month they said it was 20/30 now you would think I would be happy to hear that but I’m not really.
Let me tell you why, I see no better then I did a month ago and the way they test me seems like a joke, I tell them I’m guessing and they say that’s great you got it right even if it was only 1 letter out of the 4.
OK now for the left eye, now they say its 20/40 it went backwards, they said it was 20/30 last month, now I’m getting close to where the might offer some correction in the left eye.

I told the doctor my vision was the same as it was last month, still unable to read traffic signs until they are within 30ft, fuzzy, no clarity/sharpness and double vision.

So to sum it up they now say my total vision is 20/25, I don’t know how the come up with that 20/20 in 1 and 20/40 in the other, I would think that equals 20/30.

Well now you can guess what the final words from the doc was, Your still healing, this take time, it will get better, and your looking good so hang in there, like as if I have other options right!

I go back to see the doctor in 3 months, I’ll let you know how it goes.

O yes I should also mention they said the 200.00 eye plugs(which I didn’t pay for because they made a mistake on my insurance) they put in are really helping me with the healing and dry eye problem they said I have. I told them I feel no change in the way my eyes felt before and it was like the doc didn’t hear me.

OK sorry for the rambling again.

hey walt. thanks again for the update. hope the next three months are better than the first in terms of recovery.

what exactly are eye plugs? sounds kinda scary. ;)

Hi Alex
What they do is plug the channel in the corner of your eye where the tears drain. They say it helps to keep the eyes lubricated longer.
People with really dry eyes should never have prk done because most people will have dry eye’s caused by prk and if you already have dry eyes it will become almost unbearable.

I am on day 4 of my PRK surgery. Tomorrow I go in to have the contacts taken out. I chose to have my procedure done in Mexico as it only costs $800 there compared to $5,000 in the U.S w/out eye insurance. I should have done more research on the PRK procedure. I had dry eye issues prior to the surgery and the one concern I told the doctor was about that. Of course he said i shouldn’t have a problem with dry eyes. We’ll see, so far it just seems normal for me to have a dry eye issue. For the first 2 days I was literally in the dark. It was painful to open my eyes. The 3rd day was not too bad, I was starting to open my eyes from time to time but for the most part I kept them closed. The 4th day (today) much better. I could open them up and keep them open by the end of the day. Now I am looking forward to having my contacts removed tomorrow. I see better with my right eye than my left eye. My left eye is completly blurry. Hope that all changes and by the sound of it, it looks like it will. Tanks for putting up this blog. I was concerned about the healing process and now I feel assured that things will get better.

heya jessica! thanks for dropping by!

wow, i can’t believe it’s so cheap in mexico!

if you read through the experiences from people, i think the best advice you’ll hear is the entire recovery process feels like it’s three steps forward, two steps back. you’ll progress, but then regressive in a day.

so be patient. everyone heals differently. it’ll probably be natural to worry the first few weeks when your eyesight is horrible, but it will get better!


I’m currently see 20/15 on my right eye, did prk about 3 months ago(end of september 2011). did prk on my left eye about 5 weeks ago(middle of November 2011), not seeing great, maybe at 20/25ish or 20/30ish. it felt great not having to wear glass when u drive or do anything fun….

It’s been 4.5 months since my PRK (pretty substantial correction: -8 pre-surgery). Near 20/20, but no real “crisp-ness” to what I read – things are still blurry. I’m told it takes 6 months (so another 6 weeks) for full recovery.

My question is this: has anyone experienced “substantial” improvement in their vision in the last 6 weeks of the 6 month recovery period? Or was it only a minor improvement?

I know everyone is different, but I’m curious whether it’s realistic to expect much more improvement in the last 6 weeks of recovery. Thanks.

Hi John,
I also started out with a substantial correction: -11 in left eye and -9 in right. I did lasik about 10 yrs aago in left eye and the prk to correct in that eye about a year and a half ago. It did take about 8 months to stabilize and that eye is about 20/25 with a little astigmatism(need glasses to drive at night) The right eye was done about 7 months ago and was overcorrected so they did “clapicks” on me. This is where you where a contact lens 24/7 and put acular in 4 times a day. this seemed to work but since I took contact lens out about three wks ago the eye seems to be regressing with a lot of double vision…Im not sure if astigmatism causes the double vision or what but even tho they say I can read the chart at 20/20 I am totally guessing and letter are fuzzy and double! I can not read with that eye but amazingly I can see better with this eye at night to drive! I am also hoping for a substantial improvement but if the ghosting would go away I would be happy! ok I m not sure if theat answered your question but I think the blurriness might take a year to clear up!

I am now about seven months out on having prk on an eye that was about -9 . I was overcorrected and have worn a contact lens for the last two months and putting in acular 4 times a day…they call this clapicks. When I was wearing the +.05 contact lens my vision seemed perfect! I have been out of the contact lens for two weeks now and vision seems to be getting worse but doctor says to give it another month and we will see if I need an enhancement. Since I am farsighted now with astigmatism I am wondering what the recovery time will be on the second prk. Does anyone one know if it is shorter because they are not doing as much correction? Is it harder to correct farsightedness?

It’s been about 4 months since my last post. At my 6 month post-op at this point, and my eyes are 20/15 in both eyes. They still get dry in the mornings, and a little scratchy when I’ve been starting at the computer for a while, and night-time driving still has it’s issues, i.e. oncoming lights from cars are very bright to me, and stop lights and car-tail lights ghost a bit. Hopefully this clears up in the next few months. I had PRK back in June at the Army’s expense at Ft. Riley if anyone has any questions :)

Hello Walt,

You sound like me, I am experiencing the same thing. If you get a chance read my other postings. I had may first PRK surgery on March 11, 2011 and I just had an adjustment on October 28th. My last appointment was November 12, 2011 and I had 20/30 vision in both eyes. I can not read the computer without reading glasses but it is a little fuzzy and also reading magazines/books is getting fuzzy. I too am very frustrated, I thought I would be seeing 20/20 by now. I am still praying for God to heal me. Your last posting is my same story the only comfort I have is that you are in my same boat. Thanks for posting……from someone who knows and feels your frustration. Take care……….Wendy

Had my 8 week check up. They say I’m at 20/30 in both eyes. I asked if they would do another treatment to make it better and I was told no because I was better then 20/40 and that’s all they promised. I still have double vision and cant read traffic signs until there 30ft in front of me. 4 weeks ago they said I was at 20/75.
My close vision is starting to fade away but I really don’t notice any improvement in the far vision, no clarity , fuzzy and double vision.
I still have vary dry eyes so they put plugs in both eyes.
I’m what they call a successful operation.
I said you have to be kidding me ( double vision, no clarity and fuzzy vision is successful)
Well I’ll be going back in 4 weeks to see what they say then and I’ll let you know.
Sorry about the rambling, I’m just vary unsatisfied at this point.

Sorry to hear you’re not having the greatest recovery experience.

The only words of encouragement I can offer is that there’s still hope. One of my friends had a horrible experience the first few months, but after six months it became great.

update 11/16/11:

Did prk on my left eye last Saturday. the result wasn’t the same as my right side. i was unable to see clearly but still 20/30. now it has been 4 years and i can’t see even see clearly on the chart test, but since it’s only 4 days old. nothing to worry right? as for my right eye, i’m seeing 20/20. hopefully both eyes will see 20/20.

yeah, four days is nothing.

talk to anyone who has done PRK before and they’ll chuckle if you ask them if their results were final on the fourth day. ;)

give it at least 2-3 months.

Hi all!

I just wanted to thank everyone for their posts! I had PRK on 10/27 and come back to read once in a while for encouragement!

I’m excited for my vision to stabilize :)


Yes, both eyes! Left eye is the slowest healing (20/45) and my right has been stable at 20/25. My vision starts out pretty good in the morning but by the end of the day I feel super tired and just want to close my eyes. Even though the healing is slow it still feels great not having to wear glasses. :)

It is an awesome feeling not wearing glasses!

It’s so cool in the mornings to be able to look across the room and actually see what time my alarm clock says! ;)

Hoping for a speedy recovery for you!

When I went to the the Dr. for my 4wk post op I had 20/20 and he said things look great. He decided that it was time to wean me off the Steroid drops a little a head of schedule, so he cut back how many times a day and shorten the amount of weeks. I am now 6wks post PRK and have completely stop taking the Steroid drops, as of 3 days ago. I feel like my vision in my left eye is regressing… Is that normal right after you stop the drops?

Howdy Robert!

From my experience (and I believe from others as well), it is normal to see some regression after weaning off the steroids.

It would make sense because your eyes are now having to adjust to not having steroids “help” them out. So give your eyes some time to flex/build their own muscles and I’m sure you’ll be good to go in no time!

I went back to the Dr. today because I haven’t seen any improvement in my left eye after the regression. My vision in left eye went from 20\20 to now 20\25. That probably doesnt sound like too big of a jump, but the crispness really took a hit. He thinks that I may have to go in for a touch up, but he wants to wait another 6weeks to see if it clears up. If it doesnt then we will make plans for me to get my left eye zapped again.. Oh well.

Almost a month since I last posted and my left I seems to be back to 20/20. I dont go back to the Dr. for a few more weeks, but I definitely feel like I will not need an enhancement. :)

update 11/4/11:

Got back from my eye exam after using Combigan to lower my eye pressure. My eye pressure was 25, now it’s only 10, which is a good thing. I can see better than 20/15 after using Combigan to lower my eye pressure. i guess the reason my eye see 20/25ish b/c my eye pressure was high.

Frank, I didn’t experience anything like double vision or shadow vision. Mine was more cloudy and blurry. I was pretty clear while I had the bandage contact in (for the first week), but when they took it out, my vision was terrible. It took another week for it to BEGIN to clear – and I’m not sure if the clearing was due to stopping the steroid or simply the passing of time. Each week (13 weeks as of today!) my vision has SLOWLY improved……and I do mean SLOW. But the cumulative effect of the slow improvement is that I’m much better today then I was in the first month of recovery. Hopefully the improving will continue into months 4, 5 and 6.

I just want to say that not all doctors are salesmen. My doctor fully explained the risks and length of recovery. I had lasik about ten years ago that didnt turn out so well(luckily only one eye was done so I was able to function with a contact lens in the eye they didnt do . It took me ten years to find a doctor that could correct the one eye and then do prk on the other. He would only do one at a time because of the long healing times. I waited a year to do the other one. The healing time is very frustrating even when you are prepared. The first eye took about eight months to stabilize and I am five months out on second eye. The second eye was over corrected and the doctor is doing clapicks on me. The eye has greatlly improved and hopefully I will not need an enhancement. Even tho my vision is not perfect I am glad I did the procedure, before I was legally blind without my contacts and now I can drive without any glasses or contacts(although at night I do feel more comfortable driving with glasses) My advice to anyone considering prk is to ask alot of questions and if you dont feel comfortable go to some one else! Anyone in the chicago area might want to consult with Jonathon Rosin before doing it.

just got back from my one month post-op.
still seeing 20/25ish, my eye is healing well. however, the steroid i’m using caused my eye pressure to be a lil high, so they are giving me combigan to lower my eye pressure. told me to come back this thursday to check if Combigan helps lowing my eye pressure. will update this coming thursday.

had my a follow up visit to the doc. She said the reason for my bad vision is due to my eyes reacting to the steroid drops “Lotemax” It is raising my eye pressure. So now I’ve stopped the steroids and just do my regular dry eye drops every hour.
Does anybody know how stopping the steroids will effect the future progress of my vision?

I was directed to stop the steroids after only one week of usage. I had cloudy vision.

Now, 13 weeks out, I’m 20/25 in each eye, but they continue to SLOWLY improve. I had a very large correction, so I was warned going in that it could take up to 26 weeks for my eyes to finish adjusting. So I’m half way there……

I’m not sure how stopping the steroids early impacted my recovery (making it faster….or slower…..or no impact). But my eyes have seemed to still slowly recover. No dry eye issues, no hazing on my corneas.

So there still maybe hope. That’s a good thing. Did you have shadow vision at all? Thanks for your feed back.

Shadow vision to me is like seeing 3-D without the glasses. I see am imagine and then I seeing another one that overlaps it slightly. I guess some people would say double vision. But its not like crossing your eyes double.

I too had double vision, not so much in bright sunlight but inside and at night. It does seem to get better with time!

i too have the same problem just recently! it stops if i close my left eye, since i only got prk on the right eye.

Just got off the phone with the doc. He said the double vision is cause by where the line of healing meets in the eye. For me its righ in my line of vision. Also stated I am healing slower then most.

Frank M,

any improvement after you stop using the steroid drops? did they gave you any thing to lower your eye high pressure?

It does seem like there is some kind of stabilization and minor improvement. But nothing drastic. I went to the Dr. yesterday and they put contacts in and prescribed Zymaxid twice daily and Ketrolac drops 4 times daily. They also put in tear duct plugs. My next appointment is Saturday the 19th. I can see a lot better now too. I guess the doctors do know what they’re doing.

PRK procedure 10.06.2011

update: Had an appointment last Saturday 11.19. R. eye is 20/30, left is 20/40 and I still have some mild double vision. “livable” Doc. said my my eyes are getting back on track. It’s GREAT to be able to see things again. I’m not afraid to drive anymore. I may still need to have my eye adjusted but it’s a wait and see issue. I have another appointment Dec. 17th. update then

Hi Guys, Frank, Walt, Savage. I hear you man!

Yes, it’s amazing the wait involved in this. I had Lasik in one eye, and which was excellent the next day, so I did it to the left eye the next day, and that’s where the problems started. Two failed flaps, and so just after the second flap issue we did PRK that day.

So I’ve gone thru the same deals as you guys are talking about. My PRK was April 2 – still not the greatest. But it’s livable if this is all there is. I ended up with astigmatism due to the PRK/Laser and (probably 2 flap attempts.) So, whereas my Lasik Eye is quite good, my PRK eye is still having some difficulties.

I was farsighted like Walt, and I’m 58 so near his age. Walt, the good news is exactly as you said: “they had great vision up close after laser treatment and then it fades in great vision at a far.” This is exactly what is supposed to happen. Man, if your surgeon doesn’t tell you this basic thing you may have picked the wrong guy. I went for two opinions before I did Lasik and both said that would happen. With Nearsighted people, they basically shave down/flatten the eye so it’s pretty straight forward. With Farsightedness, they have to make they steeper, so they put a shape in to do that, and then it needs to settle in after, and thus flattens out a bit, so you should be OK with that. It took a solid month before I started losing my very good near vision and it faded to good far vision. (Both in the Lasik and PRK eyes.) So hang in there Walt, I don’t think all is lost on that front. Though your surgeon may know something we don’t, but you will definitely get some faded near vision and better far vision soon.

So for my PRK eye with the astigmatism, I’m still struggling with it a bit. It’s always really fuzzy in the morning, especially up close. Now I’m not supposed to have near vision but my Lasik eye has good far vision and pretty cool near vision. By my PRK eye is fuzzy in distance too, especially in the morning. However, as they day goes by, the PRK eye gets better usually, especially in the distance. So, I’m not sure what to think about this. I had a procedure called an LRI about a month ago, which was supposed to relax the astigmatism a bit, I’m not sure it worked, though my eye is about like it was before the procedure now.

I’m really hesitant on another PRK because they are just misery… as attested to by this board, and the doctors do a disservice by making it out to be so easy. 3 months I think is a more typical healing / suffering zone. :-) I’m also hesitant because it seems like the prescription applied to my eye was good, but the astigmatism it caused is my issue. Finally, I’ve read there is greater chance of scaring / hazing with a second PRK.

So, I’m still not done with this… but it’s pretty good, all in all, but not as good as I think it should / could be.


Thanks Geno
I’m going today to get my so-called temporary glasses so I should be able to see at a distance.
I’ll tell all you this, had the doctor been up front about this surgery there would have been no way I would have done it.
The only thing they told me is it will be the best thing I have ever done to improve my vision. These doctors are nothing but salesmen selling their product.
I asked what the risk were and at no time did they say it could go wrong, I even asked why they had me sign a form saying this could make my vision worse and they are not liable if it does. I was then told that never really happens, its just a standard form everyone uses.
I will not have this done again because I now know what they say has no truth to it because they said to me after questioning them now that they did the surgery, they said, well you signed the consent form so you knew the risks.
Like the old sayings go, buyer beware, if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
I wish the best of luck to all of you.
I will let you all know if anything changes.

going for my one month post-op check up tomorrow. unable to see 20/20 for the last week, but around 20/25ish….i’m getting a lil bit of double version. hopefully everything is going accord to “plan” of a 3 months recovery.

PRK was done the end of April. They kept telling to wait, wait, wait, that your eyes are continually healing. Even went to a retina specialist and thankfully everything is ok. My next appt is in 2 weeks and I won’t leave that office unless another PRK is scheduled for the right eye. I won’t chance both eyes as I would be dealing with what you are! I feel for ya, it really does s***

Left off that my concern about my drivers license and job is if my vision can’t be corrected by some means. Glasses again or prk again.

My doctors are getting me glasses this week, I should not even be driving with 20/100 vision. What your having now, I only had a couple of days like that but now every day my close vision keeps getting even better but far nothing.
I hope things start to get better for you.

Walt, I’m preety sure I shoilldn’t be driving. I almost ran into the back Of a tractor trailer this morning. Scared the crap out of me. How could I of missed something as big as that. I just wish I had some kind of clear vision in any range. At least before PRK I could read. I just keep hoping everyone is right. That I just have to wait. But I haven’t read where anybody didn’t have good vision in all areas close, midrange or far like I have. Shadow vision makes reading real tough even with one eye closed and a magnifying glass. Hoping the doc has some kind of resolution.

My right eye is what you described – not clear close, mid or far. The docs at first said it was some kind of scarring. Then they said it had something to do with a stigmatism. Even with glasses or contacts, it was not clear. My left eye is helped with the lone contact and I can see well enough to drive and see the computer up close. If it were both eyes, I would be in the same boat. It’s frustrating!!!

Thanks for the reply but I still have that question about why I can see so close now.
The correction was for far sightedness and my near sight was bad just because of my age (51) which I had been wearing readers for 10 year or more and only started having problems with far sight 2 years and just started wearing glasses in november.
I have read all the other comments here but did not read any that said they had great vision up close after laser treatment and then it fades in great vision at a far.
Another thing that concerns me is that I have RA which I told the doctor. I have read a lot about this now and every thing I read says if you have RA you should not have this surgery, what do you think about this?
By the way, where do U have your treatment, I had it done in Amherst NY

Update, Had both my eyes done 10.06. So I’m 27 days post surgery and my vision still isn’t good. Everything has shadows and looks like my eyes are dirty. Can’t see far, midrange or close up. Still have my computer monitor at 150% and use a magnifying glass to read. Going for a follow up appointment today. Hope he’s going to give me something to help me see. I know everyone says it takes time to heal…But I’m going on a month now and my eyes aren’t very good. I’m starting to get concerned about keeping my driver license and job if my vision doesn’t start to improve. I post what the doctor says.

I had PRK late April. Not a great experience and still trying to get everything straightened out. I finally have plans in November for a “redo” on both eyes, starting with the right eye. I requested a contact for my left eye to be able to drive. If I wear it though, I need reading glasses. Ask about contacts, and don’t take no for an answer!

I had my right eye done in January, left eye in March, enhancement done to right eye in July. Started in both around -6. My concern for the first half of the year was that I’d be able to see (20/20 didn’t take very long), but that I’d have to live with a decrease in visual acuity. What good is it to see if it’s not sharp or clear?

At this point, I’m still healing, and get mild ghosting at night from time to time. I anticipate that it’ll pass because during the day, I like to say I can see in HD now. Very crisp…very clear…very sharp. It happens at night with lights with more frequency. I anticipate that once everything heals up and stabilizes, my new HD vision will be with me all day, and EVERY night…especially when driving. Be encouraged. It’ll improve. Just give it time.

Hi Folks
I just found this site and thought I would add my thoughts.
I had both my eyes done 10/05. I was farsighted and vision was 20/100 w/out glasses and used readers for up close.
The day I had it done I could read the smallest print and see things great at 3 feet but nothing else.
The next day I went for follow-up and was told by the doctor he was concerned they may have over corrected, because I could see so well up close, before I couldn’t see anything with out readers. I asked why it went that way and he said my eyes must have over reacted to the laser and there was no way he could have known this would happen.
Well anyways I’m 3 weeks out and still see great up close but nothing far and the other doctors I’m see at the office keep telling me it will get better and I shouldn’t worry about it yet.
I tell them what the surgeon said and they say he should not have said what he said.
Has anyone else had it go this way for them?

Howdy Walt, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Without being a doctor in the field, it’s hard to tell how much of it could be doctor error in judging how much to correct or how much of it is truly your eyes reaction to the surgery.

If you’ve read through any of the comments, you’ll find the common thread of healing is that it takes much longer than three weeks to ultimately know how the surgery turns out.

So I would recommend you continue waiting until your doctor is more comfortable making a final judgment on the results of your healing.

I’d say this typically won’t be for at least 2-3 months.

I agree with Alex. I find that the medical community is erring in judgement by telling PRK patients that they are healed in 21 days. While the cornea is physically healed in that timeframe, full vision benefits take 90 days.

I had a talk with my doctor about this “err in judgement”. While I certainly am pleased with the final outcome, it took at least 2 1/2 months to get here. I felt that by telling me the healing process was 21 days, I was misled into thinking that I would have full vision at 21 days. It seems from reading this blog as well as others, the medical community has taken on some “salesman qualities” . I realize that Lasik recovery is quite short and if I had a thicker corneal layer, I would have gone that route. But I didn’t. I just wish I knew *upfront* that my vision would take 90 days to be perfect as opposed to finding this out after the surgery.

3 month check up yesterday. 20/25 each eye and 20/20 “minus” when using both eyes. I was told the “minus” means I couldn’t read all of the letters on the 20/20 line, but I could read some.

So I’m close to 20/20 but my vision is not sharp/crisp. I can read most things nears to me, but it’s still a bit blurry. My distance and outdoor vision is clearer for sure.

My correction was large, so a slower recovery was to be expected.

For those with a similar situation – did you experience improvement in the clarity/sharpness/crispness in the 4th, 5th, 6th month? My vision has improved since my 2 month visit, but I’m still hoping for a continued increase in the crispness of my vision.

Thanks to all.

Early on, I experienced 20/20 vision without the crispness as well.

It seams like my healing took place quicker than yours (the crispness came by the third month), but I wouldn’t be surprised if you followed a similar path that just takes a bit longer.

From the other comments, some have taken upwards of six months to be fully healed.

I’m a little overdue for an update so here it is. I just had my five month checkup. For a little background, I was severely myopic with a prescription of -13 with a moderate degree of astigmatism. I won’t go into too much detail about my recovery because it is described in my earlier postings. I am now seeing 20/20 in both eyes, which to me is pretty amazing. At my last checkup around six weeks ago, I was seeing 20/25. The sharpness and definition are not totally there yet, but I am seeing slow improvement. Night vision is good. My left eye is now slightly sharper than my right, which is reversed to what it was during the first few months. I am still on a low dose of steroid drops due to the magnitude of my correction, and it looks like I’ll be on them for a while longer. I put in artificial tears around five times a day to keep things on the moist side (when I put the drops in, things get really sharp!). It’s been an interesting five months. I am not totally healed, but things are looking good. Thanks again to Alex for providing a forum for people to share their experiences!

One week from my last post and no improvement. Cloudy, shadows and can’t see distance or close up. Not happy. Wish I only did one eye. I can only read with a magnifing glass with one eye closed. My computer monitor is at 200% to help me do my job. Hope things improve like everyone says.

Frank, I’m not sure how longs it’s been since your procedure, but it sounds like you’re having my experience. I’m at the 3 month mark next week and I’ve seen a lot of improvement since my first several weeks after the procedure. I’m still a little blurry up close, but a lot of that could be my age/need for reading glasses.

How big of an adjustment did you have?

I had the procedure October 6th. As for the correction the doctor said it was in the moderate range. I was like 250 in both eyes.My age is 55. So I guess I’m on the old side.I had an appointment 10.13 and the doctor said I would see a large improvement in the next 4 or 5 days. Well it hasn’t happened and my eye sight seems to be worse. If I could just see a little bit better in any range would make me feel better. I can’t see far, close or midrange. It seems like my eyes are dirty and need a film removed.

update 10/20/2011:
Just got back from the doctor. My right eye is doing good, a little dry, which is normal. My eye chart wasn’t good like yesterday, i knew it before i came in, but it wasn’t bad. it was 20/25, still good but i was 20/20 the previous 3 days. I knew it wasn’t good b/c my eye was dry this morning since it’s cold here. will update next week after my 4th week post-op. during my 4th week checkup, i will schedule for prk on my left eye. will update in 10 days later.

i don’t know if anybody want to know my update or not….tell me if i need to stop doing update every few days lol….. this thursday will be my 3rd week post-op check up….i was able to see 20/20 for the last 3 straight days, will update my check up on friday. if you guys don’t care about my check up and other information, let me know so i can stop posting here lol….

i 4got to add something, i was able to see 20/20 but my close up isn’t good but it gets better each day..

Couldn’t have said it better myself, John! Right now, I’d give anything to see 20/40 — in both eyes. But like I said before, whining doesn’t get us anywhere. Good luck with your next appointment!

John –

1st mo. after surgery I was 20/70 in one eye, 20/100 in the other. At 2.5 mos I was 20/40 in eye one, but still 20/100 in the other (which before PRK could not be tested on the eye chart). Just over the past 2 weeks I have realized that I can identify street signs while driving and can see the leaves on the trees (vs just a green blob). I have been fit for 2 different sets of glasses over the recovery period to wear when driving at night — the newest lenses no longer work (my own eyes see more clearly than with any added glasses). Up to this point, I had not been to identify any change in my vision, so this is a major improvement and gives me hope that I might not need to have additional surgery (which is currently being discussed). So hang in there!

Great news on your improvement, Fran. I’m going next week for a checkup so I’ll find out my new vision numbers. While I’m sorry your recovery has taken so long, it is encouraging that others have taken some time, but are still improving MONTHS into the recovery. It’s great to read about those who are blessed with a quick recovery, but it can get a bit discouraging when you can’t count yourself among those lucky ones! Keep sharing your progress.

Thanks again.

Thank you for this web Blog Alex! My eye site is horrible and I thought I was going to have to retire because I can’t see my computer or read. I have my screen set at 150% and still can barely read it. I’m only 10 days post PRK. Now I know to just wait and stop whining. Things will get better. Thanks for relieving my anxiety.

That’s exactly it, Frank. You just have to be patient (which I know really isn’t easy). I’m almost at the 4th month mark and I am just now beginning to notice changes in my vision that give me hope that this may all work out in the end (and my vision was very poor). Whining gets us no where.

Fran, I was curious about your comment. I’m at nearly 3 months and not where I hoped I’d be. What changes have you noticed recently? What are you able to do now that you couldn’t before?

Your comment about improvement nearly 4 months in is an encouragement for me that perhaps I’ll improve over the next month, too. I had a pretty large adjustment as well.

Thanks for your feedback.

Well I had my 6 month appointment this week. After an amazing summer of back country horseback trips, camping, swimming, getting firewood, 4wheeling and in general having fun without any worry of getting dust in my contacts, or where in the world to find some place appropriate to take my contacts out for the night, I can say I LOVE PRK! My right eye does still have a slight bit of astigmatism but it’s still 20/20 and my left eye is 20/10!! Together I see 20/15 very clearly. I do still have a bit of light sensitivity but always have so it’s not an adjustment for me. Can’t wait for the snow, I’m so excited about snowmobiling without my contacts freezing to my eye balls or getting dried out because of lack of air flow behind my goggles!!! I know for some it can be a struggle, but for me it was so worth it :)

I may not be the best person to answer this question, other than something unhelpful like “It’s different for everyone” I had very little problems with my recovery. After about 2 weeks my eyes were great, except of course some dryness and light sensitivity. They have been consistently between 20/25 & 20/15 since my 1 month appointment. Put your OC drops in EVERY hour! I set a reminder to go off every hour on my cell phone, plus reminders for my prescription drops and anytime I woke up in the night I put them in. My Doc. said that it’s one of the things that helped my recovery, also eat healthy & get as much rest as you can, no matter what the case your body needs that to heal. Good luck, it’s worth it!

I got 20/15 after taking out the bandage. But it only lasts for two days. Now its 20/20 in the morning but about 20/30 at the end of the day. Today marked my 2 week post op.

All you can do is go with the flow :) You’ve had the surgery, no matter how frustrating the recovery may be you have no choice but to go through it. Try resting them in the middle of the day some that may help with your evening vision. Don’t worry so much it won’t help your body heal…lol

I would say a month recovery is rare. From what I’ve read (and experienced), I would say somewhere between 2-3 months is average with 4-6 months not being uncommon either.

Yay!! So glad to hear you love your final results! And thanks for keeping us all updated!

Thanks Alex! Your PRK blog has been EXTREMELY helpful during my recovery. Each week (Okay almost every day) I find myself coming back to this blog to calm my nerves. Next week I have my 4 week checkup. I will post my results. Hopefully they are good!


Just an update to my post last week. I went to my 4 week post op appointment today and I am 20\20 in both eyes! I wouldnt have guessed that because things still dont seem crisp, but my Dr. said that will come with time.

that’s great to hear! i’m only one week behind you, but i only did prk on my right eye, will schedule to do my left eye after my 4th week post-op check up.

I had PRK on Sept. 23rd, 2011. The day after surgery I had 20/40 in one eye and 20/25 in the other. Obviously my vision got worse as the days went on, but my question is, does the day after surgery vision mean that is what my vision will be when I am all healed up in a few months? Dont get me wrong that is still better than what I had without contacts ( I was a -5.50 in each eye before PRK), but I would love to have 20/20 of course.

Honestly, not necessarily. The healing is a unique process for each person.

With the healing often taking a few months (if not longer), there’s no way to say confidently your vision on day 2 is what it will be once you’re done healing.

The good news is that the vast majority of users are extremely pleased with their results. I was definitely worried during the first month of my recovery, thinking I made a mistake, but I am extremely happy with my results now.

If you read through the comments you’ll find similar stories.

Thanks for commenting!

Hi Nick,


Yes I had something similar. I could see really well the next day after PRK, then things went a bit fuzzy, then for like 3 days after the bandages were out I could only see colors, I would say not even shapes.

My PRK eye is still presenting a problem. Check my other posts above. Had the 4th procedure on this eye, which is the first followup after the PRK (had two failed lasik flaps before)

We did an “LRI” (2 weeks ago yesterday) which was suppose to reduce the steep side of the surgically induced astigmatism. So far it is very marginal. We are not sure it is going to heal right, Dr said “50/50” as the incision to let the cornea relax (off the visual axis) is not closing up now as it should.

We are waiting a month (though he said ‘it is better to do something sooner rather than later’) to see what happens with it (50/50). If it does not close up we may have to put two small sutures to pull the incision closed…

Still waiting and hoping to give a more positive outcome. My Lasik eye is still excellent and getting me thru all these other things.


i just don’t know what happen!! it was perfect for 2 days then suddenly it just went away!! now i’m starting to have double version. check up this morning,the doctor did eye pressure test, now my eye is still hurting!

OMG!!! I hate PRK!!!!

after taking the bandage out, i can see 20/15 the next day….everything was so great for 2 days….until yesterday(10/10/2011)…i can not see 20/15 anymore but 20/40!!!! WTF?!!!!!! i was so happy at 20/15, it suddenly change to 20/40?!!! good thing i only did PRK on one eye. Anyone experienced this problem like myself? i’m 11 days post-op right now.

lol. i couldn’t help but smile when i read your comment.

what you’re experiencing with the good then bad vision is a normal (and to be expected) part of the recovery process. it is the one downside of PRK to LASIK.

LASIK patients see better instantly whereas us PRK patients have to wait months.

the motto for PRK surgery is your healing/eyesight will be three steps forward, two steps back. expect it to be up and down for at least the first two to three months.

Met with the surgeon today (7 weeks from the procedure). My blurriness is caused by OVER correction. He wants to see me again in 4 weeks, and in the meantime cut out the Vitamin C supplements.

Has anyone else had this experience? How did it turn out? Did your overcorrection regress to clarity without having to have an enhancement procedure?


John –

I can identify. I just met with my surgeon for my 2.5 month visit. At one month post op I was seeing 20/70 in one eye and 20/100 in the other. This most recent visit shows me at 20/40 in the first eye and still 20/100 in the other — not exactly the recovery I was hoping for and very difficult to function with. My surgeon too has suggested that he may have over corrected and that I might need to have the entire procedure done again. Obviously, I am less than thrilled, but trying to remain optomistic. This blog has been very helpful in realizing that everyone seems to have different rates of recovery and that timing varies widely as well. Patience seems to be the key word.

John and Fran,
I was overcorrected in one eye, my surgery was on may 6 and about 10 to 11 eleven weeks after my doctor told me he was going to try” clapicks” to correct it . I wear a soft contact lens 24 hours a day and put acular in four times aday. after 6 weeks he said my vision had improved 33%. i will go back in ather two weeks to check my progress. I think as long as my vision keeps changing I will wear the contact. Hopefully this will work and I wont have to have another surgery. You should ask your doctor about it!

It’s me again. Still struggling thru days and (now) weeks of recovery.

One unique (I think) experience I had a week or so into my recovery was the surgeon had me stop taking the steriods (I had taken them for a week – 4 times a day) instead of slowing lowering my use over 4 weeks. I was having a lot of cloudy/blurry vision at the time.

Now 6 weeks later, I’m making progress, but it’s slow and I’m behind the “average” recovery time – but not beyond the realm of possible recovery periods.

My question is this: what were the implications of stopping the steriods “cold turkey” one week in vs. the normal decreasing usage? Did anyone else do the same thing? If so, what happened in your case? I’m meeting the the surgeon next week to discuss my progress, but I was hoping to learn from others experiences so I would know more going into my appointment.

Thanks as always!

Hey Guys!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the site. My late summer activities of keeping the grandchildren then getting ready to start school kept me quite busy. The last time I posted was early July and my doctor felt that I was going to need an enhancement. Needless to say I was very disappointed. I returned for my 3 month check up Aug. 31st and my vision had improved dramatically. I knew that it was getting was so much better and I had prayed and prayed that I wouldn’t need a touch up. I was dismissed for 9 months. I have to use readers for computer and reading and that is much worse than before surgery but it is so nice not to have to put on glasses each day and to be able to wear regular sunglasses. No more indentions in the nose, either.
Alex, thank you for this site. It has really been an encouragement to a lot of people. I bet you never thought you would have this kind of response.
Geno, I sure hope for a great improvement for you and maybe the 4th time will be the charm.

thanks nelda! yeah, the response has been incredible. i almost want to consolidate all these comments into another post for others to read . . .

but alas, i just don’t think i have the time to. :(

Another thing I’ve noticed 5 weeks into recovery is that I can see much better outside in the sun. I can even read without reading glasses.

Has anyone else experienced that? Is that clearer vision similar to what I’ll see when I’m fully recovered? Or is there no relationship between the two (“sun” vision vs. inside vision)?

Thanks to all who post on this website. It’s a real benefit for those of us going through the LONG recovery process.

For the first 8 weeks, I noticed that I could see better under certain conditions. It was an indication of better things to come as I can now see that good under all conditions.

Last time I was at the doctor, my left eye checked in at 20/15 and my right eye checked in at 20/20. Good luck with the recovery!

Hello John,

I am now at my 6 months after PRK and I need to get an adjustment. I do see a lot clearer than I did in the beginning and I wore a contact lens for 2 months. I need to wear reading glasses for reading and to be able to see the computer. I am scheduled to have an adjustment on both eyes on October 21, 2011. I can not wait since I still cannot see street signs or signs on the highway until I am right underneath it. I use to be able to see perfect when I wore contacts prior to the PRK. I am hoping that the adjustment would put me at that point. I am really scared to go through the surgery again but I can not see myself having to wear reading glasses all the time. I did understand that I would need to wear them but I was not aware that I would need them all the time. If I wear them all day I would see perfect near and far. It is unbelievable to me. I am not complaining, I am pleased… just wish it did not take this long for me to recover or to have to have adjustment and risk going thru the same process.

Alex, thanks for provide this site, it has been very comforting to know others have gone through the same situation.


I’m 5 weeks since PRK. I’ve been SLOWLY recovering, but I do think it is progressing.

A couple of issues I’d like feedback from others regarding:

1. I’ve noticed that if I’m trying to read, my vision changes blink-to-blink. If I make myself wait to blink for a few seconds, sometimes it clears to be pretty clear. Then the next blink it’s blurrier again. I am 45 and have been told I’ll need reading glasses, so I’m not sure how clear reading distance will ever be, but it’s weird how it’ll be clear sometimes (but not after every blink). Has anyone else experienced this? What’s happening with my eye when it’s clear one blink and then it’s gone??

2. Sometimes I wear reading glasses to help me with my computer work. When I take them off, everything seems extra blurry. Is that what happens to others? Or does it just “seem” blurrier because I was seeing clear with the glasses and then I’m back to my regular vision? Maybe I get so used to the blur that I don’t notice it as much until I put on and then take off my reading glasses. Is using reading glasses slowing down or affecting my recovery?

Thanks for your thoughts.


John, i had the same problem you had at 5 weeks. The good news is the clearness you see when you blink is exactly how your going to see when your eye fully heals in a few weeks! I know this because this is what happened to me. Just give it a few more weeks & try not to use your reading glasses.

Thanks for the words of encouragement, Rosanne. It’s hard to be patient, but with five weeks under my belt, I suppose a few more aren’t that big of a deal!! I hope my eyes do end up where it’s pretty clear!

Thanks again! It means a lot.

Oh your welcome! I went to the eye doctor today and he was happy that I was doing well but he reminded me to never forget to put in the drops because he doesn’t want any regression to happen. He also said that my vision will get even better. Just remember to follow the doctor’s orders and to put in your drops until they tell you to stop.

Everyone commenting and encouraging each other is so awesome to see!

I appreciate every one of you continuing to follow-up here and helping others out with your experiences!

Big hug to everyone!

Hey guys, i’m back to post a follow up. If you read the previous posts from me, i had concerns. Well…its September an my vision is amazing.

I had the PRK in FEburary. In June it started to get clear…and now Sept, its awesome.

I was worried but i just waited it out like everyone kept saying. The only issue i’m still having is dry eyes in the morning, not all the time but still often. So what i do is before i open them, i just move my eyes around and slowly open. Its fine 99% time. The 1% i feel discomfort for a min or so. Best is to put drops when you get up, just put them with your eyes closed, that’ll lube them up.

Anyway, thats it!

that’s so great to hear adler! congrats!

it’s been almost a year for me now and it’s still such a cool feeling seeing everything clearly knowing i’m not wearing glasses or contacts!

The last time I checked in here I was at the one week mark now almost seven weeks have gone by and I have definitely seen an improvement! I went back to the doctor and he told me to increase my steroid drops from 2 times a day to 3 times a day and it helped a lot! I was taking omnipred drops and now I’m on FML drops which are less strong. The only time my eyes hurt was the other day when I couldn’t sleep the whole night but that’s understandable. I would recommend this surgery to anyone. Once you get through the first month, you’ll love it!

So I last wrote on 07/12/2011 when I was 80 days out, now I’m 129 days – 18.4 weeks out – just over 4 months. It’s my left / dominant PRK eye under discussion as I had successful Lasik on the right eye in December 2010. (Flap complications forced the PRK on the second eye)

My PRK eye was having bad ghosting at the 2 month point, then in a 10 day period the ghosting went away and my vision improved dramatically. So much so that I was and remain skeptical of it! So my eye is not bad but not great either. We were going from farsighted and as I’m an older chap, (58) my reading vision had gone to!  So we were going for perfect distance vision and will still need (light) readers for the computer and medium readers for say the newspaper, but perfect distance vision.

Unfortunately when my vision came in so dramatically, it hit the sweet spot and just kept going! So, I had great distance vision for about 3 days… better than my Lasik eye, and then it slowly went off to where it is now. The problem… “Surgically induced astigmatism”. I had essentially no astigmatism to begin with. So whereas I reported July 12 as my Lasik eye being on a points scale 8/7 for distance and near vision and my PRK eye as being 9/3. I must now say my PRK eye is 7/3 down 2 points and a total of 10 compared to the Lasik eye which gets a 15, with the Lasik eye now surpassing my dominant eye in distance vision also.

It appears I have this astigmatism now in the PRK eye, and it has made my near and medium vision quite blurry or odd (not the same blurriness like in the (dreadful) first 6 weeks after PRK) and the distance vision has also taken a hit so it is slightly less now than the Lasik eye.

So, the optometrist has been saying I need an LRI – Limbal Relaxing Incision – a procedure where they can put an incision in the side of the eye, out of the visual area, which lets the steep side of the astigmatism relax and become more round… at the last visit a couple of weeks ago he was telling me to wait till the 6 months point… but I spoke to the surgeon a couple of days later, and he said we could do it at any time, ‘can you come in tomorrow’!

This seems like a less invasive type of procedure, and I was told they can still do a PRK enhancement if I need that. It doesn’t seem like I need a prescription change, If I got the numbers right I had a .25 correction only but a 1.0 astigmatism. I don’t know exactly how those numbers work.

Bottom line is, my PRK eye is very limit in seeing anything close, gets tired rather quickly and is compromised in mid and far distance. Supposedly this LRI would help and then I’ll be good to go.

So, I’ve delayed in scheduling the LRI as the optometrist had suggested the waiting. I have an appointment with him in 2 weeks so I’ll see if the astigmatism is stable for the 3rd month in a row, and if so, I’ll probably get it done then.

I’ll let everyone know the outcome of course… I have been following the board.

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date Geno!

Do you have to pay for the enhancement/LRI by chance?

I also wonder if your rougher than normal recovery timeline is due to your age? I know my doctor said the ideal age was mid to late twenties (I was 29 when I had my surgery).

No doubt my age doesn’t help! :-)

I don’t think there will be a charge. And despite the fact that the two Lasik attempts at creating a flap both were problematic, I think the doctor was trying, and being honest. I’m disappointed in the surgically induced astigmatism, as I have a feeling it may have come from the failed flap attempt, though the idea was that most of that flap part was melted away in the preperation for PRK. (An hour after the second failed flap)

So, they’ve treated me well all in all. I’ve been a kind patient also.

So, we’ll see now. I’ve found only limited info on LRI, but it seems to take care of a good proportion of the astigmatism, and it doesnt exclude a PRK enhancement if I need it. This will be the fourth time I’m on the table for this one eye…

1) Lasik flap created – slightly off center
2) lasik flap ‘cut’ but not lifted as it looked to be in same place as previous one
3) PRK
4) LRI (assumed)

5) Man I hope 4 is all we need!!

Speaking of age… I got married for the first (only) time when I was 48… so I may be a bit late to the table for a few things… but I look at it as the right time.. :-)

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