No More Glasses, No More Contacts
Life has once again gotten busy lately with the usual as well as new developments. Recently, I had photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) which is a laser vision correction procedure.
Everybody knows Lasik and everybody talks about Lasik but most likely, you don't know much about PRK. PRK is not much different from Lasik. You still get the same results which is better vision but the difference lies in the beginning of the procedure right before the laser is used. While an incision is made in the cornea to make a flap in Lasik surgery, the outer layer of the cornea is buffed off first in PRK surgery. After this, both procedures apply the laser to correct the corneal shape. The flap heals itself and the outer layer tissue grows back.
In my opinion, PRK is the best choice for a few different reasons. I found comfort in knowing that it is the original form of laser vision correction which means that it's the procedure that has been around for decades. What I also love about PRK is that no incisions are made to the eyes plus my tissues grow back instead of just healing like in a Lasik procedure. It feels safer to me and I feel at ease having this information. It takes a little longer to recover from PRK but you still end up with the same great results which is possibly perfect vision. And even if it's not perfect, it will be ten times better than it was before surgery.
My procedure went well and quickly. It was absolutely painless and I was very comfortable even right after the surgery. I laid back and the doctor buffed my corneal tissue which looked like they were just cleaning my eyeballs and then the laser was applied. My doctor made sure to tell me what was happening right before he did anything so I was very at ease. After he rinsed my eyes with cold water, I was all done and seeing well. I didn't start feeling uncomfortable until later that night but it was manageable. After three days, my eyes were feeling great and not uncomfortable at all. I was however, extremely sensitive to light so I lived my days like a vampire. In the dark at all times.
It's been three weeks now since I had my PRK procedure and my eyes are only getting better with time. I have been going about my life as usual while my eyes completely heal. I am currently using a couple different eye drops to help my eyes heal and stay moisturized until my doctor tells me I can stop them. So far so good.
If you are in the DC metro area and are interested in this procedure, check out Eye Doctors of Washington. The doctors there are great and there are three offices to choose from in the area. I had my surgery at the Chevy Chase location with Doctor Clinch. He's the best and has even had the surgery himself. He also performed Lasik on a close friend.
Anyone else considering laser vision correction? Why or why not?