In a previous post, I talked about my experience with laser eye surgery in 2014. Now, eight years later, I am extremely happy about my decision to undergo the surgery. My vision is still stable at 20/20 however I still experience dry eye from time to time.

One of the biggest pros of the surgery is being able to wake up in the morning and immediately see clearly. This surgery allowed me to tend to my twin daughters better in the middle of the night without having to find my glasses first. I also no longer have to worry about getting my contacts or glasses coming out when playing ultimate frisbee or during other physical activities. A smaller change in my life that I started to appreciate after the surgery was that I longer need to carry around microfiber cloths to clean my glasses.

However, now that I am reaching the age in which the effects of presbyopia (the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects) becomes more prominent, I may need to use reading glasses. Overall, I am very glad I decided to get PRK and I have no regrets about it!

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At the end of 2014, I had my PRK laser eye surgery at Pacific Eyecare Laser Center. My original prescription was -7.50 -1.50 x 180 for both eyes and after years of having contacts and glasses, I finally decided to have the surgery.

I first had a pre-operative assessment to ensure that my prescription was stable and that my eyes were healthy enough for the procedure.

I was given relaxant medication before the surgery and the procedure only lasted 5-8 seconds for each eye. I experienced no pain during the entire process and at the end, contact lens bandages were placed on my eyes to heal. I was given anti-inflammatory eye drops which I had to use hourly and was instructed not to drive for the next two weeks.

I returned the next day for my 1-day post follow-up to make sure my healing process was progressing well. In the following days, I found that it was hard to open my eyes as it felt like there was sand in my eyes and had to constantly put in eye drops.

Five days after the first follow-up, I had my contact lenses removed and my vision was now at 20/50.

After 2 weeks, I was able to drive and my vision was at 20/40 but I still had to use eye drops almost every hour. After 5 weeks, my vision was at 20/20 and at 8 weeks, my vision was at 20/15.

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