PRK: Week 520

On December 6th, 2010, I voluntarily let someone stick a laser in my eye with hope of being able to get 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts for the first time since 1982.

Ten years in, the story continues…

Random thoughts, notes, and actions, ten years after my surgery – thought a “last” blog post would be worth posting.

Time

Regardless of what the song says, time ain’t on your side when you talk about eyeballs. I know I just called this the last update, but honestly: anything that happens to my eyes at this point I will be caused by age, rather than the surgery. Accordingly…

Nearsighted Update

Definitely gotten worse over the last few years. I find that I’m reaching for reading glasses or using the iPhone magnifier app more and more for “fine print” things or writing with poor contrast. That said, is it the surgery or aging? My parents and older sister have had bifocals or trifocals at some point so it could be genetics + age. I also still refuse to increase my font size on my Kindle, so I find that I have to hold my tablet a bit further away than I did even a few years ago, but that one is on me. Over all, since I can pick up reading glasses anywhere, for like $10, I don’t care all that much. And the Apple Magnifier app can be assigned to the triple tap on the side button so it is very handy.

Farsighted Update

I believe that I’m still retaining the 20/10 to 20/15 range. If my eyes try out from a long gaming session, and I don’t add drops, I have to consciously adjust my focus for something closer. I’ve adjusted to this behavior – taking a moment to focus at different distances – so no complaints there.

Drops!

Do I still need drops? I do find that I am using them a little bit more than I would have expected to, but it’s mostly because I think it gets dryer than not in the winter. Summer I don’t seem to need them but in the winter, I find that it can really help focus my eyes to get a little bit more clarity or sharpness than I would have otherwise. I think eyes just work better when they are moist.

Glasses

I think I’m finally past the point of reaching for glasses on the rare day when I wake up. Finally. And I still get giddy when I can get the crappy cheap sunglasses at a kiosk.

Bright Lights

This is one that I’ve gotten used to in the sense that I know that sunlight is going to be really, really bright and that it will hurt. But it’s still a surprise when a sunbreak pops up on you in the PNW or at least a bit of a surprise. Totally used to being blinded for the moment and grabbing sunglasses to help.

Morning Pain

Crusties are still a pain point. Literally. I wake up some mornings and I have to wait a few minutes before I can open my eyes because I know if I do it too soon, my eyes will feel that they are burning. When I asked for a medical solution, I got back a “if you eyes hurt when you open them too quickly, don’t open your eyes that quickly” solution which is fine but oi, it still stings when it happens.

So, a decade latter. Thrilled? Yes, still. Do I remember everything from the surgery and the recovery? Yes, every bit of it, I think, and I would sign myself up for it again… no question.

It’s all good.


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