About a month ago I started doing some hardcore research on Lasek and related eye surgeries to correct my vision. I have worn glasses sine I was 6 years old and wanted to change. I talked with Barbara Boser a bit who had had lasik surgery, Gary Lee who also had Lasik and John Chow in person who had Lasik in 1 eye and PRK in the other.
My wife is a Anesthesiologist and several of her partners had had laser correction surgery so I asked them who I should goto and what I should have done. They all recommended this guy out of Omaha, NE DR W.R. Schlichtemeier. Even though he is a 1 hour drive from Lincoln each way it was very unanimous among doctors here that he is the guy to see. Its always good to consult with the Doctor’s Doctor. (I have found).
So during the consultation we talked about the regular Lasik and also the PRK procedure. Both have upsides and downsides. Lasik gives you great eye sight but it takes 2-3 YEARS for the cornea to fully heal. If you are into any contact sports (like mixed martial arts sparring) this is not a good choice. The PRK procedure is much safer however it takes 1-2 weeks for your vision to clear up and up to 6 weeks to get your full sharpness back in your vision. The dr also told me PRK is what he does for his friends and family. Ok sold me on it. You can read more about PRK here
I opted to have the PRK procedure but I wanted to have them 10 days apart. This way I would at least have 1 good eye at all times to work.
Well I had the procedure last friday and really the procedure was so easy and so pain free. I just wish I would have had both eyes done at the same time. This is my 4th day out of recovery and I can see way better out of the eye i had done then before but not quite as good as glasses. I poped the lens out of my glasses for that side for a while but that made for a pretty bad headache.
The DR also told me no more then 20 minutes a day on the computer as this will delay the healing process… OWIE that sucks. So the last 2 days I have been kind of chilling in bed taking drugs to chill me out. Today I get to have the contact removed and I am going to express my concerns as I leave for vegas pubcon a week from Monday.
One thing I have not been able to find was a good journal of someone who went through the procedure. I have been keeping one and will post it when its all said and done.
This site is good if you want to learn the differences between lasik and prk
Hope everyone else is doing good. See you all at pubcon soon.