I had my PRK today! PRK is a laser surgery to correct refractive errors in the eyes like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is an alternative to LASIK that people are more familiar with, it is mainly for people whose cornea tissues are not thick enough for LASIK. I can go into more details later but I can't see that well and my eyes are kind of sore so I just want to give you a quick update.
Basically, I had my surgery this afternoon, each eye took about 5 mon during the surgery. There were a lot of metal things going over my eyeballs, and the laser beams started. There were lots of bright lights and you can hear the pew pew laser sounds, and yea you can smell the burning ... At the end they put in lots and lots of cold water on my eyes to help with the swelling.
I could see pretty clearly right away, but my eyes are kind of sore and i have 4 different eye drops that I have to use, everything from antibiotics to steroids.
I came home, took a nap and now I feel better. The drops really help. With the PRK procedure, they laser directly on your eyeball, so it will take time for the cells to grow back, during which time the vision is expected to fluctuate and I think my vision will actually go down as the cells start to grow back.
They also say not to get water in the eyes, so instead of using water and soap to wash my face I'm using Mandom Cleansing Express Lotion Sebum, not sure what brand this is but I think it's some Japanese brand and I've seen it in Asian markets here. Basically it's like a toner with cleansing agents. Works pretty well :)
Will update you later on my recovery. Can't watch tv because it strains my eyes, will listen to my Steve Jobs audiobook now, good night.