PRK – Operative Day

Last night was crazy.  Lara started getting some really bad nausea and vertigo, and we were really concerned because it started just after her first cervical epidural injection.  Marlene was a real life-saver, and she drove all the way out from the coast to help us out.  I took Lara to the ER, and all they did was give her some drugs.  Funny story: Lara was wearing black nailpolish, and when they gave her some diazepam they wanted to monitor her so they put her on pulse oximetry.  The pulse ox read 91% on room air the whole time, and it kept setting off alarms, but nobody ever came in to check the monitor or silence the alarm.  Finally, I had to silence that sucker.   

So, I went into Dr. Vishteh’s office this morning.  I was the first surgery of the day.  When I got back in the room, they started giving me aftercare instructions for LASIK.  I told them that I was having PRK, and they started trying to tell me that I was getting LASIK.  Then they kept asking me why I wanted PRK.  Finally I had to say: “Look, I want PRK.  I called and scheduled my appointment for PRK, give me PRK.”  You’d think when you pay four grand for something they wouldn’t argue with you.

I went in to the back room, they anesthetised my eyes with some topical, and then they taped my eyelids open and put a speculum in my eye.  He put alcohol on my eye to kill the epithelial cells, then scraped them away.  I felt some pressure, and it was a little uncomfortable, but not painful.  Then he dried it off and started lasing.  It was a lot of lasing, because I have a strong prescription – about 2 minutes of smelling my burning flesh.  Afterwards, he rinsed my eye out, threw on a contact lens, and I was done!

I slept most of the day, but I wasn’t in pain at all.  My vision is pretty blurry, and I can barely see the computer screen, but I can see!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *