Saw Dr. Vishteh again yesterday. It was the first time he actually checked my refractive powers. Before then, he just checked my visual acuity with the snellen charts. Unfortunately, he found that I had gone too far in my left eye. I started at -6 and now I am at +2! He gave me a contact so I can function on my rotations, and he told me to stop my steroid drops. He says that stopping the steroids can help bring me back from the hyperopia side of things. I hope he’s right, because I can’t see much at all without this contact.
Yesterday I woke up and my vision was getting great. I went to my appointment, and it was 20/30 in the right eye and 20/50 in the left. After he took out the contacts, it got a little worse, though. It’s still getting a little better each day, though. Now that the contacts are out my eyes are a lot less irritated, but they are still really dry. It also stings now when the steroid drops go in.
I woke up this morning wanting to claw my eyes out, but my vision is 200% better! I’ve got an appointment to get these contacts out tomorrow.
Please excuse any typos – I can’t see the text on the screen at all. I’m just blindly typing. My vision is getting worse, and my eyes are always dry and scratchy. I’m hoping it’s just the contacts. The whole reason I did this was because my eyes hate contacts. I can’t wear contacts for 8 hours without my eyes being completely bloodshot. Already I[‘ve been wearing these things for 5 days straight. I hope it gets better. I can’t drive like this let alone work.
Another appointment with Dr. Vishteh today. He’s not happy with the way my eyes are healing, so he’s going to leave the contacts in until Friday. He says that my vision will improve a lot when they come out. I sure hope so. I’m still at 20/60 in both eyes and I still reach for my glasses when I wake up because everything’s so blurry. I don’t have much pain, just a little dryness and scratchiness from time to time.
Still no pain. I woke up this morning and wanted to rub my eyes because they were dry, but that’s it. My vision seems a little blurry today, but Dr. Vishteh said it would get worse before it got better.
Still no pain. I do have a little dryness and discomfort, but no pain. I saw Dr. Vishteh today and my eyesight is 20/60 in both eyes. He says this is good for the first day, and it will get better over the next month.
Just hanging out at the house with the family today. I’m trying to be vigilant about the aftercare regimen: every six hours I have four different kinds of eyedrops to use, and I have to wait ten minutes inbetween each one. I even get up at 2 AM to do drops. I’m not going to screw up a $4000 procedure because I forgot to do some eyedrops.
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!
Lara took some photos of the eclipse and made a little video slideshow from it. A few of the photos at the end had long exposures and got a little fuzzy, but it’s still pretty cool.
Here’s another percentile table – this time for the COMLEX I. They list the mean as 500, the SD as 79, and the SEM as 18-25.