PRK Post-op day 12

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.

PRK Post-op Day 7

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. 

PRK Post-op Day 4

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. 

PRK Post-op Day 3

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.

PRK Post-op day 1

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. 

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!

COMLEX I percentile table

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.

SCORE Percentile
674 99
670 98
666 98
662 98
658 98
654 97
650 97
646 97
642 96
638 96
634 96
630 95
626 95
622 94
619 93
615 93
611 92
607 91
603 90
599 89
595 89
591 88
587 86
583 85
579 84
575 83
571 82
567 80
563 79
559 77
555 76
551 74
547 73
543 71
540 69
536 67
532 66
528 64
524 62
520 60
516 58
512 56
508 54
504 52
500 50
496 48
492 46
488 44
484 42
480 40
476 38
472 36
468 35
464 33
461 31
457 29
453 27
449 26
445 24
441 23
437 21
433 20
429 18
425 17
421 16
417 15
413 14
409 13
405 12
401 11
397 10
393 9
389 8
385 7
382 7
378 6
374 6
370 5
366 5
362 4
358 4
354 3
350 3
346 3
342 2
338 2
334 2
330 2
326 1