Post Laser Eye Surgery — One Week and thanking IBM

I’m blurry eyed, but had the pleasure of donating all of my glasses to third world countries. A few people will be seeing the world more clearly through discount gucci frames and I hope they love them. I won’t miss them. I have to wear sun glasses outside for the next couple of weeks, and for the first time in my life I was able to pick up a pair for under $25 courtesy Blue Ruby.

In the end, Dr. Lin opted for PRK over Lasik. To quote from his info sheet: Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) uses an excimer laser to reshape the front surface of the cornea. This argon fluoride laser was developed by IBM in the early 1980s to etch silicon chips. It was subsequently discovered that the laser can be used to cleanly and precisely remove living tissue…A thin (.25 micron) layer of tissue is removed with each pulse…the central cornea can be sculpted, changing the curvature and refractive power of the cornea…LASIK is a more complex and more invasive procedure. The use of a microkeratome carries possible risks that do not occur with PRK.

As far as I can see, the major disadvantage of PRK is the recovery time is a lot longer and there are many eye drops involved — a regime that will last a few months. It actually takes 1-3 months for stable vision to occur. Right now, I wake up in the morning and my vision is very clear, but becomes blurry as the hours pass. If I rest my eyes, I achieve more clarity.

I can’t emphasize how wonderful these moments of 20/20 vision are and as each day goes by, I see better and better.

The operation was painless, but I really didn’t like the smell of burning tissue — knowing that it was, after all, mine. Fear kept me frozen in position, and it was over quickly, but hey — why can’t the clinic provide a lavender scented mask or something like that? Otherwise I have zero complaints and urge all of you who are considering either LASIK or PRK to go ahead.

I’ll keep you posted.

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2 responses to “Post Laser Eye Surgery — One Week and thanking IBM

  1. MD

    How are you eyes doing now?

  2. MD

    How are your eyes now?

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