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PRK – 2 Weeks Later

It is now 14 days after my PRK vision correction surgery. Improvement during this past week has been much slower than the first week. There is still a significant amount of ghosting, making reading a chore and driving somewhat questionable. I am very liberal with the preservative-free rewetting eye drops, since I’ve found that dry eyes will only perpetuate this ghosting effect.

I’ve been able to work full days in the office yesterday and today, though I’m a continued object of mockery by my coworkers when they see the huge fonts on my screen. Vision still seems best after using the rewetting drops and closing my eyes for a while. In fact, after a long nap today, my left eye was surprisingly ghost-free for a good ten minutes. The right eye was more smudgy, but still decent for awhile.

Throughout the day, the ghosting is worse in one eye than the other, and it switches throughout the day. Good, then bad, then good again. It’s frustrating at times, but I’m still optimistic. Once my vision is stable, I plan on creating a few images demonstrating what effect this has on vision while driving and reading. If you’re considering PRK and have a job where reading is involved, such as computer work, make sure you’re not in a huge busy season. I’ve heard that everyone’s recovery time is different, but it has a significant impact on work performance.

At times, I can close one eye and force myself to focus in or out with the open eye, in a way which I focus through an object, and it seems to resolve the ghosting temporarily. It allows me to see slightly clearer for a few brief seconds, but due to the effort and strain involved, is not a permanent solution. It’s more of a way to pass time or experiment, though it can clear up some smudgy text for a brief second.

What else is there to say? Tomorrow I start taking the steroid drops only twice a day, then once a day the following week, after which I’m free of the burden of Pred Forte. The improvements aren’t quite as drastic, so it’s harder to tell when something is noticeably better. Therefore, I’ll probably wait to write to this blog again unless a significant jump occurs.

I’m still in good hopes, albeit a frustrated mood during times when I have to read. Good luck to anyone else out there undergoing the same.

  1. Josh
    December 14, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    How are the eyes?

  2. February 3, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I am nearing my 10 days post PRK here. Have significant ghosting aas well. Post an update I would say my current eye healing is about on par with yours. Just now barely able to read the computer with huge fonts.

    Good luck with your healing.

  3. Yvette
    June 20, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I too have had PRK and am at 2 weeks post op. It’s so scary to not be able to see well, when 2 weeks ago I was able to see adequately with glasses. People keep asking me how the vision is going, and I keep having to report “not so good”, which results in them rattling off stories of people they know that have had lasik and had instant results! I keep worrying that I will never see properly again,and wonder why I wanted to not wear glasses in the first place (although I do know why). I guess its a lot like child birth – bear with me on this – that no matter how much you read and hear, nothing really prepares you for what is to follow. I too am seeing double, and feel like if I could just put on a pair of glasses I could see properly as everything is out of focus most of the time. It seems this is ‘normal’ and I just need to be patient. I guess seeing through a clear ‘scab’ is going to be a little hazy. Then my brain will have relearn to see, adjust to certain lights, distances etc. Thanks everyone for your posts.

    • January 6, 2012 at 9:21 am


      Hey all. Like most of you, I came across this blog post while at the 2 week mark in my recovery from PRK surgery. I had some crazy ghosting and significant blurred vision. I was freaked out. It didn’t help that 99% of the comments on here were ALSO from freaked out folks at the 2 week mark. 🙂

      Well, it is now 4 weeks to the day since I had my surgery and I can report that it DOES get better. My vision is now 20/20 in one eye and 20/25 in the other. The only reason my right eye isn’t also perfect is because there is still a bit of ghosting, although this is slowly decreasing day by day.

      I’m not at 100%, but I am getting there. My fears have subsided and I can now simply enjoy the fact that I can see without contacts or glasses.

      Hang in there, everyone!

      • Angela Wright
        July 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        Tomorrow is 2 wk mark and I REALLY needed to hear the positives in your post! I’m a night nurse and was off for 11 days for recovery…this was my first wkend back and it was ROUGH! Now I am excited to see what next wk brings!

      • Chris
        May 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm

        Thanks for this. It seems we all start freaking out about our results around the two week mark. I’m pretty frustrated at this point as my work and hobbies require a lot of computer time and I’m almost nauseous trying to read emails sometimes. I need this reassurance.

  4. Harpstar
    November 17, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Yvette – I’m in the same boat. I’m optimistic with a gnawing feeling of dread that I’ll have to go back to glasses/contacts.

  5. Mel
    February 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    At this point I would gladly put on a pair of glasses to see clearly. I suppose when the eyes heal that will be an option if I am not happy with the final result.

    Why did I do this again?

  6. Erica
    April 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Same situation for me. I think 10 days is the point where we all start to get frustrated with this and dread the thought of glasses and contacts again. Today is my tenth day and I’m still blurry. Thanks God they only did one eye. I would be unable to function had they done both at the same time. Is there anyone out there who cleared up at the two week point? three weeks?

  7. tjm6515
    June 27, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I am at day 12, I have no problem reading with my right eye, but the left is fuzzy, my best vision is when I wake up. I drive 45 minutes to work in tha AM and see so so, I dont see starbursts which I am happy about, but the lines and signs are doubled (ghosting). But I do see crisp and clear aside from that. My biggest problem is driving home in the afternoon. The ghosting is bad, and I have a hard time judging speed of cars ahead of me. I am still being optimistic that my vision will be great. I tested 20/30 at my follow up, although the letters on the chart were ghosted.

  8. April
    July 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Wow! I’m really glad to come across your log, and to find it nearly two years after you posted it! This has really been helpful to me. I’m at the 2 wk mark now, and although I can see, it’s definitely a slow process. I actually went back to work on day 4, but it definitely was a struggle. I don’t work on the computer nearlly as much as you (I am a nurse). On day 5, I saw my Dr, he took out the contacts and said I could drive. I had drien to work that day against my husband’s advice, so I was relieved that the doc said it was ok! Anyway, I still have the blurriness and haziness and I am tired of people asking me if that’s normal. I know they are just concerned for me, but they all think it’s nearly instantaneous and compare it to Lasik. Oh well, I just keep looking to the day that I can finally focus and hope that I didn’t do this all in vain. I had a horrible astigmatism before, so even if I have to wear soft contacts in the end it will actually be an improvement over the gas permeable ones I wore before. But I hope to go contact and glasses free! Thanks again for the log and the fresh hope!

  9. PAF
    February 8, 2010 at 1:56 am

    So glad to read everyone else’s comments – I am currently at day 10 after PRK. I can barely read my laptop screen and am totally terrified that this may be as good as it gets. I am going back to work tomorrow which will be interesting – as I really will not be able to read emails/documents or anything more than 5 min at a time. Really hope things improve from here!

  10. Trev
    February 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I’m still scared. It is now 4 weeks after my PRK and I see double out of both eyes. I bought a pair of reading glasses to magnify things, which essentially means I see larger double images, but at least I can then make some things out. I’m not so concerned about glasses, as the person above said, I’d gladly opt for glasses if it would allow me to see clearly, again. I’m cynical about my doctor saying ‘it just takes time’. Although it was suggested that recovery might take a while, all the literature they give you suggests you can go back to work after a week, or so. No mention that you can’t ACTUALLY work because you can’t see. I don’t know what to do. And drop expenses are going through the roof.

    It’s extremely frustrating, angering. At least before I could put on glasses and see.

    I hope everyone else has a better experience. I’m not in favour of this, at all.

    Oh, and please excuse any spelling mistakes, can’t really see if I’m making any or not.

  11. April 24, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Glad to see I’m not the only one with this “ghosting” issue. I’m going through the Refresh drops like no tomorrow as I can see quite clearly after putting them in. I know recovery time is different for everyone so I’m not stressed about it…yet. I had my surgery April 9th and with the bandage contacts in, I could see clearer then I’m seeing now. I have the ghosting in my left eye only and some blurriness still in both. Makes looking at a computer screen very difficult. Hard considering I’m a photographer and this makes editing very very hard. Thank goodness I don’t have any work to do right now!!!

  12. Trev
    May 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Well, it has now been 3.5 months since my PRK. I can see – sort of. I have double vision in both eyes. The Dr. says I see 20/20 – but that’s because I have learned to ignore the double vision. He says that the double vision is because my eyes are still swollen. Certainly, big things like road signs are no probelem, and that’s great, but reading is difficult, still, although it is much better. Computer is still the most difficult, as it seems the backlight causes the double vision to get be at its worst. I’m still not happy – as I said before, at least before surgery I could put on my glasses and see clearly. No mention of correction, yet, because I’m still swollen. Of course, it will be a long, long time before I go through any PRK again.

  13. J
    September 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Great Blog.
    I am on day 17 from my PRK. I had one great day about 5 days after my surgery… I could read ALL the little print on the menu. that was the only good day so far. similar to you i had alot of double vision, mornings are better then afternoons/evenings. I have been following this blog and i guess i just have to be patient. I hope there are some good changes soon. Thanks for the blog!

  14. Tom
    December 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I am freaking out! I had my surgery on both eyes on 12/14 so I am at day 12. I had about 3 weeks off from my MBA program that includes a TON of reading and I work on a computer all day reading architectural specs and drawings. I don’t know what I was thinking! I have 10 days before my courses start up again and I can’t even come close to being able to read a text book. The doctor said my vision would be so-so but I kind of feel like I was misled to a certain extent. I new my vision wouldn’t be perfect right away but I am seeing double out of both eyes. My left eye is more blurry than my right. I usually have about 10 minutes of pretty good vision in the a.m. right after waking up but then it goes pretty quickly after that. My right eye comes and goes and my left just stays blurry. To say I’m scared and second guessing this whole thing would be an understatement. I actually had pretty good vision in the right eye for about 5 days after the surgery but then it went. I am pretty much sitting around wearing sunglasses because my eye muscles just feel sore. This sucks. I didn’t want to be a drag over Christmas so I tried to shrug it off while people asked questions but on the inside I’m really freaked.

  15. Tom
    December 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Visited the doctors today he said I have island healing on my eyes…said he hadn’t seen it in ten years but not to be worried the chances he would have to go back in are only 10%…ughhh ooookaaay….Has anyone heard of this type of healing? He said it used to be much more common with wide range lasers but not the newer narrow beam lasers that he used on me. I can’t remember the exact type of lasers he described. He put contact lens bandages with a minor prescription back in my eye and also put a light prescription into my glass frames while I waited. He reduced my Pred Forte from 4 times a day to two and gave me a prescription for Alphagan P. Any feedback would be appreciated since I am freaking out. The fact that he cut my lenses while I waited at no charge is kind of making me think there might be a problem….

    • Denise
      January 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      You have me interested. I’m wondering how things are going now, Tom. What you described is me to a tea! Any information would be appreciated. I go back to work tomorrow (day 10) and I’m scared to death because I work on computers all day and it is our busy season.

    • Denise
      January 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Just noticed another post from you….hope that is me! Thanks!

    • Albert
      February 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Can you tell me exactly what was wrong with your eyes?
      It’s been three weeks and my epithelial has not healed,

  16. Katrina
    January 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Today is day 13 for me and I have experienced very little imrovement in the last week. My left eye is considerably worse than the right eye. There has been no improvement in the left eye this past week and the right eye has shown slow but gradual improvement. I was told that the left eye will eventually catch up with the right, but I’m frustrated and becoming skeptical. I have constant ghost vision due to the inconsistentcy.

    I’m really glad there are other posts because I have beeng going back and forth between worrying and trying not to completely freak out. Not sure about everyone else but I received very little information from my surgeon & optometrist regarding the effects and healing process of PRK.

  17. Katrina
    January 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Today is day 13 for me and I have experienced very little imrovement in the last week. My left eye is considerably worse than the right eye. There has been no improvement in the left eye this past week and the right eye has shown slow but gradual improvement. I was told that the left eye will eventually catch up with the right, but I’m frustrated and becoming skeptical. I have constant ghosting effect due to the inconsistentcy.

    I’m really glad there are other posts because I have beeng going back and forth between worrying and trying not to completely freak out. Not sure about everyone else but I received very little information from my surgeon & optometrist regarding the effects and healing process of PRK.

    • manish
      May 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm


      I am in the same boat as you on 5/13/2011 (day 14th after PRK) with blurryness and ghosting in the left eye,my right eye is like a hawk i can read anything. what the status of your left eye ? how long did it took you before it got healed ? I am using Lotemax and Refresh. Doctor prescribe me Restatsis as i work on the computer whole day.

      please help thanks.

    • Manish
      May 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Katrina

      It’s my 14th day after PRK. My right eye is like a hawk. But left eye is very blurry , ghosty and vision is not great. How much time it took you to clear your vision ?


      • Tom
        May 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

        Day 48 I was pushing 20/20, but it still came and went for a while. What’s funny is now 3 months later my left eye is actually slightly better than my right. MY vision is now easily 20/20. Sometimes I have a little difficulty reading after a long day on a computer. The halos I was seeing at night time have gone away for the most part. It took time and I actually just noticed the other night that they were pretty much gone. Seriously don’t worry your eyes will be fine. For the first month I swore I had made a mistake in getting the procedure. Now that I have had time to let it heal it’s something I would do all over again. If your having a really hard time like I did push your doctor give you a temporary set of lenses for your glasses. I’m assuming you have existing frames. My doctor didn’t charge me for the lenses. He changed them twice as my prescription changed during healing.

      • Katrina
        September 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        Hi Manish,

        I stopped checking this website for a while so I wasn’t aware of your responses. I am assuming everything is well for you. It took about a whole month before I was able to see almost normally. Then my eyes gradually healed and I am loving it. I have no regrets about getting the surgery and love having 20/20 vision. I hope the same is for you. Or perhaps you are one of the lucky people with 20/15 or even 20/10? It was quite an experience but definitely worth it.

  18. Tom
    January 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Ok well I’m now at day 40. I figured I’d post because I know how freaked out you must be (I was). Shortly after Day 13 my doctor put bandage contacts back in and gave me a mild glasses prescription so that I could function at work. I wore those for about 1 week, got them taken out and my glasses prescription adjusted again. I have been using my glasses since but I have been becoming less dependent on them. Right now I am typing without them. I was actually 20/20 in my right eye and 20/40 in my left last week. I believe my left has gotten better since then. I did notice right after my lenses got taken out my night vision got way worse but has been slowly improving ever since. It’s still not where I want it to be but I’m definitely A LOT happier now. Hang in there it gets better.

  19. Tom
    February 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Okay so today is 2-3-11. That would be day 48. I’m just about 20/20 in each eye, sometime pushing 20/15. The night vision is still a little sketchy but continues to get better slowly. The day vision isn’t always perfect but continues to get better. There are better days than others. I’m still on the steroid eye drops. Holy smokes this has been one loooooong healing period. Thank god I had a doctor who saw me weekly throughout this whole thing or I would have completely freaked out!

  20. Tom
    February 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Day 51 – 2-6-11: Kind of a crappy day for the eyes. Kind of sensitive to light a bit. And the left eye is a little blurrier than it has been. Same yesterday.

  21. Shanna
    February 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for this blog. I had the PRK procedure a week & a half ago and there are times when I hate myself for doing it. My right eye is great. Had about a half day of discomfort, am seeing great out of it. My left eye on the other hand is a blurry, hazy mess. Actually had some swelling the weekend after; whole eye turned red causing the lense to become too tight-which set back the healing process. Last Monday, another lense was put on, then taken off the following day-vision got a bit better. Went back that Thursday-was seeing 20/30 on the right and a 20/60 on the left. Big difference. I go back this Thursday. Like many of you, after using rewetting drops, vision seems to clear up for a bit-feel like I’ve been bathing in it. Have not been back to work yet-there is no way I can stare at a cash register for 9 hours with this vision.

  22. Troy Swinney
    April 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I am on day 33 with PRK. My near eye cannot see to read but at a distance it is about 20/40. My distance eye is blurry, double vision and something worse than 20/200. They seem to have stabilized. Beginning to think I made a big mistake. Due back to the Dr. on day 38. We will see.


  23. manish
    May 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hi All

    I am in day 14 of my prk. i can see everything and drive. My right eye is very sharp and crisp i can see things distance and near by. But my left eye is a mess its blurry , ghosty etc. I called the doctor and they suggest me wait left eye will take time to heal. I Cant wait for the day when my left eye is like right.

    Did anyone had the same issue and how long it took them to have clear vision in both eyes ? please help.

  24. manish
    May 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    please help. left eye blurryness 14 days after prk.

  25. CArol
    July 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    hello everyone
    well this is my 3rd year now of my origninal lasik surgery. To bring you up to date i had lasik on both eyes in Dec 2008. Long recovery and am wearing glases still to read and some distance.Then I got cataracts I was only 48!!! Then they had to do a PRK on the eyes because of the new lens. Dr. said cararcts not caused by lasik. My eyes were so dry they were like the sahara dessert which caused ghosting/ double vision/ pain/ headaches /ight sensitivity you name it. Driving home from work each day was like russian roulette….lets hope this is the line as I was always seeing double. I just had PRK again this past week as it took a year for my cornea to heal …..and guess what the consent form says it may cause cataracts well who would guess!!! I work on a computer all day and read gauges of numbers with small print. Dr. says like the rest of you yep go back to work but I am completely useless and after looking at the computer try getting up and walking. YOu almost feel drunk as your balance is off trying to focus. I have walked into cabinets/ doors / sliped off the curb as my depth perception and distance is really affected. The writer who said about distance following cars….boy do i get that. YOU stay far enough behind and then some jerk passes and slips in front of you. I am A NERVOUS WRECK BY THE TIME i GET HOME….
    Well this time I told the Dr i am not returning to work until my vision if “functional” to the point that I can do my job
    I think the reason why the DR’s want you back to work so fast is that if people knew they would be off work for up to 3 months they would think twice about getting it done. Since this is not covered you pay cash and how many people would pay that and knowing ahead of time you would be off work for long periods. Boy that would affect their sales i would think!!!. I think this should be discussed THOROUGHLY with the patient as I was truely mislead.
    I am taking restasis now and I do find this works and the DR. also put plugs in my tear ducts …to prevent drying. I find it works the best and have tried every eye solution available. Restasis is covered by green shield if your Dr. approves so if you have it check it out. I see the Dr. tomorrow day 12 and i am still not driving and must wear sunglasses constanly. Hope all works for th rest of you…..ttys

  26. Oci
    August 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Strange but i did not have any of the complications like most of you mentioned. And i recover twice as fast as this blog mentioned. I am now in day 6, lens was already taken off 3 days ago, and vision is better than 20/40.
    Hope you will have a similar progress

  27. Manish
    September 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    It was quite an experience for sure. My right eye is fantastic from day 1 , i saw 20/10 the first week . But the left one is getting better everyday dryness is killing me. It is 20/20 now. whats you email address, we can talk about our experience. Mail me on directly. I am sure i won’t check the site.

  28. Tom
    September 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Well here I am 9 months after surgery. There is still the occasional day when my vision has a little ghosting (very minimal). I was freaked the F out when I got my surgery done in December and thought I had made the wrong choice but now nine months later I am SO GLAD that I did it. I actually missed my most recent follow up exam because my vision was so good I just spaced it. The doctor was a little agitated because I missed the appointment but it is what it is. I would highly recommend this surgery. You can see some of my earlier postings above where I was absolutely freaked. It’s so nice to be able to wake up at night and see or play sports without the worry of a contact falling out. I say do it but be prepared for a LONG healing period with many ups and downs which can be an emotional roller coaster at times.

    • Kelli
      May 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

      Thank you so much for your posts, Tom. I am 25 days out LASIK in left eye (unintentionally ending up farsighted +1.50; will probably need enhancement) and PRK in right eye (under-corrected intentionally for mono-vision/reading). LASIK eye would be amazing except that I can’t see anything closer than 8 feet clearly. PRK eye is somewhere between frustrating and upsetting. It is the eye I’m supposed to use for reading but it is almost useless. Pretty much nothing within 8 feet of me is clear with either eye, making computer work and reading very difficult. I had hoped for more at this point. At least when I wore contacts I could put them in and have a better situation. Now, I just have to wait.

      However, reading your posts have made me see (if I could actually see) a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve read so many blogs on amazing recoveries; they have bee freaking me out. I truly appreciate reading your posts and knowing that you are so happy after 9 months. Thank you!!

      • May 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        Kelli, Your scenario sounds just like mine with Lasik. I too am +1.50 with an astigmatism in my left eye and mono for reading in my right. I had mine done 2 years ago and am hesitant on getting PRK to fix my left eye because of the down time. I can’t afford to be out of work for 2+ weeks. I hope you have a fast recovery and please post your progress again.

      • Kim Mcleod
        May 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        Maryjane, I did PRK and missed 1 week of work which could’ve been just 1 day. PRK was Thurs afternoon and Monday I went back to work getting the bandage contacts out at noon. My left eye got really dry and took a few days to level out which is why I missed Tues – Friday. Way around that is to make sure they give you the lubricating gel drops to use 4x a day and still use your other drops as often as needed. PRK is great once the eyes stabalize and it does take longer than the flap but the flap bothered me because I scuba dive

  29. Trev
    November 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Well, now I am closing in on two years after my PRK surgery. Before I started, I had what the doctors at the clinic called “recurrent corneal erosion”, which is why they recommended PRK. It is where it feels like you have poured acid into your eye because there is a ripping of the surface cells on the eyeball when your eyelid is closed (especially after they have been closed for a while, like in sleeping).

    My vision was horrendous for 6 months, in and out of focus all the time. Ended up where I do have 20/25 vision in both eyes, for distance. Can’t read worth a damn – and they explain that away by saying it is a degeneration of the muscles in the eyes and that would happen regardless of the surgery. I had no problem reading before surgery – in fact it was easier to read without my glasses. They did mention that, as you get older, the muscles deteriorate and that glasses would probably come into play. However, it was mentioned in passing. I think that this should be a focus of the presentations. I went for surgery to remove the necessity of the glasses, and the expense. I now purchase over the counter reading glasses, but that will be only temporary. I will soon need to purchase prescription. Thus, the expense is back. And, as a result of having a job that requires reading and computer work most of the day, I will need glasses most of the day. Driving and swimming w/o glasses is a small reward.

    My eyes are constantly dry, and my vision goes blurry at the end of the day regularly. I use copious amount of drops that definitely help and put things right, but without them, I’m sunk. And, I still have the recurring erosion in the mornings, especially in one eye.

    I will not say I was misled, but I definitely feel that they did not do a proper job educating me on the long term. At the same time, I did not do a good enough job educating myself on the issues, either.

    I would not recommend it to anyone, unless you are completely blind. It has not benefitted me that much, and has not removed my need for glasses (just changed the prescription). Further, I still need glasses for most of the day. And nothing is more frustrating than going to the store, don’t need glasses so I don’t have them, then picking up an item (say a medication of some kind) and having to search around the store for the reading glasses rack so I can read what the heck I’m buying.

    The pain and anxiety we have all been through is minimized completely by the Dr’s. I think Carol hit it on the head is that they want people to ‘resume normal functioning asap’ because they want to continue to suggest that it is not that impactful on your life. Wrong.

    As a last note, I won’t be back here. I wish everyone good luck. And remember, you don’t hear much from people who it worked on, as they are not motivated to search these things out. However, please, PLEASE, educate yourself on all the possibilities, and ask question after question of your doctor. As I tell my daughter, who is learning how to drive, “it doesn’t matter if you have the right of way or not, if you’re dead and he’s wrong, you’re still dead”.

  30. Sherry
    January 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    im on day 10 and reading your blog , helped reassure me all is not lost… very frustrated at this point…. but everything you are experiencing i am having the exact same issue…thank you !

  31. Angela
    February 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I am so glad I found this blog!! I had PRK – monovision on the 27th of January so I am 2 weeks “recovered” tomorrow! I thought I would be seeing PERFERT by now and that my doctor was just scared to tell be the surgery didn’t work! I have moments of clarity but they are few. My near vision is pretty good in my eye that was “corrected” for distance but my distance vision is terrible……thankfully I live VERY CLOSE to work b/c I really shouldn’t be driving. The sunlight is blinding! I see double, sometimes triple and it is blurry/ghostly. I wear sunglasses, hold a towel on the side of my face on the left to help with the glare and my eyes still run like a faucet! I can’t read any roadsigns and can’t see faces clearly until I am within 3-4 feet of people…..very frustrating! I have cried many nights thinking I made a terrible mistake and that I should have just kept on wearing the glasses. After reading the other posts,I know I just need to have patience and believe things will get better!!

    I love when people at work look at me like they don’t believe me when I say how bad my vision is. They love to tell me about their friend/aunt/cousin/priest, etc. that had LASIK and could see “just fine in two days”!! Then they follow it up with “maybe something went wrong”……really??? You could just keep that thought to yourself, please! Regular LASIK and PRK are NOT the same!!!!! I should have this printed on my forehead so I won’t have to keep saying it!!

    • Denise
      February 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Angela, I am 5 weeks and 1 day after having PRK and I am still in about the same spot I was at 2 weeks. I have longer periods that I am see well, but still lots of ghosting. It is VERY frustrating. I don’t even bother telling people at work that I am having issues seeing. It isn’t worth the issue. I only mention it to people that say they are considering having it done. I will someone would have told me the recovery time in advance!

    • Denise
      February 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Oh….if your eyes are watering that much, it means they are too dry. You need to put in more drops. That is what I learned!

  32. Cindy
    February 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I had PRK -monovision surgery on Jan 27, 2012, I just had one eye done for close up since my other eye was good for distance. I had no idea recovery was going to be this long either, wish I would have done more research. But I can say I can now go into a store and read labels, prices, almost anything. I still need glasses for computer work, I found my very first pair of reading glasses from 10 years ago and they work perfect. But I can tell everyday my reading close up is getting better. I had to change my hours at work because I can’t drive in the dark. The halos and starbursts are frightening and they are not getting any better. I don’t go back to the dr until Feb 24,

  33. J-Le
    February 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for this blog. I am just past the 2 week mark for my PRK, and am so comforted to hear that my experience isn’t completely unusual. I decided to have PRK after Bells Palsy left me with sensitive nerves on one side of my face, which made glasses a literal pain. The recovery is taking longer than I expected. I could always read without my glasses before the surgery, and it was a big surprise to me when I wasn’t able to read after PRK. I work on a computer all day, so this is a huge problem. And since most people who have vision correction surgery these days have LASIK, none of my coworkers seems to understand that I really am struggling to keep up with emails and my regular work. My vision has improved a great deal since day one, but it’s frustrating to still struggle with reading. This surgery requires patience, and anyone considering it should understand that the recovery period will be long and will impact your near vision as well as your distance vision. And for any loved ones out there reading this, please stop texting your PRK patients! 🙂

    • Nina
      February 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Yes! No texting PRK patients to ask how they are doing, reading the message causes discomfort, and be understanding if we don’t answer because the buttons and words are too small.

  34. Nina
    February 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

    It really is a problem that Lasik tells PRK patients that they can return to work after 10 days. I am not the only one that was surprised that they couldnt read after the procedure, and then hit day day and realised how hard it would be to go back to work already. In my case, I am a university student, and I had the procedure right before reading week, thinking after ten days, I would have a few days to study, then I could write my midterms! I wish I knew that it took this long to recover, I am going to need to get doctors notes for my midterms now, and hope that SOON I will be good enough to catch up and write them. None of the official PRK information warns about maybe months of recovery, and saying “Healing time is different for everyone” is not enough information.

    • Denise
      February 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Honestly….is it really different for everyone? I think it is the same healing time for everyone….LONG! I am now just a little over 7 weeks and things are FINALLY starting to look up!

  35. Danyelle
    March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I am at my 2week mark and I feel the exact same way as you did. I have gotten some reading glasses that helped. Instead of large font I am using reading glasses to magnify my view. I have also started my own blog describing my results. TY for this!

  36. BobW
    March 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Obviously, this 2 week post is the most popular to reply to so I’ll add mine here as well. My surgery on both eyes was 12 days ago. I was nearsighted and wanted distance; however, my near sightedness was getting worse to where I was peaking under my glasses to read. That was getting harder with time which meant the focus was further and further away. Either I was going to have to wear bifocals (which make me car sick) or get PRK and expect to wear readers. What I havent read in all these posts is to what degree everyones nearsightness improved and the definition of it. What I mean is that there is a point where nearsightedness ends and distance begins. But, first of all, while the bandage contacts were in, on day 5, I was pumped! I could see clearly at distances and on the morning I was to have the contacts removed, I could actually begin to focus on texts on my phone! Very exciting to have the distance AND the darn good nearsightedness. What wasnt clear was that there is no such thing as a “no power” contact lense. So, when they were removed, it was like startng over again. I was sooo disappointed. Good thing I didnt drive to that appointment!! Anyway, back to nearsightedness, its been 5 days since the contacts were removed and my distance vision is coming back. As many of you have said, its better after eye drops but my mornings arent as good as afternoons and that’s probably because your eyes get dry as we sleep. However, the nearsightedness isnt making much improvement compared to what I saw with the contacts. Here’s my point. There’s a focus range where nearsightedness ends and distance vision begins and that is where my concern is. Sitting here in my kitchen, everything is a bit blurry and reading the clock on the oven isnt easy at 10 feet away. Lights, especially LEDs are double and have a comet-like tail pointing down. I’ve bought a pair of readers (as the dr predicted) so I can clear up the expected 2-3 feet away. As I look out the window, the leaves on the trees 20-200 feet arent as crystal clear as they were with the contacts but they are much better than I had without glasses so I think distance is going to be ok sometime soon. But it’s the vision between what the reader glasses cant help with and where distance kicks in. That’s about 4 feet away to about 20-30 feet away. Does that clear up?? Would love to hear from anyone on that. Obviously, I am hoping so and I base my hope on the knowledge that during PRK, there is a planned “over-correction” performed so that as your eyes heal, you will lose some distance and perhaps gain the middle ground to which I refer. Also, I would love to hear from those who get better before you drop off from here. If you guys could try to remember to post that last blog, we would all appreciate it!!

    • Paula
      July 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      how are you healing Bob? Has it got any better….Im still waiting for my miracle to get better.

  37. Shanna
    April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I left a reply last February and just wanted to update. Last Thursday, I had an Epithelium scrape on my left eye. I had developed a bad haze when I had my PRK done last year and despite all the drops I tried-the haze never cleared up. It’s only been one week-I know and I am trying to remain positive, but I am a hazy, double visioned mess-just like I was prior to the re-do. My right eye healed super fast last year but I feel so un-balanced right now; being able to see crystal clear out of one side and not on the other. I was told on Tuesday that I’m healing fine but that the haziness is due to swelling. How long does the swelling last?

  38. Tee
    June 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Worst decision I’ve made yet was to have Lasik and later PRK touch up to left eye! 4 weeks later and STILL so very blurry.

    • Paula
      July 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Tee, how are your eyes now???

  39. Paula
    July 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I had my surgery on June 29, 2012, and still recovering from PRK, very slow process, my eyes hurt by opening them, all I do is sleep and have missed 2 weeks of work already. I am a mess. Waiting for the day when I can fully open my eyes without them hurting….

  40. Paula
    July 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Angela Wright :
    Tomorrow is 2 wk mark and I REALLY needed to hear the positives in your post! I’m a night nurse and was off for 11 days for recovery…this was my first wkend back and it was ROUGH! Now I am excited to see what next wk brings!

    How are you doing now?

  41. Jan
    July 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Hi everyone, first thank you so much for this website. I agreed with other contributors that it really helped me during the last month. I’m at the 1 month mark and probably the darkest time was week 2, because my vision just wasn’t getting any better. Looking at computer was a daily chore and it drained me. I can relate to most peoples journey. I was doing things a lot slower and was afraid that it was going to be blurry forever. I am definely at a better place now, my vision is now 20/25. I’m tapering on lotemax from 4drops a day to 3 drops under doc instructions. I’m hoping that I can see better in the Coming weeks. I just want to encourage those at 2 week mark that it will get there! My Vision is no where near my best with glasses now but I’m optimistic… Even at one month mark. Have patience and don’t worry about enhancement or anything. Hang in there!

    • Paula
      July 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Jan for this, I am at the 2 week mark now, and my eyes hurt and I’m squinting, and at work the computer is draining me, even though I reduced the light from bright to low, and put on a bigger font. I cannot wait for the MIRACLE day when I can open my eyes fully without pain and tears coming down them..they feel sandy…..

      • Jan
        July 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        Paula that’s terrible and I feel your pain. I remembered a couple of weeks ago my eyes were stuck next to my computer screen. Now do you use those preservative free drops? I find that when my eyes feel sandy or gritty I just pop those things in like the author of the blog. It helped and helps me a lot. I also shut my eyes a lot during the day too to give them rest. My doc reminded me today that PRK was a very invasive surgery and our eyes went through a lot of trauma. It will get better 🙂

  42. Paula
    July 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks Jan, I am not supposed to use the preservative free drops only the lubricating ones. But this is such a long long healing, Only when I sleep and then wake up my eyes feel good and refreshed. Thanks for the advice re the computer. Any more advice will be welcomed.


  43. Shahn
    September 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I had my PRK surgery August 23rd 2012 and I’m on day 11 of the recovery. My right eye is doing excellent and I’m assuming why because I only had 15 seconds of laser on that eye. The left eye isn’t doing very well and I’m guessing also because it had 30 seconds of laser and is taking its time to heal. I’m just wondering if anyone else is having the problem after 11 days of not being able to see anything but a blur with one eye? Everything is blurry with one eye. Close up and far away.. Anybody else had this happen? And did it finally clear up over weeks or months?

    • Denise
      September 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      I think you will find that is the case with most people. I had my surgery Jan 5/2012 and there are still days that my sight is blurring. Best of luck!

  44. Maryjane
    September 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I to am glad I found this blog! I’m considering PRK due to having Lasik that resulted in an overcorrection of my left eye and an astigmatism I didn’t have before. Right eye was corrected for reading. I see double in the distance without glasses. Dr said the only way to correct this is to have PRK in the left eye. I was all for it but now I’m rethinking this decision. I spent all that money with Lasik to not have to wear glasses anymore and my vision is worse than pre-Lasik. Thanks for all this feedback and I’m glad to hear many of you are now happy that you did it.

  45. Brenda
    October 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!. I was beginning to think I was one of a kind never going to heal. You are correct, they tell you it will be a longer recovery time but do not give anywhere near the details of what it is like. I am so appreciative after reading this! You should send it to you surgeon for brochures!

  46. Ann Carroll
    October 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I am on day 7 and regretably was back to work on day 5. I work on the computer all day and though my Dr was great at telling me what to expect the first few days I was not expecting the double vision, “ghosting”. I am not frustrated my Dr says I am healing perfectly but it is good to hear everyone elses struggles. I do think I need to rest my eyes more, I dont want to slow the healing process up. The double vision and blurryness reminds me of a fun house though and I get dizzy at times. Not fun! I know it is a waiting game and with everyone else soon month or two possibly longer I will be seeing soon. Man I cant wait.

  47. jhp610
    October 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Very helpful reading through the comments. I’m on day 15 and doing very well. I had my bandage contacts removed on day 5 after which things got pretty blurry… it definitely tested me as I tried to remain positive that things would improve. My right eye lagged behind my left on day 5 where I tested 20/30 in my left and 20/50 in my right. I had my next follow up on day 10 where I was able to read out the 20/20 line in both eyes with effort. I wouldn’t call the 20/20 line “crisp”and I’m hopeful it will continue to improve. I finished all meds (antibiotic drops and steroid) at the end of day 5 and I have since been using Systane preservative-free drop very liberally throughout the days since. I definitely have my best vision in the morning when I get up and it slowly gets a little blurry throughout the day. This doesn’t worry me too much as I can really tell my eyes get tired and more dry by the end of the day. From what I’m told this will continue to improve over the coming weeks and months. I would say with confidence that I’m easily 80% of where I’d like to finally be. I feel that the last 20% will come as my eyes fully heal and things get nice and crisp where I was prior to my surgery with corrective lenses. Btw I was -3.75 and -4.00 in my right and left eyes, respectively with no astigmatism. Had the custom PRK done on both at the same time… one of the best decisions I ever made, no regrets.

  48. November 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you for your insight and journey with your PRK. I had my eyes dissolved (lol) two weeks ago. My Dr. said that I’m doing good. I tested 20/30 three days after the dissolving. I’ll be going for my two week check-up tomorrow. OH how fun that will be. I know it’s been quite sometime since your correction, but I do thank you for keeping this website up.

  49. Jolene
    January 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I am only on day 8 of my PRK recovery and I have to keep rereading this blog to make myself feel better.

    This surgery has definitely tried the patience of a girl who does NOT have patience. I am optimistic though, and although my job is in printing,I know that given time, I will be able to once again see the tiny dots. My computer is set to elderly and my work days have been rough to say the least.

    This blog and the comments are helping me get through it! Thanks!

    • J-Le
      January 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

      It does get better, really. This month will be 2 yrs since my PRK, and the only time that I ever reach for glasses is when I wake up in the middle of the night and, still half asleep, don’t remember that I don’t need them anymore. I honestly couldn’t tell you where my reading glasses are, although I did buy two pairs to make it through the transition period after the surgery. I haven’t needed them — or the huge computer font — for a super long time now. And lest you think that ah, here’s one of those people who had a super simple PRK & recovery, it was far from it. My “bandage” contact on one eye was not fitted properly, and the first morning was unbearable. Pain and nausea from having completely blurred vision and something grating against an eye that had no protective layer on it. My husband got me back to the eye doctor, but it took an extra 45 minutes to get there because we had to pull over for me to get sick. It was awful, much worse than I had been prepared for, and it took so much longer than I expected to recover. I started noticing progress after the first few weeks, but my eyes fatigued easily for months after the surgery. Give yourself time to heal, give your eyes plenty of drops and time to rest, always wear sunglasses when you’re outside, and you’ll get there. Right now I’m sitting in the family room of my house (back room of house), looking through the livingroom window (front room of house) at a tree in the front yard and can clearly see all of the thin little branches and the few leaves left on them. I’m a statistician, so I spend hours at a time staring at a computer screen and printouts of tiny little numbers. I’m also taking graduate classes at night — after a day of staring at the computer screen & those tiny little numbers — and I haven’t had any vision problems in either setting. Good luck, I hope that your recovery is uneventful and your progress is as swift as can be.

  50. J-Le
    January 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

    ^^Sorry, typo there, it’s been only 1 yr since my PRK.

    • Jolene
      January 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks J-Le! Today is my two week mark. VERY blurry. Everyone at work thinks something has gone horribly wrong with my surgery. I even had someone tell me I should try and get my money back! Clearly, she doesn’t understand. (sorry! I like cheesy puns.)

      Now I’m at the point where I’m convinced my drops are adding to the haziness. Ho hum.

      At least I look good in my new sunglasses!

  51. Ang
    January 25, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I had Prk Jan 8 in my left eye and it is very blurry. Thank goodness I did not do both eyes as I would be house bound. I am still worried!

    • Jolene
      January 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      From everything I’ve read, including posts from this blog, that is completely normal. I’m just barely over the two week mark and I’m seeing better, but still blurry.

      Hang in there, have patience! Your friend in recovery! 🙂

  52. Shlomo
    January 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I’m at day 13 now after PRK. Everything is very blurry (double/ghost vision), except very up-close – like about 2 inches from my nose, where I can read clearly. That is something I was never able to do prior to surgery.The doctor has not yet removed my bandage lenses – he claims that they will help the eyes heal faster if left on longer. Is he right? I read all over the place that the lenses are removed after 3 to 7 days. Why is he leaving them in? Is there a difference in healing time in older patients? I am 43. I hope things start to clear up soon. My next appointment is in two days – I sure hope the lenses will be removed then.

  53. Shlomo
    January 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Another question: Does anyone know if the healing process is different for patients who were nearsighted (minus numbers) before surgery, vs those who were farsighted (plus numbers). (I was farsighted)

  54. Ang
    January 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Good Morning, thanks…. Hanging in still….this blog and comments keep me optomistic. It will be 3 weeks on Tuesday-blurry….

  55. Greg
    January 31, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I had prk done on my left eye 4 weeks ago today, and am seeing 20/20 on it now. The first two weeks of recovery were really blurry with small periods of clarity only after waking up in the morning or resting my eye for a while. Once I hit about 2 and a half weeks, things only started getting better. The crispness and clarity of vision is amazing in that eye. I decided to have the prk done after having LASIK done 10 years ago and my eyes had slowly deteriorated over the past three years. They couldn’t cut the flap again after such a long period so this was my only option. But as I said, the first two weeks were very hard to get through but once they started to clear up, it was amazing. I am going in for my right eye today and am much more aware of the recovery time now but still feel that it is worth the results.

    • Maryjane
      January 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks for posting that. I am planning on having PRK in my left eye this spring and want to hear some good recovery experiences. I had Lasik done 2 years ago and they gave me an astigmatism and my vision is now a +1.50 in my left eye. I was a -.75 when I had Lasik. You probably ask why I even bothered to have my vision corrected. I wanted my reading done and they needed to correct my distance in the left and reading in the right. Anyway, thanks for posting all the feedback. I really enjoy this site.

  56. February 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    This is awesome – so helpful! I’m at day 14 and have been concerned about the ‘ghosting’ situation, but reading your post is exactly what i am going through, and it’s such a relief to read!

  57. gman
    March 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I’m on day 14 after having PRK. Right eye is doing well, left eye is blurry near and far. It’s been blurry for the last 5 days. Doctor said it might have been over corrected but its too early to tell. Anyone else have this problem? My left eye has a astigmatism
    Right eye -2.5 Left eye -2.5

    • cheathamy
      August 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      I had a PRK performed on my right eye 16 days ago and am finding it difficult to see especially two feet in front of me. Did you find out if you had an over correction and if so, what can be done about it? I’m definitely regretting doing this surgery!

  58. kim
    May 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Tomorrow is 3 weeks since PRK for me. Right eye is crystal clear, left eye is still blurry. When the contacts came out on day 4 my left eye got dry and painful, took a few days to get under control and to feel better. The left eye is not producing as many tears as my right eye or is still using more?? Right after drops and randomly during the day my left eye is crystal clear but only for about a minutes…so I am confident that it will get better because the vision clarity is there, thinking it will improve as my eye needs less tears. I was 20/400 prior to PRK and 20/40 when the contacts came out on day 4.

  59. May 22, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Kim – thanks for that info. It makes me feel better about doing this. I will be going to the doctor in June and will schedule the surgery.

  60. June 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I had cataract surgery 1 year ago and had muti focal lens installed at a cost of 2 thousand per eye. The muti focal lens do not correct astigmatism, which I have in both eyes. The doctor at the time of implanting the lens did a refracturing to correct the astigmatism. It helped the left eye some what, but not the right. I could see medium and far, but needed glasses to read. My reading did come in after the second eye was done about 2 weeks later for only one week. Boy, was that great while it lasted. For another 700 dollar per eye, he would do lasik on them. After seeing him every 3 weeks for the last 12months, he was finally prepared to correct them. I had been on restasis and it helped heal my vision, but not to read. Every time he saw me my vision improved and he did not want to over correct them. The last visit he changed it to PRK instead of lasik. Was told it was safer, but healing would be longer and more pain after surgery. Was to get both eyes done at the same time, but at the last minute I just let him do my right eye, because I had to work three days later. That was the best thing I did. It is now, going on 3 weeks and I lost my medium and far sight in my right eye. I can read some what, but I still go for the glasses unless I am in bright sunlight. If I would have did both eyes I would have been in real trouble. My left eye sees medium and far so that helps as long as nothing goes wrong with it. I can only read if I use both eyes. My right eye is blurry. Seeing him in 2 days for the first time, since the day after surgery. He told me then I will be seeing perfect the next time he sees me. Little does he know. He either destoyed my muti focal len, over or under corrected my eye. I wish I would have just got the regular cataract lens that insurannce paid for and wore glasses. Now into it for 4700.00 with poor vision. A face lift would have been a better choice, but the money is not there now. Never get both eyes done at the same time!!!!!!

  61. Stacy
    July 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    On my 2nd week. Still blurry but can definitely see better than I ever could before, with a prescription of -6.00 in both eyes. I’m there…slow progress, but progress.

  62. Pldao
    December 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I am on my 2.5 weeks since prk to correct nearsighedness. I had it done to my left eye only. Thanks God I did not need to have the right eye done. My eye is very blurry esp. reading and they said I now have moderate astigmatism which I did not before surgery. My doctor said he can correct this by another prk. Wow! I want to let it heal for a while to see if it can get better. I had LASIK done 12 years ago and it worked great at first but the last two yrs my vision started to get worse. Anyone with similar result, please advise. Thank you.

  63. Kristen
    March 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I’m 2 weeks post-prk as of today. I am seeing 20/60. I still can’t drive and I’m having trouble reading up close (text messages, computer screen, etc).

  64. Jorge
    March 30, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Chris :
    Thanks for this. It seems we all start freaking out about our results around the two week mark. I’m pretty frustrated at this point as my work and hobbies require a lot of computer time and I’m almost nauseous trying to read emails sometimes. I need this reassurance.

  65. Jorge
    March 30, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Hi there…..three weeks after lasek surgery and I suffer multiple images in BOTH eyes. Still no sign of anything getting better…only worse.
    How did it go for you after a bit more time?
    Hope it went well….as for me ….I am still freaking out and questioning why the hell did I do this surgery!! 😦

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