Two weeks have now passed since I got my PRK surgery done. The improvement in vision definitely has slowed down this week as day to day I did not really notice much difference. I went back to work for the first time this week and I had to change the resolution of my computer to 800×600 just to be able to see what was on the screen. This was annoying as hell since nothing fit on my screen and I had to double click on every single email just to be able to read it. That Monday night I went to Walmart and bought a cheap pair of reading glasses as I was told that would help with the reading. It did, somewhat.
But, all week long it was rather difficult to stare at my monitor at work. It was usually much worse at the end of the day then at the beginning. At the end of the day, anything I tried to read was literally a complete blur. I had to really strain to read, and probably was only able to do so because I’ve been reading English all my life and so was able to figure out/assume what the words were that I was reading.
Outside of reading, it was still kind of blurry and not really focused. I could definitely see better that I was before, but nowhere near as well as I used to be able to see with glasses on. Beforehand, I was able to read all street signs and the price of gasoline whenever I passed by a station. Now? Not so much. Especially at night. It is really hard to read street signs and I probably would not of felt safe driving in unfamiliar locales. Watching TV was possible, but the picture is just not focused for me. It doesn’t matter if it is HD or not. Just not clear.
It is pretty frustrating, and actually a bit nerve-wracking too. You read everywhere before hand that vision takes 4-6 weeks or more to stabilize and improve, but when you are going through that time, it seems so slow and you fear that it just may not happen for you, especially when from day to day you don’t really notice any improvements. I just have to try to get through it and hope it all turns out well for me. I have been using drops almost every half an hour too as my doctor told me that dry eyes are really bad for the healing process. They also don’t feel good. I had a 2 hour meeting in which I left my drops at my desk. My eyes were killing by the end of the meeting, so much so that even after flooding my eyes with drops, they hurt the rest of the night. I am not leaving without my drops again!
That all being said, I do think that while I was not able to notice any real improvement from day to day, I do think that I did improve. I did slightly increase the resolution on my monitor by the end of the week. I just had to as it was just impossible to work with nothing fitting on my screen. Also, at the beginning of the week I was not able to see the total number of miles on my car while I was driving. At the end of the week, I noticed that I was able to read it in direct sunlight. So, that’s improvement right? I am also continuing my test of being able to read the Samsung label in my bedroom. Some days are better than others, but I can make it out better now than I was at the start of the week.
My next appointment with the doctor is early next week. Hopefully I am able to see better than 20/40 this time, and he is able to tell me that things looks good, even though they literally don’t right now.