Decided to go under the laser and get corrective eye surgery. It was suggested to get PRK, and start with only my left eye as my right is not very bad.
So yesterday (Thursday) I showed up at my allotted time, and briefly squared away all my paperwork and payments. Then after a nervous but straightforward 10 minutes of procedure which was stressful mostly in that I wish there was more restraint, one lost contact bandage to replace, and only mild sensations of discomfort, I left the clinic; with my parents who had agreed to drive. Leaving Providence, we stopped for a simple dinner, where I enjoyed my almost useless but glasses-free vision for about 40 minutes of relative comfort; and then in rapid order all manner of pain and burning sensations started firing off inside my skull.
After 6 agonizing hours of failed sleep and wishing the doctors had actually given me a note for something stronger than OTC Ibuprofen for this phase, I managed to get up and walk it off.
12 hours after and I decided that things felt pretty-good, but still very light sensitive. Can use the eye but only for a minute or so before the glare starts to be a real pain. My un-changed right eye is able to get me thru my normal tasks, but squinting one eye shut all the time was getting really tiresome.
Now, about 30 hours after the procedure, the pain and most major discomfort is gone. I can actually write this without my oh-so-cool eyepatch, tho I am forcing myself to use my right eye as much as I can. I have to take breaks every 10-15 minutes from the computer, and the brightness is lowered from normal. Vision with the operated eye is about on par with my right eye now, which is a definite improvement, but neither is 20/20 by any means. It will apparently be at least a month before the eye starts to settle into the intended state, so in the meantime I can’t really use my old glasses but I can’t yet see perfectly either. Going to refrain from driving for at least a week or so.
So far it’s been an alright experience. I’d put the procedure itself as, overall, not nearly as bad as I’d feared but not as bulletproof feeling as I’d hoped. I cant recommend it yet, but nor would I dissuade anyone so far. My experience seems right on par with everything I’ve read, which seems to be a good thing.
If this eye turns out good, I can try for my right. Maybe that eye patch will come in useful again.