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Updated: Mar 13, 2019


  • Eye pain has mostly subsided

  • Using lubricating tear drops much more as the reduction in tearing has transitioned to dry eyes

  • Vision improves every day, but its still very blurry.

On Sunday (Day 4), I woke up feeling pretty ok. My eyes were a little dry as I still had the contact bandage in my eyes, but after being awake for a little while and using my eye drops, it started to feel normal again. This was the first day I was really able to watch TV (with the brightness turned way down and my sunglasses on), and read the text on my phone (with the font size maxed out on my already large Galaxy Note 4). I probably didn't need another heavy pain pill, but I took one and it started to make me feel sick to the point that I was worried I might puke. The thought of throwing up with my eyes still in pain was not comforting. I made it through without incident and stopped taking any pain killers beyond some Advil here and there.

On Monday (Day 5), I had to go to work. This was going to be an adventure. I thought about taking an Uber to work, but then I wondered if I'd be able to read the license plate to know which Uber is mine. Taking the subway seemed like an easier idea. Armed with my sunglasses, eye drops, and Advil, I made it through the day. My first thought when getting to the office building was how bright it was. It never really bothered me, but it was kind of dizzying walk around with all the bright lights. Lucky for me, I have my own office and I kept the lights off and worked with the natural light from the window. One of the reasons I had to go into the office was to do eight interviews with potential interns. I could barely read their resumes and it gave me a headache to concentrate that hard, so I explained to each one of them that I had no idea what was on the resume and they'd have to give me the summary. I'm sure that caught them off guard, but it worked out fine. I ended up working a full day, much to the disappointment of my wife.

Tuesday (Day 6) was the day I had be stressing about all week and I had an important conference at work that I absolutely had to be at. I woke up with dry eyes again, but mostly felt alright throughout the day. My vision did get a bit better between Monday and Tuesday and I could read a little better. Bright lights in conference rooms were the most bothersome to me, but I made it through another full day. At this point, I would say that life is mildly Inconvenient, but totally doable if you have to. That said, I really wish I hadn't been working the past two days. My advice is not to go back to work as quickly as I did.

Next up is Day 7, which is my follow up appointment with the doctor and I get that pesky contact out of my eye. Yay!

Updated: Mar 13, 2019


  • Pinprick feeling in my eyes is still there but less pronounced that the day before

  • Some significant tearing, but less than the day before.

  • Vision remains quite blurry. Still can't read my phone very well.

  • Pain pills make me want to sleep all the time.

I woke up on Saturday morning, three days after my Wednesday procedure, feeling OK. I stood up from bed and very hesitantly opened my eyes ready for a rush of pain and tears, and besides some tearing and a little soreness, I actually felt OK. My vision was still pretty terrible, but I could keep my eyes open for longer stretches.

My vision was still blurry, but was clear enough that I could get around and function on my own. Before surgery, I was pretty helpless without my glasses and I was certainly seeing much better than that. Looking at my phone or the computer was still hard, even with the font size really high as the light from the screens was really hard to look at. I'd turn the brightness down to almost zero so I could actually look at it, but then it would be so dark that it would be hard to read. Also, watching TV would give me a headache from the changing light and fast motion. I would suggest lowering the brightness on your TV before getting PRK. You family members might bemoan the picture quality, but you'll actually be able to look at it.

By the end of the day I was starting to feel a lot better about my recovery and was hopeful that Sunday would be another day of solid progress.

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