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Old 02-21-2012   #41
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Originally Posted by st2eelpot View Post
If I'm not mistaken, PRK is the predecessor to Lasik. I think this has more side effects (otherwise Lasik wouldn't have become as popular?) but it's been years since I did the homework. (Sensitivity to altitude? cold? decreased night vision)?

The two people I know that had the PRK done did so in the mid to late 90s. I recall them mentioning seeing halos around lights, but said they learned to ignore them and loved having had it done with no regrets. It's been years, so I don't recall if they had any of the other brainstormed side effects I mentioned above.

Malleypc- any experience with any of those side effects?
No side effects for me, though I do remember being warned they are possible (for either Lasik or PRK).
My understanding is Lasik became the preferred procedure due to the nearly instant results and lower pain / discomfort level.
The pain level is not so great in my experience, but I've had both rotator cuffs repaired as well as neck and foot surgery. Those were painful recoveries.
I was told PRK is the only procedure aproved for military flight status mainly due to Lasik's ongoing risk of flap complications that are nonexistant for PRK.

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Old 02-21-2012   #42
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malloypc- Did you have to use a lot of eyedrops after the PRK surgery?

As I mentioned I had Lasik, and had to use lots of eye drops, which I believe is rather standard for Lasik. I later heard that the reason for this is when they do the cut for the lasik, it severs the nerve that tells the tear duct when the eye is dry and it's time to moisten. So, over the years that nerve does reconnect, but not back to 100% of what it was pre surgery. I'd never thought about how PRK may not have that issue.

I've never verified that this is the cause of dry eyes with lasik, though it would make sense.

Anyway- your experience?

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Old 02-21-2012   #43
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At home I switch back and forth between glasses and contacts, depending on what I am doing. When rowing on the river I take several pair of cheap reading glasses in case I lose a pair. BTW: For skiing, my father had a pair of prescription goggles made and now I have the same prescription as his goggles so I use those. Genetics is a powerful thing.

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