This is my first post. I have been reading post from members who have had PTK from corneal erosion. I had PTK surgery 3 weeks ago.
From what I can see the recovery period is really an extended one. Most post say that vision does not fully recover for sometimes as long as 3 months, and even then some still need prescription lenses.
My surgeon belongs to my eye doctors practice, but he performed the PTK at a different clinic, many miles away from my home. There is a long story behind that, but I won't get into that here.
My eye doctor is actually giving me free followup care. I found this out when I asked a tech question over the phone and got an inadequate answer. I was informed by another person that my followup was being done as a courtesy.
That's fine but I wonder if my followup care has been compromised. My doctor has said some strange things, such as he can do PTK, but doesn't do it. When I asked why he stated he just doesn't.
Also, he has me extremely paranoid about having another corneal erosion. He has seen me 4 times, changed my steroid drops to two the first visit, then back to 4. Now he has me at two. I won't see him again for another week.
He has told me to "slowly" open my eyes when I wake. Surprisingly I have been able to do this, but I have not seen anyone on the internet being instructed to do this.
So I would like to know what your experience was, what you think about mine, and should I really be that concerned about opening my eyes when awaking. Please feel free to share and thanks for reading my post.
I just want to update from when I posted. Everyday my vision changes. Somedays it is better, some days it's different but it's hard to explain how. Yesterday I was able to wear my prescription glasses, but 4 hour later they were useless to me.
I go back to my doctor in 2 days. I would give anything to get through this recovery and have normal vision, even if it meant wearing prescription lenses again.
Went to see the eye doctor today. He has me continuing to use artificial tears, has stopped the use of steroid drops, and continuing the use of gel at night.
I was given a prescription, so the claims that I would no longer be near sighted just far sighted by the surgeon, and that all I would need would be reading glasses turned out not to be the case. I can only speak about my experience, maybe for someone else that would be true.
So hopefully in a week I will have new prescription eye glasses. I have not had a corneal erosion in a month, so I would assume I'm safe on that, provided I use my drops and gels.
I'd like to thank the many members who contributed to this thread. You guys were great help. This is a terrific forum, and I'll probably never come back again.