) a couple years ago. I've needed an "enhancement" for over a year but am nervous about the people that did it last time. I was very near sighted 20/550 and 20/575 and had thinner corneas besides so I was told PRk was my only option. Had it done and got to about 20/30 and no halos or brightness issues but I've had a couple issues:
1- The darker it gets the more fuzzy things get. I was told that this was likely because the laser they used only did the center of the cornea and as it gets darker and my pupils dialate it gets into the area that was not lasered, hence the increasing blurred vision at night. Is this true and do they have lasers that can actually do the whole cornea now?
2- After the surgery I was told that I'd likely have some "slight discomfort" for a couple days and they gave me a prescription for some type of pain pills. "Slight discomfort" felt more like a blow torch being held on each of my eyes. Pills didn't really help so I just sat in bed miserable. I was told that a certain amount of this is normal but the amount of discomfort is also a result of the type of laser used. I also can't help but wonder if, being it was one of the cheap places, that if they would have just slowed down a bit it may have helped. Don't know if there's a "coarse" vs. a "fine" setting but since I'm sure some of these places crank through so many people that time is of the essence. Is this true also and what would you recommend?
3- I'm 48 years old and in the last year or so I've noticed that I'm on the verge of needing reading glasses
. I was told that if I get this done again I can have one eye done for reading and one for farther away, if I so choose. I guess this would be my decision but in your experience do people tend to be happy with this type of set up? I'm thinking I'd rather just have them done right and if I need to wear reading glasses I'll just wear reading glasses. I guess I'd just like your opinion on that.
4- I can't give you hard numbers but when I had this done they said there'd probably be just enough "material" left for maybe this one last enhancement. I paid for the "unlimited enhancements" so if I get it done by the same people it's paid for. My concern is that I don't like the way that they didn't bother to tell me of the problems I'd likely have with my night vision, I still get furious about the "slight discomfort" nonsense and last year at my annual eye exam when I complained about wanting them to redo it they said that my vision was still 20/30 so they considered it a success. He also said that my eyes were too dry and put me on restasis. When I had gone in I intentionally hadn't used drops for a couple days because I felt that it would give them a more accurate exam. I also explained that 20/30 was only in full sunlight or in their chair looking at their brightly lite up chart. I let them talk me out of it but I'm going back in this saturday for another exam. I'm not made of money but this is my eyes I'm talking about and I'll likely only have this one more crack at getting them done right. If I let them do it I want to know what to ask them to insure it will be done right this time. If I decide to bite the bullet and go somewhere else it seems like there's the $500 per eye places like this one or the $3,500 per eye places. In your opinion is this another one of those "you get what you pay for" things or do the pricier places tend to use the same equipment and take just as many shortcuts? What would you recommend to insure that I get the results I want regardless of who does it?