MIL Just got PRK on my left eye....

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  1. Zee916

    Zee916 Engineering the world.......

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    Wow...... this shit is painful as fuck.

    Doctor said should be 20/10 so hopefully I'll smah my eye exam when I have to take it.

    I can't even open my eye or look at the TV. Shit sucks but will be worth it.

    Anyone else had it done?
     
  2. widds2v

    widds2v Active Member

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    hoping to have it before i get out in may.. hitting medical up as soon as I get back from deployment which will put me about 6 months out, and they said it is a 6 month waiting list.

    free > *
     
  3. The Great Deceiver

    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    Military pays for it?
     
  4. RebootEnzo

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    Pilot?
     
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    Are you serious?? I just had both mine done at Keesler 2 weeks ago. No pain whats so ever. Never took my percocet. Day 2-3 post op were the worst only because your vision gets worse before it gets better. I had starbursts when I went out at night, then they went away. Make sure you use a bag of frozen peas, because they do help.

    I think my whole process took less than 2 months. A lot off the officers that come through Maxwell get when they get here. They told me I signed up at the right time being in between classes.

    And yes surgery is free. Lodging and travel is on you. Most bases make you stay a week because they do more tests when you get there and still can be DQed. Wright-Patt makes you stay 2 weeks.

    2 more weeks of steroid drops and Im done. woohoo.
     
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  6. Tycoon

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    Oh Hiya!
    Can army national guard get it free too :eek4:
     
  7. Cyan Connect

    Cyan Connect Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. OT Supporter

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    Everyone in my unit said they paid $3,000 for it. They said the military does not cover it unless you are combat arms or pilot. Something to that effect. I am not quite sure exactly what they said. But that was when I was still in. I have been out for five months now.
     
  8. FATBOY

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    I am going to get mine done when I get back as well.
     
  9. widds2v

    widds2v Active Member

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    I think when laser eye surgery first came about it was reserved for pilots and stuff, but I know at least in the Navy anyone can get it. Just a waiting list. And it is free.

    Dunno, if when I get back it doesn't look like I'll be able to get in before I get out (hoping to have it in April when I'm on separation leave), I can find a place locally that has one of those 0% financing deals and just pay it off over 18 months... they seem to pop up a lot.
     
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    Damn, that's what I figured :wtc:
     
  11. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I had PRK on both eyes. Hurt like hell.
     
  12. Zee916

    Zee916 Engineering the world.......

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    Pain has since gone away a little but driving or going outside without my goggles they gave me is a big no no.

    Still pretty sensitive to light.
     
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    I think the pain has to do with how bad your vision was. I was only a -1.5 or -1.75 and my treatment was 7 sec per eye and I havent had any pain at all.

    The other day I woke up in the middle of the night and my eye lid stuck to my eye. That hurt like hell. Went to optometry to make sure I didnt screw anything up. All was ok, still smooth and no abrasions. Dr prescribed me the gel drops for at night. Saved me $7 as I was going to buy them that day before my eye thing happened.
     
  14. Zee916

    Zee916 Engineering the world.......

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    I'm taking 3 different drops right now. My eye is all caked up.
     
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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I think the pain issue may vary between individuals. My prescription was the same as yours.
     
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    Guess I got lucky then :hsd: Driving at night kinda sucks now too, that was expected and can take up to 6 months-1 yr to get back to normal.
     
  17. The Great Deceiver

    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    It hurts because they remove the outer layer of your eye, and then carve one of the inner layers (the stroma), it takes a number of days for the outer layer to grow back, until then, embrace the pain. It hurts more than flap surgery, where they don't remove the outer layer, they only cut a flap, open the flap, carve the stroma, then close the flap. But people who have had flap surgery have reported that after 5-6 years the flap moved and it's become problematic. Opthalmalogists recommend PRK to flap.
     
  18. RebootEnzo

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    Fuck that I am just going to keep on wearing glasses. Besides, they make me look sexy.
     

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