This entry is actually backdated as summer travel and starting work has taken up an enormous amount of my time. But my last exam was spectacular--I'm seeing 20/15 out of my right eye and 20/20 out of my left eye! It was explained to me that the the reason my left eye is lagging behind in healing is because the level of myopia in it pre-surgery was stronger, requiring them to remove more during the laser reshaping process. Naturally, it also would take longer for the eye to recover.
I'm told, now, that while the clarity of vision is often there, what the healing process will provide now is speed of clarity--that is, while I can blink a few times and then see 20/15 or 20/20 (depending on which eye), the way the healing is progressing will now allow for my eye to more easily attain that state of instant clarity rather than having to blink and blink and wait the way I feel I had to when I had astigmatism. I'm still using the occasional eye drop when I'm pulling another late night (I really like Allergan Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops), and I sometimes get this really terrible tearing sensation when I forget and rub my left eye (god knows what that sensation actually means, but no one at the Stanford Eye Laser Center says they can see anything detrimental associated with it).
Either way, I have very little I can complain about. Getting PRK is still one of the best decisions that I've ever made. I went to see Inception during the opening week and was amazed at how I could sit back and see the entire screen without constantly having to push my glasses back up. I traveled through Vietnam and China and didn't have to worry about fumbling around with glasses or not seeing the things around me clearly (not to mention that it's so humid at some of these places that glasses will fog up the moment you step outside). Now, having started work, while I sometimes miss having my glasses as a fashion accessory, it's nice to know that I'm seeing the things around me in all the detail that they deserve. Now I'm just aiming for that steady 20/15 in both eyes in the upcoming months!