Last week I decided that I needed to use my flexible spending funds and actually get my cheap Filipino lasik at a fraction of the cost with amazing Harvard trained doctors and facilities (not from Harvard, but nice).
Because I have intensely terrible eyes (-9.5 in each eye), I was not a very good candidate for the standard painless lasik. Apparently they would have to shave too much cornea. Instead, the doctor recommended the PRK lasik, a slower recovery but the same results. He did mention pain but somehow that didn't quite register. I just wanted perfect eyes.
I went into the procedure with a vicadin. It didn't do enough to chill me out. The worst part of all is even with the anesthesia I could tell something not good was happening to my eye. They cut it and then lasered it. When I left I felt like my eyes had been violated somehow.
I spend the next four days in excruciating pain in a dark room. I couldn't read, watch TV, or even sleep well. I simply focused on not moving my eyeballs. It hurt too much. Slowly they started healing and one week later I was not 20/20 but good enough to get around. It has now been 10 days and I feel like I am pretty close to 20/20. The pain is gone and it is amazing.
The only way I describe how painful it was is my childbirth. I had a cesarean and afterwards was not given any strong narcotics (the Philippines is shy about buzz drugs, very annoying when you get surgery). Upon that recovery I felt every stitch, the eye surgery was like they had cut my eye, sprinkled sand, and forced a contact on top. Absolutely awful, but I might do it again. Things are looking really clear.