Before laser eye surgery, I could not clearly see the large letter at the top of the eye chart. I had worn glasses since the third grade and my eyes had been plagued by infections ever since converting to contacts. My doctor consulted me on the two options of laser surgery that were available. I chose Photorefractive Keratectomy over Lasik because I did not want the slightest possibility of my active lifestyle leading to a dislocation of the cornea flap.
PRK is an older and more painful form of laser eye surgery. The cornea is sanded away after a local anesthetic is applied. The laser adjustments are painless, but my vision did not instantly improve as it would have with Lasik. I suffered through a month of extreme sensitivity to light, which caused me to wear sunglasses even at night. I was fully blind for two days while I followed a regimen of steroid drops in each eye. When the healing was done my vision was returned to 20/20.
Laser eye surgery vastly improved my life by freeing me from glasses. In five years my sight has not diminished in the slightest, and I have no risk of cornea disruption.