I had PRK done on both my eyes about 3 years ago. I couldn't have LASIK done because I had too big pupils, the doctor told me, and I was afraid of the surgery aspect of LASIK. I couldn't stand whenever something touched my eyes - up to the point to not being able to wear contacts, not even being able to put them in once, because I was so uncomfortable with that thing. My eyesight was really bad before this, -7 on my right eye and -10 on my left eye! another thing that made me feel better about PRK is that the do one eye first and then the other eye 6 months after when the first eye has healed. So I figured that if something goes wrong, I will still have one at least.
The entire procedure was a lot like when you have LASIK done but without the actual surgery, only lasering directly onto the eye. It took about a minute, I think. Afterwards I got pills for the pain and was sent home. The pain was quite bad, sort of like having crushed glass under your eye lid, and I also had a bandage over the eye so I couldn't see anything with it. That was just as good as I preferred to have both eyes closed to avoid additional discomfort. Also, I didn't take all the painkillers since they made me feel dizzy so I guess it's partly my own fault that I experienced so much pain. However, it was managable. Since I really dislike people messing with my eyes, I was so happy it was over and only the healing left that the pain was no big deal. After a few days, the bandage could be taken off and although it was a little strange to have perfect vision on my right eye and still have -10 on my left eye (so I saw a little strange, with double images), this corrected itself after one day or so and I could see perfectly! Even better than my friends who have never had glasses. I was told by the doctor that it would take a few months until my vision had improved and the healing was done, it seemed like it only took a week. I had to take eyedrops for a month or so after the surgery aswell to avoid swelling.
The PRK on the other eye was about the same, but my vision didn't turn out perfect, probably because of my terrible eyesight before the procedure. I'm not sure how good my eye sight is on that eye right now but not bad enough to bother me at least, and I've never wore glasses even once after the procedure on my first eye. It's possible to get the left eye redone since it wasn't perfected for free but I prefer not to have this done since of the discomfort from the actual procedure.
It cost about 1000 US dollar for me for each eye, but I live in Sweden so it might be cheaper because of that. The only problems I've had after the procedure is worse nightvision which I don't really mind because I couldn't see a thing when waking up in the middle of the night before I had it done anyway
, aswell as a burning sensation whenever my eye is touched quite hard on the pupil (with the lids closed). I had this done when I was 21 yrs old, the minimum age to do it here is 20 yrs.