Davyne DeSye's Blog

June 3, 2018

As some of you know, my husband and I had laser eye surgery in mid-February. Because of differences in our eyes, I had PRK surgery, and he had Lasik. We did this for the very simple reason that we didn’t want to have to wear glasses any longer.

I wanted to share our experiences for those who might be considering either of these surgeries.

HOW THESE SURGERIES DIFFER IN PROCEDURE
In Lasik, a flap is cut in the cornea, that flap is lifted, the surgery is done, and then the cornea flap is replaced.

In PRK surgery, the protective surface of your cornea is scraped off and the cornea is directly lased. This surgery is for people who don’t have an extremely thick cornea (like me), and can’t have a flap cut out.

Neither of these surgeries hurts while being performed. (Well… unless you are anesthesia-resistant, like my hubby, but nobody wants those icky details.)

DIFFERENCE IN POSTOPERATIVE PAIN
After Lasik surgery, there is a bit of pain in the eyeball, but nothing that the painkillers they give you can’t take care of. This lasts for about as much time as the painkiller lasts, so you are essentially pain-free within a couple of hours. (Hubby slept through his painful couple of hours.)

After PRK surgery, there is quite a bit of pain, scratchiness (like you have sand in your eye) and burning. This, for me (despite putting eye drops in constantly and taking pain medications at regular intervals), lasted about four days. Yes, DAYS. I talked to the doctors afterwards and this is considered pretty typical. This is because the cornea “flap” that is lifted and replaced in Lasik surgery acts like a Band-Aid, whereas, in PRK, they scrape off the protective layer to operate directly on the exposed cornea, and not having this protective layer hurts!

DIFFERENCE IN POSTOPERATIVE RECOVERY
My hubby had his Lasik surgery about mid-day. He came home with patches over his eyes, took painkillers, slept, woke up for dinner, and went back to sleep – all with those same patches over his eyes. In the morning, he woke up, removed the patches, and he could see. Just like that. He drove himself to his 8 am followup appointment… to be told that he had normal (20/20) vision. That was it. After having worn glasses since the second grade, he now had normal eyes. How cool is that!

After PRK… hmm. I went in on the fourth postoperative day only to discover that I had lost my near vision (the one thing I had before surgery – and this happens regardless of either surgery you get, so you might want to wait until your eye doctor tells you that you need reading glasses to get laser surgery if you will miss your near vision), and had awful far vision (20/70). I just went in two weeks ago for my three-month postoperative visit, and I now have 20/30 in both eyes. They were very excited that I was doing so well (me too!) because my corneas were still obviously healing (ie, there’s more to come!) and their guess is that in another three months, I’ll have better than normal vision (better than 20/20). Lovely!

MY FAVORITE PARTS OF THE PRK SURGERY
1. I don’t have to whip off my glasses whenever I’m getting a photograph taken. (I really didn’t like how looked in glasses – yeah, vanity, I know.)
2. I can wear all kinds of cool sunglasses (without paying for prescription lenses). I mean anything at all! Love this!
3. When I’m all hot and sweaty (like I sometimes I am in Mexico), I don’t have to worry about my glasses sliding off my face.
4. I can still see in all those situations where I would normally take my glasses off and be blind… like when I’m in the shower, swimming in the ocean, on an amusement park ride, etc.

AM I GLAD I GOT THE PRK SURGERY?
You betcha. Sure, the first week really sucked, and the second week wasn’t a whole lot better (the pain was gone but I was hoping to be able to see, which I couldn’t)… but now, I can see just fine and I really, REALLY don’t miss my glasses.

For those of you who are thinking of getting the surgery, I just wanted to give a little insight into the differences between Lasik and PRK. For example, after PRK, I couldn’t drive for weeks/months… I couldn’t see well enough to work for the first week and a half (at which point, I could see… sort of… with 3.0 reading glasses and everything on my computer screen blown up to 300%). (I can read just fine now with normal reading glasses.) If this kind of timeline for recovery doesn’t work for you, I’d suggest not getting PRK. Of course, if you have a choice between Lasik and PRK, I’d suggest not getting PRK. :) But in the end: Yeah. It was worth it. :)
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Published on June 03, 2018 08:39 • 30 views • Tags: eye-surgery, glasses, lasik, prk

April 14, 2018

I have had the good fortune to be interviewed by Chris Angelis, PhD, editor, blogger and author, on his Home for Fiction blog... Check it out!

http://blog.homeforfiction.com/2018/0...

I'd love to hear what you think!
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Published on April 14, 2018 13:59 • 17 views • Tags: author, chris-angelis, davyne-desye, fiction, interview, literature, science-fiction, writing

February 21, 2018

Well... tomorrow I go in for eye surgery...

I'm told I'll want to spend five days with my eye closed and they won't tell me how soon after that I'll be able to read a computer screen.

Needless to say, this is also bad news for my reading! :(

So wish me luck and know that I will miss you all. I hope to be back sooner rather than later!
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Published on February 21, 2018 13:56 • 37 views • Tags: eye-surgery, luck

January 13, 2018

As a tie-in to my reading and book signing in Denver, Colorado, today of my science fiction novel, Carapace, I've made my science fiction short story collection, Soap Bubble Dreams and Other Distortions (which includes the short story, "Carapace") FREE on Amazon through Tuesday, January 16th.

If you're in the Denver area and would like to attend the reading, it'll be in the Book Bar, starting at 7 pm. I'd love to meet you in person!

If not, please feel free to pick up your copy of Soap Bubble Dreams on Amazon.

I hope you enjoy it!
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Published on January 13, 2018 09:09 • 6 views • Tags: amazon, anthology, book-signing, carapace, denver, fantasy, free, reading, science-fiction, short-story, soap-bubbles

June 2, 2017

Hello!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am running a Goodreads Giveaway for the paperback version of my historical romance novel, For Love of the Phantom, which is a sequel to Phantom of the Opera.

Anyone interested in an autographed first edition is welcome to enter the Giveway -- there are three copies available!

If you do decide to enter, best of luck!

Davyne.
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Published on June 02, 2017 13:33 • 16 views • Tags: for-love-of-the-phantom, giveaway, phantom-of-the-opera

May 25, 2017

Soap Bubble Dreams and Other Distortions, an anthology of my short science fiction and fantasy stories is FREE for five days on Amazon... pick up a copy now!
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Published on May 25, 2017 08:55 • 123 views • Tags: fantasy, free, science-fiction, short-stories

May 1, 2017

Hello!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am running a Goodreads Giveaway for the paperback version of my science fiction novel, Carapace.

Anyone interested in an autographed first edition is welcome to enter the Giveway -- there are three copies available!

If you do decide to enter, best of luck!

Davyne.
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Published on May 01, 2017 16:40 • 15 views • Tags: giveaway, science-fiction

April 21, 2017

Hello!

In honor of World Book Day (April 23rd), the two books in my Phantom Rising series (For Love of the Phantom and Skeletons in the Closet) will be FREE on Amazon this Saturday and Sunday. For any fans of Phantom of the Opera or historical romance...

Happy World Book Day!
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Published on April 21, 2017 07:39 • 25 views • Tags: free, phantom-of-the-opera, world-book-day

April 3, 2017

Hello!

My science fiction novel, Carapace, will be released on June 30th.

I am happy to provide a free Advanced Reading Copy for anyone to read and (hopefully) review.

If you are interested, please post your email address and which format you'd like (or PM me) and I'd be happy to send you a copy.

Warning: Explicit language and some sexual content.

Here's the blurb:

Humans are not at the top of the food chain. While a brave few humans are ready to fight to regain their freedom from their alien conquerors, the human race's hopes depend on a girl who doesn't give a damn about their cause or freedom.

Khara, a tough-as-nails survivor, finds her place serving the alien invaders even as she struggles with revulsion of the aliens and loneliness after the loss of her family in the invasion. As she serves the aliens, she learns that she has an ability (unlike most humans) to interpret the chemical emanations which serve as their main form of communication.

Nestra – the alien Queen’s Shame Receptor – struggles with loyalty to her Queen while recognizing the Queen’s madness, a madness that is spread to her people through her powerful chemical emanations. Lonely and forbidden the chemical “sharing” with others of her species, Nestra turns to humans for companionship.

As the humans plot revolution and the Queen’s madness creates a schism between infected and uninfected aliens, time is running out for humans. Will the forbidden friendship that develops between Khara and Nestra show them all a new way – coexistence?

Thanks!
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Published on April 03, 2017 14:50 • 15 views • Tags: advanced-reading-copy, aliens, arc, free, science-fiction

March 17, 2017

Doing a happy, happy dance! I love it when one of my stories finds a home!

My latest science fiction short story, Message in a Bottle, has been published in Shoreline of Infinity and is now available on Amazon...

Yay!
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Published on March 17, 2017 13:42 • 33 views • Tags: publish, science-fiction, shoreline-of-infinity, short-story