I can't believe the sharpness I am seeing now with both eyes, but with my OLD glasses! The new Acrysof lens is geared for distance, and these old glasses were made way back there when my eyes were in a very strong cycle. Yesterday and today both, the operated eye seems to be adjusting in to these glasses pretty close. I will have a small difference in new ones, but this is really amazing to me. Even my reading lens looks better too! Indoors, it is a little strong, and there may be the change, and the rt. lens a tad too weak, but they seem to be closer together than when I put the old ones on after the surgery. I go in the a.m., I "think", to be fitted with new specks.
Howdy, Faith! That may be alright! If I can get the eyes back to 30, maybe I can get ... Hee! Nope, might be R-rated! Any-who, I'm tickled pink about this. As I've said before, I just hope the acuity stays after the steroids are gone. I'm afraid dry eye will blur it again, but maybe not. I was reading signs and license numbers sharp as ever!
Sure been quiet on here today. The other 3 have been gone all day. Just hope their eyes didn't turn to dust and they blew away! Probably not.
I'll report in to headquarters about the doc appt.
I Love Happy News! You should be able to see the big grin on my face all the way over there in West Texas (from Boston) right now!
Guess the other ladies are busy today...hope it's that and they aren't having those pesky eye problems!
Good luck tomorrow and no hot-rodding over to the docs!
I can see that grin, Faith! It's coming in through the dusty Texas sky! I didn't know you lived in Boston. That's one great place, and I wish I could visit there one day. Guess you can send me some of those great baked beans some time!
Lord, gal, you've seen me drive that Honda Hybrid V-6! Well, I'll keep the weight off the pedal going to the doc's, promise!
Thanks for the good luck wish, and we'll see ya' later.
Well, I think I might have some good news too. I just got back from an appt. at my lasik place, and at first I was really upset because I didn't even get to see my surgeon like I had specifically requested. And I felt like half the stuff the doc I did see said to me contradicted what the surgeon said to me, etc, etc...I suppose we have established that these lasik docs are all CRAZY, so I should not have been surprised. Anyway, I saved all my venting for over on the lasik eye surgery board, so I will spare you guys from all the messy details....besides, Missy helped me see the bright side of things, and I guess I do have some good news to report.
He said that my oil glands looked good, so I guess that the lid scrubs and the warm compresses have helped me. Also, I did not have any dry spots on my cornea. He did a tear breakup test and I was greater than 10 seconds in each eye! Apparently 10 seconds is normal, and I have never been above it, so that is also good news. Faith - maybe it is that flax seed kicking in!!!! I read your post from the other night, and it looks like I'm using the same brand as you from Whole Foods!!
Right now my problem just looks like tear production. I had schirmer's scores of 5mm in each eye. Not awful, but not good either. I think 10mm is normal. So, hopefully the Restasis (been on it about 30 days) will kick in for me soon, or maybe my eyes will just naturally start producing more tears. Afterall, they are supposed to do that as they continue to heal! Unfortunately I seem to need all this other stuff to help them along! They also put temporary plugs in my tear ducts. I've never had them before, so maybe they will help me stay more comfortable. They are supposed to dissolve within 10-14 days and then I can get the permanent ones if they seemed to help me. We will see. I have an appt. with another doc next week so hopefully she will also say good things about my blepharitis and my tear quality. I know that stuff can fluctuate, so I will keep my fingers crossed that it will continue to head in a positive direction!
Tony - glad to hear that your vision was really clear today!!! Good luck at the docs tomorrow!
Well that's good news for you too! Looks like your eyes are progressing nicely with the oil glands looking good and NO dry spots. That's great news. Don't go getting discouraged by the other things. The tear quality maybe just has some more healing to do in there and will come around in time.
I do like the flavor of that flax oil, so will probably stay with that brand. But reading up on the flax oil, I've read somewhere that flax oil taken with fish oil is supposed to be better for dr eyes. I was taking the fish oil first, so didn't think about it. But whatever I read said this works for some people with dry eye, but not all. But think it's well worth takng even if it doesn't help the dry eyes, because it helps so much with bodily functions in general. My eye doc said vitamin A helps with inflammation that causes dry eye too, so I take that maybe 3 times a week, since too much vit. A can be toxic (so I've read). Can't take too many chances at my age!
Hey Tony, skip those Boston baked beans...the lobster is way better!!! Although some of us call them sea bugs...
Ave a great night all!
Well it seems like I have a lot to catch up on here! And I've a lot to catch you all up on as well! Tony, I am so happy for you that you are seeing clearly! Even if it is with your old glasses! That's great! WOOO HOOO!!!!!
Michelle, I hope the doctor is right and that it is just your tear quantity, not quality that is the problem. That is a much easier thing to fix. Have you gotten plugs or given it any thought?
I was at the eye doctor today. My eyes are feeling just awful. I have been doing hot compresses at night, and in the morning I wake up with loads of greenish yellow stuff in my eyelids. He said I don't have pink eye but since I have been doing the hot compresses, there may be some remnants of a past infection in my glands that is coming out with the heat. So I need to keep using the heat and use anti-biotic drops for a few days to make sure it doesn't cause a new infection. He said that my allergies are also raging. My eyelids are VERY red on the inside. What else is new?
Thanks for all the well wishes for my mom. It turns out that her breathing problems are really caused by a previously undetected case of Pneumonia. She is in the hospital. Over the weekend she really started to feel sick and she had chills and stuff. So yesterday morning she called her pulmonary doctor and he had her come over immediately. He listened to her lungs and took a chest x-ray in the office, and he said that she has Pneumonia. She is diabetic, and has had previous heart surgery so they didn't want to take any chances. He sent her over to the emergency room and had them admit her for IV anti-biotics. They are running tests to make sure that she does not have any other underlying lung problems. Our family doctor said that this should not affect the surgeon's decision about weather or not to do the weight loss surgery. She got sick. It happens. They just want to make sure she is good and healthy before they do the surgery.
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Oh, btw... My doctor is anxious for me to try some goggles. He gave me the name of an optician who he thinks will be able to fit me with them. So I am going to do some more research and decide which ones I want to get, and see if I need to order them from a company or if I have to get them at a store. He said that if this helps me, he has plenty of other patients who would love to try them out!
Faith - Funny that you mentioned fish oil. I actually just started taking the soft gels of fish oil last week. I really do think that the flax seed oil must have helped my tear quality out alot. All I know is that a few months ago, my tear breakup was 3 seconds in each eye, and now it is over 10 seconds, so it has improved alot. Although I think that tear quality can fluctuate, so maybe I was just having a good day yesterday??
The other thing that I have been taking for about a month now are HydroEye supplements. They have all kinds of vitamins and oils in them that are supposed to support a healthy tear film. I wonder if that helped me as well? I have another appt. next week with my optomologist and we will see what she says. I don't really trust these lasik docs anymore, so for all I know he just told me all that stuff to get me out of his hair! Funny that my only problem was tear producation, which is something that he couldn't sugarcoat for me!! I could see the strips myself when he took them out of my eyes, so I knew that my tear production was low!
Elyse - Sorry you are still having so many problems with your eyes. Your doctor sounds so knowledgable...about how he thinks the warm compresses were clearing out an old infection and stuff. That makes alot of sense. I'm glad that he seems to think the goggles are a good idea and that he hooked you up with another doc to help you out with them! Sorry that your mom is in the hospital. I'm glad that they found the reason for her breathing troubles though so that they can properly treat her. I'll keep you both in my prayers!
Oh...and I just got the temporary plugs for the first time yesterday. Yesterday was the first time that my lasik place even did a schirmer's test, so maybe that is why they are just bringing up plugs now. I feel like things could have been alot easier on me if they just did the plugs and the restasis when I first started having problems! Grrr.... Anyway, I guess I'll get the permanent ones put in a few weeks. They want me to pay to have it done there though!!! Like I haven't already payed them enough for this stupid surgery that I'm not even happy with!
Hi Tony - I hope that you don't have any more dust storms today! And I hope that you are still seeing crystal clear!
Missy - I hope that your right eye starts feeling better soon! My eyes feel OK today. I haven't been getting much sleep lately, and I think it is an issue. So far I haven't had any major breakthrough with the temp plugs. No tears streaming down my face or anything ! I plan to get the permanent ones regardless of how these temp ones work out though. I think that your doc was probably right when he said that the temp ones don't work as well since they start breaking down right away. I think I'll ask my opthomologist next week what it would cost me to do it there with my insurance, then I see my surgeon the week after that, and I will make a plea for him to just do it for free and see what he says. After all, my appt with him is on a Friday, and Friday is surgery day, so I have alot of leverage there. He certainly doesn't want me storming out of his office in tears with his long line of surgery patients watching!!! I swear I've already spent about 1/2 as much post-op as I did on this surgery in the first place!
Well, I hope that everyone has a great day! (((HUGS)))!!!
Michelle, that is really suck-o that you have to pay for all of this stuff. I hope they will give you the plugs for free. They certainly owe it to you after all the trouble you have had.
Missy, how is the right eye feeling now?
My eyes were still full of goop this morning, but I guess it will take a few more days of hot compresses and anti-biotic drops. They are really itchy and burning though. But it makes sense, because he said that it looks like my allergies are absolutely raging!
My mom actually came home from the hospital today. They think the Pneumonia was viral. She has no more fever and she is breathing a lot better now. They gave her IV steroids to open up her lungs, and a few doses of IV anti-biotics just in case. Since her lungs are sounding much better to all 4 doctors (house doctor, cardiologist, pulmonologist, and family doctor), they all agreed that she can go home. They gave her oral steroids for a few days and she has to see our family doctor on friday. They told her that if she develops a fever again or starts to have more trouble breathing, to go back to call our family doctor or go back to the hospital. They also said that this should not affect her weight loss surgery at all. It just might take a few extra weeks, because they want to make sure she is 100% recovered from this first. She has to see the Pulmonary doctor in 3 weeks unless there is another problem. I am very relieved that she was able to come home so quickly.
Glad your mom has gotten treated for the pneumonia and has been released so she can be comfortable in her own home. Hope she's feeling better with each day.
And hope your eyes start feeling better too.
You too, MIssy. I hate it when I have days like that. But usually wake up fine the next day. Hard to say what cause those days...just glad when they don't come often.
I am looking forward to trying out some goggles. I think I am going to research them some more and see which ones I would like to get and then if I have to be fitted for them, call the optician that my doctor recommended.
Missy, I have not really looked into the goggles any more. I've been really tired from the sinus infection, and not really on the computer very much. I would really like to actually be able to see a pair in person before I actually buy them. I could probably call one of the companies and purchase it over the phone, but it is a lot of money to spend on something sight unseen. Especially something that has to be so personally fitted. I wonder if I go to the optician that my doctor recommended, if he has any in stock or anything similar that he could show me. I want to be able to see and touch them and try them on. I wouldn't just buy a pair of glasses without trying them on, so I don't really feel comfortable buying goggles without trying them on.
I wonder if there is anyone else out there who has had any luck with a particular brand or store that might be able to give some advice. My doctor really doesn't know much about it. I guess the optician is probably my best bet. You know, I just remembered that my friend's father does something that has to do with supplying eyeglasses, and he might know some people too.
I think a whole bunch of one of Tony's threads got deleted? I was trying to re-read it to respond, and I couldn't find it. And yes, I am wondering too..where is Tony going???
Elyse - I think you had asked me about NYC. I was up there for a funeral actually. My bf's grandmother passed away. So, it wasn't really a pleasure visit although we did walk around and see some of the Christmas stuff. It was pretty there, especially after the snow. Next time I'm up there though (we have some friends there), it would be nice if we could get together. About the googles...I would imagine that if this optician guy fits people for them, then he might have some sample pairs around to try on. I certainly wouldn't want to spend that much money without trying them on either, and I dont' think many people would. I hope that your sinuses are feeling alot better. Sounds like everyone has come down with something lately.
My eyes aren't feeling so hot right now, but overall I guess they have been a bit better lately. The last 2 or 3 days have been a little rough, but not too awful. However, right now they are kinda burning and my vision is a little blurry. That hasn't happened in a while, so I don't know what is up. I think being in the grocery store after work for too long irritated them a bit. The air in some stores is not good on my dry eyes!
However, I did have a dr. appt. this morning, and things went pretty well there. She kinda rushed through things and was not as thorough as before, but maybe that is because things looked better to her. She said that my tear film looked alot better and that my corneas looked moist! She also said that my blepharitis looked good, so I think I will stick to my warm compress and lid scrub routine..it must be working. I'm going to go back in 2 weeks and have her put punctul plugs in. They are temporary but are supposed to last up to 3 months. By then, it will be March, and things will be warming up and hopefully my eyes will have healed alot too, and maybe I won't even need them anymore. Oh, and they called for me, and my insurance will cover them, so I will only have to pay my $20 copay. I really hope that my eyes start producing more tears on their own soon though. I will be greatful if the plugs help me, but I really don't like the idea of being dependent on them. I just want to be normal again and back to my old self . The doctors seem to think that I have made steps in the direction over the last month, so I hope that is the case. I just get worried because it is so hard to see progress when things are fluctuating all over the place!
However, I did want to mention something. At my appt. last week, they said that my tear film looked really good too, and that tear production was my only problem. And to be honest, with the exception of how they feel right now, I think I have noticed that it is better. My vision is usually clear, I dont' have as many problems in front of my computer, etc. So, if it really is better I just wanted to mention a few things that I've been doing for the past month or 6 weeks or so that might have helped. First ofcourse being that maybe my stubborn eyes have finally decided to heal a little, which isn't really any help to any of you..but what might be.....I think we are all doing this already, but I think the liquid flax seed oil that Faith recommended has helped me. Also, I'm taking those HydroEye supplements that I mentioned before. I can't say for sure if they have helped, but I think something that I've been doing has helped, so this could be it. It is $30 for a months supply and I think the recommend that you use it for atleast 2-3 months to see if it makes a difference, so it might be something you guys want to look into if you think it would help. I only ordered 2 months the first time, but I plan to order some more and take if for the duration of all this. I wonder how if my eyes finally do get better, I will ever wean myself off the endless number of drops, gels, pills, etc. that I am now using!
Well, I think I'm gonna try to get to bed early again tonight. My eyes are asking me for a break right now. I hope that you all are feeling better and that your eyes are better too! Hugs to all of you!