Re: Question re: Bandage Contact and Corneal Abrasion
I am no expert or medical professional, but as I posted prior I had the same problem you are having with the same severity and duration and even went to an appointment with an opthomologist. She told me empatically that my problem would not resolve without surgery.
However, a day or two prior to my appointment I started using allergy eye drops and started taking generic Claritin daily again. The front desk encouraged me to schedule surgery, but I said I wanted to think about it first.
While there I had removed my bandage contacts. I never put them back in or had the problem again except very rarely when I work in the yard. I guess the mold in the soil gets my allergic reaction going. I try to remember to use eye wash after working outside.
I never had the PTK surgery. I regularly use the allergy drops 1 ro 3 times a day and use moisture eye drops during the night if I wake up with my eyes feeling scratchy. The allergy drops, any over the counter variety, seem to make the corneal flap stay down very effectively. I used Muro and all that happened was lots of stinging in my eyes.
I feel that you have nothing to lose by trying these ideas prior to having surgery. The surgery is a big investment in time and and possibly money if you do not have insurance that will pay for it. The surgeon will do one eye at a time and you won't be able to see well enough to drive or do much for about a week.
If you want to try this, use the allergy drops the maximum times per day recommended on the label and take whatever over the counter daily maintainance allergy medication you respond to well. Also use moisture eye drops as you feel the need. I would think if this will work for you that you should see results very quickly. I had great results in about 2-3 days after starting the allergy drops and OTC oral allergy meds. If you don't have a significant postitive response in a week, you need to reconsider the surgery without much delay.
This problem won't kill you, but it is very disturbing and affects you vision so that you may need a different correctiive lens daily.
I wish you all the best for a speedy resolution to this problem.