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Old 09-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Unhappy Which doctor should I see?

I have had Lasik about 8 years ago ( out side of US) which made my dry eye syndrome even worse. It is gotten to the point that I have to use 7-8 individual eye lubricant per day and still can't open my eyes in the morning due to the dryness. I have plug in one eye to keep the moisture and not in the other due to too much tears falling out rather than stay in my eye and still dry. Tried glass + lens but no help. Double vision in one eye, blur vision in other, combined: double, blurred vision all together. Reading is painful.
I tried numerous things including restasis when my insurance was covering it.At times, problem was getting better. 2years ago, on one of my trips to Europe, a doctor told me that my Cornea has wrinkled and another laser surgery will help but does not make it all go away, which due to complications that I faced on my last surgery, I am not willing to do it unless there is absolutely no other way.
The ophthalmologist I used to see 2-3 years ago, couldn't get anything done. The only thing that temporary helps is Steroid which has a lot more side effects than benefit if used for the rest of my life ( if I am correct ).
I am trying to find a surgeon who is specialized in Lasik. The main Problem I am facing is that I don't know where to go and who to trust as most of lasik doctors like to perform these high cost procedures for several reasons which money & higher number of lasik performance in their record are 2 reasons that I believe. Which got me in trouble at the first place. A patient with dry eye syndrome is not a good candidate for Lasik but none of them told me that untill afterward. OOps.
Some info: I am 39- work on computer a lot - majoring in advertising : means need good vision for years to come and can't switch career. Live in: Alpharetta , GA
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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Re: Which doctor should I see?

I'd suggest you see a cornea specialist since you were told there are wrinkles on it. That could account for the blurriness. Dry eye can also be treated with simple solutions that don't risk the health of the eye as steroids do. A good Cornea specialist should be of help with that. Travel to Atlanta if you have to; your eyes are worth it!

I'd keep away from Lasik doctors.

Good luck!

 
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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Re: Which doctor should I see?

I did....unfortunately the appointment is on October 17th....too far. Hopefully he doesn't tell me that I need surgery.

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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Re: Which doctor should I see?

It is a long time to wait. Perhaps you can ask them to fit you in sooner if there's a cancellation before then.

I also have dry eyes. I only use preservative-free tears. Every morning I use a very warm (often hot) compress on my eyes for 5 minutes, then gently scrub the lids (eyes closed!) with a mix of baby shampoo & water that I mix each day in a small dixie cup. It helps unclog the glands in the lids so the oily layer of the tears can flow better. Helps alot!! It's also very soothing.

Hope you get some positive news when you see the doctor!

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Old 09-15-2012, 09:08 PM   #5
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Re: Which doctor should I see?

Oh my doctor told me to do it on the day of the lasik surgery to clean the eye lead, didn't know it will help if I do it everyday. Definitely will do.
I even tried to eat avocado...I felt the difference but I think my body felt it more.
Thanks for the tip

 
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:29 AM   #6
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Re: Which doctor should I see?

Any omega-3 oil also helps, such as fish oil, flax seeds, etc (taken orally - not in the eye). Avocado has good fat in it so guess that's why you felt something. I love them!

Good luck, and please post to say how you're doing.

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Old 09-16-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
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Re: Which doctor should I see?

The doctor I wanna see is the head of the department at Emory clinic and doesn't have earlier appointment. He has 2 colleagues that are available and wide open are just joined the group and finished their fellowship in the past 2-3 years. Changing the doctors in the same practice is not an option either.
So....do you wait for the one that you think is better ( I will be a new patient in the practice any way) or you will go with the one that has the earliest app.?
I had to see an ophthalmologist and paid out of pocket (150) and he said basically what everybody else said and did before: dryness is the problem + steroid is the treatment.
I'm thinking that I should wait for the one that I think has the most qualification.
What do you think?

 
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:05 PM   #8
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Re: Which doctor should I see?

Go with what you feel is best for you.

 
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #9
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That's why I am waiting...I am paying the price to avoid doubt. Thanks.

 
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