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Old 05-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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Question Post LASIK - Near vision blurry

Hi guys,

I had IntraLase LASIK (blade free etc) done 3 days ago (Wednesday) to treat my quite hefty prescription of -8/-9.

By the second day, my distance vision was as clear, if not clearer than my glasses and it was a beautiful thing to behold!

However, my near vision is a bit blurry/hazy. Like I have to go really close up, or find the right angle to get clear focus of things like books, laptop etc.

When I mentioned this to the nurse on my day 2 appointment/check up, she said this was perfectly normal and that my eye muscles will take time (possibly up to 6 weeks) adjust and heal and stabilise. She advised I do exercises to help the process along, such as reading a book and then focusing on something in the distance and then back to the book again.

I was concerned as I thought, if anything, it would've been the other way around, given I had myopia..

Has anyone else experienced this?

Trying not to panic..

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Z

 
Old 05-12-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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Re: Post LASIK - Near vision blurry

I have exactly the same thing! I was a slightly stronger prescription (-9.75 both sides, I think), have just tested 20/20 in the left (8 day followup yesterday morning) but can't handle closeup very well. Fortunately (more or less) the right eye's very slightly undercorrected (still -0.5D as of yesterday) which makes it better for closeup.

My specialist also said it's about the muscles used for closeup work, which are at the front of the eye, but unlike yours explained that it's basically bruising from the suction used for the IntraLase flap creation. No mention of exercise, though: "give it time" and advice to get a pair of cheap drugstore reading glasses, +1 strength (the lowest).

 
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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Re: Post LASIK - Near vision blurry

Without sounding mean, I'm glad I'm not the only one .

With regard to the exercises I was advised to do; nothing too strenuous. Just reading as you would, then looking out the window to focus on something and then back to reading (or watching TV).

But yeah, I was told that it's my muscles adjusting without the augmentation of spectacles.. Nothing about the suctions. Either way, it certainly sounds as though progress will come in time, so let's keep our fingers crossed!

Are you going to be re-treated in your under-treated eye, or just live with the minor discrepancy?

Also, side-question: Are you still using you eye protectors to sleep in? I was quite naughty yesterday (the third night since op) as I took mine off! The tape was making me itchy and I couldn't sleep properly!

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Old 05-12-2012, 08:01 AM   #4
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Re: Post LASIK - Near vision blurry

No eye protectors - I was sent home with just goggles (rather like swimming ones, but with air vents rather than being watertight) and wore them the first week. I found the goggles got uncomfortable after the first few days, but I did keep them on the whole week. It's the first 24-48 hours that really matter for the flap, though, I think protecting them the whole week is just an extra precaution. (They didn't tell me that bit until day 9, though...)

I'm inclined to leave the right eye as-is, I should be able to get decent results with basic spectacles or contact lenses easily enough (nothing like the situation I was in before of having almost -10!) - better to accept it than risk complications etc for a tiny adjustment. I'd be pretty happy at this point if I can just use cheap, lightweight glasses or contacts; my last pair of spectacles were absurdly thick and heavy enough to have damaged my nose!

 
Old 06-02-2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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Re: Post LASIK - Near vision blurry

Hi Had surgery 7 days ago, -10 and -9. my close vision is complety blurred and i need reading glasess now to to read etc. Having myopia helps against the effects of presbyopia which is lost once the surgery was done. My problem is constant fuzzyness and headaches as a result which is i believe a result of the brain trying to get used to the loss of the close vision, so I hope you didnt have that problem. I hope you sight settles down soon. regards

 
Old 06-02-2012, 11:39 AM   #6
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Re: Post LASIK - Near vision blurry

I had to use reading glasses for about two weeks after the surgery; by three weeks, they were back in the box. The bruised close-up focussing muscles take a few weeks to recover, so at least in my case it was temporary: I can use the computer now just as easily as I could pre-surgery wearing my regular (non-reading) specs. A few years from now I'll probably have lost some of this naturally, like anyone not needing specs naturally, and presumably the reading glasses will need to come back then. Merville, are you sure your reading glasses are the right prescription? (My optometrist did a 'proper' eye test on day 8 and said +1 reading glasses.)

 
Old 06-02-2012, 01:21 PM   #7
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Re: Post LASIK - Near vision blurry

Thanks, I am using +1.5 for reading which is what i was recommended. Its not great though. I am hoping once the muscles recover that things will settle down but at the moment its not great. Having 20/20 vision without glasses for long distant is not much use if you cant concentrate on anything! I was better off with glasses. But i am probably being too pesmistic as it has been only 7 days. Good here that yours has improved.

 
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