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Old 07-03-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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strain in eye at computer after LASIK

Has anyone else experienced this after LASIK? I am 42 years old and had myopia. After LASIK it seems that my non-dominant eye is slightly overcorrected at +0.25 and my dominant eye is slightly undercorrected at -0.25. This seems to be opposite what would happend if you chose monovision. Thought the amounts would be different. But now I notice if I am on the computer for a bit and then look up in the distance, my dominant eye is very blurry. The non-dominant eye is fine. The blurriness usually goes away after 5-10 minutes. But my dominant eye then feels strained even after this. At the eye doctor they had me read the really small print for presbyopia and I could read it. The doctor thinks I may need computer glasses, but I am 6 weeks post surgery. He wants to hold off a bit more in case my prescription changes a little bit more.

Also my dominant eye has been extremely dry since the day of the surgery. It also watered and felt a stinging sensation the day of the surgery. It also had the red blood vessels. To this day I think I can still see where the suction ring went on in the whites of my eyes. My non-dominant eye has not given me a single problem. If both eyes were like this I would be pleased, but it has been hell with the other eye.

 
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:41 AM   #2
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

I would definitely say dry eye. You could try something like Systane drops or go to the computer glasses. I was surprised how much that helped me.

 
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

Titchou,
Thanks for that quick reply. I have been doing the following since the surgery regarding dry eye:

1. Doctor put plugs in both eyes a few weeks after surgery when I went to him to complain about the dry eye issue.

2. I use Refresh Plus or Refresh Optive probably over 10 times a day still even after 6 weeks post op. Does this seem excessive? I know it can take 3-6 months for it to go away. I just hope it does. I have read all the horror stories about it lasting forever. I lay awake at night worrying about this.

3. Use a humidifier in my room at night while I sleep.

4. Drink tons of water

5. Use hot compresses whenever I have the time. The wierd thing about this is that when I take the hot compress off of my eyes it seems like this is the crispest my vision gets.

6. Been washing my eye lashes with tear free baby shampoo every morning.

I am not sure that I can do anything more? I have tried the gels at night, but they seem to just goop up my eyes.

Also I plan on getting some computer glasses once I feel that my vision has settled down. I just don't want to pay for a set of prescription glasses and then have it change on me!!

One more question that I noted in my first post. I still can sort of see the suction ring on the rightside of my right eye. Does that seem normal after 6 weeks?

Also how much do you think I should notice the 0.5 difference between both eyes seeing they are each only 0.25 off of plano?

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:34 AM   #4
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My dominant eye is plano

Non-dominant is still fluctuating. When its similar to the dominant eye my vision gets crisp, when its off them my whole visual experience is less crisp and annoying. Non dominant eye is still really dry which is causing the vision problems.

Everyone is different. Takes a while to get to your final vision, could be 3 months, 6, or 12.

I have been sleeping with glad cling press and seal on my eyes, that has helped a little bit. In the end its a waiting game until your tear film improves.

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

Whiskey, how long has it been
since your surgery? I can read the 20/15
line on the chart with both eyes, but
it is really blurry. I just worry that I
am going to be one of those horror
stories that end up with a dry eye
forever.

I swear I can still see the suction
ring from the surgery and this
is the area that is the driest.

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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Unfortunately for me its been 6 months. But on the brightside its not completely game over since it can take longer and i know personally people who had dry eye for 8 or 12 mo.

I can see 20/15 clearly with my right eye and all distances are perfect but it has some starbursts because of the dryness.

Left eye is really suffering the most with fluctuations in vision and a fuzzy 20/20 caused by lasik induced astigmatism and worse starbursts than the right eye. Its way dryer than my right eye and i can tell that the visual disabilities seems very tied into dryness because after a warm compress there is relief for some time after that.

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:28 AM   #7
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

My eye is the same way. After a hot compress is the time my vision is the clearest. My vision is not as crisp as I feel it should be. I'm going to my optometrist in a few days for a second opinion. Do you have plugs in your tear ducts? Also did you try Restasis? I have not tried that yet. It just feels like my eye never produces any tears.

What kind of LASIK did you have? Was it all laser? I thought the risk of LASIK induced astigmatism was much lower now with the newest technology?? I'm wondering if I have that in my eye?

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:31 AM   #8
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

I forgot to ask about the people you know. Did their dryness completely go away after the year? Do you know how dry their eyes were? I can put drops in my eye and 2 minutes later they are dry again.

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #9
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Just got plugs - dont think they do anything

Tried restasis but it was too soon after surgery, inflammation needs to go away first before it can work

Had all laser

Yes the people had full dryness recovery back to level of pre-surgery

 
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:49 AM   #10
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

Whiskey, sounds like we are in the same boat! Plugs don't seem to be doing anything for me either. Neither do the omega 3s. So all we can do is wait. I'm thinking this was all just a huge mistake at this point. I am flying in mid August and am a little freaked out because I have read how dry the air is on planes. Please keep me posted in how you do and if the dryness ever goes away.

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:25 AM   #11
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I will post an update to your thread in a few weeks if there is one to post

Last edited by moderator2; 07-10-2013 at 07:52 AM.

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:05 AM   #12
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

Went to my local optometrist for a checkup the other day. He said right eye is Plano with -0.5 astigmatism and left eye is +0.25 with -0.5 astigmatism. So he said that the +0.25 in the left eye is why I see better in the distance and the astigmatism in the right eye is causing the blurriness. He also held the card in front of me with the really small letters and I could still read the smallest line. So he is not exactly sure why my right eye gets really blurry in the distance after reading for a while on the computer. He suggested reading glasses and they do seem to help with the strain when using the iPhone. I was hoping to avoid reading glasses for a few more years, but I guess not.

The one thing that irks me is the last time I met with the LASIK surgeon I asked if I had any astigmatism and he said NO!! I only 7 weeks out, so hopefully the right eye will catch up. But at this point I am doubtful.

 
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:29 AM   #13
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At that 2 month point for me my eyes were similar to yours. Right plano, left has been fluctuating and still is. I think it might be leveling off now (hoping). Left was initially overcorrected by +.5 which was annoying with a -.75 astigmatism. Pre-lasik i was nearsightd and no astigmatism. Its very hard for a nearsighted brain to get used to that kind of change. It was making me nauseaus and giving me headaches.

I did the same thing as you, validate with my optometrist.

At the 4 month check-up both eyes were plano, but that didnt last long. Left eye is still fluctuating between plano and a little farsight - i can tell because i test it on small writing. Pre- lasik i had no issues with small writing so i know its not a reading glasses thing. The astigmatism is a little bit better at .5 now.

The good news for you is that a little farsight and a little astigmatism can be normal after lasik from cornea distortions which can work themselves out as your dryness gets better.

Mine seems to be doing that and i read it on the aoa website a few months ago that both overcorrection and induced astigmatism are often mistaken for lasik mistakes but that most of the time it gets better with time.

You can also try clapiks for the farsight which i think does work. I spoke to a doctor about it a few months ago but didnt try it because my eyes are still dry. It involves wearing a contact lens and using eye drops for a few weeks. This caused tissue growth. You only need a few microns to overcome +.25. On the other hand, its so small and you are pretty early it might just work itself out.

 
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #14
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

I had Lasik done on both eye's in Jan. 2013, and I still have problems looking at the computer screen. Everything is fuzzy/blurred, I went in for a 4 month check up and my vision is 20/30. I was told to wait until end of August, and if not any better to come back in and they would do some tweaking on my eye's I really don't want to go through this again. but I can't stand not being able to see the computer, and I work on it all day long. Have severe dry eye, and Ii use drops 8-10 time a day. so frustrating.

 
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:11 AM   #15
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Re: strain in eye at computer after LASIK

They keep telling me I am 20/20! I actually went to my local optometrist that I have used for years and he also said I was 20/20. But he said I still slight astigmatism in both eyes and my left eye is +0.25. My right eye is severely dry. It constantly feels like I have an eyelash in my eye and I am 8 weeks post op! I want to jump out of my skin it feels so bad. I have another appointment with the surgeon tomorrow to discuss this issue. So I can't tell if it is the dryness causing the issue with the computer, or if it is the astigmatism.

I am so sick of this. Those eye drops do nothing for me. I also have scheduled a second opinion for the dry eye issue with a specialist in Boston. But i have to wait until August 6th for that.

My problem with the computer is I don't feel like my eyes are working together anymore. If I close one eye and focus I can read, then if I close the other eye and focus I can read. But if both of them are open nothing looks in focus.

This is really taking a toll on me and it is the biggest regret of my life. There is no way I would ever go in for another correction. I just hope everything is cureable by glasses at this point and I hope the dry eye issue can be addressed. But I am losing hope.

 
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