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    Old 08-03-2004, 06:22 PM   #1
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    Recurrent Corneal Erosion-surgical procedure?

    Hi. I'm new to this board. I've had a recurrent corneal erosion for over 1 year. The original scratch was from a papercut, actually several papercuts (my daughter was waving her nursery school project around and it hit my eye.)

    Sometimes the erosion is very minor, other times it is very serious. It can occur once a week, or I can go months with nothing. But I consider it a "disability" because it seriously effects my ability to function.

    I am so tired of having these episodes that I've decided to insist getting that procedure done. My first optomologist said that he wanted to wait to see if my eye would heal itself before he did the procedure. But I"m tired of waiting, so I switched to a different optomologist for a second opinion. He refered me to corneal specialist, and I'm going to make an appointment tomorrow. I'm very excited about having this finally taken care of.

    Has anyone had experience with getting "the procedure" done. What was your experience like? Did it help you? Aren't there different types of procedures and are some better than others?

     
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    Old 08-05-2004, 06:18 AM   #2
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    Re: Recurrent Corneal Erosion-surgical procedure?

    Hi kbugs, I wish I could say that "the procedure" will cure you but as far as I can see from all the research I have done is that there is currently no cure for this devastating malady. I have suffered with RCE for almost 2 years now and have not opted to take the chance with any of the surgical procedures out there as none offer a definite cure and can actually make matters worse. Search this Board for posts under Recurrent Corneal Erosion - you'll find tons of info there. Good luck.

     
    Old 08-06-2004, 01:34 PM   #3
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    Re: Recurrent Corneal Erosion-surgical procedure?

    Hey Squirrel,

    Would you believe that I stopped putting the gels and stuff in my eye at night, and my erosions stopped? Maybe that stuff is actually triggering the erosions. Who knows? I just stopped using anything. How you been doing? 2 weeks and counting for me. I figure it is really just the weather.

     
    Old 08-07-2004, 06:00 AM   #4
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    Tx, I would be too scared to try to stop using the ointment at night especially. I am so glad you have been erosion free without it though! I'm going on 2 1/2 weeks and just keep hoping to make it thru each night. The weather seems to be getting cooler and dryer already. Last night my eye felt dry and picky as the humidity went from 70 down to 40. I really loaded the eye up with ointment 3 times during the night and I did make it through. It does feel a little better this morning. I hope your good luck being RCE free continues - keep me posted on how you are doing.

     
    Old 08-09-2004, 08:41 PM   #5
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    Hey Squirrel,

    Would you believe that I stopped putting the gels and stuff in my eye at night, and my erosions stopped? Maybe that stuff is actually triggering the erosions. Who knows? I just stopped using anything. How you been doing? 2 weeks and counting for me. I figure it is really just the weather.
    I believe that the eyeball becomes saturated at some point from using the ointments etc daily and nightly. I have had this happen to me too BUT do be careful, when then eye drys out, ya know what's next. This may not be the case with you but do be careful.....

     
    Old 08-10-2004, 02:31 PM   #6
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    Re: Recurrent Corneal Erosion-surgical procedure?

    Well I did have a very minor erosion Saturday morning, but my allergies kicked in Friday nite. I knew i was in trouble because it makes my eyes red, itching, aching, sore, and filling with pus. I kept rubbing my eyes to get the stuff out, so wasn't surprised to feel that prickly burning feeling the next day.

    Squirrel, do you wear glasses or contacts as well? Glad you are doing ok. We are the RCE vets. lol

     
    Old 08-11-2004, 07:18 AM   #7
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    Re: Recurrent Corneal Erosion-surgical procedure?

    Tx, I wear glasses - actually I don't mind them, they actually help protect the eyes from flying debris, etc. I've worn them since grammar school. I had contemplated contacts a few years back, but never relished the thought of putting them in and taking them out - I'm a little squeamish when it comes to the eyes (although I'm really a pro at putting the ointment in now, at first even that was tough).

     
    Old 11-07-2005, 08:16 AM   #8
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    It's been a long time since I've posted here. I've been erosion free for a few months and thought maybe I was "cured". WRONG! Last week I suffered very serious erosions three days in a row in one eye. After seeing the ophthalmologist, he determined that the erosions had done so much damage that an infection had also erupted and now he's talking surgery. I'm scared to death! I'm using antobiotic drops in the eye and have to wear a patch for one week straight, needless to say, I'm not sure how this typing is going to end up. Has anyone had the surgery? If so, how was it? Thanks for all input.

     
    Old 11-10-2005, 07:01 PM   #9
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    Re: Recurrent Corneal Erosion-surgical procedure?

    Have you guys looked at(sorry) corenal patching on the area of erosion with ex vivo expanded corneal allograft tissue?

     
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