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    Old 07-11-2009, 09:09 AM   #1
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    Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    I has lasik a week ago on one eye with the "custom cornea" wavefront all laser method from a reputable local surgeon who repeatedly assured me that side effects should be minimal. Why only one eye? Because I had RK 20+ years ago in the other eye and still have starbursts from the incisions to this date. I was VERY hesitant to try again, but relented after my spouse, who had somewhat similar eyes, but with a lesser prescription, had the same procedure about 4 years ago.

    I was 20/400 in the lasik eye as opposed to her 20/200 or so.

    Despite all the reassurances and more, I have rather pronounced starbursts. Intellectually, I realize it has only been a week, but internally I am really starting to panic. They keep telling me to give it time (1-3 months), but my gut is telling me I am screwed. My wife says she too had them, but they faded after 1-2 months. I can't help but think I'll never be so lucky.

    I am curious as to others' experiences with starbursts and how long, if at all, they faded or better still went away. Don't have any other symptoms--no dry eyes or ghosting, etc. Just starbursts and slight haloing.

    Any input/experience?

    Thanks in advance.

     
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    Old 07-11-2009, 09:45 PM   #2
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    True indeed--Legal remedies are difficult. Anyone out there gotten better over time?

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    I hate how they reassure you that everything is going to be ok, then they make you sign your life away saying that you won't sue when something goes wrong. This industry is so $%#@ed up, I can't believe they are getting away with ruining peoples lives like they are doing.

    If the starbursts don't get any better try alphagan p it shrinks the pupil size so that when its dark out it does'nt expand out past the zone that was lasered.
    While I am only 1 week post op, I am hoping for an improvement. My wife who had the same procedure said it took some time for her starbursts to fade and even now she can at times slightly discern them.

    Any stories out there for hope?

     
    Old 07-16-2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    I'm about 5 weeks post op and I can tell you that I am seeing improvement from what I was 1-2 weeks ago. I'm hoping they will keep getting better and will let you know what I'm experiencing!

     
    Old 09-22-2009, 07:30 PM   #4
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    Almost 12 weeks out and some improvement, but not nearly enough.

    Well, here we are 12 weeks out and I STILL have the damned starbursts. Not as bad as the first week, but still VERY noticeable and annoying. The doctor's office keeps telling me that "it takes 3-6 months", but I am having trouble seeing how they could spontaneously resolve. I am beginning to think they lied to me. For their sake I hope this is not true.

    Does anyone have experience with starbursts getting better 4,5, or more months out? Anyone? Thanks in advance.

     
    Old 10-27-2009, 04:44 PM   #5
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    Update and advice: No lasik for anyone with over 6mm pupils!

    Well, here I am almost 4 months out and the damned starbursts are unchanged.

    The only conclusion I can reach is that the doctor either lied or is grossly mistaken. There has been NO, and I mean NO change in the last several weeks. I met with the doctor, who said to give it time. Easy for him to say...

    It would appear larger pupils are an issue. My 7mm pupils responded well to a test of "alphagan p", which shrinks them. Night vision was vastly improved with the drops.

    My advice to anyone with larger than 6mm pupils is simple: DON'T DO IT.

    Is legal action next? We'll see......

     
    Old 10-27-2009, 05:37 PM   #6
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    Keep waiting and be patient............easy to say hard to do.
    At 6 months I could not tell any difference/improvement from what I seen at 1 month and from what I read at 6 months starburst should almost be gone. Starburst were bad and contrast sensitivity was terrible making nighttime driving darn right dangerous -but- just a couple of weeks ago (about 9 months post op) I noticed my night vision was great! Not perfect but way better.

     
    Old 10-28-2009, 06:35 AM   #7
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    I have not experienced these, thankfully, but have gone through the 'halo' effect people speak of. It dissipated within 6-8 months, if this is any help to you !

     
    Old 11-23-2009, 09:49 PM   #8
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    my starbursts are still occuring a yr after surgery.

     
    Old 01-20-2010, 09:26 PM   #9
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    6 month update: No better.

    Starbursts are still present at night. Specialists think there ay be topographical anomalies. I still think my pupils were too big.

    Worst of all, the doctor has no clue why I have them. I was wondering if a whack to his head might jar his memory, but decided to see if there is a cure first. So far, the answer is no.

    Will continue efforts and am now laying the foundation for litigation. Too bad it might come to that, but next time don't lie to me.......

     
    Old 01-21-2010, 06:05 AM   #10
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    How large are your starburst? I try to describe them to my wife while she is driving at night. I would say mine at their worst are 4 times the distance between car lights off in the distance. But as soon as another car approaches my eyes constrict and even the cars off in distance have no starburst.

     
    Old 01-21-2010, 10:35 AM   #11
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    I am now 11 months post-op LASIK (wavefront, intralase) and the starbursts/halos are still there. Not as pronounced as say, 3 months post-op, but still noticable. I have little hope of them ever disappearing completely. I go back to the doc in about a month and will see what he says.

     
    Old 01-21-2010, 04:52 PM   #12
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

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    I am now 11 months post-op LASIK (wavefront, intralase) and the starbursts/halos are still there. Not as pronounced as say, 3 months post-op, but still noticable. I have little hope of them ever disappearing completely. I go back to the doc in about a month and will see what he says.
    Hey, there-- I remember you!

    Sorry to see you too have them. Mine are still quite pronounced and are pretty much unchanged from 2 weeks post op. Quite difficult at night.

    I am evaluating my options, but they aren't great. I am also reviewing legal remedies, although what I REALLY want to do would probably get me in a lot of trouble! An "eye for an eye" sounds appropriate.

    I suspect the doctors have simply lied to us at worst or are clueless at best. Not a good thing. My starbursts are BIG. Despite what they say about the pupil not being a factor I don't believe it. Testing with alphagan, which shrinks the pupil confirms that for me pupil size is an issue.

    It has been tough to not be mentally down, as night driving is quite difficult.

     
    Old 02-01-2010, 02:59 PM   #13
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    I'm only 2 weeks post Lasik and obviously still have starburts. One thing that I found that helps is to wear sunglasses at night. Not dark ones of course. I found some that have a light brownish tint. It tones down the glare of the starburst and keeps them from totally washing out my vision.

     
    Old 03-15-2010, 08:14 PM   #14
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    Starburst Update:

    They are STILL with me, even though it has been several months. Now looking into a malpractice action. Or, a good beating!

    I cannot recommend strongly enough that people avoid this. I was promised to be a "Great Candidate". Yeah, right--just search around for dissatisfied patients and you'll find many.

     
    Old 03-16-2010, 08:20 AM   #15
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    Re: Starbursts: How long do they take to fade, if at all?

    Lasik is like sculpting jello with a hammer, it can be done but takes lots of skill and a little bit of luck.

     
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