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    Old 01-11-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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    Help! I found out I have Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy after my Lasik

    This is a bit long-winded, so if you want to get right to the point just skip to the last paragraph and the numbered questions.

    After two separate consultations at different clinics, both of which deemed me as an excellent candidate Lasik, I went ahead with the operation.

    I had the flap created using the latest 150 kHz femtosecond laser (intralase) and had the custom wavefront guided correction using the Allegretto eximer laser. I flew to another city so that I could have the procedure done by one of the most experienced and well-respected refractive eye surgeons in the world.

    Both during and immediately after the procedure, the doctor and his staff kept reassuring me that the surgery was going perfectly. After it was done, the doctor said that the surgery went flawlessly and sent me on my way home.

    I went home relieved that the surgery had went well. When I woke up the following morning I still couldn't see at all and began to get a little concerned.

    My follow-up visit the next day was done by a different doctor than the one who had performed the surgery. She informed me that I had a minor complication called Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy. When my eyebrows raised up and I had the ***?!?! expression on my face she asked me "oh? the doctor didn't explain this to you last night?".... I was shocked

    It is now one week after surgery and my vision has indeed improved from near-blindness to just blurry and hazy vision. In my one-week follow up visit I was able to make out the letters at 20/40 but they were extremely blurry and I was barely able to make them out. I tried asking questions but I felt like the doctor was just dismissing my concerns and trying to rush me out of his office. My eyes are still very bloodshot. I can read signs at a distance but my vision is still too blurry for me to feel confident driving. The doctors at this institute kept reassuring me that this complication is minor and to just give it time to heal and that my vision will eventually become crisp and clear and that I will most likely improve to 20/20 vision. I'm willing to be patient and I want to take the doctors at their word, but the paranoid person in me wants a second opinion. Basically, my concerns can be summarized in the following questions:

    1. Will this complication affect the final results of the procedure? Can I indeed expect to improve to 20/20 once I'm fully healed as the doctors keep telling me? or does EBMD typically result in unfavorable outcomes?

    2. Does EBMD typically result in weaker flap adhesion? Being involved in many diffferent full contact sports I need to be re-assured that the flap will be just as strong as if I didn't have EBMD

    3. How long should I expect the healing to take? I realize that everyone heals at their own pace, but I'm unable to take an indefinite vacation from work. My vision does seem to be improving every day but only by very very tiny, miniscule margins.

    Thanks for any input.

     
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    Old 06-28-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Help! I found out I have Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy after my Lasik

    I just got all laser lasik, and had a very similar experience as you did. During the operation on my right eye the doctor realized that I had EBMD, and applied a contact lens bandage after finishing that eye. I am not on day 6 post operation and my vision is still very blurry in that eye. The doctors tell me it is all healing well and I need to be patient, and I want to believe them but I am kind of freaked out by this situation. Can you let me know how your experience progressed, since we seem to have had very similar outcomes? Much appreciated...

     
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    Re: Help! I found out I have Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy after my Lasik

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    I just got all laser lasik, and had a very similar experience as you did. During the operation on my right eye the doctor realized that I had EBMD, and applied a contact lens bandage after finishing that eye. I am not on day 6 post operation and my vision is still very blurry in that eye. The doctors tell me it is all healing well and I need to be patient, and I want to believe them but I am kind of freaked out by this situation. Can you let me know how your experience progressed, since we seem to have had very similar outcomes? Much appreciated...
    Hi Kaz.

    After my surgery it took about 3 weeks for the haze to clear completely. It was probably the worst 3 weeks of my life. I know exactly how you must be feeling. I had EBMD in both eyes and was essentially blind and unable to function for the first week or so after the surgery.

    The stress and worry was almost unbearable at times, especially during the first two weeks. But it's just as your doctor said, you just need to be patient and give it time to heal. And make sure to use preservative-free drops very frequently and never let your eyes get dry. I spent a fortune on drops in the first couple of weeks as I was using them pretty much every 45 min - 1 hour. The blur should gradually and incrementally disappear over the next couple of weeks until it's completely gone.

    It has now been almost 6 months since the surgery and I'm pleased to report that my vision is great in both eyes and I'm loving life without glasses!

     
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    Re: Help! I found out I have Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy after my Lasik

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    Hi Kaz.

    After my surgery it took about 3 weeks for the haze to clear completely. It was probably the worst 3 weeks of my life. I know exactly how you must be feeling. I had EBMD in both eyes and was essentially blind and unable to function for the first week or so after the surgery.

    The stress and worry was almost unbearable at times, especially during the first two weeks. But it's just as your doctor said, you just need to be patient and give it time to heal. And make sure to use preservative-free drops very frequently and never let your eyes get dry. I spent a fortune on drops in the first couple of weeks as I was using them pretty much every 45 min - 1 hour. The blur should gradually and incrementally disappear over the next couple of weeks until it's completely gone.

    It has now been almost 6 months since the surgery and I'm pleased to report that my vision is great in both eyes and I'm loving life without glasses!
    Thanks for the update! I am now on day 12 after the operation. My right eye which has the EPMD is still blurry, but it is improving. There is a noticeable difference day to day, each morning I wake up and am able to read a little bit better. Hopeful that everything will be back to normal in a few weeks.

     
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    Re: Help! I found out I have Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy after my Lasik

    I have similar experience in both my eyes but worse in my left eye. 1 week post-op, I still couldn't see anything so the doctor decided to reopen the flap and performed some sort of irrigation or washing. It has been a week since then and I have not seen any improvement. Every day I wake up and there is no change which tortures me because I'm in an indefinite waiting period. I'm tired of hoping and feeling disappointed.

     
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