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    Old 12-17-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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    Angry Serious vision problems after lasik... please help!

    I had bladeless, "custom" lasik performed last Tuesday, Dec 10th. I can honestly say that so far, I completely regret having the surgery done. Arguably one of the worst decisions I may have ever made. Presurgery I was -8.5 in my left eye, -8.0 in my right, a corneal thickness ~650 in both, and astigmatism in both. I was honestly surprised that I had qualified, as I had been told in the past that I was not a candidate.

    I went to a reputable surgeon who works with and came very highly recommended by a family member. The surgery went "smoothly" and the doctor sent me home saying that everything looked good. Even through the Valium, my left eye felt like someone had shoved a thumbtack in it. On the ride home and throughout the entire day, my left eye remained very, very blurry, only slightly better than when I was not wearing my glasses presurgery.

    I went back for the checkup and the doctor told me everything was fine and sometimes the eyes take time to settle and fluctuations are normal.

    It is now over a week later and if anything, my vision has gotten worse. I have to lean into my laptop right now just to see what I am typing. My left eye has a constant low, throbbing pain, regardless of drop use. Any attempts at reading, using a computer, or watching tv are giving me severe migraines. I am keeping driving to a necessary only basis. When trying to have a conversation with friends they tell me to stop giving them "crazy eyes", which is due to me shifting eye width and depth of focus just trying to give their face some sort of clarity. Night vision is completely shot. I still have half circles of keratits in both eyes that have shown no sign of dissipating. Even when I can "see" or "read" an object it is still extremely blurred and nothing has any sort of crispness. I can't do normal activities as my vision makes me feel like I am walking around drunk all the time.

    Obviously concerned, I went back in yesterday for a check-up. After doing a refraction test, neither eye was correctable to 20/20 and my left could barely make out the 20/100 line. This leads me to believe that my vision is no longer correctable, even with glasses. Someone PLEASE tell me I am mistaken in this. He also told me to continue using Restasis. But with my crappy insurance, Restasis is $300 a month, on top of the boxes and boxes of artificial tears I am burning through. There is no way I can afford that. Hell, for that price I would much rather have just bought a new pair of designer frames every month for the rest of my life. The doctor said that my eyes are just really dry and gave me a few bottles of artificial tears to use, then sent me on my merry way. They are doing absolutely nothing.

    I know his casual attitude should be instilling confidence, but instead its making me think that my issues are not being taken seriously. I am really frustrated with the whole process, which is rapidly turning into depression. There was always the possibility of needing a "touch-up", but if it was such a botched job the first time, what reason do I have to believe that a second round would fix anything? And if I do seek a touch-up, should I switch doctors and shell out thousands more dollars for a surgery that could theoretically do nothing? Everyone I talk to has had nothing but a positive experience with lasik. So no one seems to be able to empathize with my issues or offer any guidance. I really am worried that I have taken my crappy (but correctable with glasses) vision and traded it for a lifetime of blurriness, migraines, and bank-breaking eye drops.

    I am looking for any sort of guidance here....

     
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    Old 12-17-2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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    Re: Serious vision problems after lasik...please help!

    It took 6 months for my eyes to settle. You had a lot of diopters and therefore a lot of cornea removed so it doesn't surprise me that it's very dry. However, the fact that it is not correctable to 20/20 seems odd after a week. But, they eyes are still healing. I had to go back again after 6 months as mine went from being near-sighted before the original surgery to being far-sighted but after the second surgery the eyes were good.

    It's still very early so give it time. Even if it doesn't get back to perfect (which happens quite a bit after the first surgery) you will probably be able to have it corrected.

     
    Old 12-17-2013, 11:05 PM   #3
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    Re: Serious vision problems after lasik...please help!

    It took 6 months for my eyes to settle. You had a lot of diopters and therefore a lot of cornea removed so it doesn't surprise me that it's very dry. However, the fact that it is not correctable to 20/20 seems odd after a week. But, they eyes are still healing. I had to go back again after 6 months as mine went from being near-sighted before the original surgery to being far-sighted but after the second surgery the eyes were good.

    It's still very early so give it time. Even if it doesn't get back to perfect (which happens quite a bit after the first surgery) you will probably be able to have it corrected.

     
    Old 12-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #4
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    Re: Serious vision problems after lasik...please help!

    Thank you for the quick response! I was pretty concerned that I wasn't able to be corrected by the refraction test either. I am unsure if my doctor was concerned, as I couldn't make out the details of his face well enough to read his expression when going over the results.

    Keeping my sanity has really been the hardest part. I feel like I am burdening my girlfriend by having her drive me around. I am avoiding social situations since people respond poorly to bloody "crazy eyes" staring at them in casual conversation. I can't see the canvas well enough to paint. I feel as though large portions of my life have been stolen and can't be recovered. I know it is still very early in the healing process, but keeping my composure is proving quite difficult.

     
    Old 12-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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    Hi StandardIssue

    I had lasik a year ago. Here is what I have learned: your lasik doctor is checking the flap and the surgery. If the flap is centered and there are no issues with it the doc will tell you all is well and send you on your way as in your case. if you think the doc isnt being honest, get another opinion from a cornea specialist. People have varying degrees of recovery. Based on stats on the web, about 40-60% have a nice recovery within a 3-6 month window. They might experience minor visual problems or worse ones over that time span but its not too bothersome and they are fine with it. About 40% have a longer more drawn out recovery where they may be dealing with dry eyes, night vision problems, or blur to varying degrees - some may not even care because they hated their glasses so much that the recovery problems are tolerable compared to glasses or contacts. I dont know but I guess that over 10% have blur where some get more surgery to fix it and others wear correction. In this 40% group, about half feel more confident with their vision at about 12 months. The remaining group takes 18-24 months, with 3-5% never getting where they want to be and having permanent complications.

    In your case: 1. It is really early and you have swelling / inflammation from the surgery, 2. Astigmatism takes a longer time to recover so your vision will be blurry for longer, 3. If you think something is wrong go get some more opinions.

     
    Old 01-12-2014, 08:07 AM   #6
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    Re: Serious vision problems after lasik...please help!

    Definitely seek a 2nd and even 3rd opinion.

     
    Old 01-15-2014, 09:52 PM   #7
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    Re: Serious vision problems after lasik... please help!

    I'm having a very similar experience. I had wavefront 'flapless' surgery to correct -2.75 in both eyes roughly 2 months ago. I'm plagued with 20/100 vision and severer ghosting in my right eye and not much better in my left. Your thoughts and fears I completely understand as I am consumed with the same exact thoughts. I have an appt in a few days and plan a serious talk with this Dr.

     
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