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    Old 02-20-2006, 11:31 AM   #16
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Wew...I'm glad the pain is gone. You had me really worried! Yeah, those first few days are challenging to say the least. I go for my 5-day appointment this afternoon so I'll have my vision checked then. All I know is that it is crisper everyday, which is amazing to me. However, I haven't had my second eye done yet and they are going to adjust that one for reading, so it won't be 20/20. Is that maybe what they tried on your left eye? If so, that has me a bit worried.

    They are correct when they say it could take 6 months, however, there should be some steady improvement in that time I would think. Did you try that other chat board I told you about? Where you can "****" with the doctors? I actually haven't visited that one in a few days.

    Maybe they ought to dilate your eye again and really get a good picture of what's going on in there? I'm no doctor, so maybe that's out of the question, but there should be some improvement by now, even if it's a slow improvement. I'm so glad the right eye is good for you and I'm sure they can get your left eye there eventually, but it may take enhancement surgery. I would definately get a second opinion, even if you have to pay out-of-pocket for it.

    I'm thinking about you and we must definately stay in touch. Maybe I'll ask my doctor tonight about your problems just to see how normal or abnormal that is.

    Hang in there Elsye....hopefully we can get some answers for you!

     
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    Old 02-23-2006, 07:01 AM   #17
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Hi BW, How is it going with your recovery? How bad was the pain and how long did it last for you? From reading it sounded like 3 days maybe? Did they give you painkillers for the pain? With your non-operation eye, did they give you a contact for it or what did you do to see out of it?
    I am going in for Lasik/PRK tomorrow. My corneas may be too thin for Lasik so they will be taking measurements again tomorrow to know for certain. They said in my initial consult that they were borderline, so they want to get another look. If they are too thin then they will be starting PRK in my left eye. I am hesitant to get PRK done though, I stare at a computer all day long and I would get really irritated if I had to struggle with vision in one eye throughout the day.

     
    Old 02-23-2006, 08:33 AM   #18
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Bo,
    Your last posting was 3 days ago. Did you go to the doc? What is your vision? I am curious. What is the vision in your uncorrected eye? My left eye, after the PRK, is 20/60. Before, it was 20/100. My vision is like one contact in and one contact out. I do notice a hairline improvment. I can see some things with a huge struggle right after I drop, but other than that, it's pretty much my right eye doing all the work. I can see clearly enough to get around, I'm getting used to it so I don't notice it as much now. Using +200 reading glasses for the computer, in the AM. In the PM, the eyes seem a bit more relaxed so I don't always need the glasses as much. Know whats strange? In the early morning, applying makeup to my right eye, looking out of the lousy left, is better than the right. Up close, the L is good, and the right is not so good. I am preplexed . Not too sure what the heck is going on with that. I'm almost out of my daily eye drops, the ones we use for 8 weeks post, and they want to call in a script for me. I'm a little miffed at that. $5400. and they tell me they don't have any samples in the office? What happens if someone has surgery today? They get no drops? For that kind of money, ALL of those drops should be included. I'm going to call again and voice that one to them. I'm not paying for drops I'm only going to use once a day for two more weeks. I'll just stop with them and keep using the liquigel drops. They thought it may be my eyes reacting to the drops so we switched from systane to refresh liquigel. But I don't think that's it or it would be both eyes. Personally, I think that's a load of poop, cuz I still don't see any differently, or not much anyhew.

    I will go in for another exam March 22, so we'll know a bit more then. I am convinced I'm going to have to go under the laser again. That's just me talking not them. This really bothers me! Just for the pain factor alone. But I would really like to experience this clear vision that everyone else seems to get with this surgery, with BOTH my eyes. What a rip-off!

    Let me know what how your vision is?

    BE,
    GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!! Get good pain meds, just in case. Let us know how it goes.

    Elyse S.

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    Old 02-23-2006, 08:50 AM   #19
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Hey there Brown Eyes! Don't worry too much about getting PRK. Better to be safe than sorry. My corneas were thick enough but my astigmatism is what forced the PRK. PRK is actaully a safer procedure because they do no cutting of a flap. There is not risk of flap errors or tearing corneas. When they cut the flap in Lasik, part of the cornea gets cut too, which is why they have to be thick enough. Otherwise, it could destroy a thin cornea,leading to other problems. If your corneas are borderline, I wouldn't take any chances and go with their PRK recommendation. Same results, just not as immediate as lasik results. You are not going to get up from the table and say "Wow, I can read the clock!". With PRK, the eye is pretty blurry for a few days, but you will still notice a difference. It was getting really clear by Monday until they removed my band-aid lens. That roughs up the epithelium a little bit (and they told me it would). It took a couple more days for my eye to start seeing clearer again, but that still wasn't bad at all.

    I had really no pain with the recovery. Some do. Elyse had problems. I could too with my second eye (due next Wednesday). Every eye is different. For the most part, I just had a very watery eye that burned (like an irritation or "cold" in my eye type of thing). It wasn't painful, just annoying. That lasted about two days and by Friday afternoon, my eye quit watering so much (I had the surgery on a Wednesday afternoon). They will give you a prescription for codein or something like that for the pain if needed. I never even needed Advil.

    I just used my regular contact lens in my other eye until my right eye heals. It's been a little over a week and it's starting to show a real improvement. I have to stop wearing my left lens tonight because of the surgery date next Wednesday. That's when things will be weird. I'm going to take the right lens out of my glasses and wear them tomorrow to see if that helps.

    You will do fine with PRK. Just remember that these bulletin boards are a very small percentage of people that get these procedures. The majority of patients, we never hear from! The fact that PRK is a safer procedure, sold me on it anyway. It's hard to predict who will have discomfort vs. pain vs. no discomfort at all. It might depend on the skill of the surgeon, or your prescription, or your body's healing power. No one really knows. Like I said, my left eye could go completely differently. My right eye set the bar pretty high. It's healing fast and I had very little discomfort. Don't get both eyes done at once. That's the best advice I can give you right now, unless you don't have to drive for two weeks. One eye at a time is recommended and I highly agree with that.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes! Trust your doctor, be relaxed, and you'll do just fine. The process goes pretty quickly.

     
    Old 02-23-2006, 08:53 AM   #20
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Elyse, I asked my doctor about your other eye that's not healing as quickly. She said that with PRK the results vary so much from patient to patient, and eye to eye. I could very well have the same problem as you with my second eye. She said that sometimes 20/60 after 6 weeks or so is not too unusual. I hope the new drops they give you help make a difference. Let me know. I'm curious as to how you are doing.

     
    Old 02-23-2006, 09:01 AM   #21
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Bo,
    I'm so glad to hear that you are sooo happy with your procedure. I would much rather hear of that than my experiences. I still post what I went through for those asking, so they know this experience can happen too. As you say, every eye is different and that's for sure!! Did you find out your before vs. now vision? I'm curious.

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    Old 02-23-2006, 10:05 AM   #22
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Your information was very helpful. In fact, I used your experience to ask the doctors tons of questions (I'm sure I annoyed them, but they were very patient!). Your experience helps others know what to ask. I'm sure in time, your eye will get better.

    My eye as of Monday (5 days post op) was 20/40. But then the took the lens off and roughed up the outer layer a bit (which is expected) and it was fuzzy again for a couple of days. It started to clear up again last night. Today, it is seeing so much better, but still a little blurry for distance. I still have the second eye scheduled next week, but it depends on how well I see by Monday.

    Did the new drops make a difference? I'm pulling for you.

     
    Old 02-23-2006, 11:02 AM   #23
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    Re: One eye at a time with PRK?

    Elyse, I stare at a computer all day long, how did you know you needed glasses for being able to see the computer? Did you have to get them prescribed to you?

    Thank you too Elyse, b/c of you all's feedback and postings and other discussion forums like this I am able to make informed decisions about these type of procedures. I appreciate all of this! Hope fully mine goes well. Wish me luck!

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    Old 02-24-2006, 10:53 AM   #24
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    My dearest Bo and Brown ,
    I feel, at this point, I can type "my dearest" cuz that's just the kind of girl I am.
    Anyhoodles, I just sometimes feel that I am being too negative and don't want to put anyone off, but I do want everyone to know of my experience as it could happen to anyone .

    Bo, Ya know?... When they took off my bandaid lenses, I too lost some clarity with the vision. Who would have thunk it? I wonder why that is? Do ya know???

    Brown, I knew I needed glasses for the computer because the screen is a bit fuzzy, just a bit. So the doc suggested getting some at the store. Got the 3 pack at Costco for $17.99. Got some cheapies at the .99 store, but she said to invest a little more as they will be made better and in turn, work better. These reading scripts are more like magnifying glasses. Actually, I'm finding that I am beginning to need them less as the days go on, which is a good sign, in the afternoon especially. Right now, I was wearing them and just took them off and I'm still good. Nothing is crisp, but I can see good enough. I too, stare at a computer screen ALL day long. My husband says I watch TV all day long. Yeah right.

    It's more my long distance vision that is the big problem. Hopefully, time will heal this wound. I'm now on week 7, today, down to 1 drop a day of the prescription drops, and maybe this will help. Who knows. Just guessing at this point.

    That's it for now.
    Write ya later. Keep me posted... pardon the pun.
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    Old 02-27-2006, 08:26 AM   #25
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    Hey E and B! Hope you both had a good weekend. Mine was pretty good.
    Okay, back to the eyes....
    The vision gets fuzzy when the band-aid lens is removed because it roughs up that outer layer a little bit, which is normal. Right now, however, my right eye is becoming very strong and the distortion is really getting to me. It doesn't bother me while driving, but trying to read a computer screen or newspaper, it's like my eyes are competing. My strong eye probably needs reading glasses until my other eye gets PRK'd for reading (this Wednesday). I have tried a pair of reading glasses and they didn't help much. They are my husband's. Maybe I just need a stronger prescription, but since my other eye will be fixed, I guess I'll hold off. It's aggravating! I'm probably botching up a lot of words in this post, I apologize ahead of time!

    Did you eyes focus in and out for a couple of weeks? LIke, they can see great for awhile and then get blurry again (just slightly, not a lot)? I guess this is normal......

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    Old 02-27-2006, 10:42 AM   #26
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    Bo ,
    My eyes, I don't know... Everyday seems a bit different. I do know that the poopy left eye is better up close than the right. I'm not sure if that is going to clear up later. I am down to 1 drop a day, before bed , and waiting for the clearness to magically appear . Time will tell. It seems that the regular day to day vision is good enough. I have gotten to the point where I don't even notice it, much, unless I'm aware of it and testing L to R eye. I have no choice but to just give it time.

    So your vision is fluxuating ? Welcome to my world!!! I hope your other eye goes great. You will feel more comfortable once it is done and your not so akward with one lense in and one out. I'm anxious and excited for you. I live in hope through your eyes. Stupid, huh?

    Keep in touch!
    Boreing weekend, cleaning, laundry, a little shopping (that part's not boreing).

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