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    Old 01-31-2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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    My lasik tale ( long )

    Hi all,

    I had lasik done just under 3 weeks ago. Its been a roller coaster since then. Here's my story so far.

    I've been nearsighted as long as I can remember. Glasses from about 6 years old, contacts at 14. My eyes were pretty bad -8.5 with -.75 astigmatism in the left, and -7.5 with -1.25 in the right. I had been considering lasik for a long time, but being the conservative person I am, I never felt the risk was worth it. I wore my lenses all day, rarely had an issue, and saw really well with them, and would take them out at night before bed.

    Over the last few years, it became more difficult to wear them, especially in my right eye. Something just didn't feel right. I felt like I wasn't seeing great with my lens in, and my eye was always irritated. I came to find out I had a condition called GPC. I stopped lenses for about 2 months, then tried again, and it wasn't any better. With glasses I was seeing pretty well, but with absolutely no peripheral vision, and not great night vision either.

    So I had a decision to make, and after lots of research I found a really good dr in my area and went for it. I knew about the side effects going in, and was ok with the risk, since I knew I couldn't wear contacts anymore. I had custom wavefront lasik with the allegretto laser and a blade flap.

    You read/hear all the stories about how people have the surgery and instantly see well, and then the next day they are with perfect vision and working and driving. Well for me, it was instantly an improvement after surgery. I could see faces, I could even read an exit sign about 10 feet away. But it was still very blurry, and a far cry from the stories you hear/read.

    They told me to close my eyes for about 4 hours, try and sleep and when I wake up use drops, and then keep rewetting the eyes every 15 minutes.

    When I got home I layed down for awhile. After about 4 hours I opened my eyes, and wow. My right was seeing pretty well, but my left was pretty blurry. Still I could see, nowhere near 20/20 like people claim, but well enough to function. I ate some dinner, watched some TV and went to sleep.

    When I woke up the next morning my right eye had cleared up even more, the left felt odd, like something was over it obscuring it, but not. It was very strange, and I was freaking out. Maybe if both eyes were blurry I would have felt better.

    I stupidly went to work that day. I could barely read the computer screen, my left couldn't read it at all. I was totally depressed. I went back to the doc for a follow up, and they told me I was 20/40 in the left, 20/60 in the right. That made no sense to me, since the left was really blurry. They told me it was normal, and that I should expect especially blurry vision for a week at least.

    I decided that I would try and be patient, but its difficult to do so when it is your eyes. Over the next few days my left eye got better, eventually surpassing my right. By the following Monday ( 5 days post op ), my left eye was seeing the computer screen pretty well and I could actually focus at work for the most part.

    However there were still some major issues. In my low light office, I had trouble with dark objects against light objects, like people next to computer screens. I was also getting some bad ghosting, and haloing, and star bursting of lights. I was told these were to be expected, but I guess I wasn't expecting them to be as bad as they were. They were pretty bad. I drove myself home from work that night ( probably shouldn't have ), and that was rough. Again I was pretty depressed. Would this ever get better? Did I make a mistake? What have I done? Were all questions that went through my head.

    Over the next week my night vision improved a bit, but is still not what I'd consider great, especially on roads where there isn't a lot of light. Freeway driving was pretty good, but if cars are far away and I don't have a close light source, the star bursting and blurriness is still quite bad.

    At my 1 week checkup I had 20/25 vision, my left eye was really clear, and the right was just a little less so. I told the doc about all the side effects I still had, and he reassured me they were normal, and would resolve over 3 months.

    By the next weekend I spend some time outside, and I realize that my outside vision is quite good, amazing in fact. At least as well as I ever saw with contacts. I have some slight light sensitivity without sunglasses, but nothing major, and both eyes feel really good outside. No side effects at all. Indoors, and especially in dark rooms or outside things still aren't great. But I figure it will get better with time, and I just need to be patient.

    The next Monday morning almost 2 weeks post op, I wake up, and I am seeing really well. As I'm getting my son ready for school he accidentally pokes me in the eye!! I start to flip out, did he dislodge the flap? Is this going to be a setback? My eye is a bit sore, and blurry, but after a few hours it seems back to what it was, and so I calm down about that.

    During the week it seems my right eye regresses a bit, either that or my left eye got sharper. When inside I notice a feeling of unevenness while seeing. I don't really notice it in the sunlight, but indoors it's definitely there. I now wonder if the eye is regressing, or if it just didn't work as well on the right eye. Luckily I'm left eye dominant, so its not super distracting, but it is distracting.

    Well here I am almost 3 weeks post op. I'm seeing about 20/20 in my left eye, and 20/30 or so in the right. The worst side effects so far are the ghosting and blurring of light colored objects in low light. Also brake lights and traffic lights starburst in low light as well. In really low light it can be quite bad still.

    Other things of note. When watching TV I'll sometimes see the outline of a face right next to the actual face when there is a dark background. I had pretty bad dry eyes the first 2 weeks, especially when I'd wake up in the morning. Now they don't usually feel dry or irritated, although I still try and put drops in every hour or so since its supposed to help healing.

    I get eye strain at the end of the day, but I used to with contacts, and now I can't take them out, so I just have to deal with it. I think its just something I'll have to adapt to. Also since my left eye is better than my right, that is probably contributing to the eye strain. Hopefully the right can get a bit closer to the left over time, or at least I can get used to that.

    Due to my age ( almost 40 ), the doc said I might have trouble reading, but so far no trouble at all reading after the first 10 days ( the first few days I could see far but really struggled with reading ).

    So at this point I'd have to say its been mostly a success, I'm not totally happy yet, at least not till the ghosting gets a bit better, and my eyes feel more comfortable together. But at the same time I can function. I can do everything I need to do without glasses and for that part I am grateful. If I can get to the point where I see as well indoors as I do out, I'll be quite pleased as my outdoor vision is better than it ever was with glasses.

    It has been scary and frustrating at times, and I'm still not out of the woods yet. Some days are better than others, and I still wonder if I made a mistake, if I'll have long term success, if the ghosting will go away, if the right eye will get clearer, if I'll revert in the left eye. But I remain hopeful that since I'm still not yet 3 weeks out, and it can take up to 6 months these issues will resolve over time.

    If someone would have told me exactly what I would go through, I probably would have been a bit more prepared for the recovery. They tell you, but they don't tell you the details, and how bad it might be, and how long it really takes, and exactly what to expect.

    I hate when people don't keep up with their results after posting with issues, so I will update this over time hopefully with some good news.

     
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    Old 02-03-2011, 04:26 PM   #2
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    Re: My lasik tale ( long )

    Hi there,
    It has been 3 weeks today since I had lasik...however, my left eye is 20/25 and right is 20/20. I feel so much better knowing someone else is going through this. You are so right on why didn't they explain this better so you can expect that it isn't instantly great! My eyes are good during the day but I am on a computer all day. So at night time.. my vision is blurry!! It exhausts me and caused eye strain. I wonder how long that will continue since my vision after 5 is blurry until bedtime! Thanks again for the story because I have been depressed about this and like you said.. it is your eyes and you can't ignore it!

     
    Old 02-05-2011, 08:47 PM   #3
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    hi there!,

    I done lasik on 31st Jan, and today is my 6th day after the surgery. Today is the 4th day of Chinese New Year, usually companies will give extra off days for celebration, so i gonna return work on Tue. I came across your post and i decide share a little of what i experience so far.

    i had a very bad headache after lasik, after everything was over, i kept crying, the tears automatically roll down my cheeks due the discomfort. It was peak hour then; there are many cars, I got my friend to send me home. The eyes was very sensitive to all the lights(brake lights, traffic lights, etc) when i tried to open them. Throughout the journey, i was closing my eyes and crying. Guess what, I reached home and puke 2 times.

    My friends who went for lasik had positive remarks, but it does not apply to me at all.

    Anyway, i had same experience as you. this is my 6th day and i still cant see well, i had to shrink my eyes to read the monitor words. The haze didn't cleared completely and my vision is better at night as compared to day time. I'm getting worried. I'm not sure if i can resume work on Tue or not.

    Oh ya another point, i accidentally rub my left eye twice, and now the vision of my left eye is worse then my right. Tomorrow will be heading back for my review. Shall update again =)

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    Old 02-07-2011, 08:19 AM   #4
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    Re: My lasik tale ( long )

    blyth3...very sorry to hear about your situation. Are you located in Asia somewhere? Did they use blade free lasik? Hope everything turns out all right...

     
    Old 02-08-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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    Re: My lasik tale ( long )

    Here's an update. Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since the surgery.

    Last night while driving home I noticed less haloing than before. It's still got a ways to go, but I am seeing improvement. Really dark roads are still a bit blurry, but the star bursts are noticeably better now. The ghosting is better now too, its still there, but I almost have to look for it most of the time. Very high contrast is where I still have some issues. Watching TV is at the point now where its not a distraction at all ( other than me obsessing about looking for artifacts ).

    Oddly certain types of lights are way worse than others. There's lamp at work that blurs and streaks a good 3 feet from across the room, while other different lamps barely blur at all. Traffic lights and brake lights have some glows, but oncoming headlights barely glow at all.

    My right eye doesn't seem to be getting any less blurry, or if it is, I can't tell. I'm trying to get used to it, but it's proving difficult. I don't know if its just that it's still healing very slowly and will get better, or if its going to be stuck like this. I think its astigmatism, because everything has a bit of a blur to it. Even at relatively close distances.

    I have a checkup in about 2 weeks, if its not any better by then I might see about getting some glasses to help. Its just really frustrating because the left eye is seeing so well, and I'd hate to have to go back to glasses just for a little blurriness in the right, but if I can't get used to it, I'll have to do it.

    I was getting some pretty bad headaches by the end of the day most of last week. I work on the computer all day, so that can't help. Yesterday at least that seemed a lot better, and I worked a 12 hour day too. I had a mild headache when I got home, and I just closed my eyes for about 15 minutes while laying down and it felt better the rest of the night.

     
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    Re: My lasik tale ( long )

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    If someone would have told me exactly what I would go through, I probably would have been a bit more prepared for the recovery. They tell you, but they don't tell you the details, and how bad it might be, and how long it really takes, and exactly what to expect.

    I hate when people don't keep up with their results after posting with issues, so I will update this over time hopefully with some good news.
    : thumbs up : thanks for updating =) appreciate it..

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    blyth3...very sorry to hear about your situation. Are you located in Asia somewhere? Did they use blade free lasik? Hope everything turns out all right...
    HiCompression, I'm from Singapore, nowadays most of the eye centers/clinics/hospital uses blade free lasik over here. I went to a few clinics for consultation before getting my lasik done in hospital.

    Gonna head off to work now. I'll post about my update of the review at later part of the day.

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    Old 02-08-2011, 04:07 PM   #7
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    Re: My lasik tale ( long )

    Thanks for the update and know how it feels... You are right. I have the same issues with certain lights. I can see great driving during the day and then go into a store and the lights cause blurriness! My eyes are very clear when I first wake up and then as the day goes on.. they start blurring. So annoying but I can't get away from the computer either. I go on Friday for a check up and it will be a month on 2/13...so thanks for the update and it is nice to know someone else is going through the same thing. It is so frustrating because I just want it to heal and go away. I am keeping my fingers crossed for relief to come soon.

     
    Old 02-09-2011, 07:14 AM   #8
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    Hi,

    I went back to the doctor on Mon, my 7th day. After all the readings on the alphabet board, he then went on checking my eye with his equipment to make sure my flap is healing well.

    I asked him about my blurriness that I encountered(refer to my previous post), so he snap a few pictures of my pupil and showed me over his laptop. He pointed out that my vision is blur due to the white spots on both of my eyes. White spots are cause by dryness of the eye, he advise and assure me to use the eye lubricant that was prescribe by him as frequent as possible(I drip the eye lubricant about 1drop per 15mins on each eye)

    Today is my 10th day, for the past 3 days, i had been doing so, i realise that my blurriness improved, the objects and words that i see/read, are sharper and clearer now. Just that, if light ray are too bright or glaring, i'll start having headache again, so i always kept a sun shade where ever i go in case that happens.

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    Old 02-09-2011, 03:26 PM   #9
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    oh ya, i also questioned the doctor regarding the dryness on my eyes, i cant feel it, he continued explaining that the nerves of the eyes are damaged, therefore there is a slight delay for me to feel the dryness etc. It'll take about 3-6months for the nerves to recover.

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    Old 02-11-2011, 01:42 PM   #10
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    Hey Melvie, let us know how your checkup went today. Hope it went well. Mine is still not for a few weeks yet, 6 weeks instead of 4 for some reason. I'll post another update next week though.

    This was a long week for me, lots of working, my eyes were really tired last night, but no headaches at all the last few days.

     
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    i was very glad to have found this site & your post. i know feel better to know that someone else out there is experiencing the same things i am. i have been freaking out. i couldnt have written my experience any better & even though i am only post op day 2 with 20/25 vision post op day 1 per my m.d., i am having mostly the same issues. no one in my family understands because they havent had the surgery or the not so optimal promised results the next day. thank you for your post. keep it up, it has atleast made me feel better.

     
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    Here I am just over 5 weeks out now. I still am not where I want to be unfortunately. I know there is supposed to be more healing going on, but I'm not noticing any improvement over the last few weeks. At least next week I go back to see the doc. I'll have a lot of questions for him.

    My right eye isn't getting any better. I mean by itself it sees pretty well, but its blurry enough to notice the difference, and when I look at stuff with both eyes in most cases I "feel" the difference. Sometimes I can forget about it, but its tough.

    Night vision/low light vision is pretty much the same. Its tolerable most of the time, but in very low light it can be quite bad with star bursts. Probably the biggest/most annoying side effect that still exists is the glows. Bright objects against a dark background will glow quite noticeably.

    At this point I'm really starting to question whether I made the right choice. I mean its great waking up and just going, not having to worry about glasses, and having peripheral vision. But those glows, they are just so annoying sometimes, especially when trying to look at someone or something with a source of light behind them in a dark room. Some TV shows are difficult to watch. And night driving is definitely a strain.

    I guess I just feel like I'm not healing anymore. If I am its going so slowly its tough to notice. My doc told me healing is 3 months, so I still have time. I've not given up hope yet, but it is dwindling a bit.

     
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    sorry to hear your news, hang in there. i went for post op week 1 check up. i told the m.d. i could see upclose clear in left eye, but blurry in left eye far off & vice versa for right eye. told him with both open things r slightly distorted. so, i say wow, if i could just close one eye to see close & one to see far away i would have it made. he got ****** @ me & said u have 20/15 on left & 20/20 on right what more could u ask for? then he had the balls 2 say "i can just tell when i see people in the waiting room closing one then the other comparing them that i am going to have my hands full with them". then i proceed to tell him i have a constant glaze/haze over my right eye 24/7. he said that would clear up once i stopped the antibiotic(flarex), which it did almost all the way (still a little haze). so, keep up the hope. be glad your doc isnt a smarty pants like mine. guess he thought i should bow down, but i had concerns & i expect them to be addressed since i payed him for the surgery, plus uh i was worried about my eyes! will be praying 4 you. T/C!

     
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    meant to say vigamax, not flarex with lastnight note.

     
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    sorry to hear your news, hang in there. i went for post op week 1 check up. i told the m.d. i could see upclose clear in left eye, but blurry in left eye far off & vice versa for right eye. told him with both open things r slightly distorted. so, i say wow, if i could just close one eye to see close & one to see far away i would have it made. he got ****** @ me & said u have 20/15 on left & 20/20 on right what more could u ask for? then he had the balls 2 say "i can just tell when i see people in the waiting room closing one then the other comparing them that i am going to have my hands full with them". then i proceed to tell him i have a constant glaze/haze over my right eye 24/7. he said that would clear up once i stopped the antibiotic(flarex), which it did almost all the way (still a little haze). so, keep up the hope. be glad your doc isnt a smarty pants like mine. guess he thought i should bow down, but i had concerns & i expect them to be addressed since i payed him for the surgery, plus uh i was worried about my eyes! will be praying 4 you. T/C!
    i had been seeing on and off haze for the 1st 2 weeks. now i'm totally can see well.... sometimes i stare at computer for too long it become blur again... so the eye lubricant drops comes in handy..

     
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