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I asked this on the other post, but could you use the contact just for sleeping rather than all day long? If you use the logic of the contact protecting the cornea at night from a RCE then why not remove it during the day? My guess is that the insertion and removal of the contacts could make things worse but how worse could it get compared to a RCE. Just wondering about the logic behind wearing the contact continuously. Also, how can get a RCE if your wearing contacts to bed? Does the dry eye cause this or is the cornea damage just severe? My doc said it could take up to 6months to heal the cornea properly.
[QUOTE=chuckcap;2828532]The doctor said in the almost 2 months with the BCL the eye hasn't healed enough to warrant continued use. Now that things got worse for me it proves his theory. The last thing I want to do is prolong a possible recovery and he assured me that the pucture has about a 87% effectiveness to it. Will see how it goes. Good luck to you keep up with the good progress![/QUOTE]

Don't want to discourage you with my story about the puncture, but:

I had anterior stromal puncture for RCE four years ago - twice - and it failed both times. I finally got PTK laser surgery, and have never had another erosion since (whereas before the procedure I was having them daily). In my research, I never saw a number as high as 87% for ASP (in fact, the best I saw in the journals was ~50%). I'm sure some of the success of it has to do with operator experience, but I'd be surprised if it it could make that much difference. This isn't meant to discourage you from the procedure - it's worth a try since it's pretty simple and straightforward - but I don't want you to be surprised if it fails after a few weeks or so. Keep in mind that if it doesn't work, PTK is an option that truly does have almost ~100% success. (I haven't followed this thread entirely, so I don't know how severe your RCE is; for mild RCE, ASP may have high success).

As an aside:

I generally don't believe the docs when they claim cure rates of procedures in general (for eye problems or any other medical ailments). I always take numbers that the docs say as very very rough estimates, because I think the numbers are based on a general guess, but not actual data. (For one thing, to claim 87% with an error margin of, say, 3% requires 1000 samples - I doubt any doc has that many patients with exactly that problem that were treated in exactly that way).

Good luck,
ebmd
[QUOTE=ebmd;2829710]Don't want to discourage you with my story about the puncture, but:

I had anterior stromal puncture for RCE four years ago - twice - and it failed both times. I finally got PTK laser surgery, and have never had another erosion since (whereas before the procedure I was having them daily). In my research, I never saw a number as high as 87% for ASP (in fact, the best I saw in the journals was ~50%). I'm sure some of the success of it has to do with operator experience, but I'd be surprised if it it could make that much difference. This isn't meant to discourage you from the procedure - it's worth a try since it's pretty simple and straightforward - but I don't want you to be surprised if it fails after a few weeks or so. Keep in mind that if it doesn't work, PTK is an option that truly does have almost ~100% success. (I haven't followed this thread entirely, so I don't know how severe your RCE is; for mild RCE, ASP may have high success).

As an aside:

I generally don't believe the docs when they claim cure rates of procedures in general (for eye problems or any other medical ailments). I always take numbers that the docs say as very very rough estimates, because I think the numbers are based on a general guess, but not actual data. (For one thing, to claim 87% with an error margin of, say, 3% requires 1000 samples - I doubt any doc has that many patients with exactly that problem that were treated in exactly that way).

Good luck,
ebmd[/QUOTE]

According to the specialist I am seeing he informed he had a high success rate for his patients with the proceedure he have me the 87% likelyhood it would work but their is always that if and but. As a side note I was suppose to get it done tomorrow as my luck goes it won't happend for 2 weeks now. It started last night I applied the batrin (?) ointment as prescribed by the doctor and woke up this morning with "pinkeye" symptoms red and discharging. Went back to day to have it checked again and I guess this ointment has similar ingredients to Neuosporan oilment which I am alergic for some reason. Go figure another set back... Anyway he had me get yet another antibotic drop and wants me to use the muro ointment 4x a day. So, its just another eye problem saga in my life right now...very very frustrating. On the lighter side all people at the doctors office knows me by name now unfortunately... could be worse I guess. I could rant all day on this but will update my progress. :eek:





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