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Well, I`m now a little bit over 2 months after surgery. It seems like things are improving, today as a matter of fact is not too bad.. I hope. Yesterday I went out in the sun and that irritated the eyes.. That never happened before the surgery.. On the whole it was such a stressful experience. If I only knew what it would be like before I got it done I wouldn`t probably even do it.
Another thing is I thought that Intralase is better then regular Lasik with mikrokeratome, safer, it turned out that the healing was so painful that I think that regular Lasik is probably better. The surgeon who did the procedure doesn`t even offer regular Lasik, so I thought it must be better then as I was a little bit afraid of the blade.. If I only knew what it will be like..They say that Lasik is painless, I don`t know about regular Lasik but Intralase is very painful.. Was it painful for you? What made you choose Intralase? Did your surgeon offer regular Lasik with the blade? Did he explain both procedures to you? As I read on the Internet, they usually do, but my surgeon didn`t even offer regular Lasik and obviously didn`t say anything about it to me which I think is not fair as the patient should be fully educated and know advantages of both.. As far as my vision, blurriness in the right eye is going away now..after 2 months and it seems like the vision is crisper now..
At first it hurt even walking.. Terrible.
It`s interesting that you had a problem with your right eye just like I did.. My left eye came out clear the 1st day.. Also, they didn`t tell me about keeping my eyes closed after the procedure for several hours. They gave me drops to put in the eye every hour so that`s what I was doing right after the procedure..Actually, they did mention to keep them closed but they didn`t stress it and didn`t explain why it`s important to keep them closed ( I know now that the flap can shift if you don`t keep them closed). The next day post op the doctor said that the flap in the right eye shifted a little bit..but that it will heal.. and then I started having problems in that eye, blurriness, vision fluctuations, scratchy feeling. I didn`t have any of that in my left eye..
But the doc said that it was not flap related..I don`t know.. Were your flaps fine the next day, did you sleep after the procedure?
So, how are you doing?

Thanks for the in depth update. I went with the intralase for basically the same reasons that you listed in your update. I experienced no pain beyond the first 12 hours or so after the surgery. I slept the whole evening and night after surgery. I have not had any flap problems. As I mentioned earlier, my problem has been the hazy/foggy vision in my right eye, at all distances. I had my surgeon examine me two days ago and he says that the problem is being caused by healing haze underneath the right flap. I also have some healing haze under the left flap but it is not as bad as the right. The difference between the vision in both eyes is definitely noticeable. He says that the haze will disipate over the following weeks and months. I'm very concerned at this point because I have not noticed any perceptible changes in vision in either eye, good or bad, since the day after surgery on 2/1/06 - more than a month ago. My left was clear the next day, just like yourself. Two days ago, he said everthing else is fine - flaps, healing, no dryness, etc. 20/20 left, 20/25 right.

Also, I might add, I am still having the halo, glare, starbursts at night. Are you experiencing this?

Has your vision quality that you initially described improved closer to what you had with glasses?

Thanks, please keep me posted.
Today was a bad day.. Red, irritated eyes.. I definitely regret now what I did.. My vision is still not perfect, not as crisp. I still see as though through a vail..And I was teaching today and noticed that I can`t see up close very well either.. That`s just sickening.. My body is just aching all over.. I`m so stressed and scared.. I was thinking about it and realized that they didn`t give me the written consent to take home to read.. I think if I read all about the complications from these procedure carefully at home I would probably change my mind. Instead they quickly showed me some video about Lasik, I don`t even remember signing anything, but I probably did...That definitely was a rushed and badly informed decision...The thing is I knew about terrible complications from the blade procedure, but for some reason was thinking that Intralase is better and doesn`t have a lot of complications.. What a mistake! The stress and pain I`ve been through for the past 2 months is definitely not worth it.. I missed out on so many things.. My whole life is turned upside down, I developed anxiety. If I was wearing glasses my life would`ve been normal and stress free and happy.. And what is worse I don`t know what to expect now.. How much longer will I have to suffer and will I be able to make it? They say it can take up to 6 months or longer.. Anyone considering Lasik should know about possible problems. How much pain can you handle? Please keep me posted on your progress. I will do the same.
Hi everyone,
I`m back and have one thing to tell you. This surgery (intralase), don`t know about the blade, is a big, big problem for me. It`s hard to adjust to a "new" type of vision, quite stressful and annoying. When you wear glasses you don`t think about your eyes cause they don`t bother you.. But now you always have something and that`s not a good life.. All you do is think about your eyes.. I hope this will improve but it already caused me so much trouble..It has been 3 months now since my surgery and it`s still hard..I can`t adjust to it.. Personally, I wouldn`t recommend it, but then again, everybody is different..But if you think about it, remember, that there could be serious problems you don`t want to have.. Life is difficult enough without them. Mine was completely different before I had this done, I was happy, carefree, nothing borthered me.. So, how are you all guys doing with your Intralase experience? :nono:

Unfortunately, I still have the haziness in the vision in my right eye - no perceptible change. My biggest problem now is feeling dizzy and off balance. I believe because this is due to my brain trying to fuse two different images, but I just don't know. Acuity is getting better, 20/15 L, 20/20 R, but it is the vision quality issues that are my problems.

So basically, you still have the dry eye and hazy vision in both eyes?

Keep us updated.

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