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Hi,

I got Wavefront Lasik done about 10 days ago, on February 24th. I was happy with both eyes the day after surgery at my post op examination.. My left Eye was about 20/20 and my right eye was about 15/20 with a little blurriness. About 3 days ago, my left eye starting feeling like there was something in my eye , like an eyelash and my vision suddenly changed. Now it’s blurry in the left eye and it seems like there’s a shadow when I read letters. (It seemed like my vision changed about .5-.75). I went in to see one of the Doctor’s yesterday and they found an eyelash in my eye. They said the eyelash may have caused some irritation and that my eye has a little dry patch that may have caused the sudden change in vision. They said give it a day or two to see if my vision gets better and recommended using drops and gel. I haven't been using drops or gel that often, since my eye never felt dry. I just started using drops every hour or so since i've seen my doctor. I’m a little worried that it won’t get better, since a day has passed.. I just don’t understand how my vision can fluctuate so much. Can dry eye or and eyelash really change my vision that much? It’s supposed to get better, not worse..It’s been bad for about 3 days now and has not improved. I first thought it may have due to lack of sleep because I was up late over the weekend and have not been able to sleep that well the few days after the post op. Please let me know your thoughts or if anyone has experience this problem or has any recommendations.

Thanks
Hi James,

Dry eye can [B]DEFINITELY[/B] cause vision changes! Take is from someone who went from 20/15 the day after surgery to 20/25 to 20/30, then back to 20/15 months later! I am almost 9 months out from surgery and still dealing with dry eye and vision fluctuations because of it, but the vision fluctuations were much worse in the first few months. Think about it this way...if you have a dry spot on your cornea, then how are you supposed to see clearly out of it? Those dry spots can definitely cause lots of vision problems depending on where they are located. Just try your best to keep your eyes well lubricated and keep using your drops. I think I am a very rare case that is still dealing with this at 9 months post-op....hopefully you will be seeing better real soon! Take care.

Michelle
Thanks for your replies. It's a little more comforting knowing that some other people have gone through something similar. You guys must have been really scared as well. I know I was freaked out when I woke up one morning and my vision was blurry.

My eyes didn’t feel dry after the surgery and the person that examined my eyes told me some people don’t experience dry eye and may not need to use drops. I thought I was one of the lucky ones and neglected to use drops. It makes me feel like an idiot that I didn’t know I had dry eye and may have caused my own vision problems.

It's been about 4 days since my vision has changed and about 13 days post op. I've been putting drops in every hour or so for the last 2 days, but I have not seen any improvement in my eye. What's the general period that I may have to wait? Every morning I wake up, hoping for that crisp vision I had a few days after the surgery, but to no avail. I have also noticed that I see shadows with my left eye now…hopefully it will get better. I'm still having doubts that it's dry eye that caused this vision change...

My eyes still don't feel that dry, but I've been using drops. Drops seem to make my eyes more dry after the fact.

Do you guys have any recommendations on what drops to use or if the overnight ointment will help and is good for use after the surgery? Let me know if you have any other recommendations or stories.
James,

It is very common not to feel the dryness, and in some ways, you are very lucky that you don't! The dryness is caused by your corneal nerves being severed during the lasik but that also means that some of the nerves that make you feel the dryness were severed too. So, as the nerves continue healing, you may feel the dryness a bit more, or it may go away before you even have the chance. As for a time frame, that is very hard to say. As I'm sure you've read on a million websites, the dry eye and the vision fluctuations should go away during the normal healing period (3-6 months post-op). However, me and Hating glasses are well past that point and still waiting. I think in most cases you will be feeling fine even before 3 months though. Why would so many people jump at the chance to have lasik if it was going to involve 6 months of discomfort and crappy vision? EVERYONE I know that had it was fine after a few weeks. I guess I was just unlucky.

I know that it can be scary, believe me, I can relate, but you need to hang in there. You are SO SO SO SO SO early in the healing process. I cannot stress that enough. I had 20/15 vision in my left eye for about 5 weeks after surgery and then all of a sudden it got worse. Now it is back to 20/15, so I believe it was the dry eye causing problems. As far as a nighttime gel goes, you might want to try Genteal Gel. Get the Severe dry eye kind that comes in a tube (not a dropper bottle). That is what I use at night, and it came highly recommened from many doctors and dry eye patients. However, PLEASE ask our doctor about this first. You are still earlier enough that you need to be careful not to mess up your lasik flap, and I'm not sure you are supposed to use gels or ointments at night yet. Good luck and keep us posted. Keep using those drops. Things will get better.

Michelle
Hi James,

I just read your posts and thought that I would share some of my experiences. I started experiencing problems with dry eyes about a week after my surgery. They were SO dry. I was using drops all of the time! Now... eight months later I still have dry eyes, but they are getting somewhat better. I guess that I am a slow healer b/c most doctors say that dry eyes go away somewhere around 6 months. As far as drops go I use BION tears during the day and Moisture Eyes Ointment at night. When you see your doctor you might want to have him check your eyes for dry spots. He should be able to tell if dryness is causing your vision problems. I know that when my eyes are dry they can get kind of blurry. You may also want to try taking flaxseed oil or fish oil. They both help with stabilizing the tear film.

Take care!

Missy
Hey James,
We had our lasik done the same day wohoo! I got mine on the 24th as well. I guess I'll talk about my experience thus far and it may help give some guidance or be some useful feedback. I can relate.

Like you I started experiencing my left eye getting blurry a few days after, I think sooner than when yours did, it's been this way for about 5 days now.
I have ghosting too - I think that is what the shadows are?
Now I am noticing that my right eye is starting to blur a little, for me it has been real crisp up until.
The left eye blurriness is definitely consistent but the right eye just started, I think it is due to lack of sleep and over use of my eyes with the computer(I stare at a computer all day). I plan on getting good rest tonight, laying off the comp. and hopefully that will help it clear up tomorrow.

I haven't had a problem with dry eyes luckily but I have been using the drops religiously anyways. The night time gel I started using right after.
One thing about the night time gel is I noticed that when I use too much, it leaves my vision real foggy the next day. When I use slightly less than recommended, for about 4-5 hours after I wake it stays foggy and it usually clears up by noon or so. I get headaches if I try to use my vision too much or strain too much b/c of the fogginess.

Right when I wake up I have difficulty with my eyes.
After blinking a couple of times and putting some drops in, I can use them normally but I guess it is a form of soreness too. This has been improving everyday, I think today was the best my "wakeup eyes" have been.

I hope my left eye gets better, from what I have read here and from what I have talked to my Dr about is that it should. I am sure for you and I it will, we just have to be patient. Right now I can see better than when I could wearing glasses or contacts so in the bigger picture I guess I really can't complain but I really want that left eye vision to be as crisp as the right!

Couple of other things I noticed...
When allergies are bad my eyes tend to struggle a little. Lack of sleep does no good either, I have been real careful to get lots of rest, but slacked off the past couple of days.

Before I had my lasik done I had them put in some Punctal Plugs to prevent dryness even though they said I didn't need them. They plug up your tear duct and help with the dryness post-op. I did it b/c that seemed to be people's no. 1 complaint.

Before my surgery my left eye was the strong and better vision eye, now it is my right eye that is strong post-op.
I think my brain is taking time adjusting to it. I notice that if I look at something real fast or move my head real fast in the mirror it takes me a second to focus my eyes or adjust. Eye reflex a little slow.

Every now and then I get little pains in my eyes but not on the cornea. They go away as quick as they come. I am not sure why. Anyone else experiencing this? I think it may be the hemorraging clearing up (slight hem. from suction cup device).

For drops I use Systane, I am not sure how good or bad systane is. It seems to at least get the job done? I have no complaints. I use Natural for the nightime gel.

I apologize in advance for the long post but I am just coming forth with as much info as possible to share.

Take care,
BE
James,

Dont worry - i'm also in same boat. Did on Feb 29th and the next saturday morning after surgery i was 20/25 very clear but now its hazing out a little after 4 days.

I also had same feelings as some foreign particle or eyelash is on my left eye on 2nd day i.e Sunday Morning. I called up the "emergency no" of the Lasik clinic at 9 AM on Sunday and told him something foreign is stuck on my left eye - he bet that's its not something - its dry eye. I was using "Refresh Plus" every 1 hr - he told me to use 30 minutes and even as frequent as 15 minutes and down to 10 minutes !!!!

He told me to do that and if the foreign particle is still there after few hours call him again for emergency check up - But the issue was gone by 3 PM.

Use "Refresh Plus " - with "No Preservative". They have a big pack with
10 X 5 = 50 pouches inside. You can use 1 Pouch for 2-3 times , they are good for 2 hrs after opening.

Will write later - have to go for drops. Eyes are burning again


[QUOTE=james76n;2237363]Thanks for your replies. It's a little more comforting knowing that some other people have gone through something similar. You guys must have been really scared as well. I know I was freaked out when I woke up one morning and my vision was blurry.

My eyes didn’t feel dry after the surgery and the person that examined my eyes told me some people don’t experience dry eye and may not need to use drops. I thought I was one of the lucky ones and neglected to use drops. It makes me feel like an idiot that I didn’t know I had dry eye and may have caused my own vision problems.

It's been about 4 days since my vision has changed and about 13 days post op. I've been putting drops in every hour or so for the last 2 days, but I have not seen any improvement in my eye. What's the general period that I may have to wait? Every morning I wake up, hoping for that crisp vision I had a few days after the surgery, but to no avail. I have also noticed that I see shadows with my left eye now…hopefully it will get better. I'm still having doubts that it's dry eye that caused this vision change...

My eyes still don't feel that dry, but I've been using drops. Drops seem to make my eyes more dry after the fact.

Do you guys have any recommendations on what drops to use or if the overnight ointment will help and is good for use after the surgery? Let me know if you have any other recommendations or stories.[/QUOTE]





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