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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
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'm glad to see that things are improving a bit for you. It really does take time for your eyes to recover from all this. Today was one of the blurry days for me, and then tonight, I'm seeing clear again. It all depends on the surface of your eye and your level or dryness. I see that Missy pointed you in the right direction with the flax/fish oil. Those are definitely good to take. Yes, the drops can be expensive (especially the Endura!!), but keep sticking with those preservative free ones since you are using them often.

One other thing that you can try at nighttime if you continue to have problems is a sleep mask. Some people sleep with their eyes slightly open which causes their eyes to dry out at night. The ointment/gel may be enough for you, but if you are still feeling dry in the mornings, you could try the sleep mask and see if that helps too! The sleep mask would be especially beneficial if you have any sort of fans or heating vents that blow in the direction of your bed when sleeping. That stuff will really dry you out! You can also try sleeping with a humidifier near your bed. I hope that your dryness and your vision continue to improve, and that things get better for you real soon! Let us know if you have any more questions!

Michelle
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





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