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Hey Missy,
Since I started this thread back in March, I would say that my eyes have gotten less painful in the mornings. I still need to drop them and I try to do it when my alarm clock goes off for the first time so, in between my snooze buttons and the time I actually get out of bed, they have a chance to straighten out. What is weird is that, on the weekends, when I can sleep in, I sometimes don't even have to put drops in when I first wake up. So, I don't know what that is about. I also notice that my eyes are great on the weekend. Then, when I get to work, they are irritated. Problem solved...I just won't work for the comfort of my eyes! Heheheh! Just kidding! I am still using the Systane. I am curious about other drops but, since I have had mostly success with the Systane, I hesitate to try something new. But, I wonder if another drop in the AM would make it easier for my eyes in the AM. It takes them about 5 minutes once I get out of bed (if not 10 minutes) to stop feeling like egg shells.

Anyway, to answer your question about my night vision, it has always been better since I had my surgery. The thing about my night vision is that, before my surgery, I had halos or sunbursts before so, I don't really know anything different. I would say that my night vision has been better since the surgery. I am not sure if that includes the glare, halos or starbursts because, since I have never known anything different, I never really noticed them before my surgery so, I don't know if that is better, worse or the same as it was before. But, what little I have is nothing bad enough that I even notice it now. I do notice it more when my eye (usually my left one) is dry. It is kind of the same effect with digital clocks. They are either blurry or look double when my eye is dry.

I hope that answered that...somewhat! It is hard for me to know how much of that has changed since it was all I ever knew before the surgery. Overall, my night vision improved after the surgery. That I do know for sure.

I hope things improve for you! I think my turn around was at about 12 or 13 months post op. I am still healing and I wonder if I will have to use drops for the rest of my life. I guess if I do, it wouldn't be much different if I were in contacts for the rest of my life. But, it sure would be nice if I didn't have to use them.

Take care and keep in touch! It was nice to hear from you!
I can't say that I have ever really regretted getting my surgery. Even at their worst, I was still so happy to be out of glasses. I am still healing. I still have fairly bad days and, the weekends are almost always great. So, I would have to assume that some of my issues with my dry eyes has to do with my enviroment. In the very few times that doubt starts to creep into my thoughts, I just push them away. I do have doubts now and then. I wonder if I will always have to use eye drops for the rest of my life. But, I just keep positive and hope for the best. But, I am not as bad off as some on this board. They were pretty bad for the first 11 months +/-. But, I tend to think that my eyes were, at their worst, better than others.
One thing I was using was Systane for drops. They were great. They actually helped me improve because, I was mistakenly using drops that would cause irritation. Recently I switched to Visine Pure Tears. I worry that they aren't Preservative Free since it doesn't specify on the bottle or the box the drops came in. But, I will be vigilant and try to pay attention to any changes if there are any for the worse, that might indicate that they are preserved. But, I life that they don't leave my eyes feeling sticky, dry and blurry for about 5 (sometimes more) minutes after I put them in when I wake up in the AM.

Try not to over lubricate your eyes. Try dropping them only every 2 hours. Make sure that you are using a preservative free drop. I would stay away from the stuff that is supposed to "stick to the eye" because I was using a brand that did that and it ended up causing irritation. Go see your regular eye doctor. He or she will be more up front with you and may have other suggestions. Plus, they have nothing to lose by telling you if they see something that needs to be taken care of. My lasik doc didn't tell me that I had some epitheleals under the flap in my left eye. My regular doc told me about that. It can be a bad thing. In my case, it wasn't because they didn't multiply. But, it was info that my lasik doc should have shared with me. That is why I am a firm believer in post-op visits with your regular eye doc.

Try to be patient. I know it is easier said than done but, I think I remember having a little bit of improvement around my 4-6 month anniversary. I am still healing. I can see improvement about ever 2 months or so.

Take care!
I kind of want to warn you against the Refresh Celluvisc. I used that and the Endura for a while and went in to see my regular eye doc. He noticed that I had a lot of irritation and told me to stop using the Refresh Endura and Celluvisc because, due to the thickness of those drops, it was causing the irritation. He suggested Systane. He told me to try the Systane for 1 or 2 weeks every 2 hours to see if my issues cleared up any. He saved me! My eyes got better within about 4-7 days. They weren't perfect but, much better. This may not be the problem for you but, I just thought I would give you my experience. I thought the drops were doing wonders for me but, when I told my doc how much I was having to use them, he figured it out. I was using them about every 15 minutes to a half hour. This was about 7 months or so post-op for me, if memory serves. Anyway, I can't say for sure that it will cause you more problems like it did me. But, once you are done with that box, you might give the Systane a shot.

I am glad to hear that you are doing better than you were. If I remember correctly, I would swear that one of my turn arounds was when I was 11 months post-op so, you might be do for a semi-drastic improvement! I'll think good thoughts and keep my fingers and toes crossed for you!
As for the Visine Pure Tears, it says it is for "Dry Eye Relief". I don't think this one has anything to do with getting the red out. I guess if push comes to shove, I'll only use it in the AM since I have a better result from it when I first wake up than I do with the Systane. I don't know what it is about the Systane that makes me so miserable and takes so long to lubricate my eyes after I wake up. But, I really am pretty much miserable for about 5-10 minutes when I first wake up while using the Systane. But, the Visine just lubricates my eyes right back into comfort as soon as the drop is in there. No more putting my drops in, going to the bathroom, brushing my teeth, picking out something to wear, getting dressed, doing my hair, rubbing my eyes for a while, and blinking over and over while trying to apply my makeup with some kind of sixth sense accuracey while I can't see and really don't want my eyes open anyway as they are so uncomfortable. Hehehehe! With the Visine, I put the drops in as I put my feet on the floor and by the time I take my first step, my eyes are moist and happy!

Take care all! Chat later!

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