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Eye Drops are very important. And, my doctor told me when I first had my surgery to make sure to use the drops on a fairly regular schedule because, despite what I was feeling, I may have some dryness and not even know it. I am nearing my 2 year anniversary since my surgery and still suffer a little from dry eyes. Mostly first thing in the morning now. The day time is pretty good. Now and then I need to use a drop or too during the day but, my worst time is as soon as I open my eyes in the morning and in the middle of the night if I get up to use the bathroom or something. Other than that, there has been remarkable improvement which continues month by month.

Anyway, when you eyes are dry, it can make you feel like you aren't seeing as well. Basically it would be like looking through a filthy contact lens. The drops do help you heal as your eyes need constant moisture and have since the day you were born. That isn't new just since your surgery. So, try to keep a regular schedule of drops maybe once an hour or more if needed. I know it seems excessive but, it is a good idea. It took me about 18 months before I really started seeing a turn around with my dryness. That doesn't mean you will have the same problem. I was one of the unlucky that had a post-op dry eye issue. And, to say that it took me 18 months doesn't mean that there was no improvement until then. It just means that it seems like that was my most major turn around. I have noticed over the past 5 or 6 months that my vision seems even better. It was 20/20 and even 20/15 at times. I won't know until my next regular eye appointment in August or September what my vision is now or if there really has been even more improvement. But, at my last regular eye appointment, my doc did notice less dryness.

So, it does get better. There are some people for whom the surgery was the wrong thing but, don't start thinking that until at least 18 months post-op. Even my doctor has an 18 month recuperation time in his literature. The eyes take a very long time to heal from this surgery. Longer than other parts of our bodies. Despite how simple it seems, it is major surgery.

Keep that in mind all the time and it should ease your mind a little!

Take care and keep in touch!

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