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I am now 5 weeks post op. Last Tuesday, the optometrist gave me a prescription for Restasis, due to dry eye. I had been using drops once an hour, on average. He said I should only have to use drops 4 -6 times a day.

Hating glasses - Thank you for your advice and encouragement. Yes, you are right. I should withhold my opinion on the surgery until well over 3 months. With the experiences I have had so far, it is very likely I will still be healing well past the 3 month mark.

toothbrush1 - My vision before surgery was not good. I had moderately severe myopia with some astigmatism. -9.00 right eye -6.50 left eye. I don't know how that would translate into 20/whatever. My vision after surgery was just as I described in my post dated 1-15-2007. However, due to dry eye, I couldn't see the eye chart during a post op exam on 2-6-2007.

By the way, Restasis is not cheap. I had the prescription filled at a local pharmacy using my health care insurance. My co-pay was $30 for a 16 day supply of the drug. Restasis is going to cost me approx. $60 a month until the dry eye goes away.

A co-worker of mine said it takes about a week to see an improvement due to Restasis. Is she right?
By the way, Restasis is not cheap. I had the prescription filled at a local pharmacy using my health care insurance. My co-pay was $30 for a 16 day supply of the drug. Restasis is going to cost me approx. $60 a month until the dry eye goes away.

A co-worker of mine said it takes about a week to see an improvement due to Restasis. Is she right?[/QUOTE]


Hi,
My eye doctor put me on Restasis about 2 weeks after my surgery. It takes a couple of weeks to notice some improvement. I had pretty much constant discomfot in my left eye the first few weeks after surgery and after using the Restasis for a couple of weeks it started to get better. I am a little over three months post op and at just about the 3 month mark my eyes starting feeling amazing for almost the whole day. I only use over the counter eye drops now about 3 times a day, and I have been using the Restasis once in the morning and once at night for about 2 and a half months.
I am lucky in that my insurance covers Restasis because it is VERY expensive otherwise. Do you have a mail order option? I was able to get a 3 month supply (180 vials) for only a $35 copay. I would look into going that route if you can. I have another post op appointment on Wednesday so we will see if the Restasis has helped with the dry eye when the eye doctor actually looks at my eyes, but I can tell you they feel awesome now for a good majority of the day and I am SOOOOOO thrilled!!! It is just amazing to not have to bother with glasses or contacts anymore! Keep us updated on your progress.
I am now 10 weeks post op. I had my fourth follow-up visit with my optometrist three days ago. I will have my fifth follow-up visit in two weeks, on the 29th of March.

After using Restasis for 5 weeks now, I would say that my eyes are producing more tears, but they are still somewhat dry. I am using Refresh Tears about 5-6 times a day. I use Genteal Gel Drops upon waking up in the morning and again at night before going to bed.

The best way to describe the progress with my vision is that, every few days or so, I notice tiny, tiny, tiny improvements. Because of my dry eye, my vision is still a little blurry. I see halos when driving in the darkness.

toothbrush1:

I wore gas permeable contacts from 1988 to August 2006. My vision with contacts was very good, but I could not wear these lenses 24/7. I had to take them out after about 12 hours each day. Even with gas perms, I had to use reading glasses in order to see up close. Post-lasik, I don't need reading glasses. I switched from contacts to glasses five months before the surgery in order to allow my corneas to revert to their natural shape. My vision with glasses was not as good as it was with contacts. I did not like glasses at all.





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