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[U]After the surgery:[/U]

I sat in the recliner and the numbing drops wore off. It did not exactly hurt but my eyes were stinging like I had salt water from the beach in them. I was also sensitive to light and my eyes were watering like crazy. Even my nose was running. After he checked my flap I was sent home to sleep.

TAKE A DRIVER. I could barely open my eyes on the way to the hotel (my surgery was out of town) and they were watering so much. I was beginning to wonder if I'd made a mistake with this surgery!!

I took a 3-4 hour nap in what looked like a ski mask. When I woke up the watering, red eyes, stinging were gone. The fogginess was gone. I was still a little light sensitive but I could see! I use the drops as directed and have been recovering well. At my 1 day check-up I could see 20/40 (they claimed a blurry 20/20 but I disagree). I could have driven the day after with no problems. The hardest part has been not to scratch my eyes. All the drops have made my eyelashes sticky and itchy, but you can't scratch. The light sensitivity is pretty much gone but I do see halos around lights at night-but it's similar to wha tI used to see with glasses when I was tired.

Here is my only concern, maybe someone can help me:
*My distance vision is really good but my close-up vision seems worse than before surgery. Reading a book/looking at the computer (I'm not doing either much to allow my eyes to heal) is very hard. Is it possible that the surgery compromised my reading vision OR is this a normal part of healing? I have a call in to my doctor to ask. I'm 31 and have never needed reading glasses. Thanks, Skylar
Hey Skylar,
I'm glad to hear things are going well. Your experience sounds very similar to mine. I wouldn't worry too much about the 20/40 vision, the halos, or the blurriness close-up right now. I was the same way after surgery. I'm now a little over 5 weeks post-op. The halos I was seeing around the lights are now gone. For the first few weeks after surgery, I was experiecing some ghosting whenever I would read or look at the letters on my keyboard. My vision, both near and far, is very crisp now (not sure what it has improved to as I have not yet had my 1 month post-op appt). The severe dryness issue I was having is almost completely gone. I'm only having to use the lubricating drops a few times each day. You're not at the age to be needing reading glasses so I think you'll be fine. Just give it some time :)
OK, I'm 5 days after the surgery now and my vision is fairly stable. The distance is fine, I'm driving and all without any problems. Halos are getting better, but still present. The near vision is still fuzzy, although better. I tried on various reading glasses at the drug store yesterday to see if it would help and it had no effect, so I think this is just part of the healing.

So far my eyes are fairly comfortable, except I keep having the thought, "I really need to take my contacts out"-that is the feeling, that your eyes are a little dry/tired from a long day of contact wear. I'll post again after my 10 day follow-up. Skylar

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