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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
Just had my 10 day post-op follow up. My right eye was 20/20 and my left eye 20/25. Generally I am feeling pretty good about the surgery outcome. The doctor said everything looked good with the flap and my healing. I continue to use lubricating drops every time I think about it. Halos have gotten a lot better but when I'm tired they return, especially driving at night, but it's still at a functional level.

My reading/computer screen vision has improved but is still not where it was before surgery. Somehow the contrast of black ink/type on white paper/screen is hard to see. The doctor told me this is due to swelling and a natural part of healing. So, I'll keep waiting for that to improve. Even if it stayed as is I wouldn't be sorry I had the surgery-it's a dream to see so well at a distance.

However, there is one little thing that no one told me before surgery. Because my distance vision was so bad my close up vision was really good. I could focus on things ~4 inches from my eyes, like say removing a splitter from your finger or my fingernails. Now I can't do that anymore and have to back things up to ~8 inches or so. This doesn't affect reading-that is fine, it's closer stuff. For example, if I look at my shoulder it's all blurry. The doctor told me this is the trade-off for having 20/20 distance vision and that people born with 20/20 vision can't see at such a close distance anyway. It's not really an important skill-I mean what do you really need such close-up vision for. I just have to re-train my habits.

Well, I am really excited about my outcome and glad I chose the surgeon I did. More to come as I progress! Thanks everyone for all the encouragement along the way! Skylar
It's been one month since my surgery and I love the results!! I feel completely normal again and have to really try to remember to use the eye drops. (My doc said to use the lubricating drops even if you don't feel like you need them, they help with healing).

My very close-up vision is blurry, for example I had a mole on my shoulder and couldn't focus on it until I looked in a mirror. But, that is no big deal, It doesn 't affect any daily activities. No halos, no dry eyes, no fluctuating vision. I can see better than with glasses. Every now and then when I'm tired my eyes are a little blurry but still not too bad. Reading/computer screen is no longer difficult.

My husband is insanely jealous of my eyesight and wants his done now. Outside our bedroom window there is a field with all these birds that I never even knew were there. Now I can watch them first thing in the morning from bed. Of course you also notice all the dust in your house/mildew in shower tiles that you couldn't see before!!

Good luck to those thinking of having the surgery-choose a top notch surgeon, even if it costs more. You'll be glad you did! Skylar
Hi there! I just had custom intralase last thursday and my near vision is excellent but my distance vision is still blurry. I am curious to know about the average recovery time. I have no irritation, halos,or much sensitivity. I am taking the lubricating drops and have finished the antibiotic drops 4 days post op. I know I should be patient but I am just anxious and eager for my distance to improve and hope it's just as sharp as when I wore glasses!!!! I was 20/30 one day post op and four days he said i was close to 20/20 but the distance is still blurry. He mentioned that everyone heals differently...hope it doesn't take 3 months!!!! ok ...I'll stop rambling..I'm just a bit worried..I am sure things will improve with time..look forward to your reply and if anyone has any feedback I would greatly appreciate it!!! take care!!
Hi Skylar,
thanks for this update 6 months out! Sounds like you are doing great.
I go back in May for my 3 or 4 month checkup. I had mine done in January. I feel like i'm seeing great right now! My night vision for driving still isn't 100 percent but ever so slowly it seems to be getting to what I would say a complete normal state. Some halos still around lights/car lights/and some starbursts at night. But daytime sight seems perfect to me! My dryness has also almost gone away, only occasionally now do they feel dry/irrated. So i'm quite happy so far! Great to hear about people's experiences.

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