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Yes, I can sympathize as the same thing happened to me. You are not going to improve much after 4 days.

Yes, most people (92%) get pefect vision after lasik. However 8% including you and I and literally hundreds of thousands of people don't get perfect vision.

You know what you can see now compared to what you saw pre surgery corrected and you know it is not as good. A lot of Lasik docs will tell people like us in the 8% that we are "doing great" and "to give it more time" and hope that you will convince yourself you are ok and just go away.

Still the fact remains that 8% don't get true plano (0.00) and true 20/20 and wind up with -0.50 or -0.75 and 20/25 or 20/30 or 20/40. Often they will tell you that you are "20/20, but not 20/20 happy" but that is just semantics and BSing you and they hope you will go away.

You will have to accept what you got and live glasses/contacts free with poor vision quality or go back to glassess/contacts (meaning this was all a huge waste of money, a huge waste of time, a huge risk for nothing, and huge raised hopes followed by crashing diasppointment) or you can wait 3-6 months and go for an "Enhancement".
Jake, are you a doctor or something?cause you seem to know what you are talking about.Well, my story is a little different.I had mine on Jan 4, a day after, I saw perfectly,as in my vision was 20/15, and I believe this because I was actually able to read the letters under 20. I noticed though that my vision got blurry day by day, and when I went for my 1 week appointment, they told me I was 20/50..Even if I just had my eyedrops, I would never see perfectly like I did the first day. I asked the surgeon who did it, and they said it would take about a month for the visual acuity to be final but I am really so deppressed, I don't know if my vision will ever improve.Now, I feel that my vision just got a little better compared to pre-lasik, because I can see perfectly within 4 feet,but beyond that,is like how I was before the lasik.I feel so frustrated!
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Sorry to hear about your regression. That is exactly what happened to my for my first Lasik: Day after surgery 0.0 day 2 -0.25, day 3 -0.50 1 week -0.75 (20/40) 1 month -1.25 5 months -1.75 (20/200)

So I was -4.5 pre-surgery was 0.0 right after surgery and regressed rapidly early then more slowly but all the way to -1.75

The good news is the Lasik flap allows for enhancement if you have enough tissue left and if it is covered by your contract and/or you can afford enhancement. You have to wait 3 months min or 3-6 months before you get the enhancement. You will regress on the enhancement also but the percentage is about the same so since the 2nd time you are starting with less myopia you will regress less. Mine was covered by my original contract.

I had my ehancement and now 2 months out I have regressed to -0.75. Hopefully it stops here and appears to have stopped here. I can see about 20/30 so can easily "get by" without glasses but not what I was hoping for.

If I could have done it all over again, I would never have done Lasik. However, I recommend others do it, as 92% get great results the first time and don't regress. I am unfortunate in that my body has an overreactive healing reaction causing regression. You are in the same 8% boat.

[QUOTE=akoito2008;3393189]Jake, are you a doctor or something?cause you seem to know what you are talking about.Well, my story is a little different.I had mine on Jan 4, a day after, I saw perfectly,as in my vision was 20/15, and I believe this because I was actually able to read the letters under 20. I noticed though that my vision got blurry day by day, and when I went for my 1 week appointment, they told me I was 20/50..Even if I just had my eyedrops, I would never see perfectly like I did the first day. I asked the surgeon who did it, and they said it would take about a month for the visual acuity to be final but I am really so deppressed, I don't know if my vision will ever improve.Now, I feel that my vision just got a little better compared to pre-lasik, because I can see perfectly within 4 feet,but beyond that,is like how I was before the lasik.I feel so frustrated!
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Yes Yellow it can happen that fast and happened to me. It is extremely alarming and depressing when it happens too. You go through the 3 classic stages first denial, you try to convince yourself that you can't possibly be seeing worse than the day before and you drive yourself nuts looking at everything in different ways trying to prove to yourself it is not really happening. Then you are angry and depressed when you realize it is happening. Finally you go into acceptance once the doctor confirms the regression. Basically the eye is growing back tissue to regain its pre surgery shape.

Aiko:

Sorry to hear about your regression. That is exactly what happened to my for my first Lasik: Day after surgery 0.0 day 2 -0.25, day 3 -0.50 1 week -0.75 (20/40) 1 month -1.25 5 months -1.75 (20/200)

So I was -4.5 pre-surgery was 0.0 right after surgery and regressed rapidly early then more slowly but all the way to -1.75

The good news is the Lasik flap allows for enhancement if you have enough tissue left and if it is covered by your contract and/or you can afford enhancement. You have to wait 3 months min or 3-6 months before you get the enhancement. You will regress on the enhancement also but the percentage is about the same so since the 2nd time you are starting with less myopia you will regress less. Mine was covered by my original contract.

I had my ehancement and now 2 months out I have regressed to -0.75. Hopefully it stops here and appears to have stopped here. I can see about 20/30 so can easily "get by" without glasses but not what I was hoping for.

If I could have done it all over again, I would never have done Lasik. However, I recommend others do it, as 92% get great results the first time and don't regress. I am unfortunate in that my body has an overreactive healing reaction causing regression. You are in the same 8% boat.


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Originally Posted by akoito2008
Jake, are you a doctor or something?cause you seem to know what you are talking about.Well, my story is a little different.I had mine on Jan 4, a day after, I saw perfectly,as in my vision was 20/15, and I believe this because I was actually able to read the letters under 20. I noticed though that my vision got blurry day by day, and when I went for my 1 week appointment, they told me I was 20/50..Even if I just had my eyedrops, I would never see perfectly like I did the first day. I asked the surgeon who did it, and they said it would take about a month for the visual acuity to be final but I am really so deppressed, I don't know if my vision will ever improve.Now, I feel that my vision just got a little better compared to pre-lasik, because I can see perfectly within 4 feet,but beyond that,is like how I was before the lasik.I feel so frustrated!
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So,regression can really happen huh,that's sad.....they never told me this before surgery...to think that my prescription was relatively low prior to lasik, 2.0 both eyes...It's really sad...I've noticed something though, as soon as I wake up in the morning,I go to my microwave and look at the time, (I use this as a basis)two days in a row, I noticed that I was able to see the time clearly for about 10 seconds,after that, it goes blurry again for the rest of the day.Also, I notice that if I USE my eydrops, my vision gets clear as long as my eyes are soaking wet,but as soon as the excess drops are shed, I go back to my blurry vision.Were you the same way too,JAKE?
TGUY and AKOITO (and anyone else who's had lasik less than 3 months ago).....

guys, it is WAY too soon to start getting depressed about your results!

JAKE, you really ought to give people on this board more time before you start filling their heads about your bad results. i'm sorry you had a bad experience, but most people take a good three-six months after lasik for their vision to clear, and your negative experiences really only add to people's stress and depression, and everyone knows stress and depression hinder the body's healing process! and the way you post your stats and facts here, you do sound very educated and like an authority on the subject, and that can be very intimidating to someone who doesn't know better. show some respect for others' feelings and wait until they're at least 4 months post lasik with no good results before you go off about how bad lasik can be.

back to TGUY and AKOITO....

ya'll, look up my other posts here. your stories sound like nearly every single other story here on this board. got lasik, expected perfection by the next day, blurry vision, didn't get it, depressed and scared, dry eyes, etc..... my story exactly (only one eye was horribly blurry though).

short version of my story.... my vision was horrible before lasik, and it was pretty bad for a few months afterward. my eyes didn't feel dry, but my doctor said they were. i used my drops more and my vision started clearing faster. my vision is 12/12.5 in both eyes now!

don't give up hope. you haven't had NEAR enough time to heal. keep using your drops.... oh, and FYI, i used the target brand preservative free drops and they worked better for me than the systane drops did (plus they were cheaper!).

good luck! :)
Hi
I had lasik nearly a month ago. I had a crease in my distance eye ( I had monovision laser ) but had the lense refloated after 5 days.
Prior to the refloating I was sure I had done the wrong thing by having laser, thought I had ruined my eye sight through vanity.
I am pleased to say that my distance vision is a good 60% better than before and my night driving vision is a good 70% better than a month ago. I have not driven at night yet but tested through being a passenger.
I think it is taking my brain a bit of time to adjust to using one eye for reading and one eye for distance but it seems a lot lot better.
I may have to have an enhancement on my reading eye because it was lasered to 2 3/4 instead of 2 1/2.
I will need specs for computer work but I dont mind that and I would be happy to wear glasses for driving.
I am back to Moorfields eye hosp next week for a followup.
I hope you all get good improvment, I think you will have to be patient.
I thought it would be like the people on the t.v, have laser and see straight away but unfortunatly it isnt.
Just be patient and I am sure all will be ok
Best wishes
Jakki
I have the same problems as Tguy, I had my surgery 2 weeks ago, and my vision has not improved since. On day 1, I had 20/30 vision in my right eye and unknown in my left, coz she couldnt figure it out, it was too blurry. they told me i had an inflammation in my left eye so i was taking corticosteroids, and a week later they said that now i have dry eyes and its causing my vision to be blurry. My eyes dont feel dry per se, and i have been putting drops in every 15mins, thinking it would improve my vision. for about 10 sec after putting the drops in, i can see clearly, but it goes back to baseline (very blurry). I am frustrated, coz i have never had dry eyes and I had no idea it can cause such a shift in vision. Will this ever go away?? it seems its not improving at all. im quite deperate now, and regretting my decision to have lasik surgery.





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