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Hello all! I have been inspired to post here because I found a lot of comfort in reading about other peoples' experiences with refractive surgery.

I am 7 days post Epi-lasik. -8 in both eyes, slight astigmatism in my left eye.
I did both eyes at the same time.

Currently, my right eye is seeing very well and is the only reason I am functional at the moment. My left eye (the one with the astigmatism in it) is currently still very blurry at all distances. I am worried about my left eye because it is harder to tell if it is improving or not.

Like many of you, I had some strange expectations after my procedure. Everybody -- from my family and friends to the employees at the eye center -- kept telling me I'd see great after the procedure! They really really inflated my expectations and this was very damaging after a few days after the procedure was done. When I didn't see great after day 4, I was pretty depressed for a while.

I find the most difficult thing with this whole procedure is fighting off the constant emotional swings that come with healing up. The only reason I am able to post this is because my right eye is doing awesome... and that's troubling because I'm worried about my left eye!

I have accepted the fact that in order to see perfect after this procedure I may still need to wear contacts/glasses. However, I am comforted greatly by the fact that I will now be functional without them! I will no longer be 'Millhouse'd' without my glasses! (The image of Millhouse from the Simpsons feeling around his surroundings every time he lost his glasses is something I'll never have to think about again when I lose my glasses :)

So far, I've learned to incorporate omega-3's into my diet: walnuts, flax. Take some multi-vitamins. NEVER squeeze my eyes shut. Concentrate on focusing on what I'm looking at without squinting (avoid unnecessary strain).

There's TONS of stuff you can do to help the recovery process and I'm curious to see what other fellow Epi-lasik people have to say about their recovery.

Now... everybody send good vibes my way... my left eye needs them :wave:
Thank you all for posting your experience. I am deciding on Epi-Lasik now. I've read many ophthalmologists articles on how it's the "safest" especially without ALCOHOL and removing the epithelium entirely to speed up healing. But then running into this forum, people write about Epi-Lasik not being great. So it's frustrating b/c not everyone lists details.

Can I ask you guys "new eyes, Taroogi, DaEsse" specific q's:
1) Was alcohol used to assist epithelium removal?
2) Was the epithelium disposed or replaced back on eye?
3) Have you done eye exercises (e.g. changing focus every 30min of computer usage, etc)??

THANKS and wish everyone a speedy recovery :angel:
[QUOTE=neoblu;4227020]Thank you all for posting your experience. I am deciding on Epi-Lasik now. I've read many ophthalmologists articles on how it's the "safest" especially without ALCOHOL and removing the epithelium entirely to speed up healing. But then running into this forum, people write about Epi-Lasik not being great. So it's frustrating b/c not everyone lists details.

Can I ask you guys "new eyes, Taroogi, DaEsse" specific q's:
1) Was alcohol used to assist epithelium removal?
2) Was the epithelium disposed or replaced back on eye?
3) Have you done eye exercises (e.g. changing focus every 30min of computer usage, etc)??

THANKS and wish everyone a speedy recovery :angel:[/QUOTE]

1) Unknown. Sorry.
2) The epithelium was put back on, and a contact lens was put on after that.
3) Yes. I just did eye exercises and stayed away from focusing on 1 thing too long. I didn't over-do it, though.

I had the procedure done in the middle of August 2009. It is now the middle of April.... about 8 months. My vision is great and i'm playing beach volleyball all the time. I always keep some artificial tears handy in case I get some irritation or dryness though. Best of luck!





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