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I had lasik one month ago and outdoors my vision is crystal clear. However when I am indoors certain lighting seems to aggravate my eyes and my vision quality decreases, its difficult to describe, slightly blurry, enough to make work and school straining. I use lots of drops and I am trying to be patient on the healing process but I'm frustrated and scared. Any similar experiences or advice? I'm becoming increasingly concerned.

Also: it seems like the blur usually comes from my right eye, when I cover up the right the left is usually very crisp but when I switch and cover the left the blurring gets even worse.
Hmm...starting to feel even more uneasy. My vision in my left eye has been worse (probably around 20/40) for 3 days. It was the one that was initially perfect (20/15 easy). Now, my right eye is the better one (probably 20/20). My eyes burn like crazy. I've been using artificial tears every 10 minutes. Last night, I couldn't sleep bc my eyes burned so much. I had to place a cold wash cloth over my eyes, to ease the burning a bit...drops were not helping. (I am using preservative-free drops). When I wake up, I feel like I have contacts in my eyes. Getting depressed. I had surgery 7 days ago. I thought your eyes were supposed to get slightly better everyday...my vision doesn't feel like it's fluctuating...just feels like it's regressing. And the dry eye thing is so unbearable :(.
[QUOTE=twinjess;4241167]Hmm...starting to feel even more uneasy. My vision in my left eye has been worse (probably around 20/40) for 3 days. It was the one that was initially perfect (20/15 easy). Now, my right eye is the better one (probably 20/20). My eyes burn like crazy. I've been using artificial tears every 10 minutes. Last night, I couldn't sleep bc my eyes burned so much. I had to place a cold wash cloth over my eyes, to ease the burning a bit...drops were not helping. (I am using preservative-free drops). When I wake up, I feel like I have contacts in my eyes. Getting depressed. I had surgery 7 days ago. I thought your eyes were supposed to get slightly better everyday...my vision doesn't feel like it's fluctuating...just feels like it's regressing. And the dry eye thing is so unbearable :(.[/QUOTE]

Try not to worry Jess. There is a gel called Clinitas Hydrate that I use daily and it works quite well, my optometrist gives them to people with persistent dry eyes so maybe it will help you. I am 6 weeks post surgery and I've had days when one eye is really blurred and a few days later it is back to normal so I can only assume either my eyes are adjusting or one of my eyes is dry.
Be sure to make an appointment with your optometrist as they'll be able to put you at ease and explain what's happening.

Best wishes.
[QUOTE=RJZ5000;4241439]Try not to worry Jess. There is a gel called Clinitas Hydrate that I use daily and it works quite well, my optometrist gives them to people with persistent dry eyes so maybe it will help you. I am 6 weeks post surgery and I've had days when one eye is really blurred and a few days later it is back to normal so I can only assume either my eyes are adjusting or one of my eyes is dry.
Be sure to make an appointment with your optometrist as they'll be able to put you at ease and explain what's happening.

Best wishes.[/QUOTE]

Thanks again :) I called my optometrist yesterday and she suggested I buy, "Celluvisc", which is a gel. I also bought some flaxseed oil pills (which I read helps a person's own tears) and a gel eye mask to wear when I sleep (it helps too bc I can make it either warm or cold and it relieves the burning sensation at night). Although the dryness seems to have alleviated some, and the drops/gel do help in visual clarity, they do not help the visual acuity in my left eye. It's still at about 20/40. I called my doctor again today (she's probably sick of me)...she said if my vision started at 20/15 day after surgery, it will return. My eye may still be swollen or dry. She advised I could come in and she would check it out before my next follow-up visit scheduled for May 25th if I was that concerned. In the meantime, she advised to baby the eye...keep my artificial tears in the fridge, use the Celluvisc more often, etc. So...again...patience is necessary, and I'm lacking it right now.

Thanks for listening :)
I am now 2 months post opp. I can't decide if my vision has gotten better or I've just gotten used to it. My right eye is still the source of most of my problems. It seems like my right eye just hasn't healed. In my right eye I experience some ghosting (double vision) and light seems to overflow its borders if that makes sense?

But these are all just guesses because my doctor hasn't been very helpful throughout this process. I have gone through massive amounts of preservative free drops (I have actually discovered that they can be bought bulk for quite a bit cheaper at Sams Club). But anyways I also use the night time ointment, humidifier, and flax seed oil. I never anticipated having trouble this far out- but it is what it is. Sometimes I use a really weak pair of reading glasses to help when my eyes get tired.

Resturants and bars drive me nuts because of all the levels of lighting and neon signs. I am trying to remain positive and keep doing all the right things. I know one thing is for sure, I'm learning to live with it and not letting it consume my every thought- and that really is my best advice.

Sorry I don't have a whole ton of good news yet! :confused:
[QUOTE=cgolshani;4243547]I am now 2 months post opp. I can't decide if my vision has gotten better or I've just gotten used to it. My right eye is still the source of most of my problems. It seems like my right eye just hasn't healed. In my right eye I experience some ghosting (double vision) and light seems to overflow its borders if that makes sense?

But these are all just guesses because my doctor hasn't been very helpful throughout this process. I have gone through massive amounts of preservative free drops (I have actually discovered that they can be bought bulk for quite a bit cheaper at Sams Club). But anyways I also use the night time ointment, humidifier, and flax seed oil. I never anticipated having trouble this far out- but it is what it is. Sometimes I use a really weak pair of reading glasses to help when my eyes get tired.

Resturants and bars drive me nuts because of all the levels of lighting and neon signs. I am trying to remain positive and keep doing all the right things. I know one thing is for sure, I'm learning to live with it and not letting it consume my every thought- and that really is my best advice.

Sorry I don't have a whole ton of good news yet! :confused:[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your reply. I understand what you mean about light overflowing it's borders. I'm now 32 days post-op and I still experience that. Restaurants and other dimly-lit areas seem to have gotten a little better for me, but I may just be used to it.

I had my one-month follow-up last week. My doctor said I was 20/15 in both eyes (I barely made out 3/5 letters on the 20/15 line)...I think I was closer to 20/20, which is still great. She also said that I have an astigmatism of .25 in both eyes. I believe this was Lasik-induced. I know I had a slight astigmatism in one eye prior to Lasik, but it was not in both eyes. The doctor said this should heal with time, but to come back if I notice my vision worsening.

So...here I am...another week out (week 5 post-op), and it seems my vision IS getting worse...more blurry, more cloudy, can't see as far away. I'm still using eye drops religiously... once or twice every 30 minutes. I'm now seeing glare around lights at night...especially green lights. Even my oven/microwave timers (which are green in color) appear blurry. Weird to now see this when I didn't experience this at all right after surgery. I put in tons of drops, thinking it could just be 'dry eye'. This has not helped. I hope this is not a result of the astigmatism. I still do not see as crisp as I did the first day after surgery, and I fear that it won't get back to that. :( I'm going to see the doctor again in two days. I hope she can help. She didn't sound concerned on the phone...she said it sounded like dry eye, but scheduled an appt with me to be sure.

It's good that you're not letting it consume you...wish I could say the same.:(
Try not to worry. 5 days is still REALLY early, but I know each day feels like an eternity. You're constantly checking your vision to see if it's better or worse. Checking one eye at a time, by covering each one with your hand. I still catch myself doing that, and I'm 4 months post-op.

The haze will go away in low light. The doctor did not tell me about the haze before my procedure, so that did concern me too. When I told her about it, she advised this was normal. She was right. Mine did go away after about 2-3 weeks.

I felt my entire procedure, too. And I told my doctor this after the fact. She looked at me like I had three heads. I had a similar experience as you. Did not hear ringing, no anxiety attack, but I did feel nervous and wondered, 'is this normal to feel this? I feel like I have to blink and the eye-lid holder is bugging me, and this burns, and I can feel them 'painting' my flap back over my eye with that paintbrush!'. Afterward, I did feel like I had to vomit. There is no way I could've driven myself home (and they don't advise that, but I had to have 2 layers of cloth over my face on the drive home bc the sun light was so unbearable and I was in pain). I'm certain the numbing drops did not work for me. Makes you second-guess yourself though, doesn't it? I thought I was going crazy, but I know I wasn't.

Don't worry yourself reading all of the horror stories. I've done that. You will be just fine. I will say this.. I have a problem with dry eyes (and the doctor didn't mention this to me prior to surgery either). I am on currently on Restasis, which is a prescription drop that helps with tear production. I'm still struggling with it. My eyes still burn and get blurry (although they were good for about a month), but I work in front of a computer all day, which I know doesn't help.

My vision is not as crisp as it was my first week after surgery. And I didn't develop the starbursts at night, until 1 month post-op. The starbursts are getting better, I think. I'm currently about 20/20 in my left eye with .25 astigmatism (and I feel like there is something in my left eye all the time, but this may have to do with my dry eye issue). And I'm nearly 20/15 in my right eye. I did have a .25 astigmatism in my right eye for about 2 months after surgery, but it has gone away :). And my vision is STILL fluctuating. I think I'm a slow healer. I've also heard some people see even better one year after the surgery! So, here's hoping that will happen for both of us :) Again, try not to worry. Easier said than done. Just keep using your preservative free drops. Also, if you happen to get really dry eyes, I recommend the gel, RefreshPM. This gel saved my life. My eyes burned so badly, I wasn't getting any sleep. This gel takes a lot of the burn away. I still have to use it everyday.

Hang in there! You will be just fine! I promise! It's still early! Many more people have success with this surgery, than those who don't. :) I have 4 friends who had it done, and they rave about it. Also, keep in mind, people typically have one eye that is 'better' than the other, even after they are healed. Stay positive :)





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