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Hi all,

I had lasik done just under 3 weeks ago. Its been a roller coaster since then. Here's my story so far.

I've been nearsighted as long as I can remember. Glasses from about 6 years old, contacts at 14. My eyes were pretty bad -8.5 with -.75 astigmatism in the left, and -7.5 with -1.25 in the right. I had been considering lasik for a long time, but being the conservative person I am, I never felt the risk was worth it. I wore my lenses all day, rarely had an issue, and saw really well with them, and would take them out at night before bed.

Over the last few years, it became more difficult to wear them, especially in my right eye. Something just didn't feel right. I felt like I wasn't seeing great with my lens in, and my eye was always irritated. I came to find out I had a condition called GPC. I stopped lenses for about 2 months, then tried again, and it wasn't any better. With glasses I was seeing pretty well, but with absolutely no peripheral vision, and not great night vision either.

So I had a decision to make, and after lots of research I found a really good dr in my area and went for it. I knew about the side effects going in, and was ok with the risk, since I knew I couldn't wear contacts anymore. I had custom wavefront lasik with the allegretto laser and a blade flap.

You read/hear all the stories about how people have the surgery and instantly see well, and then the next day they are with perfect vision and working and driving. Well for me, it was instantly an improvement after surgery. I could see faces, I could even read an exit sign about 10 feet away. But it was still very blurry, and a far cry from the stories you hear/read.

They told me to close my eyes for about 4 hours, try and sleep and when I wake up use drops, and then keep rewetting the eyes every 15 minutes.

When I got home I layed down for awhile. After about 4 hours I opened my eyes, and wow. My right was seeing pretty well, but my left was pretty blurry. Still I could see, nowhere near 20/20 like people claim, but well enough to function. I ate some dinner, watched some TV and went to sleep.

When I woke up the next morning my right eye had cleared up even more, the left felt odd, like something was over it obscuring it, but not. It was very strange, and I was freaking out. Maybe if both eyes were blurry I would have felt better.

I stupidly went to work that day. I could barely read the computer screen, my left couldn't read it at all. I was totally depressed. I went back to the doc for a follow up, and they told me I was 20/40 in the left, 20/60 in the right. That made no sense to me, since the left was really blurry. They told me it was normal, and that I should expect especially blurry vision for a week at least.

I decided that I would try and be patient, but its difficult to do so when it is your eyes. Over the next few days my left eye got better, eventually surpassing my right. By the following Monday ( 5 days post op ), my left eye was seeing the computer screen pretty well and I could actually focus at work for the most part.

However there were still some major issues. In my low light office, I had trouble with dark objects against light objects, like people next to computer screens. I was also getting some bad ghosting, and haloing, and star bursting of lights. I was told these were to be expected, but I guess I wasn't expecting them to be as bad as they were. They were pretty bad. I drove myself home from work that night ( probably shouldn't have ), and that was rough. Again I was pretty depressed. Would this ever get better? Did I make a mistake? What have I done? Were all questions that went through my head.

Over the next week my night vision improved a bit, but is still not what I'd consider great, especially on roads where there isn't a lot of light. Freeway driving was pretty good, but if cars are far away and I don't have a close light source, the star bursting and blurriness is still quite bad.

At my 1 week checkup I had 20/25 vision, my left eye was really clear, and the right was just a little less so. I told the doc about all the side effects I still had, and he reassured me they were normal, and would resolve over 3 months.

By the next weekend I spend some time outside, and I realize that my outside vision is quite good, amazing in fact. At least as well as I ever saw with contacts. I have some slight light sensitivity without sunglasses, but nothing major, and both eyes feel really good outside. No side effects at all. Indoors, and especially in dark rooms or outside things still aren't great. But I figure it will get better with time, and I just need to be patient.

The next Monday morning almost 2 weeks post op, I wake up, and I am seeing really well. As I'm getting my son ready for school he accidentally pokes me in the eye!! I start to flip out, did he dislodge the flap? Is this going to be a setback? My eye is a bit sore, and blurry, but after a few hours it seems back to what it was, and so I calm down about that.

During the week it seems my right eye regresses a bit, either that or my left eye got sharper. When inside I notice a feeling of unevenness while seeing. I don't really notice it in the sunlight, but indoors it's definitely there. I now wonder if the eye is regressing, or if it just didn't work as well on the right eye. Luckily I'm left eye dominant, so its not super distracting, but it is distracting.

Well here I am almost 3 weeks post op. I'm seeing about 20/20 in my left eye, and 20/30 or so in the right. The worst side effects so far are the ghosting and blurring of light colored objects in low light. Also brake lights and traffic lights starburst in low light as well. In really low light it can be quite bad still.

Other things of note. When watching TV I'll sometimes see the outline of a face right next to the actual face when there is a dark background. I had pretty bad dry eyes the first 2 weeks, especially when I'd wake up in the morning. Now they don't usually feel dry or irritated, although I still try and put drops in every hour or so since its supposed to help healing.

I get eye strain at the end of the day, but I used to with contacts, and now I can't take them out, so I just have to deal with it. I think its just something I'll have to adapt to. Also since my left eye is better than my right, that is probably contributing to the eye strain. Hopefully the right can get a bit closer to the left over time, or at least I can get used to that.

Due to my age ( almost 40 ), the doc said I might have trouble reading, but so far no trouble at all reading after the first 10 days ( the first few days I could see far but really struggled with reading ).

So at this point I'd have to say its been mostly a success, I'm not totally happy yet, at least not till the ghosting gets a bit better, and my eyes feel more comfortable together. But at the same time I can function. I can do everything I need to do without glasses and for that part I am grateful. If I can get to the point where I see as well indoors as I do out, I'll be quite pleased as my outdoor vision is better than it ever was with glasses.

It has been scary and frustrating at times, and I'm still not out of the woods yet. Some days are better than others, and I still wonder if I made a mistake, if I'll have long term success, if the ghosting will go away, if the right eye will get clearer, if I'll revert in the left eye. But I remain hopeful that since I'm still not yet 3 weeks out, and it can take up to 6 months these issues will resolve over time.

If someone would have told me exactly what I would go through, I probably would have been a bit more prepared for the recovery. They tell you, but they don't tell you the details, and how bad it might be, and how long it really takes, and exactly what to expect.

I hate when people don't keep up with their results after posting with issues, so I will update this over time hopefully with some good news.
[QUOTE=shady lady;4688773]sorry to hear your news, hang in there. i went for post op week 1 check up. i told the m.d. i could see upclose clear in left eye, but blurry in left eye far off & vice versa for right eye. told him with both open things r slightly distorted. so, i say wow, if i could just close one eye to see close & one to see far away i would have it made. he got pissed @ me & said u have 20/15 on left & 20/20 on right what more could u ask for? then he had the balls 2 say "i can just tell when i see people in the waiting room closing one then the other comparing them that i am going to have my hands full with them". then i proceed to tell him i have a constant glaze/haze over my right eye 24/7. he said that would clear up once i stopped the antibiotic(flarex), which it did almost all the way (still a little haze). so, keep up the hope. be glad your doc isnt a smarty pants like mine. guess he thought i should bow down, but i had concerns & i expect them to be addressed since i payed him for the surgery, plus uh i was worried about my eyes! will be praying 4 you. T/C![/QUOTE]

i had been seeing on and off haze for the 1st 2 weeks. now i'm totally can see well.... sometimes i stare at computer for too long it become blur again... so the eye lubricant drops comes in handy..
I am just a day shy of 2 weeks post-op and am experiencing similar symptoms.

[B]A. SYMPTOMS[/B]

I was diagnosed with “Edema” in both eyes. I understand that this is a form of swelling/liquid build-up and below are some of the symptoms I am experiencing:

(1) Constant blurriness and haziness – Blurriness is especially prevalent during the morning and the feeling is as if I am wearing a dirty contact lens all the time. The blurriness never goes away, regardless of it being at day or night. I am experiencing haziness as well, especially when looking at lights and other objects emitting light. Admittedly, my vision is the best during daytime, when I am outdoors when it is sunny.

(2) Starbursts and halos at night – The starbursts and halos, though not severe, causes a lot of strain to my eyes especially when I try to focus on moving objects. I have tried watching a movie at a theatre and it was acceptable. However, the strain is very prevalent when I drive for over 10 minutes in a not very well-lit area (i.e. driving on windy highways). Therefore, I have limited my night-time driving to only short distances and in well-lit areas.

(3) Difficulties in focussing on close-up objects – I am finding that I have difficulties focusing on objects when they are up close, especially when I manoeuvre my eyes downwards without tilting my head down to accommodate. Again, there is a lot of strain. In other words, it is much easier just to look forward than downwards.

(4) Difficulties in adjusting between dark and well-lit environments – I am having difficulties adjusting to my surroundings when going in and out of different lighting environments, in particular, my eyes seem to regress back to its worse condition whenever I change environments and it will take some time before my vision improves. It can take up to 30 minutes before my vision improves.

(5) Dry eye after sleep – My eyes are really dry after a night’s sleep, this condition has been more prevalent for the past 3-5 days, especially after the use of Maxidex.

(6) Headaches – I am experiencing occasional headaches/migraines especially after experiencing severe strain in my eyes.

In light of the above, I must admit that I have been able to go to work, read documents, read computer screens / iphones / ipads, watch TV and drive (though not entirely competently) during daylight. I tend to forget about the haziness at work.


[B]B. ACTIONS TAKEN[/B]

During the past 2 weeks, I have tried my very best to follow the prescribed post-Lasik recovery procedures. I have applied the eye-drops as required. I have been wearing the eye-shields to sleep and have also been wearing swimming goggles when taking a shower. I have not done any exercise since the surgery. I have tried my best to limit my eye’s exposure to any foreign elements. I wear protective eyewear especially during sunny periods. I am getting enough sleep and rest.


[B]C. THOUGHTS & QUESTIONS[/B]

I understand that Edema will require time to dissipate and despite my family’s continued encouragements, I am getting increasingly frustrated and impatient with the lack of improvement (if any) with my eyes. I honestly do not feel that my eyes have improved since day 2 post-operation. I wake up every morning hoping for clear vision but I am disappointed soon after. I wish to not regret my decision of having Lasik done to my eyes, but I am having a difficult time coping at this juncture. I really only wish for some signs of improvement now so that I can tell my family to not worry about me.

I am due for a post-op checkup but will seek a second opinion tomorrow. In the meanwhile, if anyone can answer my questions below, I would be most grateful!

(1) the time required for my eyes to return to normal (should this even be possible);
(2) whether my eyes have shown any improvements in respect of the Edema since my last visit;
(3) the things I can do in the meanwhile to aid my recovery (i.e. taking any other medication or supplements etc);
(4) whether there are any other eyeglasses I can wear in the meanwhile to decrease the blur and to aid my night-time activities such as driving;
(5) whether there are any other possible treatments to expedite my recovery.

Best of luck to the OP and everyone else who are in our unlucky shoes.

Best regards,
Ryan





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