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Here's an update. Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since the surgery.

Last night while driving home I noticed less haloing than before. It's still got a ways to go, but I am seeing improvement. Really dark roads are still a bit blurry, but the star bursts are noticeably better now. The ghosting is better now too, its still there, but I almost have to look for it most of the time. Very high contrast is where I still have some issues. Watching TV is at the point now where its not a distraction at all ( other than me obsessing about looking for artifacts ).

Oddly certain types of lights are way worse than others. There's lamp at work that blurs and streaks a good 3 feet from across the room, while other different lamps barely blur at all. Traffic lights and brake lights have some glows, but oncoming headlights barely glow at all.

My right eye doesn't seem to be getting any less blurry, or if it is, I can't tell. I'm trying to get used to it, but it's proving difficult. I don't know if its just that it's still healing very slowly and will get better, or if its going to be stuck like this. I think its astigmatism, because everything has a bit of a blur to it. Even at relatively close distances.

I have a checkup in about 2 weeks, if its not any better by then I might see about getting some glasses to help. Its just really frustrating because the left eye is seeing so well, and I'd hate to have to go back to glasses just for a little blurriness in the right, but if I can't get used to it, I'll have to do it.

I was getting some pretty bad headaches by the end of the day most of last week. I work on the computer all day, so that can't help. Yesterday at least that seemed a lot better, and I worked a 12 hour day too. I had a mild headache when I got home, and I just closed my eyes for about 15 minutes while laying down and it felt better the rest of the night.
Hey Melvie, let us know how your checkup went today. Hope it went well. Mine is still not for a few weeks yet, 6 weeks instead of 4 for some reason. I'll post another update next week though.

This was a long week for me, lots of working, my eyes were really tired last night, but no headaches at all the last few days.
I am just a day shy of 2 weeks post-op and am experiencing similar symptoms.


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.


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.


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,
I don't think there is a definitive timetable for healing, everyone heals differently. 3-6 months is the standard period for healing after lasik though.

I was told that omega-3 was very helpful for the healing process and tear generation. Also zinc is supposed to be good for the eyes as well.

Eyeglasses will help if you still have some nearsightedness. Although at 2 weeks your eyes will still change, and potentially a lot, so you could be getting glasses that only work for a short time. I got glasses at about 2 months post surgery, and they helped night driving a lot. It isn't perfect, but really cut down on the straining.

Also for the first month, I would get terrible headaches every day. The same feeling like when I would wear contacts for too long. They got better slowly, now I don't get them at all anymore.

Unfortunately there is nothing you can do but be patient, which I know is impossible. Your eyes are very delicate, and they were cut open and blasted with a laser. It will take months to fully heal, but most likely eventually you will.

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