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I went to my regular eye doctor who was able to run all the tests to see if I'm a candidate for Lasik. He said that my pupils were slightly large, and my eyes were dry (my tear film stability was like 5-6 seconds; normal is 13 seconds, and if it had been 3 seconds he would have said don't do the surgery).

He recommended that I get a 2nd opinion from the surgeon who will be doing the Lasik. I went in for my 2nd opinion and an additional consultation, and the office staff were very friendly, but they had me meet with another doctor since my surgeon wasn't available that day.

This doctor said she would like me to try lubricating drops (Systane) combined with Alaway drops (for my allergies) to see if they help my dryness before I get the Lasik. She said the surgeon would do the custom wavefront Lasik due to my large pupils, but she really didn't see that as being an issue since they are only slightly larger than normal.

So I am using these drops and I just wanted to see what everyone else thinks about eye dryness after Lasik. Is it really that bad? I know what dryness feels like now, and I figure if I'm already on the drops now, what's the difference if I continue to be on drops after the surgery?

Another thing - is it typical to have the consultation done by a doctor who is NOT doing the surgery?
hey intg, be careful what your getting into here. you have some issues heading in that are clear stop signs. first your eyes are clearly dry going into this and will only get worse regardless of the regimen of drops your currently taking prior to this. during the surgery they sever you nerves that produce tears. the nerves may or may not grow back. this will leave you in severe discomfort that all the drops in the world will not alleviate. secondly you mention you have large pupils. now here is another disaster waiting to happen . people that have large pupils that dilate outside the treatment zone will leave you will large starburts and halos. these doctors will never warn you about this stuff cause if they did they know you would run out of the place! dont trust these people.. do yourself a favor and google lasik problems or lasik disaters.. i wish that i had done so cause when things go wrong there is no " do over or taking the surgery back. please do some research before getting into this. please! my o.d. ( eye doctor) did all my pre tests and i never saw the surgeon till the day of surgery. i made a huge mistake dont do the same.. i regret it every day. whats your script right now? nearsighted? farsighted? good luck ! keep me updated.
[QUOTE=Regret eyes;4753230]hey intg, be careful what your getting into here. you have some issues heading in that are clear stop signs. first your eyes are clearly dry going into this and will only get worse regardless of the regimen of drops your currently taking prior to this. during the surgery they sever you nerves that produce tears. the nerves may or may not grow back. this will leave you in severe discomfort that all the drops in the world will not alleviate. secondly you mention you have large pupils. now here is another disaster waiting to happen . people that have large pupils that dilate outside the treatment zone will leave you will large starburts and halos. these doctors will never warn you about this stuff cause if they did they know you would run out of the place! dont trust these people.. do yourself a favor and google lasik problems or lasik disaters.. i wish that i had done so cause when things go wrong there is no " do over or taking the surgery back. please do some research before getting into this. please! my o.d. ( eye doctor) did all my pre tests and i never saw the surgeon till the day of surgery. i made a huge mistake dont do the same.. i regret it every day. whats your script right now? nearsighted? farsighted? good luck ! keep me updated.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the advice. I have been doing a lot of research online about the custom lasik, but it's hard to weed through opinions online out sometimes. Like I know that a lot of people only post on the internet if they've had negative experiences, so it's hard to get a good read on the feedback sometimes.

That's why they suggested the custom lasik for my large pupils, because they said that they were only slightly large and contracted a lot in the light. The custom lasik would be able to tailor the laser specifically to my pupil size. The doctor explained that glare/haloes/starbursts are due to the flap in the cornea not fitting your pupil size, but with the custom lasik they would be able to fit it to my pupil size.

I don't know exactly what my script is off the top of my head, but I think I'm somewhere around -3, and I'm nearsighted.
I had PRK and that was supposedly better concerning the dry eyes. Well....my dry eyes use to be endurable before the surgery and now after surgery...they are bone dry. I use drops all day and upon waking my eyelids are so dry they stick to my eyeballs and it hurts to pry them open. They never warned me about dry eyes getting worse. I also have ghosting and glare in one eye cause of my big pupils. They told me I had large pupils but they still said it was fine..what a lie!!! This was done at a huge reputable lasik company in toronto, ontario.





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