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Hi guys. :)

I was wondering if anyone could help me out with a couple of problems I've been having since I got the procedure done a few days ago. First off, I'd like to say that overall, I'm very happy with the results and that the experience was relatively easy and hassle-free for me. However, I'm starting to notice a few things that are really scaring me.

-After my followup appointment (the day after surgery) my doctor told me I was healing beautifully and that my vision is 20/15. GREAT change from being -6.00 and -6.25. The third day after my surgery, I noticed that my vision in my left eye was starting to become a little blurry. I shrugged it off because I remember my doctor telling me that there are some side effects that I can expect in the next few weeks, and blurry vision was among them. The thing is, I think the blurriness is getting a little worse everyday in my left eye. It doesn't hurt, but it feels like it's really strained sometimes. Should I be worried? Is it possible for your vision to get blurry in one eye, and then back to normal during the healing process?

-The other problem I have is with dryness. I constantly lubricate my eyes with the drops I was given and everything was great in the first 4 days. I wasn't in any pain and my eyes didn't feel that dry. However, I noticed that since last night, my eyes have felt drier than usual. I used the lubricating eye drops as much as possible before sleeping so that they wouldn't dry out while I was asleep, but that's exactly what happened. I woke up several times in just a few hours with my eyes feeling like they were stuck to my eyelids. I used the eye drops and tried to go back to sleep, but the same thing would happen over and over again. I thought that maybe the eye drops I was using (Systane) weren't working well enough, so I started using Refresh Plus instead. Those didn't work either... I keep having to use them every 15-30 minutes so my eyes won't feel scratchy and irritated. Has anyone had similar problems? I'm worried that I'll oversleep or something and wake up with my corneal flap stuck to my eyelids!

Sorry for the long-ish post, I'm really worried and I have no one else to ask. It's pretty late here so I can't contact the doctor/clinic that did the procedure to ask.

Thank you!
Thank you very much for your replies! It has now been about 7 days since I got the procedure done and, well... Things aren't perfect but I guess I'm coping well. When my doctor told me about the dryness, I didn't expect it to be so severe. Even when I did some research on LASIK before my procedure, everyone said they suffered from dry eyes afterwards, but I never thought it would be to the extent of not being able to open your eyes in the morning.

The blurriness is not as bad as it was a couple of days ago. So I'm hopeful about that. Everything seems to be going well, except for some strange pains I've been getting for the last two days. It's like a weird strain kind of pain where I can't really focus on things, especially when I'm on the computer. I end up having to rest my eyes for 30 minutes to an hour so I can function properly again.

Rolando - Thankfully, the clinic I went to is only 15 minutes away from my house. I called my doctor's office and set up an appointment after a few days. What was your prescription before your procedure, if you don't mind me asking? Are you saying that your vision hasn't improved at ALL? Do you have to wear glasses in the meantime? I hope you things get better for you soon.

Regret eyes - "Give it time." I've come to absolutely HATE that phrase. I hate there's so much uncertainty with the whole procedure that they don't inform us about. Even though my doctor was honest with me throughout the whole thing, and told me exactly what to expect, there was always uncertainty in what he said. I wish there was a solid number so I could at least know what I'm getting into... Dryness for x months. Blurriness for x weeks. But no, we just have to wait it out and hope for the best. Maybe it'll work out, maybe it won't.

THe more I learn about the risks and horrible side effects of this surgery, the dumber I feel for not doing enough research before I got it done. I was reeled in like everyone else and I have no one to blame but myself. There's no point in regretting it now, since there's no turning back anyway, so I'm just trying to make the best of this situation. I suppose I should be thankful since I'm doing so much better than a lot of people who are suffering more than I am. Oh well...

Thank you very much for your help guys!
[QUOTE=immg;4930015]Thank you very much for your replies! It has now been about 7 days since I got the procedure done and, well... Things aren't perfect but I guess I'm coping well. When my doctor told me about the dryness, I didn't expect it to be so severe. Even when I did some research on LASIK before my procedure, everyone said they suffered from dry eyes afterwards, but I never thought it would be to the extent of not being able to open your eyes in the morning.

The blurriness is not as bad as it was a couple of days ago. So I'm hopeful about that. Everything seems to be going well, except for some strange pains I've been getting for the last two days. It's like a weird strain kind of pain where I can't really focus on things, especially when I'm on the computer. I end up having to rest my eyes for 30 minutes to an hour so I can function properly again.

Rolando - Thankfully, the clinic I went to is only 15 minutes away from my house. I called my doctor's office and set up an appointment after a few days. What was your prescription before your procedure, if you don't mind me asking? Are you saying that your vision hasn't improved at ALL? Do you have to wear glasses in the meantime? I hope you things get better for you soon.

Regret eyes - "Give it time." I've come to absolutely HATE that phrase. I hate there's so much uncertainty with the whole procedure that they don't inform us about. Even though my doctor was honest with me throughout the whole thing, and told me exactly what to expect, there was always uncertainty in what he said. I wish there was a solid number so I could at least know what I'm getting into... Dryness for x months. Blurriness for x weeks. But no, we just have to wait it out and hope for the best. Maybe it'll work out, maybe it won't.

THe more I learn about the risks and horrible side effects of this surgery, the dumber I feel for not doing enough research before I got it done. I was reeled in like everyone else and I have no one to blame but myself. There's no point in regretting it now, since there's no turning back anyway, so I'm just trying to make the best of this situation. I suppose I should be thankful since I'm doing so much better than a lot of people who are suffering more than I am. Oh well...

Thank you very much for your help guys![/QUOTE]

I am thinking of a laser surgery and my prescription is -2.5,
I want you advise, should i do it or not.
waiting for your reply
Back to the original topic....

Dry eyes and blurriness are just a part of lasik. From what I've read, it happens at least 98% of the time. "Give it time," is probably one of the most annoying phrases EVER!!! But, it's true. Your eyes have to heal. You can't realistically expect perfect vision to happen any sooner than 3 months after surgery, and for many people, it takes even longer. It's frustrating, but that's just how it is.

It IS a gamble, but so is driving a car. Some people can drive from point A to point B and make it there in great time, with no problems at all. Others aren't so lucky. Some run out of gas, some have their car break down, some get into a minor accident, others get flattened by 18 wheelers.... [I]MOST[/I] people, most of the time, will fall into that first category, but there's always a chance they won't. Same with lasik. Some people have lasik done and have horrible results. [I] Most[/I] people have great results, though. They don't post here on the boards, because why would they? They aren't out looking for answers about their lasik, because they didn't have any problems! I post here on occasion because I stumbled across these boards while my dad was sick with cancer (I was on the cancer boards a lot). I had great results from my surgery, but it took for freaking ever to get there (about 6 months) and I was freaked out for at least half that time! It's scary when you mess with your eyes!

ANYWAY, give it time. What kind of artificial tears are you using? I just used the generic brand tears from walmart and target and they worked great. I didn't think my eyes were that dry, and I thought I was using a lot of tears, but the doctor said my eyes were really dry (especially the blurrier one), and that I should at least double my tear use. After I started using more tears, my vision started clearing faster. My lasik was back in 2006, after 6 months my vision was perfect. I still have 20/15 in both eyes!

Hang in there, it does get better! :)
[QUOTE=immg;4930015]Thank you very much for your replies! It has now been about 7 days since I got the procedure done and, well... Things aren't perfect but I guess I'm coping well. When my doctor told me about the dryness, I didn't expect it to be so severe. Even when I did some research on LASIK before my procedure, everyone said they suffered from dry eyes afterwards, but I never thought it would be to the extent of not being able to open your eyes in the morning.

The blurriness is not as bad as it was a couple of days ago. So I'm hopeful about that. Everything seems to be going well, except for some strange pains I've been getting for the last two days. It's like a weird strain kind of pain where I can't really focus on things, especially when I'm on the computer. I end up having to rest my eyes for 30 minutes to an hour so I can function properly again.

Rolando - Thankfully, the clinic I went to is only 15 minutes away from my house. I called my doctor's office and set up an appointment after a few days. What was your prescription before your procedure, if you don't mind me asking? Are you saying that your vision hasn't improved at ALL? Do you have to wear glasses in the meantime? I hope you things get better for you soon.

Regret eyes - "Give it time." I've come to absolutely HATE that phrase. I hate there's so much uncertainty with the whole procedure that they don't inform us about. Even though my doctor was honest with me throughout the whole thing, and told me exactly what to expect, there was always uncertainty in what he said. I wish there was a solid number so I could at least know what I'm getting into... Dryness for x months. Blurriness for x weeks. But no, we just have to wait it out and hope for the best. Maybe it'll work out, maybe it won't.

THe more I learn about the risks and horrible side effects of this surgery, the dumber I feel for not doing enough research before I got it done. I was reeled in like everyone else and I have no one to blame but myself. There's no point in regretting it now, since there's no turning back anyway, so I'm just trying to make the best of this situation. I suppose I should be thankful since I'm doing so much better than a lot of people who are suffering more than I am. Oh well...

Thank you very much for your help guys![/QUOTE]

Immg, how are your eyes doing now? Has any of the blurriness or dryness got better yet? I had Lasik a week ago and am experiencing the same issues, but only in my left eye - the right one is perfect. I'm going tomorrow to get it checked out, and was just wondering if yours had improved at all yet.





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