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Whiskey, how long has it been
since your surgery? I can read the 20/15
line on the chart with both eyes, but
it is really blurry. I just worry that I
am going to be one of those horror
stories that end up with a dry eye
forever.

I swear I can still see the suction
ring from the surgery and this
is the area that is the driest.
Went to my local optometrist for a checkup the other day. He said right eye is Plano with -0.5 astigmatism and left eye is +0.25 with -0.5 astigmatism. So he said that the +0.25 in the left eye is why I see better in the distance and the astigmatism in the right eye is causing the blurriness. He also held the card in front of me with the really small letters and I could still read the smallest line. So he is not exactly sure why my right eye gets really blurry in the distance after reading for a while on the computer. He suggested reading glasses and they do seem to help with the strain when using the iPhone. I was hoping to avoid reading glasses for a few more years, but I guess not.

The one thing that irks me is the last time I met with the LASIK surgeon I asked if I had any astigmatism and he said NO!! I only 7 weeks out, so hopefully the right eye will catch up. But at this point I am doubtful.
I feel like you are both telling my story.My time frame is same as marinem.

I can see the computer and everything great because one of my eyes has good vision, the other is blurry at all distances on details.

Its all related to dry eyes I think.

I am seeing a dry eye doctor since 2 weeks ago. I have a whole annoying regime now. My contact lenses were in and out in moments and i never had dry eye. Lasik is mental anguish and time consuming.

1. I think the eye drops make it worse. But you have to have a moist eye for your cornea so you cant really forgo drops if you arent tearing correctly so that stinks. For me the drops made my eye sight so much worse in 10 different ways. I have been weaning myself off of them and am now at 2x per day. This is not advisement from any doctor, i am doing the weaning on my own.

2. Supplements: fish oil which i think might be a farse, plus i just ordered theralife and have no idea if that works. Fish oil is something that the dry eye doctor told me to take, theralife sounded good on amazon and their own website. It should arrive friday or saturday.

3. Sleeping with glad press and seal on my eyes. I saw this trick on a mesage board. Its the best remedy so far. My eyes feel good in the morning now. Just cut a piece the size of your eye and it sticks on.

4. The heat compresses. I tried them around the 1 month point but stopped because my gut told me that if you have surgery you get inflammation heat causes more inflamation so it didnt make sense to me to apply heat. I started it back up agian 3 weeks ago and now i think its helping whereas back at the 1-2 month point i think it wasnt helping. Just a guess on my part.

5. Doctor put me on lotemax drops and punctal plugs. I think it is doing something good. There has been improvemet since i started them 2 1/2 weeks ago.

The biggest problem with all of this is the failure to warn me properly if at all about dry eye consequences prior to lasik. Now i see stats online that are alarmingly high for dry eye at the 6 month point. There is some sort of weird lasik industry dont talk about it thing going on i think.
I am actually going to see a doctor in Boston this Tuesday for a second opinion on my dry eye issue. But I have actually been on vacation all of last week and the dryness seems to have gotten better. It is usually just really dry in the morning. But I am not getting my hopes up too much yet. I will wait to see what this doctor says.

Deeseclyde, I actually have the opposite problem as you. My non dominant eye was overcorrected a bit. So I see really good far in that eye. I also have left over astigmatism in each eye. So when the lights go low my dominant eye gets really blurry.

Also I still can't figure out why only my dominant eye gets really strained when reading or working on the computer. I work on the computer 8 hours a day so it is very frustrating. I can read the words and everything, but when I look up in the distance after working, my right eye is really blurry. But my left eye is always fine. Its like my left eye is just along for the ride!

So now I feel like I am going to need glasses for driving at night due to the dominant eye blurriness, computer glasses for work, and reading glasses for things like the Iphone. I could have avoided all of this by just keeping my distance glasses and then get bi-foculs once presbyopia kicks in.

The part that bugs me is that I did alot of research on my doctor. He was one of the first ones to do all laser LASIK in the Boston area. He actually trains other doctors on how to do it. He has written books on refractive eye surgery. He does all kinds of other surgeries, not just LASIK. I feel like I did all the right things, yet my eye sight is worse now than when I just used glasses.

It was a huge waste of money and the amount of stress it has caused in my life is unreal. I am trying to just come to grips with it and move on with my life.





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