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19-AND TIME TO MEET THE DEVIL - THE SECOND TRIP ABROAD AFTER THE SURGERY

I should mention that Before I journeyed to this other country one more time, I had kept my right eye closed (for it to heal - as usual) for about 3-4 days.

I arrived at the country again late at night and had a good night's sleep.
The day after, I took off the patch and opened my eye....well, BOTH my Eyes.

Not much pain, BUT thats not surprising, since my eye was resting for the last days, EVEN THOUGH it wasnt easy to keep it closed on the flights etc, and I didnt have much rest/sleep the days Before that in that week.

FIRST, I Went to see the DOCTOR WHO HAD ORIGINALLY OPERATED ON ME, so that finally - he too could give me his opinion and hopefully a solution to my problems. AND AFTER that, I decided to meet THE OTHER DOCTOR (A.K.A THE ONE WHO EXAMINED ME THE LAST TIME I WAS ABROAD),so that he could take a look at me again, and give me his professional opinion regarding the other doctor's diagnosis.

FIRST DOCTOR'S DIAGNOSIS (THE ONE WHO ORIGINALLY OPERATED ON ME)

The doctor who was responsible for my surgery was - ofcourse- very welcoming and kind, which in turn had the effect of me-not-punching-and choking-him-to-Death lol :P

First the nurses examined me, than he himself examined me throughly. HE also tested my Visual accuracy; to which I basically got a 20/20.
I though he was lying to me to cover up his tracks, BUT even the people who were with me were convinced that I could see much clearly and read letters much further away from them.
He than told me that I had loose epithelium and there might indeed have been a Little mistake during the surgery, but the important thing is; the eye seems to have healed very well since than, AND I can see perfectly, SO, no problems!

BUT I WARNED THE DOCTOR, told him; ''LISTEN; EVERYTIME MY PAIN INCREASES AND VISUAL ACCURACY GOES (a Little) DOWN IN MY RIGHT EYE, I CLOSE IT FOR 2-4 DAYS AND IT HEALS. BUT THE PROBLEM IS; IT (so far) ALWAYS COMES BACK!

He listened to me, and than replied by saying: thats why I am going to prescribe to you some new drops.
-There has been a recent breakthrough in eye-drop industry and we now have BRAND-NEW drops that have been tested for efficiency and they are gonna help you.
-Listen: will they help with the pain:
-YES. You have dry Eyes (especially the right one) and these ones will help with the pain.
-BUT I CLOSE MY EYES FOR 2-3 DAYS, the pain's gone, but than it comes back.. again,, WILL IT STOP THIS ''EVIL CYCLE'' as im bloody tired of trying to keep my Eyes closed??
-YES, JUST USE THESE DROPS AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO KEEP YOUR EYE CLOSED ANYMORE.
-U sure, bro?
-Yes.Use these drops until u'r finished with them and those negative symptoms of yours won't rear their heads, again =
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THE SECOND DOCTOR (WHO HAD EXAMINED ME THE LAST TIME I WAS ABROAD)

The doctor who had examined me the last time told me that my eye hadn't gotten any worse, AND IF ANYTHING, IT WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING BETTER,, perhaps even much better.
Sure, he said; there still seems to be some loose epithelial cells that for some reason hadn't re-adhered themselves to eachother properly, BUT THE EYE SEEMS NONE-THE-LESS VERY FINE, and it looks good. MORE THAN THAT, he congratulated me on my Visual acuity, telling me that I was seeing even better than most of his other patients did, LOL.

BUT he DID SAY that it was wierd that I was still feeling pain ALMOST CLOSE TO THE 6-MONTH MARK PAST HE SURGERY.
But since the eye is looking good, and I can see well, its nothing to worry about.
BUT I SHOULD NEVERTHELESS start using some new drops that he recommended me; ''Xanternet'' before anything else (and Oculentum Simplex at night) TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN.
I asked him again; would these new drops: ''Xanternet'' Really help me? He said; ''certainly''.
FIRST use Xanternet until you'r finished with it, and THAN the weeks following it use the other drops prescribed by the doctor who was responsible for your surgery.
-Yes, sir!

PS!
This is also about time (I recon) when I started using a new set of pills called ''Membrasin'' (recommended by a friend) in order to increase my Eyes tear-production capacity.
Been using 4 of these pills ever since.

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20- HOME, SWEET HOME... AND THE BEST 3-WEEKS OF MY LIFE!

I returned home back to Gothenburg.
I was in good spirits and my Eyes was getting better (less pain etc).

But than: I hanged out with some friends who smoke, and Went to some very murky nightclubs and cloudy hubble-bubble bars; and my right eye was screwed immediately after that, again.
OK, THIS TIME, I KNOW THE CULPRIT!! REALLY!
I HAD KNOWN IT ALL ALONG, but I couldnt give up my love of nightclubs, smoking friends and smoking hubble-bubble lol.

SO I DECIDED:
1-I CAN STILL DRINK (as drinking doesnt seem to negatively effect my Eyes at all - (thank god) BUT NO MORE Close night-clubs with sultry/muggy airconditioning for me.
2-I have some Close friends who smoke, BUT many other AND EVEN CLOSER friends WHO DON'T.
== a) Either they (the smokers) stop smoking when im around
OR
b) I stop hanging around with them
3-NO MORE HUBBLE-BUBBLE.

So, I patched and closed my right eye for about 3-4 days (again, bleh..), AND FOLLOWED THE STEPS ABOVE, AND also STARTED USING MY NEW EYE-DROPS; XANTERNET!!

THE RESULT = 3 WEEKS OF (ALMOST) PERFECT VISION AND NO PAIN!!
3 WEEKS! WHOA!
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21-ENTER ULF STENEVI

After the FIRST painless week, I already had a scheudled visit to Ulf Stenevi ANYWAYS (remember the guy who happens to be Sweden's UBEREST AND ''BESTEST'' (are those even Words lol?) CORNEA SPECIALIST that I mentioned above?
YEAH, THAT GUY.

He examined me; AND WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS.
He was happy with my vision/Reading, AND he was also happy with my eye/cornea tests.
Told me that this is as good as it gets for any lasik patient after a successfull operation...
AND THIS MEANT ALOT TO ME.
WHY?
This doctor might be very competent, BUT HE IS ALSO VERY HONEST.
First time I met him, I was shitting my pants after hearing his diagnosis.
BUT THIS TIME, he was telling me how happy he was with the state my eye was in.

He compared my previous ''eye pictures'' with the ''new ones'' and was impressed by the results.
He asked me how I was feeling; and I (as Quickly as I could) told him the story: Close eye for 2-4 days: eye is good, a few weeks passes by = eye is bad, Close eye for 2-4 days: eye is good, RINSE AND REPEAT.

I told him that only about 7-10 days ago, I had my eye closed again for 4 days, so the reason im feeling ''good'' might be because of that.

He (the doctor) checked me again, and told me that the eye looks good now.
BUT JUST TO BE SURE/CERTAIN, HE CALLED IN 2 EXTRA ''NURSES'' (Maybe?) who checked my eye too.
And they too, thought the eye looked good, EXCEPT ONE THING; my right eye had ''pockets of dryness'' around it, and it was dryer than my left eye.
My left eye; they ALL told me; was perfect (amen, bro! :D)

So, I should just keep on using my drops and have patience.
I didnt have any pain anyways (back than), so no problems.

I Went home.
AND FOR 2 MORE WEEKS, I HAD NO EYE-RELATED PROBLEMS AT ALL (just continued to use my new drops and avoided smoke/dust etc)

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22- WELCOME BACK TO HELL - YET AGAIN!

After the 3th week of EYE BLISS (a.k.a no eye pain or any other eye-related trouble),
I started suffering from ''lack of sleep''
First night: Slept only about 4.5 hours, felt a Little ''eye roughness'' on my right eye the day after, but it was okay otherwise.
The night after: Slept only about 3.45-4 hours, and perhaps an extra 30 minutes of ''shut-eye''. = Both Eyes started to hurt as a result of insomnia, the right one more so than the one on the left.
Third night: 6 hours of sleep. The day after: RIGHT EYE PAIN IS BACK. ALSO THE GOOD'OLD EYELASH FEELING ALSO BACK.
Auch..
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23- THE HONEYMOON IS OVER

Back to the one of the regular doctors that I meet at a private hospital. (this was maybe.. 3-4 days ago)
He tells me that my right eye is dry. I tell him that I know.
He tells me that GENERALLY SPEAKING, my right eye actually looks BETTER THAN WHAT IT DID THE LAST TIME I visited him, and that he agrees with Ulf Stenevi's diagnosis.
I tell him yeah, GENERALLY my eye has been getting better.
BUT ITS LIKE THIS; every month, I take 30 steps forward, BUT 29 steps backward, SO MY EYE ONLY gets like 1% better actually lol...
(You know by now how it gets ups and downs, how it gets better, worse than better again etcatera).

He tells me (as a response) that he can definetly see the ''skav'',,, shall we call it ''abrasion'' in my right eye. (Skav is a Little difficult to translate into English IN THIS PARTICULAR CONTEXT).
BUT its nothing dangerous and nothing to worry about.

Than.. what can I do?
He says ''dry eye'' is the culprit. It is prolonging the healing process. So, I must just keep on using as much lubrication as I can, AS OFTEN AS I ACTUALLY CAN.

But.... than I drop the bomb.
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24-THE REQUEST TO USE (BANDAGE) CONTACT LENSES

As my latest conversation with the doctor continues (mentioned above), I tell him (didn't ask this time, but actually told him) THAT I WANNA USE CONTACT LENSES for healing/protection.

WHY!?
1-Every time I Close my (right) eye, two things happen.
a)It alleviates the pain
b)It starts healing, and even stays healed for a period of time

AND EVERY TIME I OPEN MY EYE: it eventually gets damaged again after a few days or even 2-3 weeks.

2-I read on the internet about my symptoms, and it appears that I might have recurrent corneal erosion.
And IF THE MILDER FORMS OF TREATMENT (eye drops) DONT WORK, what is the treatment for recurrent corneal erosion?
Bandage Contact Lenses for longer periods of time (8-24 weeks, at-least), BUT THE DOCTOR, AS USUAL, TELLS ME THAT HE CANNOT RECOMMEND OR GIVE ME CONTACT LENSES.
How come? I have a dry right eye. And that dryness would mean that the Contact lens would adhere to my epithelium, WHICH IN TURN WOULD DAMAGE IT INSTEAD OF helping it to get repaired :( :(

I asked him what else I could do, than?
He said he didnt know... (an answer that I OFTEN get from the ''eye/lasik'' specialists that I visit). EVEN the expert in country XX FINALLY TOLD ME; ''I DONT KNOW'' at the end of my last visit; ''If these drops dont help you, I dont know what else to do for you''.

And that what happens is that sometimes the epithelium adheres well to the eye, BUT EVEN THAT can be rubbed-off in 2-4 weeks of time.
BUT eventually, as the months pass by, the nerves will keep on healing, I will have more natural tear OF MY OWN in my right eye, thus the epithelium will heal faster, AND AS A RESULT my pain will go away.

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25- WHAT THIS MEANS IS; I AM STUCK.

So;
1-Eyedrops dont really help me.. (Ok they help, but STILL, the problem persists)
2-I dont get to use a bandage Contact lense (WHICH I WAS ALMOST 100% SURE THAT IT WOULD HELP ME) coz I have a dry eye.
3-NOBODY RECOMMENDS Another surgery to alleviate my symptoms (something that ALL my doctors agree on)

SO, WHAT THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?
Now its been perhaps 3-4 days since I last talked to the doctor...My eye still hurts, the ''chafing/eyelash'' feeling is becoming more prominent again,
and I dont know what do to.
Coz;
Last few days I have slept extra (9+hours a night)
AND
I am STILL avoiding smoke and stuff like that
AND
I am (naturally) still using my eyedrops rigorously (finished with Xanternet, started with the other ones as the doctors had recommended)

My eye; Its telling me: ''Close me again for 3-4 days''.
BUT I DONT WANT TO.

This time, I avoided smoke and etc and STILL, DESPITE EVERYTHING I HAVE DONE/AVOIDED, I NEVERTHELESS HAVE TO CLOSE MY EYE AGAIN?
I dont want to :(
I really dont want to.
And the doctors are kindly and BASICALLY telling me: ''We dont know what do to''.
Im getting so tired of this, so tired of living.
Can anyone please help me?

Thank you for Reading this - (probably) the longest post in the history of mankind :D





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