I'm 27 years old and my diopters are stable for more than 5 years. I wear soft daily contact lenses (3/4 days a week - everyday if I am on holidays), and I wear glasses the rest of the time.
About 5 years ago I developed an intolerance to contact lenses. That was due to wearing them ALL THE TIME (at that time I did not have glasses with the right diopters), sleeping with them, spending 24 hours in a row without taking them off, never using artificial tears, not having the necessary eye hygiene cares, ... I know, I was an very inconscient. To heal my eyes I spent 4 months without wearing lenses.
Two years ago my doctor told me to switch to daily lenses, since I still had some allergy on my eyes, and daily lenses are better for these cases (and they are thinner too).
Anyway, now I'm much more careful, but I sometime experience dry eyes when I wear lenses.
My diopters are:
Left Eye: -6.50 Myopia 0.25 Astigmatism
Right Eye: -7.00 Myopia
Left Eye: -6.00 Myopia
Right Eye: -6.50 Myopia
So, 3 months ago I went to my doctor to see if a eye surgery was possible. I did an Orbscan Test, and the results for minimum cornea thickness were:
Left Eye: 428um
Right Eye: 442um
The pupil diameters were (although I don't know if these are the dilated pupil sizes):
Left Eye: 4.4mm
Right Eye: 4.3mm
With these results my doctor said Laser surgery could not be done, and that the only surgery I could do was putting phakic intraocular lenses (P-IOL). She didn't give me many details about the surgeries, and said I could find all the information I needed in the Internet, with much more details than she would give me. I was supposed to become informed about pros and cons and then make a decision by myself (choosing P-IOL or nothing).
Not that I found www.usaeyes.org I can see how poorly informed I was!
- I now know the only Laser surgery my doctor does is LASIC.
- I found out there could be alternatives (which I was not told about).
- I also learned that LASIC is not as problem-free as I supposed it was (however, all the people I know that had myopia correction had LASIC and didn't have any problem - until now).
- I also learned that a person is supposed to be without contact lenses for at least 1 week before doing the Orbscan Test! I did the test being only 2 days without them.
My questions are:
1 - Having such thin corneas, do you think that I could have an alternative laser surgery (LASEK/Epi-LASIC/Intra-LASIC)? I don't know if my diopters allow surface ablation surgery.
2 - Do you think that the Orbscan test may have been influenced by the small number of days I spent without contact lenses?
3 - Do you think that the misusing of contact lenses in my past had anything to do with my thin corneas?
4 - Do you think my doctor had a good procedure (not telling me there are other Laser surgeries beside LASIC)?
5 - Is P-IOL a "safe" surgery? Being so intrusive it scares me a lot more than any laser surgery. Do you have information about it's success rates comparing to Laser surgeries?
I have an appointment on the 15th of November with another doctor, one that does LASIC/LASEK/Epi-LASIC/Intra-LASIC surgeries. In the meantime, any advice would be very useful.
Thanks, and congratulations for the great web page & forum! (And sorry about all those questions...)