Intralase / LASIK / @ -9.0 x -3.5 x 180

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Intralase / LASIK / @ -9.0 x -3.5 x 180

Postby z06 » Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:09 am

Subject has my prescription for my left eye. My right eye was a little bit worse. My corneal thickness was around 520 for both eyes, hence I opted for the intralase flap cut to reduce amount of flap to be cut. The doctor used a VisX machine since it burned away the least amount of cornea. Also, my pupil diameter was slightly over 6mm.

I was dilated in the morning and operated on in the afternoon. There was no pain, but had the same discomfort that I'm sure everyone else experiences with the flap cut.

Had the surgery around 4:30 PM, friend brought me home, and I slept until next day. Went to doctor for 1-day post-op early the following day and I could hardly see anything on the Snellen chart, although I could see well enough to drive to the doc's office. Doc looked at my flaps and said all was well. I have my 2+ weeks post-op on Friday.

There are moments of visual brilliance, usually for a very short period of time after putting in eye drops. I feel like my vision is only gradually getting better and I'm really hoping that it's just the issue of healing. My expectation is to see (no pun intended) stable improvements at the 3-month mark.

I'm really happiest about not having to reach for my glasses in the morning, being able to see what the barber is doing to my hair, and not having to wear glasses during sex to see all the nice details.

So far I've done everything the doc said I needed to do, except I probably need to increase the frequency of putting in artificial tears. Also, I've been quite picky about artificial tears. I've used Refresh Plus, Systane, and now I'm trying out Visine Pure Tears and Tears Naturale. I read a medical study on CMC, used in Refresh Plus tears, which deactivates anti-bacterial enzymes that the eyes naturally produce so I stopped using Refresh Plus tears. Systane caused my vision to blur. I think it's the gel-like substance in that formula. Right now I'm testing Visine Tears and Tears Naturale. I like both, but the Visine tears feel the best. Both Visine and Tears Naturale use the same active ingredient, hypromellose, which doesn't impact your eyes' antibacterial enzymes. However, the overall composition of the Visine tears seems to work the best for me. All of the artificial tears I've used have been preservative-free.

This site have been a tremendous help for managing my expectations and supplementing the information I've received from my opthamologist and his team. Thanks to all those who make this site available to all of us!

Charles
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wondering how your eyes are now?

Postby bat » Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:50 pm

Hi there
Given your details I would need a similar amount of cornea zapped! Was just keen to know how things are now - are you pleased or not and what were you led to expect? Am still deciding and hoping to be suitable.

Thanks
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Postby z06 » Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:25 pm

bat, I definitely don't regret it at all. The doc was upfront with me about about what to expect and the possibility about needing an enhancement, given my bad prescription. I'm still not seeing 20/20, but I've talked in-person with folks who've gone through LASIK and that helped me to put my expectations in check. Don't get me wrong, I can function just fine with my fluctuating vision right now, but that might not be the case for everyone, especially if the person has set the expectation too high, i.e. 20/20 too soon after the operation. The most important thing is to ensure the doctor is good and has a lot of experience. I had the fortune of knowing two people who used the same doc I had (both had their operations a few years ago) and both had very good things to say.

Just for your info, my operation cost $3,750, $1,500 per eye plus $750 for the intralase flap cut. Don't go for bargain basement prices, but I don't think you need to go for the most expensive doc out there either.

If you haven't already done so, go in for a consultation (my consultation was free and took about an hour) to see if you're a good candidate for LASIK.
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Postby bat » Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:25 pm

Thank you.
I am based in the uk and seeing my expert on 31 October. Here most clinics don't let you see the surgeon until the surgery but I want a personal approach and to know on the day. Hes highly recommended, using the latest technology and I've spoken to some patients of his as well as looking on the web and at the clinic's own website. As you say its about expectations, isn't it and I will ask him what I can expect, best and wosrt vision and likely scenarios post-surgery. Hes a little more expensive than the chain store clinics but average for a specialist, London-based one, so seems about right.
I wish you an excellent recovery!
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Postby Armand » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:32 pm

Hi bat, I hope your issues clear up soon and thanks for the info on CMC. Here's a link to one study

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articl ... id=1497875
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Postby z06 » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:45 pm

bat, good luck on your surgery. Armand, that's the article that informed my decision to use Tears Naturale, which by the way, I highly recommend.
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Postby Armand » Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:39 am

z06: I'm using Tears Naturale but only because Rite-aid was out of Refresh Plus. It was a lucky day I guess.
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