Is there anyone in this forum suffering from astigmatism?

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Postby bada5150 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:16 am

I am just worried and probably I won't tweak it even if I have to wear glasses for that. They told me that enhancement can be done but now I am too scared to do that.
I won't do it again even if I have to wear glasses rest of my life if I can see right.
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Postby bada5150 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:23 am

Mike,
How much astigmatism left in your eye? Probably good enough so that it doesn't really bother you I am thinking. I am really having tough time here with mine.
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Postby mike r » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:25 am

I dont know how much astigmatism (the doctors rushed me in and out of the office and they dont offer many details like my entire prescription ...I think as long as you pass the snelling test they run off with the results and claim another successful outcome for study and evaluation purposes...
I think mine may be on the borders/perimeter (as Glenn denotes) which when the pupil dialates and lets light enter on the boundary of the area lasered in a darker environment. Then I see a stretched(ghost) from headlight or white lettering on a road sign or on tv...Sometimes its less if eyes arent dry. But that is just a temporary anomoly or bandaid on the defect in my opinion after hearing all the feedback. I have yet to hear anyone claim a success in correcting poor vision from eliminating their dry eye issues...

So bottom line I dont completely know what you ask...I just know I m comfortable in general with outcome. Like you said i would be scared to go for refinement due to 50/50 chance of improvement...

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Postby mike r » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:27 am

By the way did you have a laser cut your flap or the blade??? That may have significance???
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Postby bada5150 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:46 am

I had laser cut mine. Not metal blade. How does it make difference?
I thought laser cutting is more accurate and effective.
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Postby mike r » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:52 am

Bada, Yes I do have monovision so when I comment it is only related to my distance eye. Hec I cant tell anything about my short distance eye. It is nt worth squat most of the time anyway...It cripples my distance vision but my brain is overcoming it. I went to walmart earlier today when I walk in a big bright store area with all the background stuff to read and look at I initially feel like Im swimming or looking though antique window glass at first...But then I get adjusted...

My short distance eye is clear and crisp from 6" to 2' after that it fades away useless except for 20% of the time...Or I just dont give it much value...Maybe it does more than I give it credit for???
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Postby mike r » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:57 am

The laser in my opinion may be more accurate in making the flap even depth wise but it bubbles up the entire surface area of your flap... So your surface of your flap is maybe still all messed up and healing more so than mine...although you say your other eye is okay. So I dont know about that...
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Postby bada5150 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:09 am

Did you have metal blade cut your eyes? Or laser? It sounds like your stigmatism is at boarderline.
So you don't get uncomfortable.
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Postby mike r » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:24 am

I had blade...Yes I think part of mine is when my eye dialates it allows the light to pass by the border just beyond the corrected area as this is what I interpret from a Glenn scenario...So I still have residual astigmatism...Either that or it is a different abalation defect created when I was being corrected...There are about 3 to 5 scenarios that could cause a new issue it just cant be figured out.. Which sucks about the whole thing...And you just throw your hands up and realize how difficult it is to put your finger on one thing and say aaahh hhhaa thats what happened...
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Postby tplee » Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:21 pm

Bada5150 it loks like u are not the only one. I did my lasik in dec 2006 and i have the same problem as u. Astig on my right and i have difficulty seeing. I have no choice and got a pair of glases to correct. At least now i can move around fairly comfortably. I was advice by my doc to go back for correction at least after 3 months. He say i will be able to see well then. My left eye no probs. Hope u will get better. Have u gotten a pair of glasses?
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Postby bada5150 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:35 pm

Hi tplee,
I didn't get a pair of glasses yet. My doctor told me to wait because my right eye is still healing. Are you getting enhancement? Then what kind of enhancement are you getting?
Do you know why your astigmatism was not fully corrected at first place?
Did you see any improvement during first few months?
I hope you do a lot of research before you are making decision on your enhancement on your right eye.

Glenn said that if you get another lasik enhancement, you might get hyperphobia by correcting your astigmatism.
Let us know how you are doing.
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Postby tplee » Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:56 pm

My doc said that it could be due to many factors...swelling, movement when procedure was done etc.. Anyway I consulted another doc and was told that I need to wait till 3 months but not more than 6 months to do the enhancement. The enhancement apparently is a simple correction of the right eye astig. Yes will definitely do some check before i do the enhancement. Btw i don see much improvement to my right eye after the surgery. Ok lets keep each other posted.
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Postby bada5150 » Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:42 pm

What kind of enhancement would be? Lifting up flap and shooting some more laser? Or PRK or CK? My right eye is really improving either. This must be refractive error. You better find out exactly why before you enhancement.
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Postby lou » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:57 am

i am an optometrist ( i am an eye doctor but i am not a surgeon and am therefore not a lasik specialist). I just had lasik six days ago. I have access to equipment every day that lets me monitor my exact vision as well as my prescription. Day 1 right eye 20/20 and left was about 20/30. my left eye worsened to 20/50 over the next few days. When i measured my prescription all i found was astigmatism. This really upset me until i remembered that a swollen cornea will often result in an "astigmatism" prescription. as the edema resolves the astigmatism may vanish. I am a great case for this. yesterday 20/50 vison today 20/25. what changed??? well my doctor told me my left eye was dry so i have been using tears like crazy (4-5 drops an hour) with no noticable improvement. I decided i needed something more intense so i bought GenTeal gel drops for mod to severe dry eyes. I tell my patients not to use gel during the day b/c it will blur your vision but heck my vision was already blurry. I used the drop all day with mayble a slight improvment. that night however i really lubed up. I applied about three drops closed my eyes and went to sleep. I woke up a couple times that night and put in more drops. This morning after the intial gooey vision resolved i could see 20/25....all day. i wanted to dance. i had been almost inable to function b/c of my left eye. I could and would have prescribed myself glasses to correct the astigmatism however if my prescription changed daily with healing there is no guarantee the prescription would work for more than a day.
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Postby Virginia » Thu Feb 15, 2007 2:08 pm

Lou, Since you are an optometrist, what are your opinions on timing for enhancement? I have friends that had it early as 1 mo. post op. They seem to be seeing well. I hear that it should not be done before 2 months. I too feel I have a slight astigmatism left. One eye is more blurry that the other. Don't know if this is causing the problem? That middle vision is most of my problem. Never was told I would have bad middle vision. Can that be fixed?? If I knew it would ultimately get better, I could accept things for now. Not knowing is what's so difficult. Ginny
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