dry eyes after lasik

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Postby LasikExpert » Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:17 am

Aaargh indeed. Needing to deal with it is difficult even when warned about the potential for dry eyes during the healing process after Lasik.
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Postby yawny » Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:02 am

I am doing much better. I had a few days around two weeks post op of very dry eyes, and tried some new drops. I think I have tried now all the different brands, and use different ones at different times of day. I use the ones that have a more oily consisitency at night and the Refresh PM. I have not had any more really dry eyes since then, although occasionally after work and standing under warmers they get very dry. I try to put in drops frequently then. ( at least every two hours) Every day they get a little better, but I still have those good eye, bad eye days, not with dryness but with my clarity of distance vision with the monovision. My eyes don't feel as tender as they were before, or as sensitive to light. I find that my night vision is improving as well. Hang in there, and just pray that it will get better.
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Postby yawny » Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:03 am

I forgot to mention, I am about 6 weeks post op now. I had surgery 1/30/07.
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Postby susieQ » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:24 pm

Nice to hear about your experience. I will be 5 weeks this Wednesday. I am not having much trouble with dry eyes anymore either. I'm using drops about 4-5 times daily My vision is also coming and going. I have monovision and the distance vision driving is a little nerve wracking. Yesterday though I had a really good "vision" day. I'm driving my brother to the airport today so I'll be curious to see the difference from last Monday when I picked him up. I ordered some glasses last week to the tune of $477.00 but have decided to wait a little longer and see if I continue to improve before spending that much money. I'm beginning to feel so much better about everything. All of you that just had it try to be patient. I know it's hard but things do get better. Have a great day!
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Postby etess » Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:56 pm

Thank you so much! I am trying to be patient...your responses help! :)
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Postby yawny » Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:24 am

Boy, those were some expensive glasses you ordered for $477. I got glasses to, but I had just gotten new ones in June, so I just used those frames, and went to Costco, since I had already used my vision insurance for glasses in the last year. They were only about $150, which wasn't too bad, but it really helps with the distance stuff for night driving and when I have those bad eye days. I also have monovision , and the distance vision continues to fluctuate as I heal. I am hoping it all stabilizes out by 3-4 months.
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Postby Betty39 » Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:16 pm

I think the worst part of all of this is dealing with the fear. There is always that nagging question, "What if this NEVER goes away?" I know personally if I could have a guarentee that it will go away in time, I would feel much better. But there are no guarentees. Statistically things are in our favor, but still there is the fear. Maybe part of it is the feeling that this is too good to be true. While driving to work this morning I was thinking I am seeing better than any pair of glasses or contacts I have ever worn. It really is amazing how great the vision is.
Hang in there, at least we have this awesome site to help us through!
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Postby etess » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:40 am

Well, yesterday was a great eye day. My eyes didn't feel that dry. Still did the drops...but felt like a normal person! Today...different story. I was ok until about 3:00 pm. Then by dinner time, I had just got very upset. Not to be dramatic, but I just felt like I couldn't take it anymore. My husband and daughter have been so patient...and I am grateful for that. I just feel so badly b/c I can't be the mom/wife that I want to be right now. There are times when all I can do is lay down and close my eyes. They don't necessarily feel good when I close them...but they don't hurt as much.

I was reading some other posts...and thinking that I am lucky that I don't need an enhancement because I would not get it! I just want to feel like myself again...

Oh...I switched to using Refresh (for mild/moderate) during the day. The systane and bion were too goopy...and made my vision to blurry.

I go back on the 26th...and don't really expect much other than the doctor telling me to be patient. I am curious if I still have dry spots on my eyes.

Thanks for reading....
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Postby Betty39 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:51 am

I remember in the first couple months just coming home from work, putting in gel and closing my eyes. I would lay on the couch with my husband and listen to the TV. So looking back on those times I am much better. I have so felt that feeling that I absolutely can't take another day of this. And I too have had days when it's not very bad and then others when I feel back to square one.
I agree with you, thank God I have great vision, I would NEVER go through an enhancement. Imagine those poor souls that get the severe dry eyes and then can't even say they see well. My heart goes out to them.
I can feel an improvement with the Restasis. And last week my corneal specialist plugged all 4 of my punctum with temporary plugs to see if that gave me relief this time. And it has. So next appt. I am getting the silicone ones. I pay out of pocket to see him, he doesn't take my insurance. He is going to give me a discount on the plugs but I can't believe how much this whole thing has cost me.
Hang in there, you sure aren't alone in your struggle.
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Postby Betty39 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:55 am

One more thing that has helped me...I drink 3 liters of water everyday to really hydrate myself. I make plenty of potty trips but it works.
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Postby LasikExpert » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:09 am

Betty39 wrote:I pay out of pocket...


If you had pre-existing dry eye, treatment will often be covered under your major medical insurance plan even if it is exacerbated by the surgery. It is something to check.
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Postby johnson1615 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:10 am

What kind of gel drops have you used? I am trying the Bausch and Lomb Advanced Eye Relief- Night Time Lubricant Eye Ointment. They were the only gel/ointment ones I could find that were preservative free. Would welcome another alternative.
After I have used these at night, my vision is so much clearer the next day. My eyes haven't really hurt with dry eye, but I do feel like I have contacts in for too long that need rewetting really bad. I don't like to blink sometimes because it feels like my contacts will stick to my eyelids. Ofcourse, I don;t have contacts in........................
Any help appreciated!
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Postby LasikExpert » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:17 am

Our article on Lasik dry eye treatment may be helpful.

The gel/ointment eye lubricants do not have the same preservative concerns as artifical tears. You are likely able to use any of these, but verify with your doctor.
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Postby yawny » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:31 am

I use the Refresh PM ointment, and really like it. It is preservative free.
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Postby Betty39 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:35 am

I have been using the Genteal gel at night that comes in the tube. They do have the preservative mentioned in another post that is supposed to turn to oxygen and water on contact. I am 5 months post-op so maybe it would not be good for someone fresh out of surgery. I would check with the dr. first. But I like it, even though it is thick. It has worked better for me at night than anything else I've tried, and I have tried them all. I only use it at night. During the day I use the systane preservative free drops.
I didn't have a pre-existing dry eye problem pre-surgery. My insurance will send me to an opthamologist but not this particular corneal specialist. He has helped me so much I am willing to pay to see him, and he doesn't take my HMO.
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