My Million Dollar Question

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My Million Dollar Question

Postby JACQUI » Thu May 24, 2007 10:06 pm

So, can dry eyes cause PERMANENT regression? (i.e. regression that doesn't get better within the 6 month healing period)?
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Postby LasikExpert » Fri May 25, 2007 5:26 am

Changes in the cornea due to dry eyes are commonly reversed when the corneas are properly hydrated. There are rare exceptions to this general rule, but the symptoms of the problem resolve when the problem is managed. If your refractive error is caused exclusively by dry eye, then resolving the dry eye would resolve the refractive error.

It is possible that your regression of effect is not due to dry eyes, but is due to other factors that are, in fact, permanent. Your surgeon should be able to advise you on this.
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Postby JACQUI » Fri May 25, 2007 6:02 pm

Thanks Glenn -- The surgeon said I had an equal chance of having that eye improve, get worse, or stay the same. So, basically, he can't advise me on it. He doesn't know.

What other factors would make it permanent? My vision in that eye does not get better when I use the lubricating drops (not even a little bit). Also...is it normal to wake up with crusty eyes after using a thicker lubricating gel at night such as TheraTears Liquid Gel? I woke up that way this morning after using them last night, but since crusty eyes can also = an eye infection, I am concerned of having a repeat infection...hard to tell which one it might be. Any insights? Your site has been so helpful...again a million thanks for all of the great info.
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Postby LasikExpert » Fri May 25, 2007 6:37 pm

Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad we have been able to provide you useful information.

A gunky morning is common after use of nighttime gel eye lubricant, but crusty is different. You may want to forego one night of the gel to see if you awake with the crusty eyes, but don't do this without your doctor's advice and approval.

The process of corneal healing can result in regression of refractive change. After 3-6 months your doctor will undoubtedly talk with you about enhancement surgery.
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