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Postby LasikExpert » Tue May 15, 2007 2:44 am

It is good to hear that things are finally coming around for you.
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Postby RustystudII » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:58 am

Week before last I returned to my Lasik specialist, first seeing a tec who tried to refract my left eye. My vision that afternoon would not correct better than 20/35. I then saw a MD resident. His first comment after looking at my file was "I see you had an AK procedure two weeks ago". I promptly told him it had been a year and 2 weeks since I had the AK procedure. He asked, "How satisfied are you with the correction in my left eye". I said after a lot of assurances from my surgeon and $5,200.00 later, I was quite disapointed that my vision in my left eye was no better after 4 surgical procedures and most likely worse than before the surgery, since I had neither clear close or far vision. He said that I could get an enhancement. I replied that I was told since I had developed epitheial cells during the second procedure that it was unwise to go under the flap again. His response was "OH". He said I would have to see my primary surgeon to get a final opinion. So I was scheduled to return two days later. Remember the eye center is over an hours drive away and it cost me $50.00 worth a fuel each trip. I have now made close to 100 trips to the eye center. I return two days later and the tec refracts my eye to 20/20. The primary surgeon says he can do a PRK procedure so it is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon this week. I am told it will be a more painful experience and a longer recovery period. I return Tuesday afternoon. The tech scans my eyes on two different machines that both check the refraction and measure the surface area of the cornea. Then she takes me into another room for a manual refraction. Together we get my corrected vision to 20/20. But I was having to guess on the ends of the character lines. The primary surgeon comes in and marks my forhead with a magic marker over my left eye. He and the tech discuss which laser to use a Visix or a Wave light laser. I am given a valium and prepped. After being adjusted in the Wave Light laser some dropps are put in my eye and my right eye was taped closed. I am instructed that the procedure will be more uncomfortable than the previous events. I am told during the procedure I will have cold liquid put into my eye and I will have "brain freeze" like eating ice cream to fast. I am told to watch the flashing green light. It appeared the flashing green light moved to the left and the surgeon was telling me to watch the flashing green light and it had almost moved out of my field of view. The flashing green light was re oriented and I watched it. I could both hear and feel the laser zapping my eye. Yes, it hurt like hell. Then they doused my eye twice with cold liquid. The surgeon was continually wiping my eye with a small sponge or brush. During the procedure the flashing green light went away and my vision was completely black for a few seconds before returning. After my eye was thoroughtly washed and mopped off a protective contact was put over my cornea. I was then walked to a seat wear my eye was examined by the surgeon and resident under a slit lamp. I was escorted out to the waiting room and instructed to return the next morning for a follow up. My evening was uneventfull and I returned the next morning. My follow up visit included both a vision test and exams by both the resident and primary surgeon. Both saying it looked fine. I am to return tommorrow and have the protective contact removed. I can tell an improvement from one hour post surgery and now. The discomfort has been minimal and I believe it is healing quickly. I now have been getting treatment for three years for what was to be a minimal correction and take less than 6 months to perfect. My right eye was 20/15 after the first procedure. I still don't have a "clear" understanding what went wrong with the left eye. It is "clear" no puns that the left eye was over corrected with the first procedure. I don't know it it was a machine calibration error, operator error where the numbers from the wrong eye were used, or some form of healing problem. I still don't trust or believe the primary surgeon has told me the truth. After getting the protective contact off and a few more days of healing I will report back again.
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Almost week following PRK

Postby RustystudII » Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:16 pm

The procedure was more painful than the first under the flap procedures. The post procdure pain has not been bad as I expected. I was given a prescription for Percodan and never had it filled. I took two Ibuprophen twice this week. My eye was paralysed by design with drops on the day of the surgery and again two days afterward during a follow-up visit. This morning the eye is begining to clear up as it begining to work. The pain is almost non existent. My vision is still blurry but improving. I was told this procedure would take longer to heal and to regain clear sight. I'll keep you posted to my progress. I have another follow up in two weeks.
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It has been 10 days post surgery..

Postby RustystudII » Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:54 am

My left eye is in no pain or discomfort. My vision is not as clear as before the procedure but seems to be improving ever so slightly each day. I was told it would take several weeks for my vision to clear up. I have not lost hope. As stated before I have a follow-up Friday the 17th. That is a week away and maybe I will be completely back to clear vision by then.
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Two months post last surgery PRK

Postby RustystudII » Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:34 pm

After five (5) surgerys all done at "one of the top medical centers" my left eye is still not as clear as my right eye. I would gestimate 20/35 vision. I just finished my last week of drops. I was told this surgery (PRK) would take longer to heal and to be patient. (no puns intended) My vision seems better in the bright sun than in the dark or on an overcast day. I plan to go back to the consulting physician (not my surgeon) after about 6 months post procedure. I want to get his second opinion on the progress I have or have not made as a result of the follow-up procedures. He saw me after the first two (2) procedures. The surgeon stated at the last visit he wanted to have me at 1/2 diopter short of perfect so as I aged it would work toward continually getting better. I don't hold much faith in anything he says. Today the FDA had a hearing on Lasik procedures. I sure would have liked to have been there.
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Postby griffin » Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:01 am

thanks for your words rusty...
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It has now been about 6 months since my last procedure "

Postby RustystudII » Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:05 am

My vision in my left eye is some what better than before. It still is not as good as my right eye. It may still be settling a little. My surgeon said he would have it be a 1/2 diopter off and it will continue to correct with age.

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Re: Two months post last surgery PRK

Postby LasikExpert » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:10 pm

RustystudII wrote:Today the FDA had a hearing on Lasik procedures. I sure would have liked to have been there.
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You may not have been there, but you were represented.

I made four presentations at the FDA Lasik Quality of Life hearing. One on behalf of the Vision Surgery Rehab Network, one on behalf of a patient who had DLK in the early years before treatment was understood and has suffered poor vision since that time, one for a quadriplegic who formed and organization that arranges for free Lasik for other quadriplegics who can benefit from not dealing with glasses or contacts, and our organization's prelimary results of the USAEyes Competence Opinion Relative to Expectation (CORE) patient survey.

In addition to my presentions there were several others who disucssed their individual difficulties and concens about Lasik.
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