Feeling something stuck in my right eye.

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Feeling something stuck in my right eye.

Postby techboomie » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:12 pm

It has been six months since my lasik surgery. My right eye feels like something is stuck there. When will this feeling go away.
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Re: Feeling something stuck in my right eye.

Postby LasikExpert » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:00 pm

When the feeling will go away depends entirely on what is causing the foreign object sensation. What has your surgeon said about the problem?
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Re: Feeling something stuck in my right eye.

Postby techboomie » Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:34 pm

They say it might be dry eye but I highly doubt it. I use drops like every 2 hours and the feeling is still there. They told me to use eye scrub. They told me to use heat wrap. They told me to use all these different types of drops. From refresh plus to optive to sooth to CELLUVISC. They put me on FML now. Still have the feeling. They will put a plug in if it doesn't work. I seriously think they messed up my right eye when I had the surgery. I had this feeling right after the surgery and it has been like this forever.
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Re: Feeling something stuck in my right eye.

Postby LasikExpert » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:45 pm

I can think of three possiblities.

Dry Eye
Dry eye can be measured with both a quantity and quality of tears test. If you actually have dry eyes, this can be affirmatively determined. Even with dry eye, it appears that you have used almost all reasonable methods to resolve or manage the problem. If you have dry eye, the surgeons may suspect that all your symptoms are due to the dry eye, although they may be compounded by one or both of the other two possibilities.

Something Under the Flap
The first step of Lasik is to create a flap of corneal tissue and move this flap aside. The laser reshapes the cornea and then the flap is repositioned over the treated area. Even though a Lasik surgical suite is a clean room, it is possible that something that is irritating got under the flap. The flap can be lifted, flooded with a balanced salt solution, and repositioned. Discuss this possibility with your doctor.

Nerve Response
When the Lasik flap is created it severs nerves within the cornea. This is normally not a problem as these nerves do not commonly report a foreign object to the brain, but it is possible that you have an angry nerve that is sending the wrong signal. You don't have a foreign object in your eye, but it "feels" like you do because the brain is getting the signal that you do. This can be a permanent situation, however both the nerves healing and the brain's response commonly resolve the foreign object sensation after time...a lot of time. A flap lift as described above can potentially help or hinder relief. The lift may "reboot" the healing process and resolve the problem if it is related to healing. It can also not resolve the problem and you start the healing process all over again. If the sensation has improved since surgery, then a flap lift may not be the best response. If it has stayed the same, then restarting the healing may be appropriate.

It has been six months since your surgery, so these symptoms should have resolved by now unless they are a direct result of dry eye. It may be time for a second opinion. If you decide to get a second opinion, I suggest you consider being examined by a corneal specialist.
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