The opacity at the flap and the prescription for a steroid indicates your surgeon is agressively treating for Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis (DLK)
. Your optometrist's quick diagnosis and surgeon's agressive treament is exactly what you need. Use the eye drops exactly as prescribed and do not under any circumstance stop using them until instructed by your surgeon. If you actually have DLK, this is the treatment most likely to resolve it fully. Permanent problems from DLK is very, very rare when timely diagnosed and agressively treated.
In a somewhat backhanded way this can be good news. DLK is an inflamation at the location of the Lasik flap. That inflammation can induce astigmatism, which can present as ghosting and myopia
. The "20-Minute Miracle" is becoming quite a journey for you, but know that DLK commonly resolves with the steriod treatment. Report any sudden changes to your doctor without delay, but it is reasonable to expect only gradual clearing and possibly reduction of the ghosting.
You may want to know the results of our organization's vision correction patient survey. These are all patients who are at least six months postop.
99% report quality of life as expected, better, or much better
98% day vision as expected, better, or much better
98% no complications or issues are seldom problematic
98% would recommend surgery to family and friends.
97% would have surgery again, knowing what they know now
96% wear corrective lenses as often as expected, less, or much less than expected
96% report postop vision without lenses as expected, better, or much better than expected when compared to preop vision with lenses
96% report overall quality of vision as expected, better, or much better than expected
91% no complications at any time
91% night vision as expected, better, or much better
7% complications seldom problematic
– yet 91% of these same patients would have surgery again
2% complications frequent or always problematic
– yet 22% of f these same patients would have surgery again
Even with all your are going through immediately postop, at six months postop the odds are still on your side that you will have an acceptable result. See Lasik Results
for more detailed information.