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constant pain in one eye.

Postby cherryoh » Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:37 pm

Hi, I had LASIK one year ago. I have been in constant severe daily pain in my left eye since the first day of the procedure. The pain gets very intense, like having deep burns and cuts all over the eye. It’s difficult to explain the pain.

this is what I know happened at the time of the procedure: I was not given enough numbing drops in the left eye (I know this because the discrepancy I noticed) the assistant put several drops in the right eye but only one drop in the left, I didn't think too much about it at the time, assumed more would be put in later. However as soon as the surgery began on the left eye, I felt sudden intense pain and reflexively moved my entire head, not just my eye. The doctor held my head tight and continued with the procedure and told me not to make any moves.

The doctor has denied that my pain has anything to do with lasik!
I don't know the physiology behind this pain, but I know what happened during the surgery. The pain has not improved and is debilitating. I don't understand how it could have lasted this long and of course I'm even more concerned about long term damage. Any info is appreciated thanks.
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Postby LasikExpert » Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:54 am

Have you had a second opinion from a corneal specialist? What was the diagnosis?
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Postby cherryoh » Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:32 am

I went back about six seven times to the physician who performed lasik on my eyes, he prescribed steroids several times but I realized that's unproductive. I went to another doctor who also performs lasik, he recommended I take advil and see a corneal specialist. but that's where I've stopped.

do you know anything about the first stage of lasik or the "suctioning stage". I had never heard of this step but an ophthalmologist intern suggested something could've happened during this suctioning.

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Postby LasikExpert » Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:52 am

You should see a corneal specialist. It may be best to seek someone who is affiliated with a university teaching hospital. You may want to ask either or both Lasik surgeons for a referral or recommendation.

The first step of Lasik is the creation of a flap of corneal tissue. This process is performed with a microkeratome. A mechanical microkeratome uses a steel blade, a laser microkeratome uses a femtosecond laser. Lasik with a laser microkeratome is often referred to as All Laser Lasik or IntraLasik. The laser used to create a flap is different from the laser used to remove tissue and reshape the cornea.

For both microkeratomes, a suction ring is affixed to the white part of the eye and then the blade mechanism or the laser head is affixed to the ring. This makes the blade/laser stable to the eye. If the eye moves, the whole system moves. If suction is broken during this process it is usually immediately obvious to the surgeon.

It is possible that something went wrong during this stage, but problems caused by a microkeratome are usually rather easy to spot. The other Lasik surgeon would very likely have noticed.
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Postby cherryoh » Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:53 am

thanks for the info.

prior to the operation I thought about all the things that could potentially go wrong but all were related to vision. I never imagined that I would have daily chronic pain at such severity. just didn't imagine it was possible.

anyone reading this and considering lasik, if something doesn't feel right about the procedure speak up and be the one to have the final word. listen to your first voice of instinct.
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Postby WaTeR » Sat Dec 09, 2006 2:45 am

Hi. I've done an surgery a few months ago (IOL with Lasik) and i still have terrible pain since then, that forces me to use eyedrops to avoid it. Since you have that constant pain you referred to, maybe together we can "understand" the pain if we talk about it and get to somekind of a conclusion that may even help up to get over it.

Hope to hear from you...i really do.
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Postby cherryoh » Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:09 am

I'm sorry you are also having pain after lasik, but I'm glad you've responded and shared your experience. Please tell me more about your condition. Do you have pain in both eyes? And do eye drops eliminate the pain? Not in my case, I actually notice that anything or any drops that go into the left eye triggers or aggravates the pain. But please let me know more about your situation.
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Postby WaTeR » Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:55 pm

well, i done lasik on the left eye (no pain...all ok) and i one an implant on the right eye (with eyedrops...theres a lot of pain) please see this thread http://www.usaeyes.org/ask-lasik-expert ... .php?t=380 it is all there buddy
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Postby WaTeR » Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:15 am

i would like to know how is your situation. Is it better?
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