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Too early for specialist?

Postby neweyes » Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:17 pm

I had custom wave lasik a week ago. My checkup yesterday revealed that my sight only improved from 20/600 to 20/60 and 20/400 to 20/40. It has been a miserable week! I have haze and lack of clarity all while trying to do required reading, computer and group work for college.

My question is: They already believe I'll need an enhancement due at least to the astigmatism remaining (I don't know why the custom laser didn't get it all?), is it too early to see a corneal specialist? I'm not sure I trust this whole process.
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Postby LasikExpert » Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:50 pm

It is very early in the healing process. Lasik is often more of a six month process than a 20-Minute Miracle.

If your problems only relate to under/overcorrection and/or residual astigmatism Lasik enhancement surgery may be appropriatem however you really won't make this decision until 3-6 months postop when everything settles down.

Seeing a corneal specialist may not be needed, however a second opinion may give you the peace of mind that your current doctor has you on the right path.
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Thanks for the reply

Postby neweyes » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:38 pm

Thank you for quick reply. I also have two other questions:

I am having pain in one eye (not the surgical area) at times, feels like pressure and cramping - is this normal? I felt it might be due to the steroids.

I was told you can only have three enhancements as the cornea gets too thin, would there be other surgical options if I decide not to do the enhancements?

Thanks again.
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Re: Thanks for the reply

Postby LasikExpert » Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:52 pm

neweyes wrote:I am having pain in one eye (not the surgical area) at times, feels like pressure and cramping - is this normal?


Pain after Lasik is not "normal", but it is also not unknown. Report the pain to your doctor's office and seek their advice. Often pain around the eye relates to Lasik induced temporary dry eye.

neweyes wrote:I was told you can only have three enhancements as the cornea gets too thin, would there be other surgical options if I decide not to do the enhancements?


In theory you can have an unlimited number of enhancements as long as the thickness of the untouched cornea is 250 microns or more (more is always better). If the thickness of the cornea under the Lasik flap is too thin, it is possible to have PRK on the Lasik flap.
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