Custom Vue, Refractive Error?

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Custom Vue, Refractive Error?

Postby mowchowch » Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:37 pm

Glenn
I had written last week with questions about a haze in my left eye. I am now 15 days out from my surgery. I am now thinking that my left eye may actually have some possible residual refractive error...such as you mentioned in your original response. My overall vision is "slowly" improving but it is frustrating b/c my left eye interferes with my vision when viewing with both eyes. Of course, both eyes at times have lost the crispness in focus with the occasional dryness and expected changes that occur with healing, but my right eye continues to be crisp at times...just like it was at day one after surgery. My left eye has never been crisp even from day one. Since I am now 15 days out from surgery and havent noticed crispness ever in my left eye....is it possible that I may eventually have the crispness in my left eye in months as it continues to heal?
Also, I thought that the Wavefront and Custom Vue procedure was able to make the surgery more custom to each eye and its individual visual problems. I am sure that I dont understand Custom Vue completely ..but why would there be any residual refractive error after this procedure? They did say that I had some slight astigmatism in my eval prior to surgery...could that be causing some of the problems in the left eye?
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another question

Postby mowchowch » Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:38 pm

Another question....if I do have residual refractive error in my left eye causing my problem...will my Right eye (which was my dominant eye prior to surgery) eventually compensate so that I wont have such problems seeing with both eyes?
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Postby DryEye » Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:58 pm

I had custum vue last June and i didn't get what was advertised.
I thought it was supposed to be the on the money correction or at least do a better job than conventional?
I am still waiting it out until 1 year passes (while seeing my docs) and then will decide what to do if anything.
Frustrating.
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Postby mowchowch » Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:42 pm

I am not so worried about having perfect vision in each eye after my surgery. I am more concerned about being able to see ok when using both eyes together. Since the surgery I havent been able to "see" right and I am thinking that it may be my left eye that is contributing to the problem.
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Postby DryEye » Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:45 pm

I guess not seeing right would have been a better way for me to say it.
I would give it more time if you just had it done.
Plenty of time for things to get better.
Let us know how things progress.
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Postby mowchowch » Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:10 pm

DryEye, How is your vision now at a year out? can you see ok? My vision is frustrating daily. I am 16 days out from surgery. My overall acuity is much improved since the surgery but I cant see right in general. I initially thought it was a haziness..but I am really not sure what the problem is. I had an extra appt over a week ago and I dont have corneal haze. If I knew that a pair of glasses would make my vision better for now..I would get them. My next appt with my doc is Feb 14. I am trying to hold out to see what he will say at that time. I havent called again b/c I know they will just tell me that I have to give it time..but it's hard when you cant see right.
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Postby DryEye » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:16 pm

I had my customvue early June 2006. I developed what they called microstriae and dry eyes. My lasik surgeon referred me to a corneal specialist at a major hospital university in town when I wouldn't let him lift my flaps for the microstriae. I told him that I wanted a second opinion. I am glad that I went that route albiet it has been a grind! The first 4 months were extremely frustrating and challenging. I've had an ACL tear and other injuries, but when it's you eyes it a whole other ball game. My main complaints were seeing 1 1/2 green top lights, blurriness (more so in my right eye), not being able to see my VCR clock very clearly from like 10 feet away and generally not very good crisp or clear vision unless I was using lots of artificial tears. Overtime most of these issues have cleared up, but not all of them. I do believe that in some cases it may take more than 6 months because I am not seeing the 1 1/2 green lights as much. I am not using as many artificial tears and don't think I will be in another 6 months. My main complaints now are a bit more of starbursting headlights on cars at night and still not seeing stop lights very crisp (nighttime) and some weird morning vision i see on the bottom edges of my eyes when I wake up at times. My right eye still lags a bit, but we (my corneal specialist and I last month decided to give it more time before decding to do anything) The best thing for me was being referred to that corneal specialist and this site. I am going to get another opinion from one of the docs recommended from this site for their opinion, but I will not do anything until the 1 year mark unless it becomes a medically necessary event.
If I were you I would get a second opinion and know that things do improve with time. Glenn often says its a 6 month process and for some unfortunate ones it is. I didn't want it this way (since everyone I know who did this loves it), but if I can come out of this with the vision I wanted after 1 year i'm good with it even though i have spent tons of money on artificial tears and doc apptments along the way.
One more thing I am learning that dry eyes can affect ones vision in many ways, so try all you can in controlling that.
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Postby bada5150 » Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:15 am

Hi, Dry eye. I hope you will get better in time with your night vision. My night vision is really bad right now. But my aunt had lasik surgery (about 9 years ago) and she told me that she was seeing 3 to 4 traffic light ghosts. She was so worried that she wasn't going to ever drive at night. It tooks her more than a year (year and half) for her to not see those ghost. I think you should give it a little more time before you do anything.

Mowchowch, I met with my coworker who had similar surgery like you. He couldn't see clearly like you for 2 months. He went back to doctor and yelled at him. I had lunch with him yesterday. He told me he was so worried as well. But he sees well now. He had hard time seeing computer screen. (which I had real hard time seeing computer screen past 2 weeks).

I am very worried too because my right see still blurry after almost 3 weeks. But sometime it sees clearly after I put eye drops in it. Sometimes, I get headahce because I can not see right either. My dominant eye was right eye and now my left is very solid and clear. My right eye is still blur time to time.

Dryeye, can you see microstriae if you look into mirror? Or if that is something you can see. My doc told me I don't have microstriae but wondering then why my right eye sees blurry. Do you think it is dry eye? I know that microstriae is wrinkles on flap but how do we know microstriae?

Thank you
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Postby bada5150 » Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:55 am

Where can I get second opinion? Any recommendation?

Is it normal for eyes to be tired easily while they are healing?

Thank you
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Postby DryEye » Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:16 pm

Bada5150 thanks for telling us all about your aunt. At least we know that in some cases it takes longer than 6 months for a good result.
I think my right eye is dominant as well and it isn't as clear as my left eye, but it may still get there in time?
Your doctor would know by looking at your corneas if you had microstriae.
People apparently only have a .005% of getting it, so I guess i should go buy a lottery ticket.
Glenn can better explain it I'm sure.
Keep us posted as things continue to develop for you.
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thanks

Postby mowchowch » Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:30 pm

Hey Guys
thanks for all the info you have to offer. And sorry to hear DryEye that you have had such a bad time. I know it is worrisome and frustrating when it comes to our vision. Before my surgery...my friends and family who had the procedure, had only good things to say...so I guess I wasnt prepared for the other things that happen. I knew there were risks going into the surgery....but when so many people have only positive reports...the difficulties can be unexpected. I hope it is all just the healing process and that we can all give a good report eventually. Knowing that others are struggling also.....gives me the moral support I need right now.
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Postby DryEye » Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:58 pm

Bada second opinions:
I think Glenn doesn't want us mentioning names of doctors here, but I can tell you that I did some lengthy internet searches and found various names of docs throughout the country. I plan on seeing one of them. Do the same.
Glenn can probably be better at giving an opinion here.
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mentioning our expert-

Postby mike r » Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:46 pm

I think it would be highly recommended mentioning what authority has steered your decisions questioning your outcomes.

It may even benefit the whole forum knowing that we have an advocate ready to take this to the next level.

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Postby DryEye » Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:49 pm

Questioning my outcome?
How I see things vs before lasik.
I took it upon myself to seek a possible second opinion by reading up on it, etc.
The same choice is there for anyone else to do or not to do.
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Postby mike r » Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:13 pm

I just think Glenn deserves a portion of the credit in helping you make your choices. You have recieved a great deal of input on his behalf over your ordeal.Thats all.
Maybe it would help grow the influence of this forum and assist others knowledge. So in the future when we speak about our procedures we can explain who and where we gathered our references from.

"You know spread the word"
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