Dry Eyes, Blurred Vision

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Dry Eyes, Blurred Vision

Postby jdetraz » Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:09 am

I just had Lasik on January 30. I had the Monovision. My left eye is the dominant one. I read many of the messages on this board and I know now I am not in the boat alone. I have very dry eyes and put drops in about every 15 mins. The dryness is not what bothers me as much as my distance eye is always blurry. I won't drive anywhere outside my immediate city since I can't read streets signs very well. The drops only clear my vision briefly, but once I blink, the blurriness comes back. Since reading the messages on this website I have gone out and bought Flasxeed Oil and Refresh PM. I also ordered the Wheatgrass juice from a website, but won't get that for 3 to 4 weeks. All of you that had the dryness, was your vision blurry too? How soon after trying these solutions should I expect some results? Based on how long should I wait before I ask my Dr. to prescribe Restasis? My close up vision is perfect so no problem there, which I am very pleased about because I had to wear those non prescription glasses to read a menu or magazine and now I can read those things perfectly. I really need some good news :cry:
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Postby mike r » Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:11 am

I had the lasik monovision dec 21 I had dryer eyes and still a little in morning..

Eye had all of the side effects I can see clear distance but not as far as I used to with glasses...

Not blurry though...

and close vision good and clear...

I have mild ghosting distance under different circumstances...But not significant enough to make issue over...

I only wish I could see farther...

Not much help but thats where im at...

Hope you improve...

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Postby Betty39 » Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:38 am

I have very dry eyes but perfect vision. I would trade less than perfect vision to not have my eyes burn all the time.
I guess everyone reacts differently to this surgery.
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Postby mowchowch » Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:42 pm

I had lasik on Jan 18. My close vision has been fine all along...but distance vision has not been good. At times even 3 feet seems blurry. My doc said it is b/c of dry eyes. I started Restasis on Feb 14 prescribed by my doc at my one month appt. I really dont know how early this med can be started...I didnt know about it until my one month appt when he rec that I use it. I also use the Refresh Plus drops about every 20-30mins during the day. Since I have started the Restasis...my vision has improved somewhat but still fluctuating. I dont know if it is actually the Restasis or just healing of my eyes. I hear the Restasis actually takes a longer period of time to help than the week that I have been using it. Although I have seen improvement in my distance vision it still very much fluctuates...for the most part my vision is blurry but I am encouraged b/c yesterday I had clear vision for about 4 hours for the first time since my surgery. At night I am using Refresh Celluvisc and Genteal Gel...it really helps to prevent my eyes from drying out at night. If I wake up in the night I use more Celluvisc drops. It glues the eyelids together but has been really helpful and my vision is fairly good in the am. I hope this info helps you not to worry so much. It's hard to be patient. Just keep your doc informed of your symptoms.
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Postby DryEye » Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:25 pm

Try preservative free Thera Tears and Systane Free Vials at night.
try Refresh Endura.
Try hot cloth over closed eyes in morning and night.
Try Omega 3 Fish Oil tabs.
The Thera Tears were better for me immediately with visual imrovement, but i do think it takes time - some more time than others (many months)
I still don't see as well as I used to, but hopefully it will get a tad bit better.
I think I used a box of the Thera Tears a day which is like 32 vials or more a day the first three or four months. Crazy & lots of money.
I had custom last June and have had a hard time with it, but i did notice that the amount of tear insertion decreases as months past. I still use them daily although not as much - hopefully in time it decreases to very little.
I'll update as I get closer to 1 year mark
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Thank mowchowmch and dryeye

Postby jdetraz » Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:58 pm

Thank you both for responding. I started last night using the Refresh PM and I was using Optive during the day (alot). My doctor suggested this brand at my appt last Friday. But it didn't work at all so today I bought Minidrops and they are better. I have started taking Flaxseed oil since many people on this site suggesed it. My next appt is March 16 and if things don't improve I will ask for Restasis.
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Postby LasikExpert » Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:06 am

There is a large difference between dry eyes caused by poor tear quality and dry eyes caused by poor vision quantity. Each is treated differently. Flax seed oil can help with quality, but may not help at all with quantity. Restasis can help with both, but only if inflammation is a contributing factor. What works to resolve dry eye symptoms for one person may not work at all for another. You may want to read about dry eye treatment for details.
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Postby Betty39 » Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:26 am

so if it's a quantity issue (like with me) and restatis doesn't help is there anything that can? Or will I just be sentenced to this uncomfortable feeling for life? Is it possible to make your eyes make more tears?
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Postby bada5150 » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:10 am

Betty39,
Ask your doctor for tear duct plugs.
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Postby Betty39 » Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:08 am

I had plugs put in, top and bottom, no help :(
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Postby mowchowch » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:09 pm

Glenn
How does someone know if their dry eyes are b/c of inflammation? Since my doctor said that I have cells that seem irritated......does that mean my dry eye is likely b/c of inflammation?
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Postby Betty39 » Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:59 am

I think dry eyes are the result of inflamation in some cases. Plus my corneal specialist said that studies show with every dry eye there is usually some inflamation. So even if the primary reason for the dry eye isn't inflamation because the eye is dry probably mean there is some inflamation and that is why he gave me the Restatis.
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