dry eyes after lasik

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dry eyes after lasik

Postby etess » Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:43 pm

Just had lasik on Friday. I had moderate dry eye before surgery and decided it was worth the risk to proceed. I am happy I did...great vision.

However, although it can take months for the dry eye symptoms to lessen....can someone give me an idea as to when they started to see relief? I am still in the first week and realize the eyes are still healing. Last night, after my first full day back at work (I'm a high school teacher)...by eyes were VERY tired. Put the drops in .... and only could feel the irritation/itchiness. Started to question my decision.....

Got through that...and feel OK with my decision...but wanted to know when is a reasonable time that I should start feeling like myself?

Part of me not "feeling like myself"...(to all the ladies out there)....is that I am not wearing makeup...or doing my hair like I normally do. I'm just focusing on keeping my eyes clean...free from hair, makeup...etc....

I know that I should not use makeup for at least a week...I will hold off for at least 2.

My point is....

is it normal to feel "up and down" about this decision? I'm thrilled with my vision...but still not feeling like ME....and still feeling discomfort.

Thanks...
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Postby Betty39 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:29 pm

Are you taking Restasis or do you have punctal plugs? How long did your doctor say it would take to resolve? My friend at work had dry eyes for 2 weeks then she was fine. I work for the Fire Dept. Many of our firefighters had lasik and most of them I talked to either never felt dry eyes or had it go away in a short amount of time.
Then there's me. I am 5 months post-op. I didn't feel I had any dry eye issues before surgery. I have had plugs put in all 4 holes and am now finally on Restasis for 2 weeks. I am just beginning to feel some relief. It has been hell.
I think everyone is different. If you already had dry eyes before I think you may be talking months rather than weeks. But I'm not a doctor or Glenn! Hopefully others will be along soon to offer more insite.
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Postby Betty39 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:30 pm

Oh by the way. My vision is perfect. Has been since day 1. But I'd trade less than perfect vision to have this burning go away!
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Postby etess » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:35 pm

Thanks! I wouldn't say that my eyes are burning. Instead, I would say...tired and at "times" itchy. I just would love to rub them...but know that I can't.

Thanks so much for responding....I'm glad you are starting to see relief now....and only within 2 weeks of restasis? Sounds like you are on the road to recovery....!

I think I just need to keep reminding myself to RELAX my eyes. I'm so used to just going and going....reading, working, computer....

I SHOULD use this as an excuse to stop working like mad....lol!

Thanks again...and keep me posted on the restasis.

Erika
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Postby Betty39 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:45 pm

I'm taking lotemax with the Restasis. The corneal specialist said that would help the Restasis work better. I'm praying it finally resolves. I remember in the first 2 weeks my eyes also felt tired and I had eye strain too. That went away quickly.
Yeah, at this point don't rub or even mess with your eyes. I didn't wear any makeup for 2 weeks. And after that I wear only mascara, the kind you can wash off with soap and water. I miss wearing eyeliner but with all the drops and such it would just wash off.
I have to work on a computer 8-9 hours a day and I know that must be contributing to my symptoms. But what can ya do? I have to make a living!
Good luck to you.
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Postby Susan » Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:10 am

I had lasik on 2/9. This week I am starting to feel like the dry eye is getting better. It is still there but not like it was. By the end of the day I do feel it. Also this week is school vacation week so I have been at home and I usually am working at my auto body shop so being away from the fumes may be helping. I had moderate to severe dry eye so I think giving it time will help. I also sleep with a humidifier in my room which makes a big difference.
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Postby Virginia » Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:32 pm

Yes, you feel lousy because you can't wear eye makeup. The guys have it made. I was in hiding for 2 wks without my eye makeup!! That was one of the worse things about the surgery. I did was my hair. If you leave your head back in the shower it works well. I just detached my shower head and was real careful. People hardly recognized me without eye makeup. I need an enhancement and I have to time it around my social schedule and wearing makeup. Haha! As far as dry eyes, I have it moderately. Night is the worst. I tried refresh pm and don't really like them. I get up twice a night and put systane in. Hopefully, it will get better. I am 5 wks. post lasik.
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Postby susieQ » Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:42 pm

I think your feelings are normal. I've been having the same feelings. Seems like it is up one day and down the next. But, I think we have to be patient and realize that we are still healing and things will be unstable for awhile. I hear you about the eye makeup. I'm only wearing a little shadow above my lid and no mascara. I posted and asked the ladies to reply regarding makeup but didn't hear from anyone. Seems to me that it is better not to have to clean eye makeup off for awhile. I still pat my eyes carefully when I dry them after my shower. Maybe I'm being too cautious but it can't hurt. Hang in there. Have a good day :)
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Postby etess » Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:37 am

Thank you SO MUCH for responding! I feel so much better after hearing from all of you.

Today, I tried BION tears. Anyone try them? I was using Systane...but I think the bion is better. More expensive....but worth it....

I know this takes time....I have to keep reminding myself that although this is a relatively quick recovery time for eye surgery....there is still recovery time.

:-)
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Postby Karen » Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:51 am

I know what you mean about the ups and downs. I found because my vision was the greatest afterwards, and I had dry eye I was very irritable....totatlly not myself. I was just not happy. Had it done in December and I am now down to using the drops only 5 or 6 times a day ( I was putting them in every 15 mins before!) I use the Bion Tears in the day and I like them.
Just scheduled an enhancement surgery for April.. :( I'm a little concerned about the dry eye being worse. I just read where someone said they'd prefer to have the worse vision and not have the burning. I worry that the things that have finally cleared up will come back worse the second time around! I also had DLK (corneal inflammation) which made my vision really bad for awhile.
Hang in there. Wearing make-up does make you feel better and I started one week post op.
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Postby Karen » Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:51 am

sorry, I meant to say my vision was NOT the greatest afterwards...
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Postby jdetraz » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:05 pm

I had Lasik on 1/30 and am still suffering with Dry Eye, which affects my vision tremendously. I had one good day, last Tuesday, but when I woke up Wednesday, the dry eye and blurry vision was back. Today is the worse it's been. I used to at least be able to see with my close up eye (I had the monovision), but now that is even blurry due to Dry Eye. I've been taking Flaxseed Oil and putting on Warm Compresses twice a day. At first, I thought it was helping.........but then this week came. My next appt is not until 3/16, but I think I will move it up to ask for Restatsis. I am hearing that seems to help a lot.
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Postby yawny » Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:42 am

I think this is an issue that is different for everyone, but I have found that I have good eye, bad eye days just like good hair, bad hair days. I have tried almost all of the drops, and I always use the Refresh P. M. at night. When I don't or forget, I can really tell a difference the next day. I like the Refresh Celluvisc, and regular Refresh tears. The Refresh PM makes your eyes a little gunky in the am, but if you try to use a smaller amount it helps, then just flood them with the plain drops in the am. I am 1 month post surgery, and really started feeling like myself, after about 2 weeks. I was so afraid of getting water in them before, that I was showering with my eye covered by gauze and then saran wrap over the top.(I had monovision , so only one eye was done). I do use all of my eye make up, including eyeliner and mascara that is waterproof. I also purchased all new liner and mascara before the surgery, and threw all of the old stuff away, as this was advised by my doctor. Sometimes after drops, I have a little smudging of the eyeliner at the edges, but I work 12 hour shifts, under warmers and lights that contribute to the smudging, so I may have to clean the edges and do some small touch ups occasionally. I still have some halos around lights at nights, but that is improving every day. Part of that is due to the monovision, so I got some glasses to use for driving at night. although I don't always need them. Hope that this helps.
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Postby Betty39 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:47 am

I also have good eye days and bad eye days. Some days I think, "ah a light at the end of the tunnel." Other days I'm back to the wishing well..."Oh I wish I never did this!"
I don't know where I would be with my eyes and my sanity if this site was not invented. If all I had for information and support was the doctor that did my surgery I would be in complete despair.
From this site I learned about Restasis, corneal specialists, what eye drops to use and not use, what supplements to take, etc.. All my doctor did was plug up my punctum and shake his head because he has never in 18 years had someone get dry eye like this. Yet here I come and find that people really do get severe dry eye sometimes and I am not a total freak. The sad and difficult part is realizing that if I had had my tears tested pre-surgery I could have stayed in my contacts and spared myself all this. I now tell anyone who asks me about this surgery to INSIST their doctor does tear testing even if they don't feel their eyes are dry. This is such an amazing procedure if it turns out well. It's hell if it doesn't.
I guess in the end it's all about coping. If this plagues me the rest of my life and I have to use drops and gels to get through my days and nights I guess I will just have to live with that.
But I sure didn't pay 5 grand for THIS!
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Postby etess » Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:07 am

How is everyone doing? I haven't logged on in about a week. I just hit two weeks post-op...that second week was very hard for me. I was really questionning what I had done. The dryness was getting me down BIG TIME!

Still using the Theratear Omega-3 pills, started the restasis, doing drops about 7 times/day, trying to increase my water intake, use a humidifier at night, use Refresh Liquidgel at night....think that's it....:-)...oh, and I have the 4 plugs.

I just have been so worried that I will always feel this dry.....I'm very scared....trying to be patient....but it's hard.

I still have not worn makeup. I figure why bother if I just have to keep putting in drops....and the drops drip down my cheeks! I am trying to focus on the positive....I have a great vision. My husband keeps telling me to give it time...but like I said....since NO one can give me a guarantee that I will EVENTUALLY be OK....I'm too scared to "give it time".

My doctor did tell me to not to even expect to see the dryness get better for at least a month.....but still......augh!
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