3 months post (not monovision) lasik - dizziness question

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3 months post (not monovision) lasik - dizziness question

Postby iamjoe » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:41 pm

Greetings. I had surgery on 5.4.07 Things went well and I had a good healing process. Halos went away, dry eye comes and goes, but mostly gone.

Three weeks ago (2months + post) I woke up with the room spinning.

-I went to my general doc and he said it sounded like labyrinthitis (mostly based upon the sudden onset in the am)

- Things have gotten a bit better but I still feel 'off' (some dizziness, eye pressure, it's hard to explain)

Glenn, does this sound like an inner ear thing or more like a lasik thing?

My vision has been fine and I've been feeling great (except for a few dry eye moments).

Your thoughts on this?

I've read many of the forums results on 'dizziness'. My heart goes out to those who have this worse then I do.

Many Thanks
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Postby LasikExpert » Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:50 pm

This sounds exactly like an inner-ear thing. If it occurred shortly after Lasik during the adaptation period it may be more related to the surgery, but inner ear is commonly the cause of dizziness or vertigo.

You mentioned dry eye problems. The eye's tears drain into the sinus cavity. The inner ear is connected to the sinus cavity through the eustation tube. Dry eyes can affect the sinus, throat, and inner ear. Even the respiratory system is connected. Inversely, a problem with the sinus, throat, or respiratory system can affect dry eyes and the meds for all of these commonly have decongestants that exacerbate or cause dry eyes. You may want to follow up on these possible causes.

If the problem persists, contact a binocular vision specialist and be tested. A way to check if the problem is binocular vision is to cover one eye when you have a dizzy spell and see if it makes and immediate difference. This self-test is not always conclusive, but can give a clue to the cause.
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