a week after lasik: left eye very blurry any distance,help!

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a week after lasik: left eye very blurry any distance,help!

Postby daydream » Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:20 pm

Hello everybody:

I am so happy to find this site. Now I know I am not the only one that don't have 20/20 in both eyes after the lasik. But I am still very concerned of my outcome :-S please help me out!

My vision was -4.25 left and -4.75 right, I have been using soft contact lens for the past three years.(stoped 10 days before lasik)

I had the lasik a week ago and it went smoothly. But the next morning, I can feel that my left eye is not clear( feel like there is a piece of cloud there). I went to the examination and my doctor didn't even tell me my vision from the chart. He said my blured vision is due to dry eye and I should stop cover right eye to check left.

Then I had my one-week checkup, doctor said my vision is improving: both eye 20/20, but he still refuse to tell me my left vision. I mentioned that I need to work in front computer everyday, all the letters smear together now. He tried three lens in my left eye and they didn't help. So he said I just need to wait now.

So after the visit I got a eye chart and I know I am barely 20/40 in my left. And what bother me the most is everything is doubled even the top line of chart through my left eye.

My questiones are:
1--Can dry eye affect vision this much? Is there any chance for my left to be around 20/20 at point?

2-- Why everything is doubled?

3-- Is there anyway for me to see screen better in the meantime of waiting?

Thanks a lot!
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My similar experience

Postby elzayath » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:10 pm

I had a similar experience: I had double vision in the left eye one day postop, and my right eye was 20/20. Now the double vision is disappering and the left eye is almost 20/20. Now, the problem is that the right eye is blurred for distance. My doctor says the same: the problem is dryness of eyes and advised me to keep using the eye drops, RefreshPlus. Let's wait and see when healing is complete.
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Postby daydream » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:16 pm

elzayath:

Hi, how long ago was your lasik? what was your left eye's vision when everything is doubled?

Another thing is, is the dry eye the reason for your double vision?

:-)
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Postby elzayath » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:26 pm

Hi,
Lasik was one month ago. Experts say that eye dryness can cause double and blurred vision, but there are many other reasons. Left eye's vision was around 20/40. See "Ghosting Problems" in the same forum.
Best of luck
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Postby high_dimension » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:44 am

Hi Daydream,

If I read you correctly, your left eye is fluctuating? Anyway I had Lasik done, and both of my eyes were blurry (I couldn't even read the 20/40 line on the Snellen Chart for 2 weeks), but as it's been healing, things have been really looking up. I've done my share of crying and regretting, but it really does take some time for some of us to get to that level. Also, I noticed that when I started using Refresh Tears PM (make sure you use it before bed as it's almost like Vaseline) my vision has been significantly improving. In your case, it could be dry eye. Just keep taking care of those eyes and be patient. Things should start to look up.
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Re: a week after lasik: left eye very blurry any distance,he

Postby LasikExpert » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:48 pm

daydream wrote:1--Can dry eye affect vision this much?


Absolutely! Read about Lasik dry eye and dry eye treatment.

daydream wrote:Is there any chance for my left to be around 20/20 at point?


Yes.

daydream wrote:2-- Why everything is doubled?


Dry eyes can cause an irregular surface. An irregular surface can cause some of the light entering the eye to focus off center and out of focus. Blurred and doubled vision is consistent with dry eye, astigmatism, or astigmatism exacerbated by dry eye.

daydream wrote:3-- Is there anyway for me to see screen better in the meantime of waiting?


Treat the dry eyes agressively. Report the difficulties to your surgeon. Go to a drug store and see if the lowest power reading glasses improve near vision.
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Postby daydream » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:45 pm

thanks for the response. that make me feel better :D
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three week post-opt

Postby daydream » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:54 pm

Hi, I went to see my doctor after three weeks.

Again, the doctor doesn't say much. :roll:

She the machine to get my vision of each side and ask me to read the chart and then looked into my eyes.

It seems my left is 20/30 and my right is 20/20. When i asked why I am still seeing double in my left (after using Muro 5% for a week). She said my left eye is still healing. And when I asked if it is dry eye or edema that is the cause. She said it is the combination.

Oh,well. I am a little bit disappointed at my left eye but still want to keep you guys updated.
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:48 pm

Yes, do keep us updated.

Your situation sounds like the normal recovery process with Lasik induced dry eyes. The Lasik ghostingis consistent with the dry eye and edema your doctor describes.
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Similar experience - joining this topic with interest

Postby AgeRebel » Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:23 am

Just joined this forum after having concerns with similar experience as daydream.

I had Custom Intralase LASIK done last Thu Jan 31 and in yesterday morning's 1-day post op, right eye is 20/15 and left eye is barely 20/40 - blurry at distance but no double vision. Doctor said everything was fine as expected and the "left eye will catch up with right" but didn't say how long. Only change was to increase RefreshPlus to hourly. I will continue to share any developments and look forward to hearing more too. Next is 1-week post op next Fri morning Feb 8.

This forum is a great resource. I am less anxious now especially after reading of other similar experiences and LasikExpert's comments and understanding that it takes time (up to 6 months) of healing :roll: .
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Postby Walt » Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:10 pm

Daydream,

I was the same at the 3 week mark and 10 days later the ghosting receded dramatically.

AgeRebel,

1 day after you had someone cut your eyeball you worry about everything but I has severe edema for 2-3 weeks. When the swelling went down my eye leveled off. Still over corrected in each eye but I noticed the difference in the quality of vision once the edema subsided.

Give it time.
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Re: Similar experience - joining this topic with interest

Postby AgeRebel » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:32 am

AgeRebel wrote:I had Custom Intralase LASIK done last Thu Jan 31 and in yesterday morning's 1-day post op, right eye is 20/15 and left eye is barely 20/40 - blurry at distance but no double vision. Doctor said everything was fine as expected and the "left eye will catch up with right" but didn't say how long. Only change was to increase RefreshPlus to hourly. I will continue to share any developments and look forward to hearing more too. Next is 1-week post op next Fri morning Feb 8.


Here's my update after the 1-week post op last Friday Feb 8th...

Right eye still at 20/15 and left eye remains at 20/40 (but I feel improving ever so slightly). However, I must say things are beginning to get more comfortable and experiencing less fluctuations with vision. Doctor said he was "not at all concerned about the left eye and its just taking longer than the right to heal - a common occurrence". I wish he could be more specific and reassuring! He also noted that my eyes were dry and has put me on Restasis drops and inserted temporary dissolvable collagen punctal plugs. These really helped especially at my work place where I suspect the air-conditioning makes things worse. Continuing to use artificial tear drops whenever needed but taken off all other drops (Vigamox and Econopred).

Reading more and more on this forum about improving vision around the 2nd week and beyond. I'm anxious whilst trying to be optimistic. Doctor just wants to see me next at the 1-month post op and will provide update when I come up to 2-weeks.
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get back from 6 week post-op -- feel really bad

Postby daydream » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:33 am

Hi, guys:

I went to my 6 week post-opt yesterday. Things didn't go well:

They use the machine to get my vision for each eye and then asked me to read the chart with two eyes. The doctor look into my eyes through his machine. He spent a lot longer on my left (the one is giving me trouble all the time) Then told me that my eyes are not that dry anymore.

After I pressured him, we try the refractor (which one is better ) machine. it turned out my "good" right eye is -1 and my "troubled" left eye can't see clear the last two lines with any lens he put in(he didn't even give me the measurement)

Then i suggested the wavescane, and I saw quite even blue/greenish image from my right eye but blue/geen ocean with a big red island at bottom of the scan from my left eye(at 6 clock position). Of course my doctor didn't explained anything to me about what do this image means.

So i am quite disappointed at the result and pissed at my doctor's attitude: everything is a secret and I need to pressure him to get every tiny information.(after all they are my eyes and I paid for the whole thing).

I am not sure how much of these are contributed by dry eye and or some remind/introduced error. I am mostly worry about irregular astigmatism for my left eye.

I know that there is not much can be done at this stage but I tired of this "hide-seek-game" with my lasik doctor.

So I called my family doctor about the situation and asked him to refer me to a corneal specialist. He agreed with me and promise me the refer next Wed.

I don't mean to upset anybody, would really like to report something positive but .............

good luck to eveybody!
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2-weeks+ post op

Postby AgeRebel » Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:00 am

I'm past 2-weeks post op now and almost at the 3-week mark...

Right eye remains stable with good vision, but my left eye remains troublesome. Vision has not become any sharper and dryness has become more bothersome with left. Presumably that's coming about from the collagen plugs having dissolved since its been over a week since they were put in albeit my right eye feels just fine. Therefore no magical 2-week milestone for me and hoping 3rd or 4th weeks fare better.

Like daydream I really wished the Doctor at the LASIK center could be more specific about why results with my left eye can be so different from the right and that worries me most (myopia correction similar for both with slightly more Astigmatism on left). Is the cornea and/or flap taking longer to heal and why? Is it purely down to dryness? Does dryness inhibit healing? Did the correction not turn out right? Do I have edema on left?

My next appointment is at 4-weeks post op at the end of this month and am thinking already of getting a second opinion.

daydream; good luck with your corneal specialist. My situation seems very similar to yours so far...
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Postby blurryeyes » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:55 pm

Sorry to hear about your eyes. I am pretty much in the same boat. It has been 2 weeks since my Lasik procedure and I cannot see anything at a distance with clarity. My line of focus right now is about 6-7 feet. I cannot see license plates of the cars in front of me on the road and I definitely cannot see any street signs while driving. I had an astigmatism in both eyes and am starting to wonder if round 2 is coming up in a few months. I have a tough time with the whole thing because I just want some definitive answers..... which I understand just takes time.

Good Luck to you and I hope things clear up for you. Keep us all posted
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