LasikExpert wrote:Dry eye is the most common reported complication of Lasik and although it commonly resolves during the normal six month healing period, it can last longer.
Lasik Expert, I really hope there are cases where this dryness continues to get better even after the normal 6 month healing period.
I had Lasik done last July '07, about 8 months ago. A month after my surgery my doc told me during at a routine check-up that my eyes were "a little" dry, so I should use eye drops regularly. I didnt really think too much of it because my eyes felt pretty good, and I also had some other personal stuff going on at the time, and they weren't bothering me so I didnt take it too seriously.
Well, it wasnt until I went out to Arizona for a few weeks in November when my eyes bothered me for the first time really for a few days off and on, but even then I just thought I had some new found allergy or something, and hadn't thought about the Lasik at all. I remember driving across the Texas pan handle, the dustbowl I think they call it, and my eyes were killing me, and still I had no idea what it could possibly be. I didnt draw a connection. Then back in Boston starting in about January, when winter really started to set in, is when I realized the cold dry weather was causing it, as my eyes started bothering me again. Also when I was in Mexico City around New Years time, although when I went out to the coast they were fine. But then back to Mexico City, and especially up at Teotihuacan, irritation!!
Its now been about 6 weeks of this intermitent dryness and its really starting to bother me now.
Will this, can this often still improve?
I really hope its not uncommon for this to continue improving, even after the first six months. I work outdoors for a living and yesterday my eyes were irritatiing me in any sort of wind.
I really hope there are many cases out there of people who continue to have dry eye symptoms improve even after the normal first six months, and continue to get better to 12-18 months after.
Can you tell me what you think? I am getting depressed over this. Thanks a lot for your help and advice.
I hope I do not have to live with this nuisance every winter for a few months now for the rest of my life, or everytime I go to out Utah now to visit relatives, or anytime I'm in the arid mountains again or something. I love Colorado and was thinking of moving back one day, I also love trimming trees in the winter, in the brisk cold crisp dry winter air when nobody's out, but not if its gonna be like this!
What a scam this is!! This is something they should let patients know about before they undergo a Lasik procedure, and not just with a quick sign here right 5 minutes before you're about to go in like they did with me, after you've paid, gone through all the prep exams, and asked all the questions about risk, and met with everyone, and everything like that and are just waiting to go in for the procedure. Then they say, "Oh, and sign this form now too Ben. You must copy this short paragraph into this box." "Oh no though, it should be fine.."
What a business scam this is! Its one of the biggest Lasik firms in Boston too!! Advertised in all the local papers for years with the biggest and best ads!
I really hope this improves.
I saw the doctor and he said it is just some "short term nuisance winter dryness." And he's not worried about me having any problems long-term. I hope not.
Otherwise I'm ready to go into their waiting room on a Friday, the one day of the week that they schedule all the Lasik procedures, and expose them to the whole waiting room. This is not fair. How can they do this to people. I hope its not permanent. I'm already making plans to move to Miami.