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Postby rainsk8ter » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:39 pm

Hey all-

Just to give you a quick background. I had customvue lasik done about 2 years ago on my 22nd birthday. I am 24 years old now, however I am still dealing with some complications that bug me daily.

My complications are dry eye, glow, halos, poor computer vision, small amount of pain in my right eye.

I went to the lasik doctor about a year ago to ask them if there was anything I could do to improve the glow/halos. They said I had an epithelial ingrowth from the lasik procedure in my right eye. However they said this should not affect my vision or should concern me.

I went to a Ophthalmologist and they basically just said it is something I will have to deal with and there is nothing I can do.

I think I am running out of options besides just dealing with it.

Any recommendations of what I should do? I would love any feedback. Thanks

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Postby Pappy » Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:09 am

You might want to look at fitted RGP lenses.

You need a real specialist for this though. Some one who specializes in post lasik complications.

Boston eye and ear and a few people in dallas. There are not many people who do this so chances are you'd have to travel. Most of them will do phone / email consultations prior to see if they can even help you.

I would also look to talk to a corneal specialist in your area (some one not associated with lasik / this can be difficult to find most have a practice) to give you a second opinion.

You might not have to deal with it. Start with the second opinion and seach for fitted RGP lense specialists. DrG is one that I know of and the Boston group (not exactly sure the name) is another.

Best of luck.
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Postby aspenice » Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:02 am

What is a RGP lens? Is that what they do when you can't have lasik?
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Postby Pappy » Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:29 am

aspenice wrote:What is a RGP lens? Is that what they do when you can't have lasik?


Rigid gas permeal lenses. Contacts but for people with post lasik HOAs and night vision issues they are reported as the best way to reduce these (specially for those that surgery or further surgery cannot help). For people who have chronic dry eye they also help but I think they call these sclerals (I know a bit but not much on this...google would be your friend). Usually called a liquid bandage when used that way.

They also come in regular flavors too but then you wouldn't need to have them fitted. When trying to use a lense to correct HOAs (high order aberations) it requires a bit of magic to get it to work right.

Any ways, it seems 2 years out with a diagnosis of "live with it" this should be avenue the OP explores. From another board with people with severe post surgery complications many swear by this in helping them get semi functional vision and some fully fuctional at least better than "living with it".

Good luck!
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Re: about 2 years ago

Postby LasikExpert » Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:30 am

rainsk8ter wrote:I went to a Ophthalmologist and they basically just said it is something I will have to deal with and there is nothing I can do.


Perhaps you should seek the advice of a dry eye specialist. The symptoms you describe sound very much like dry eye issues. See our article about Lasik dry eye treatment.

Epithelial ingrowth can be benign, but should be monitored. If necessary, the flap can be lifted, the cells removed, the area flushed, and the flap repositioned. This can be done even years after Lasik.

Do you have your current eye prescription?
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