9 Months after PRK...

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9 Months after PRK...

Postby houstonman » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:05 am

I have to say I have never been happier with my results. Everything is so perfect. If I HAD to point out any kind of flaw I would say being in low lit areas with bright lights like caasinos...I notice alot of starbursts around but nothing to major. I get use to it after 5-10 minutes but its still there. Everything is so clear other than that. The first 2-3 weeks my eyes would fluctuate and both eyes would exchange clear vision (one eye was never really worse than the other just a slight blur at most) and after 2-3 weeks it was over. Vision today has stabled out and if I had to guess I would say im 20/15 but have yet to test my self in months. Can't wait to go snowboarding this winter. Looking forward to it :-)

Feel free to ask any questions if u have em.
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Postby LasikExpert » Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:51 pm

Thanks for letting us know your final result. It's very valuable for readers to see the process.
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Postby bill carli » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:37 am

I had lasik over a year ago. they warned me about losing my close vision which was excellent. They said I would need cheaters. My distance vision,which had been good, was excellent after the lasik but it was difficult to read,even with cheaters after a while. They gave me contacts which they said would shaow me what an enhancement would do. It was wonderful. However, after the enhancement, I couldn't see distance or close up. I can only see clearly about 20 feet away. So they keep testing me and saying I'm 20/20 but in reality, I'm blind. sports are impossible, I can't referee or teach anymore, reading and typing are possible with magnification but are a strain. They keep having me buy new glasses, so I'm now $5000.00 out of pocket and I don't feel like getting up in the morning.
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:39 am

Bill,

I removed your duplicate post in the "Just Had It" section so we can use this one thread for comments about your Lasik complications.

What is your age? What was your prescription before surgery? What is your prescription now? What power of reading glasses do you use for the computer and what power do you use for reading?

Have your doctors provided a diagnosis regarding your vision clarity difficulties?
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Postby bill carli » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:11 am

I am 61
My card says distance -1.00
add +,+2.50 2.50
cylindrical-.50 -.25
I don't know what my prescription was before Lasik because I didn't have to wear glasses then. To use the computer, i bought a laptop that I can enlarge the font using the mousepad. The letters look about twicw as big as normal. To read books I bought a Kindle on which i can do the same thing. I'm looking into those big machines like they have in my school library that make the text gigantic. I supose this will bring my total cost over ten grand. Fortunately I never learned how to type, so I've always used two finger hunt and peck and know where all the letters are.
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:48 am

What was the purpose in having Lasik if you had no need for glasses?

At age 61 you would likely be fully presbyopic with virtually no ability to accommodate (focus on near objects). This is consistent with the "add +2.50) for the bifocal component of glasses.

The -1.00 is consistent with less than excellent vision at infinity, but reasonably good mid-distance (around 20 feet). With this perscription you should be able to read moderately close objects without glasses, need readers for near objects, and distance would be less than perfect.

Your description of your vision problems seems only partially explained by your prescription. It seems that you have more of a quality of vision problem than a quantity of vision.

Are you able to see with good clarity objects at any distance? As an example, can you see something at 20 feet away with the clarity you had known before surgery?
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Postby bill carli » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:14 am

I had friends that I played golf and softball that swore by Lasik surgery and i wanted to play the outfeld again and see my drives roll. (I'm a very long driver-280+) Tiger Woods' endorsements were compelling. I was just a fool since i could see so well to begin with. Betwween my Lasik and my enhancement, I had a stroke which affected my left-field vision but I could see clearly enough to read without glasses. they (the lasik surgeon) convinced me that I could see both distance and close with the enhancement. Since it was free, I was a fool again, and now the rest of my life is ruined. Despite my stroke, I can run and work out and my cognitive abilities are nearly as good as ever (I'm math major and qualify for Mensa) I lucked out in that all my workouts prior to my heart problems and stroke enabled my brain and heart to develop collateral arteries that brought blood to my affected areas. I can't really see much of anything with clarity . I can shoot baskets fairly well but i'm a 3-handicap golfer and I can't break 100 or play without a spotter.
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:42 am

bill carli wrote:I had friends that I played golf and softball that swore by Lasik surgery and i wanted to play the outfeld again and see my drives roll. (I'm a very long driver-280+) Tiger Woods' endorsements were compelling.


Okay, but Lasik is for people who need glasses. I still don't understand what was the purpose of having Lasik if you did not need glasses.

bill carli wrote:I was just a fool since i could see so well to begin with.


A person who does not need glasses does not need vison correction surgery and being able to see well is a strong indicator that Lasik is not required.

bill carli wrote:Betwween my Lasik and my enhancement, I had a stroke which affected my left-field vision...


What do you mean by "left-field vision"? Do you mean your left eye or the ability to see objects in your peripherial vision to your left?

bill carli wrote:...but I could see clearly enough to read without glasses.


At age 61 you would be fully presbyopic, meaning that seeing near objects to read would be impossible without reading glasses unless you were myopic (nearsighted), but you previously stated that you did not need glasses. I must be missing something because this simply does not make sense.

bill carli wrote:...they (the lasik surgeon) convinced me that I could see both distance and close with the enhancement.


Again, this does not make sense. If you did not need glasses for reading or distance (which itself does not make sense), why would you seek surgery to be able to see both distance and close if you could achieve this before the first surgery? There is a piece of the puzzle here I'm not catching.

bill carli wrote:I can't really see much of anything with clarity .


An obvious question would be if the stroke contributed to your vision difficulties.

What diagnosis has been provided by your doctor for your vision difficulties?
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your welcomed replys and answers to your questions

Postby bill carli » Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:47 am

By left-field vision, I mean seeing on the left side of each eye in other words peripheral vision to the left. I was given two field tests. One not long after my stroke that indicated a slight problem that would improve, and a recent one that indicated a worse problem that is probably due to the stroke and which was probably done to cover the eye doctor's butt. I certainly agree that I shouldn't have had the original Lasik surgery;I had excellent vision read mint marks and stock quotes and golf balls 300 yards away and make diving catches at the age of 60. I was a fool but they took advantage of me both times. I wanted to have super vision (as a youth i could read a newspaper from across the room and easily see the spin on a curve ball) and they convinced me I could recover that. i'm thinking about seeing a lawyer for them not talking me out of my foolishment. I'm tired of blaming my problems on misfortune (first patient of my cardiologist to suffer a stroke during valve replacement(1 of 400); 1% chance of decreased vision after Lasik surgery. I'm angry and want my life back or some kind of rvenge.
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your final question

Postby bill carli » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:09 am

My doctor's associate first prescribed strong cheaters for reading ($300.00) but they made everything even more blurry -think of a muddy windshield or reading underwater. When I complained again on their internet site, they tested me again (I have the chart about memorized), gave me the field test and prescribed bifocals ($200.00 more) I've had them a week and not only do they blurr things worse but make me nauseated as well. My nuerologist suggested a specific specialist but he just tested my retinas which were excellent. I've just been a vain old fool who had unnecessary surgery. I had misgivings from the get-go but listened to the wrong people and had too much confidence in the fancy tests they gave me beforehand, but i can't go back in time. I spent hundreds of dollars to have someone blind me at just the time I've been saving my money all my life to enjoy retirement. At least this forum has allowed me to unburden myself somewhat and maybe warn others with good vision to be careful. I sure wish I could wear glasses or contacts like the kids I used to pick on. Karma?
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