blurry vision and no help

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blurry vision and no help

Postby GeneralPatientInquiry » Tue May 30, 2006 9:22 pm

I had surgery less than a week ago and things are very blurry and foggy for me. I have been to the laser clinic 2 times since the surgery and they tell me this is normal. The problem is the Dr there is extremely unhelpful, in fact, he is rude and mean to the point that I left the office crying last night. The only information I gatherered was that I have +2 edema. He simply does not see the need to explain it to me and tells me I am fine and that I can pass a drivers test so I can certainly drive and take care of my children. I feel that I can't and it is upsetting to me. He did give me some Muro 128 to "help" me but it hurts so bad and only seems to make my eyes hurt and feel more dry. Is this medication something I should continue even though it feels like it is not helping? Is it more for temporary relief or will it resolve the swelling? I understand that the healing process takes longer for those of us with higher RXs but have no idea how long I can expect to be less than functional. I can't get any answers from this doctor and just want to know what to expect. I'm scared.
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Re: blurry vision and no help

Postby LasikExpert » Tue May 30, 2006 10:52 pm

I am very sorry to hear of your experiences, especially the troubling response of your surgeon.

The symptoms you describe are not at all "normal", but they probably derive from known problems that are reasonably well understood.

Edema (swelling) of the cornea can occur after traditional Lasik and IntraLasik. Edema can cause the poor vision quality problems you describe.

Temporary dry eyes are a common problem after IntraLasik and Lasik. The corneal nerves that regulate your tearing function are disrupted and take some time to regain sensitivity. To compound the situation, those are the same nerves that tell you your eyes are dry. We have a detailed article at about Lasik and dry eye treatment.

Dry eye can cause edema, and can exacerbate edema caused by other issues. Dry eye is something you can undoubtedly help by following the guidelines at the link above.

Prescribing Muro 128 seems reasonable, but not if it is causing other problems. This needs to be evaluated by a doctor.

From your description of your treatment, you clearly need to seek a second opinion. You are not getting your questions answered and it is obvious that your faith in your doctor is shaken. The doctor may have seen your situation dozens of times and knows that it clears up, but that is not an excuse to not explain to you exactly what is happening, or to be rude.

A second opinion will undoubtedly give you some peace of mind. It may determine that you are already on the right course and should stay with your current doctor, or you need to be on a different path and know to seek care elsewhere.

If your doctor works in a multi-doctor clinic, ask first if you can be evaluated by one of your doctor's colleagues. If not, or if declined, I recommend you seek the care of a cornea specialist at a university based teaching hospital. They tend to have all the resources needed. If you have difficulty finding a doctor, please contact me and I will help locate a doctor to help you.
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