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  • Shogan
    started a topic Post-LASIK Regret

    Post-LASIK Regret

    Hey DEZ,

    I spent the last few weeks browsing the forums and just last night I gathered the courage to register and post my story. I am relatively new to having DES, but already having immense trouble, more than physically, dealing with it.

    Early in March 2010 I received LASIK (all-Laser) surgery in preparation for a physically demanding career...jeez, in hindsight I wish I would have just told them all to f*** off. However, I rushed into it far too quickly (at the recommendation of my brother who received PRK in 2006) and wasn't even aware of what dry eyes was prior to my procedure. My LASIK procedure was a success in the fact that I see 20/10 (I was only a -1.75 in both eyes prior) and have no visual disturbances (no halos, ghosting etc).

    The first week of healing was, I assume, normal. I had the "foreign object" sensation for about a week to two weeks which gradually improved. And from the second week on my eyes were as they had been prior to the surgery. I was back to my regular lifestyle, and by the fourth week I weaned myself to only dropping after waking and before sleeping.

    I went about two or so months before I started developing DES. I recall waking up one morning, about 2 weeks ago, tearing profusely. Since then I have had the "menthol" or "exposed" feeling along with dryness in the inner part of my sclera, the part between my cornea and bridge of my nose. I blink a ridiculous amount without any relief and have started reusing Systane Ultra frequently.

    I scheduled an appointment with a Cornea Specialist at the Brandon Cataract and Eye Clinic here in Tampa. I tried to prepare myself for the appointment going through all the questions I needed to ask, and while I felt at the time of the appointment I exhausted myself and him, I wish I had of asked more. He prescribed me with Alrex (a corticosteroid) which I have come to learn is an anti-inflammatory. I have been using 1 drop in the morning for about a week now with zero improvement. I have another appointment with him in a week and am again writing down all the questions that gather in my head. This time I am going to ask him for some tests so I can have some tangible answers.

    Aside from the physical pain and discomfort I have been struggling with this emotionally and mentally. I am a 23 year old guy, recent graduate from college with so many hopes and dreams professionally, financially and personally. I am in a serious relationship with my girlfriend, and I fear that I've f***ed it all up. Struggling through the last 2 weeks, I can't imagine my next 60 years like this. I am soon to hear back from the FAA on my Air Traffic Controller application, and I just began my application to Air Force Officer Training School. LASIK was meant to better my life, not ruin my plans.

    Anyways, off to work. I am excited to join the community and am thankful for a place to share my concerns and my story.

    Thanks,
    Steve

  • Shogan
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    Originally posted by Aaron77 View Post
    Do you find that DR.G's lenses also give you dry eye relief?
    Yes, but not the end all solution. In combination with other treatments it works excellent. While wearing the contacts my cornea and a bit of area around the cornea is contained in a bath of saline. However outside of the surface area of the scleral lens the eye still has problems. The most notable effect is regarding the ability to hold my eyes open longer. I no longer get the sudden onset sting of exposed cornea due to evaporation.

    to abbygirl,

    yes my eyes were puffy, swollen and slightly red in the a.m. My eyelids still stick to my eyes in the morning, so I wake carefully, but all of my eyelid swelling is visibly diminished, most notably the color. My eyelids and margins no longer are bright red, but now rather a healthy pink.

    I have yet to speak to my optometrist about the results.

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  • abbygirl
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    Shogan,
    I am so happy that things are looking up for you!!! I think alot of my dry eye problems are from inflammation also. Were your lids puffy and red in the AM??? I have found cold compresses work OK for the puffiness (after about 2 hours) but I am still left with some reddness. You mentioned seeing a DrG in Dallas...seems to have helped you. I am in Houston..where is DrG?? I would love to be able to get into a contact lens at least in one eye.

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  • Aaron77
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    Originally posted by Shogan View Post
    Update

    I also had the grate fortune of visiting DrG in Dallas. I left with an excellent pair of contacts that completely rid the bizarre light patters at night. I can honestly say that my night vision has been restored. They take a while to get used to but the more I wear them the better they feel. While they haven't completely fixed all of my issues, I am extremely thankful to DrG for the long hours he puts in to making each contact.
    Do you find that DR.G's lenses also give you dry eye relief?

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  • SAAG
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    It's just another steroid drop - a different active ingredient than Lotemax.

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  • Margaret
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    Can someone explain what FML is and does? Is it different from Lotemax?

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  • SAAG
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    Has your doc told you how long they expect to keep you on the FML? I keep wondering if someone with long-standing post-LASIK dry eye could go on it, bring down the inflammation long enough for things to "re-boot" and then slowly go off it and have life go back to normal... maybe it's not possible... I wonder though...

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  • Shogan
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    I was placed on 2-4 times a day. I've been applying it 3 times: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • SAAG
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    This is fantastic news! So happy for you! Just curious, what is the dosing regimen of FML that he put you on?

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  • Shogan
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    Update

    Well its been almost 5 months since my last post. With the help of excellent doctors and much trial and error I have narrowed down the causes of my problems. My dry eye is almost certainly due to inflammation. Over the last few months things seemed to escalate pretty quickly. I developed daily eye strain headaches that completely put me on my butt. I developed a twitch in my upper right eyelid that bugged me for about 3-4 weeks.

    So I visited another doctor and went through the same initial regimen of eye drops etc. I was directed to buy an otc overnight eye ointment for my lagopthalmos (spelling?) that she diagnosed. I had some severe reaction to the ointment pretty quickly...extreme red eye for about 4-5 hours in the morning, burning, and globs of mucus. I quit that and was prescribed FML. FML has restored my world. My eyes no longer get red even after hours on the computer or watching TV. It used to be after 10 minutes. My eyelids and eye margins are no longer swollen, red, and I assume inflamed. However, I am scared of coming off the drop. Is it back to the same problems?

    I also had the grate fortune of visiting DrG in Dallas. I left with an excellent pair of contacts that completely rid the bizarre light patters at night. I can honestly say that my night vision has been restored. They take a while to get used to but the more I wear them the better they feel. While they haven't completely fixed all of my issues, I am extremely thankful to DrG for the long hours he puts in to making each contact.

    Well thats the quick and simple of the last 4 or 5 months. I'm glad to have narrowed down the causes, glad to have experienced DrGs work, and thrilled with FML. However, still uncertain of whats to come after the drop.

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  • LilyFair
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    Thanks Rose!

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  • Sammy B.
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    Lily,

    Dr. Hector is in Bradenton, FL, so that is a bit of a drive from Miami.

    Dr. Toyos has been holding IPL sessions every month in either Miami Beach or Ft. Lauderdale. Not sure where he'll be this month or next month, but if IPL has interested you, and if you have MGD, it might be worthwhile to see him since you'll be in his general area.

    Rose

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  • LilyFair
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    Originally posted by Lucy View Post
    Shogun, so happy you are feeling better about your eyes. During the early times, each day seems like a week. After awhile time goes more quickly and at a year you almost forgot. Thanks for posting your information. It is good info, neither a "no problem" post nor anything scary. Lucy

    I was at a dry eye seminar when Dr. Hector was a presenter. I was just in Fla and could have made an appt with him. I live in Mich, so it's something I need to think ahead about. Maybe next year. I don't think I would ever see the doc who does the expensive consult. I have been to drs who have charged that much though. I hope your future includes the things you want to do. You are still a young man.
    Where is Dr Hector located Lucy? Have you head good things about him? I'm a post lasik dry eye person, had the Lasik last June, no dry eye before that. I'm in Miami Beach for the next month and wondered if he was anywhere near me.

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  • Perception
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    Shogan,
    Glad to hear you are doing ok. I am 8+ months now. Even though some of the complications remain, I mentally am getting along better than before.

    I too plan to see Dr G this summer in July. We'll have to share experiences.

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  • Lucy
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    Shogun, so happy you are feeling better about your eyes. During the early times, each day seems like a week. After awhile time goes more quickly and at a year you almost forgot. Thanks for posting your information. It is good info, neither a "no problem" post nor anything scary. Lucy

    I was at a dry eye seminar when Dr. Hector was a presenter. I was just in Fla and could have made an appt with him. I live in Mich, so it's something I need to think ahead about. Maybe next year. I don't think I would ever see the doc who does the expensive consult. I have been to drs who have charged that much though. I hope your future includes the things you want to do. You are still a young man.

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