I saw my OD today (affiliated with my LASIK center) ... this was my 6th visit over the past 6 months (close to 6 moths ... surgery was 09/12/11).
I brought my wife with me and re-read the article on how to prepare for your visit, set goals, expectations, etc.
I have been on Restasis for 5 months and my goal was to get off it ... and she said to try stopping it today and see how it goes for a day or two. So I got what I wanted, but I am definitely scared what will happen. I really, really, really want to keep my tear film going "on my own" and get rid of the burning from the Restasis. So I need some prayers from fellow supporters, please!
Two months ago, my TBUT was 5-6 seconds; today she told me my left was 16 and my right was 12. I really do hate being pessimistic, but I simply don't believe her. And I did not tell her that. My left is definitely better than my right (sometimes I feel like simply removing that eye). So, I guess I will see what happens.
I have been wearing my onion goggles all day and still have them on. The fancy 7eye's I had made with custom lenses are being fixed. After they put the new expensive lenses in, they did not fit well (especially on my right eye, the worse eye). So they made a few adjustments and cracked the lens. So they are now re-doing the lenses.... I must admit these $26 onion goggles are a small miracle.
I have a scheduled appointment with another corneal specialist (MD), this will be my 3rd visit (hopefully last visit) on the 17th. So I am hoping his measurements are consistent with my OD's or somewhere close to it.
I also asked my doctor if I had any type of Eyelid Margin Disease (Blepharitis or Meibomitis) and she said no. I told her I was doing compresses with "rice baggies" and she did not know exactly what that was, so I took Rebecca's advice and explained it to her ... and she listened. She told me to keep doing what I was doing.
I also asked if there was any corneal staining and she said no. Lids look good, cornea looks good, tear film looking good.
And she said to keep my lower permanent plugs in ... there are no problems with them.
I also found it a little funny, because she tested my eyes with the chart.... left and right eye. And told me to really try, blink etc... I know they want my eyes to be 20/20 but their not ... and I really don't care. I am fine with my glasses ... I actually like my glasses and just want to put the dry eye to bed.
Lastly, I am seeing a new Psychiatrist tomorrow ... my next goal is to get my head screwed back on and get off the meds I am on.
I want to be on the triumph board.... and I want to help others.
Well, that's my update ... I hope to be back soon with more good news.