I have seen a few archived threads about this procedure but I wanted to see if anyone had anything to add. Here is an overview of the procedure: http://www.boxerwachler.com/whiteeyes/ It consists of the doctor, um, peeling off your sclera (clear membrane over eyes). Supposedly a "crystal clear memberane without red blood vessels, yellow or brown spots grows back in its place."
I asked my opthamologist about this procedure. He had never heard of it and said it sounded dangerous. What concerns me is that there is no peer-reviewed study on this procedure and I am having a hard time finding some unbiased feedback on personal experiences. I sent in my pictures, and I was told I would be a "great candidate." The cynical side of me thinks that they say that to everyone who sends in pictures. Anyway, I was told it would cost me $4,650 PER eye for the procedure. I live in the midwest so it would be a big commitment to fly all the way out there for a consultation.
Has ANYONE here had this surgery? What was your experience like? How long did recovery take? Are your eyes better than before, or about the same (or worse)? If you could do it again, would you?
Here's some background on me and why I am considering taking such drastic measures:
I am 26 years old, and my eyes have always been sensitive--they would get red after I wore my contacts all day. But once I moved across the country, they got even worse and now they are red all the time, even though I completely stopped wearing my contacts (and eye makeup) about 5 months ago. I use preservative-free eye drops regularly, and I have seen 3 different opthamologists who have given me varying diagnoses from "you have rosacea-associated blepharitis, that's why your eyes are red" to "you wore your contacts too long, so now you have these veins and the blepharitis is continuing to irritate them." The one constant feature is that there is nothing I can do except try to keep my lids clean and take fish oil.
My doctors have said things like "it's not THAT bad" and "oh nobody's eyes are perfectly white, what they do in the movies is all faked." That may be true, but I do know that when I see other people's eyes, they look much healthier than mine. And when I look at old pictures of me (even from just a year ago, before my move) my eyes are so, so much healthier-looking.
I want to get back to "normal" and not feel trapped in my own body behind these "dirty" eyes, but I also realize that this is a serious surgery that hasn't been proven safe (or even effective), and it will cost me $9,300, plus a round-trip plane ticket and hotel (and I'd have to take at least 3 days off from work). So I REALLY would appreciate ANY feedback, good or bad, about your thoughts and/or experiences with this procedure.
Thank you and take care.