My corneal scraping aka debridement
For two weeks I've worn a bandage soft lens and taken Zymar drops 4 x day to prevent infection. Doc and I experimenting to see if we can do something to smooth my cornea. Problematic since lasik 7 1/2 years ago. Have also had a corneal ulcer in that eye and cataract surgery. Extremely dry from lasik and more recently know Sjogrens probably exacerbating dryness. Have Boston Scleral Lens and 3 trips to clinic. Left eye keeps me from being successful wearing them. My left eye is the one with best vision, but with the pain and extra dryness is often squinting.
Two days ago I had the debridement. Sometimes this is done as PTK with a laser and a skilled surgeon guiding the instrument. Here in Timbuktu, we have the plain old hand held diamond burr thing and another pointed instrument which looked like a dentist's scraper.
Doctor B did the procedure while I had my chin in the harness sitting up very straight. He numbed me with a few drops and then started. He then added more drops when I winced. He had the pointed thing and ran it back and forth over my cornea. I could feel it as a pressure. He then took something that sounded like a dentist's drill (a small hand held diamond burr) and ran thing over my eye with some force. I pulled my head back at one point when he really put the pressure on. The procedure was not really painful, but the feel of pressure on your "bad" eye is not a pleasant thing. He slapped on a clean bandage lens and gave me more drops. I'm using Pred Forte, Zymar and Acular (LS) 4x day.
I went back today for a checkup. It has been two days since the surgery. Doc B said I had about 50% of my epithelium growth back. No DLK, which is great because I know he was expecting it because of a bout after lasik. I go back in 4 days for removal. I'll keep up with the drops in the meantime. My eye is uncomfortable in the meantime, which one would expect from this procedure. I'll report back after I've had the lens removed
I've been seeing a lot of posts from new people on here and Lasermyeye.org from folks having EBMD. It is a hard thing to describe to people.
If this has anything beneficial for me, great. If not, I had to try this as it seems bandage lens have been helping patients on similar circumstances. My eye crap is so old that it's "nothing ventured, nothing gained." This does not include surgery of a more invasive type!
Lucy, Queen of Dry Eye
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