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Boston

Lafayette, LA

#1 Jun 4, 2006
How successful is this procedure? What other options are there when glasses will not correct the problem. It seems that post RK patients who are reaching late 40's present a new challange to Dr's trying to correct vision with past standard procedures.

I have been to 1/2 dozen eye doctors and still have trouble passing a standard driving eye exam.

Looking for help--------

Thanks!
monovision over lasik

United States

#2 Jul 6, 2006
I had lasik over rk and it has been 3 weeks and I cannot see. It was obviously a big mistake unless I strt seeing some iprovement soon, I am using drops,etc constantly trying to improve the dryness,but have blurry distance vision and good close up vision.
Glenn - USAEyes dot org

Georgetown, CA

#3 Aug 19, 2006
Boston wrote:
How successful (Lasik after RK)
A tremendous amount of the probability of success depends upon the exact nature of your eyes.

Many who had RK are experiencing a fluctuation in vision throughout the day and a shift toward hyperopia (farsighted, longsighted) vision. Lasik will not help fluctuations, and may make them worse. Lasik will not stabilize the cornea to stop a hyperopic shift.

In addition to the problem of being hyperopic, most people who had RK are now presbyopic (need reading glasses). The combination of hyperopia and presbyopia often results in poor vision at all distances.

Before having surgery, you should investigate the newer technology Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses. RGPs can smooth out the corneal surface irregularities often caused by the RK incisions, correct refractive error, correct astigmatism, and provide additional stability. Getting the right fit can take some trial and error, but if you search for an eye doctor who has experience with previous RK patients you may find that RGPs give you what you need.

If you do decide to opt for surgery, consider all options including PRK, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE), and Phakic Intraocular Lenses (P-IOL).
ronnie

Buda, TX

#4 Aug 22, 2006
any doctor who would do lasik over rk is a butcher
ronnie

Buda, TX

#5 Aug 22, 2006
my2618 eyes were butchered by ernest howerton at the howerton eye center in austin texas. howerton was fully aware that the rk procedure was obselete but he could not perform lasik in the united states in april of 1995 so he did a sort of bait and switch scam. I heard his ad on the radio and went to his office where he presented rk to me as being a good alternative to lasik. he did not tell me that the primary purpose of lasik is to avoid making the deep insisions that cause permanent hyperopic vision. howerton is a total scumbag and I welcome any law suit.
ronnie

Buda, TX

#6 Aug 22, 2006
any one out there who wants to phone howertons office and tell him I posted here please do so. of course howerton was not the only refractive surgery scumbag who continued to do rk long after it was obselete. there are a lot of scumbags out there
Mat-03

Still River, MA

#7 Aug 28, 2006
Informative in many ways
For positive info go to http://www.robbinseyecenter.com

Since: Feb 07

Islip Terrace, NY

#8 Feb 6, 2007
Hello from a newbie!
Hi out there. I wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I’ve been searching the web for info about lasik and found this board. I’ve never thought about joining a board before, but after reading through some posts, I’m happy I did. I just want to say thanks to everyone for the support you offer here.

Since: Feb 07

Islip Terrace, NY

#9 Feb 11, 2007
Thanks for the Support.
I just joined this board and have been reading through a bunch of posts. I wanted to tell you all how much I appreciate all the support you give one another. I think it will be really helpful for me to read what other people are going through. So, thanks!

Since: Feb 07

Islip Terrace, NY

#10 Feb 12, 2007
Great lasik video
I found this site called realhealth.tv which has a great video. Even though I am a new member, I think everyone here would really like watching this film b/c it was really nice hearing and watching someone talk about their difficulties and how they cope. I wanted to share this with everyone here, hoping it would help you guys too. Here's the link http://www.realhealth.tv/site.html... .
ricky fatton

United States

#11 Jun 23, 2007
Martin

Austin, TX

#12 Aug 15, 2007
Howerton convinced me to do PRK rather than LASIK this March. It's much safer and less invasive, he said. That would be, of course, if he hadn't overcorrected and shaved off 75% too much of my corneas. Now instead of being just nearsighted, I am farsighted AND nearsighed. Rather than being able to throw away my glasses I had to buy new ones and I am extremely high risk of needing cornea transplants in the future. Lesson to be learned: DO NOT ENTRUST YOUR VISION TO DR. ERNEST HOWERTON! He does these surgeries in bulk and does not care about the individual patient. The only concern he has shown since my surgery is for liability. He is quick to point out the waiver you sign prior to surgery essentially releasing him from liability.
kay

United States

#13 Feb 4, 2008
I had monovision over rk in houston tx and it has been a nightmare. It has totally declined my quality of life. My vision is decent in the morning and then by 10 or 11 it begins to decline becoming blurry and terrible depth reception. I cannot function with the help of glasses that are all but hokey! any suggestions of what and where to turn!!
kay

United States

#14 Feb 4, 2008
Any suggestions! or where to turn for help...I had Lasik mono over rk and it has been a disaster!
My vision and quality of life are awful..It has been almost 2 years.
Chris Stahl

Cedar Park, TX

#15 Apr 16, 2008
kay wrote:
Any suggestions! or where to turn for help...I had Lasik mono over rk and it has been a disaster!
My vision and quality of life are awful..It has been almost 2 years.
I am in the same boat as you with Lasik mono 20/50 over RK (16 incisions) left eye. I get drastic fluctuation during the day where at the end of the day, my vision in the left eye is horrible. Fortunately, I never got RK in the right eye, but did Lasik and see well out of this eye. I am interested in your story and procedures.
penelope jones

Denver, CO

#16 Apr 17, 2008
ronnie wrote:
my2618 eyes were butchered by ernest howerton at the howerton eye center in austin texas. howerton was fully aware that the rk procedure was obselete but he could not perform lasik in the united states in april of 1995 so he did a sort of bait and switch scam. I heard his ad on the radio and went to his office where he presented rk to me as being a good alternative to lasik. he did not tell me that the primary purpose of lasik is to avoid making the deep insisions that cause permanent hyperopic vision. howerton is a total scumbag and I welcome any law suit.
Ronnie, your comments are not taken seriously when you do not provide proof of your surgery. From the outside perspective it seems your are trying to slander someone you don't even know.
penelope jones

Denver, CO

#17 Apr 17, 2008
ronnie wrote:
any doctor who would do lasik over rk is a butcher
First you were criticizing PRK, now you are saying that anyone who would do lasik is a butcher. You are clearly confused and contradicting yourself.
daman

AOL

#18 Dec 16, 2008
After having RK in 1994 I struggled with a slightly nearsighted eye and a slightly farsighted eye for six years. In 2000 I had lasik done on the farsighted eye, first to make it nearsighted and then a month later to make the final correction.
I consider the surgery a success. One benefit was I no longer have the big morning to night fluctuations in that eye.
Rheanna

Jacksonville, FL

#19 Jul 23, 2009
I had RK surgery done quite a few years ago and was never really happy with the results. I had trouble getting glasses/contacts to further correct the issue and no one wanted to touch me as far as laser surgery! I was so frustrated and had given up when my brother told me about Dr. Gulani. The trip to Fl for a consultation with Dr. Gulani salvaged my sight and I now see better than 20/20! He is a modern day miracle worker where I thought none could be found. Dr. Gulani actually preforms laser surgeries on top of previous RK surgeries and his outcomes speak for themselves! No more glasses, no more contacts...For the first time in my life I can truely see! I recommend him to everyone I meet and I strongly encourage anyone who reads this to check him out at www.gulani.com
Bill1994

Frisco, TX

#24 Jul 17, 2011
Had RK in 1994 and generally consider it a success. But has anyone been able to fix the light-spokes-at-night problem?

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