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Sue

AOL

#1 Sep 27, 2006
I would like to read results of people who have had corrective eye surgery. I recently had surgery in one eye and am contemplating weather or not to have it done in the other. My results have not been typical.
Jamie

AOL

#2 Mar 29, 2007
just had Lasek 8 days ago and I have experienced serious pain for about 3 days that was greatly helped by vicodin. I am now trying to be patient with my recovery but my vision is very blurry and I am having trouble reading and being on the computer ( it is taking all I have to type this) I am kinda worried because I keep reading it may take months for my vision to be restored and all I want is to see clearly. Inside seems to be easier for me to see and right after I put in my drops it is clear and then goes blurry again. I would love some feedback from anyone who has experienced any of this.
Sherry

AOL

#3 Apr 6, 2007
Jamie I am one day post surgical. I have 20/30 vision. Pre surgerically I had -7 in both eyes. I did have some discomfort relieved by moisture drops. I did have a sinus headache due to the pollen blizzard we are having. As I type this, I am feeling great.
I say if you are having complications, see your surgeon or better still, see another opthamologist PRONTO !!!
Fred

Charleston, WV

#4 May 14, 2007
I had Lasek 3 weeks ago. The first week was rough, but it got better. I'm still a bit blurry at times but slowly getting better. I have some ghosting at nite, but not impossible to deal with right now. I use Predforte drops still and RefreshPlus tears. I'm also on Vit C and Omega 3s, before and after surgery. Were you told to stay out of sun? How is everyone else w/Lasek?
Fred

Charleston, WV

#5 May 14, 2007
Jamie wrote:
just had Lasek 8 days ago and I have experienced serious pain for about 3 days that was greatly helped by vicodin. I am now trying to be patient with my recovery but my vision is very blurry and I am having trouble reading and being on the computer ( it is taking all I have to type this) I am kinda worried because I keep reading it may take months for my vision to be restored and all I want is to see clearly. Inside seems to be easier for me to see and right after I put in my drops it is clear and then goes blurry again. I would love some feedback from anyone who has experienced any of this.
How are you doing now?
Golasik

Singapore, Singapore

#6 May 15, 2007
Lasik surgery has grown from a novel technique to "fix" eye disorder to a very common medical procedure.... should you go for lasik??
more resources here http://golasik.blogspot.com
Becky

AOL

#7 Aug 7, 2007
Jamie.... It is 8/07/07 and I had lasek on both eyes 8 days ago... I'm hoping that I will hear back from you .... to see how you are doing. My vision right now sounds IDENTICAL to the comments you posted.... It scares me how BLURRY everything is.... and I HOPE things are going to clear up for me. I go back to the surgeon next week.... but am not sure if I'll be able to drive 62 miles to my appointment !!!! Please reply ... Thanks so much !!!! Becky
Marcus

Mastic, NY

#8 Aug 10, 2007
I still haven't decided what I'm doing yet. I've been doing a lot of research and from what I hear most people say lasik is the best but as with anything there are complications. From all the sites I have seen though the best I came across so far is http://www.lasereyesurgerytruth.com
Cathy

Bensenville, IL

#9 Apr 10, 2008
In Jan Ď08 I had Lasek in my right eye. It was very painful/uncomfortable for almost a week (I would recommend taking time off of work for about 4 days if possible). The ghosting was pretty bad too; I was starting to get a little worried, but I was told to give it time. Now, about 3 months later, I hardly notice it. I no longer see the ghosting during certain situations (LED panel in my car, the computer in a well lit room, etc). Itís definitely getting better, but itís a very gradual process. Iím no longer worried. My distance vision and clarity is excellent (even at night) and colors are brilliant! Overall, Iím very happy with the lasek!

In Feb í08, I had the other procedure (Lasik) in my left eye. Because of the pain and time off of work, I opted for Lasik the second time around since I was a candidate for both. The recovery was a breeze and no ghosting. However, the distance and clarity isnít as great. Colors are a little dull in comparison to my right eye too. I also have some starbursts during night driving out of this eye. The brain is amazing; it uses the best of each eye when both eyes are open. Overall (with both eyes open) I donít notice any ghosting, starbursts, and my distance/clarity/color is excellent. I donít miss the glasses!!! By the way, I chose a very reputable surgeon.
SBY

United States

#10 May 14, 2008
I had Lasek in both eyes almost 2 weeks ago on May 1, 2008. I wanted to share my experience because I don't think it was too bad. I read all the horror stories before surgery and so expected/planned for the worst. In the end, I was mostly very sensitive to light for the two days following surgery, which I think was the basis of my pain and discomfort. With that said, the recovery time was not unbearable, mostly uncomfortable and inconvenient. I had the bandage contacts removed the 5th day after surgery, I had expected that to send me back to the pain/discomfort stage, but it actually made my eyes feel much better. Now, two weeks after surgery, my eyes feel great. During the day, I see well enough to drive. At night, there is still some ghosting, so I don't drive at night.
Overall, everyone heals differently. Even though my sight is not yet perfect, I still think it beats having to deal with all the trouble I had to go through juggling the use of glasses and contacts.
daahling

San Gwann, Malta

#11 May 28, 2008
I had Lasek done on both eyes exactly 2 weeks ago today. I slept for most of the first two days of recovery, waking only to insert the drops and to take 2 more painkillers (distalgesic), and then it was back to sleep. I found audio books and cds of stand-up comedians a BIG help for the first 3 days! On Day 3 my eyes were VERY swollen and I thought I had an infection but I called the clinic and they assured me that it was just because of the bandage lenses I was wearing. Days 4 and 5 had me seeing much clearer but I couldn't wait to have the lenses taken out. When they came out, I wasn't wowed by my improved sight but at least the discomfort of having them in was removed. Exactly 1 week after the op, I had an anxiety moment because I still wasn't seeing that great and I called the clinic in tears because of my great disappointment and worry that the op was a failure. But they again reassured me that it can take anything up to a month to see really clearly. I was driving after Day 5 but very cautiously and so far I haven't yet had to drive at night. At the week 2 mark, my longdistance vision has improved greatly, but am still struggling with my short distance vision and as I type this, I have blurred vision, but not as blurred as it used to be a week ago. I just hope that my sight will keep improving in order to silence the nagging doubt that they either under-corrected my sight or that this is the best it's every gonna get! Would love to hear from anyone who went through similar...
Parry

Monmouth Junction, NJ

#12 Jun 13, 2008
Give it more time. It took a few weeks for my vision to get sharp enough for comfortable reading. As for fine details, like the texture of a painted white wall, allow several months. One more note... I don't recall reading your age. If you're over 40, plan on buying cheap readng glasses at your local drug store.

Since: Jul 08

Bucharest, Romania

#13 Jul 8, 2008
Hi,
I have done Lasek 2 weeks ago, and still my vision is not clear in special indoors...when I watch TV or stay in front of the Computer, it is not clear at all.The doctor told me that for the near vision it takes sometimes more than a month to become clear, I wonder if your vision have improved in the meantime. Also, when I go inside supermarket, I can not see the products on display very clear. Outside, it is OK, and in the morning, my vision is much better than the end of the day.I would really appreciate your answer, and I want to know if your vision improved now.My e-mail address is madi_misca@yahoo.com Thank you

Since: Jul 08

Bucharest, Romania

#14 Jul 8, 2008
daahling wrote:
I had Lasek done on both eyes exactly 2 weeks ago today. I slept for most of the first two days of recovery, waking only to insert the drops and to take 2 more painkillers (distalgesic), and then it was back to sleep. I found audio books and cds of stand-up comedians a BIG help for the first 3 days! On Day 3 my eyes were VERY swollen and I thought I had an infection but I called the clinic and they assured me that it was just because of the bandage lenses I was wearing. Days 4 and 5 had me seeing much clearer but I couldn't wait to have the lenses taken out. When they came out, I wasn't wowed by my improved sight but at least the discomfort of having them in was removed. Exactly 1 week after the op, I had an anxiety moment because I still wasn't seeing that great and I called the clinic in tears because of my great disappointment and worry that the op was a failure. But they again reassured me that it can take anything up to a month to see really clearly. I was driving after Day 5 but very cautiously and so far I haven't yet had to drive at night. At the week 2 mark, my longdistance vision has improved greatly, but am still struggling with my short distance vision and as I type this, I have blurred vision, but not as blurred as it used to be a week ago. I just hope that my sight will keep improving in order to silence the nagging doubt that they either under-corrected my sight or that this is the best it's every gonna get! Would love to hear from anyone who went through similar...
Hi,
I have done Lasek 2 weeks ago, and still my vision is not clear in special indoors...when I watch TV or stay in front of the Computer, it is not clear at all.The doctor told me that for the near vision it takes sometimes more than a month to become clear, I wonder if your vision have improved in the meantime. Also, when I go inside supermarket, I can not see the products on display very clear. Outside, it is OK, and in the morning, my vision is much better than the end of the day.I would really appreciate your answer, and I want to know if your vision improved now.My e-mail address is madi_misca@yahoo.com Thank you
Steve

London, UK

#15 Jul 31, 2008
wow, this all sounds scarely familiar. I had lasek on both eyes a month ago. My close up vision is ok but my distance vision remains poor (I cannot read road signs until I am right on top of them) my vision was best after one week and gradually deteriated since. They keep trying to reassure me but I keep thinking hmmmm. I am off for my one month appointment today. Oh, and I forked out the extra money for wavefront so am even more disappointed at the moment.
Cynthia Bishop

Auckland, New Zealand

#16 Aug 11, 2008
Hi Everyone
I had lasek surgery done on one eye 11 days ago and feel a lot better after reading your postings. I was so disappointed that my vision is worse than it was, but now I realise I'll have to be patient. I am driving, but don't think I should be, I too can't see the road signs until I'm on top of them. I tried to post a comment earlier, but I can't see it here, so I think I did it wrong. Hope you guys get to read this one, and would love to chat with you all.
Kind regards,
Cynthia Bishop.
Col

Stoneham, MA

#17 Oct 22, 2008
I just has Lasek 10/10. The first week was horrible. I was really sensitive to light, constantly using eye drops with no relief and the contacts drove me mental. I was unable to wear contacts prior to the surgery because eye so having them in after the surgery was torture. I am now 12 days post surgery. I am no longer as light sensitive, using eye drops mostly just towards the afternoon and night time. I can see the TV, but reading is still not possible. The computer screen I can manage but it is blurry and screens that are really white bother me alot. I can't wait for the final results. Can anyone tell me how long it took for their final results?
laser1

Washington, DC

#18 Jan 26, 2009
Hey. I am considering LASEK. Where did you get yours done and were you happy. Also, I am an attorney that has to read a lot of documents, can you give me any insight as to how significant the "blurryness" is for the first week or so after the surgery. is it worse or better than when having your eyes dilated. Thanks.
Ann

Thames, New Zealand

#19 Mar 9, 2009
I had LASEK on Jan 3oth 2009, so at this point I am 5 and a bit weeks post op. The initial first weeks were down right scary,although the pain factor was negligible. I could see only light, dark, movement and colour! This has slowly improved until now where my vision is 6/9. It is good enough but not quite good enough, especially when driving in dim light or I have had a long day. I am wondering whether being middle aged is having a delayed healing effect, although I have been told this is not so.
Could anyone reply as to their longer term experiences. Perhaps 3-6 months later.
paul

Chesterfield, MO

#20 Mar 19, 2009
im 22 yrs old. I had lasek surgery exactly 8 days ago. I had a little disconfort the first 3 days, I can hardly feel the bandage contact that the doctors put on my eyes but my eyes were very teary and watery at night but no pain. 7 days after surgery I see "pretty good"; not perfect nor 20/20, but I see 10x's better then I did before surgery without glasses. Looking at the computer is a slight blurr but DR Chynn from park avenue laser told me that was normal. He told me to close my eyes every few minutes after looking at the computer and rest my eyes for a minute or two..You don't want to stare straight at a computer for a long period of time without blinking he said. I see a lot of people complaining about not seeing great the first week or 2, but we have to understand that your eyes are still healing, kinda like when you cut your hair and it grows, you can't see it grow but it grows gradually and before you know it, your hair is long again. Same thing with your eyes, everybody's heeling process is different. I got refered to Park Avenue laser by 2 people who had great results with lasek. It's only been 8 days for me but im very satisfied even though I don't see perfect as of yet.

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