Lasek surgery
Lee

London, UK

#47 Sep 15, 2011
Hi everyone,

I too had many of the eye issues you guys have already spoken about on this forum but things have improved significantly recently and I wanted to post this to, maybe, at least tell a story of how things can straighten themselves out over time.

I had my Wavefront Lasek on the 13th August 2011. I had pain and discomfort for three days and nights after the procedure. On the day after the procedure I could read the very smallest of letters on the eye chart and the Optometrist was very happy.

From then on throughout the rest of the week, and especially after the protective lens were removed, my eyes became more blurry, my left eye in particular was the worse and I started to see double vision in that eye. I could just about watch some television with my sun glasses on but reading a newspaper or seeing the text on my computer just wasnít happening. This went on for a second week, the end of which I still wasnít at driving standard yet.

By the third week I switched from the bottle of Blink (with preservatives in) to Blink preservative free dry eye drops and from that point my eye sight started to improve.

By the end of my 4th week the blurriness in my right eye has gone although a small amount remains in my left eye. I can see to use the computer again and read the newspaper but my near vision is not as good as it was before (I am 44 years old though) but I am told this will improve. My distance vision is now very good indeed and probably better than the 20:20 vision I recorded a short time ago.

Ok, so to recap; although I experienced both blurry eyes and double vision and was cursing myself for having had the procedure I now feel I am on my road to recovery and better eye sight.
The things that helped me:

1. I stopped putting my dry eye drops in my eyes immediately before going to bed as I think this makes the eye stick to the lids. It your eye sticks to the lids it makes sense that the outer layer of the eye could be affected this impacting the quality of vision. Try to have your last application 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed

2. Switched to preservative free eye drops. Got these from Optical Express as my eyes were stinging when I put them in. They said the sting was because my eyes were reacting to the preservative

3. I kept religiously to the eye drop procedures. I was told that the FML drops were very important and this apparently reduces the pressure and helps reduce scaring, haze, blurriness, etc. In fact, I ran out of the two bottles of FML in my 3rd week and got a new bottle so I used this stuff quite extensively.

Iím not saying that my eyes are perfect as they are not and they certainly arenít stable yet but I feel the worse could be over. I will post again after my 3 months are up to report my outcome at that stage.

Lee.
Shaz

Carlisle, UK

#48 Sep 26, 2011
I had Lasek with wavefront on 2nd September 2011 it's now 18th and I have been driving only 3 days, and I'm not chancing it in the evenings now it's getting darker earlier.Reading all these posts have made me feel more positive. Two weeks after my surgery I was in tears regreting it. But I am slowly seeing improvements. My sight is perfect for about half and hour in the morning and straight after putting drops in. My next appontment is on 2nd October. I'm going to try the Blink preservative free and see if it helps. I am down to one drop of FML a day. Today though my sight is quite bad, don't know why! And my left eye is quie sore. Any ideas?
Cassie

London, UK

#49 Dec 7, 2011
i had lasik eye surgery about 2 years ago but my vision deteriated so i was given the option to have Lasek surgery free of charge as part of my lifetime guarantee with Ultralase. I had it done on Saturday(its now Wednesday) and my eye sight is so bad!! i have VERY blurry vision and my eyes are very painful. i was warned about this, but it's still very scary!
im getting my contact lenses out tomorrow(Thursday) so i'm hoping that my eyes will be a touch less sore then.
I did expect some pain and for my vision to take more time than with Lasik to be better, but i really was not prepared for this!
i had both my eyes done together and i'm in a lot of pain right now. I went for a check up on Monday(2 days after surgery) and she said my eyes were fine, but it doesn't really do much for comfort.
id definately recommend Lasik over Lasek - didn't have any discomfort after that at all!!
:(
Karen Lanarkshire

Glasgow, UK

#50 Feb 25, 2012
I had Lasek surgery on the 17/02/2012 it is now 8 days since surgery and I have been given the all clear to drive and been told my vision is better than 20/20, and still recoveringand will improve even more. Althought on evening after surgery and next day were very uncomfortable I have had no discomfort since just dry eyes. My eyes at times still fluctuate slightly which I have been informed is normal and my left eye recovering slightly quicker. I am over the moon with the outcome so far and would say to anyone considering Lasek the surgery itself is painless, quick with no discomfort at all. Everyone heals and recovers at different rates and everyones experience is different, all I can say is I wish I had done it years ago, it is already making such a difference to my life. Thank you Optical Express.
Gareth

Milton Keynes, UK

#51 Feb 28, 2012
After years of researching the different procedures i finally opted to have lasek treatment two weeks ago. i chose this mainly because i do a lot of contact sports meaning lasik is less viable as the cornea wont necessarily remain in place after a severe knock though it is apparently rare for this to occur but a risk i wasnt willing to take. The lasek treatment took about 5 - 10minutes and i immediately noticed a difference in the clarity of my vision. However 24 hours after the op was a very uncomfortable night where i woke without fail every 2 hours feeling like someone was scraping glass over my eyes. Thanks to the anaesthetic drops and painkillers i persevered for the night and from day 3 to 5 it was mildly uncomfortable with a lot of time spent with my eyes shut. Once the contact lenses (aka banfages) were removed i felt fine and have had no further discomfort. Unfortunately despite having 20/20 vision on my day 1 checkup i was fairly disheartened to find my vision was blurry on the removal of the contacts. i was told this was normal and it would take a few days for the eyes to adjust. a few days later i returned for another checkup, still with blurry vision and was told it was because the centre of my eyes were too dry so aswell ss already using the artificial tears i was given an oil based lubricant to use 4 - 6 times a day. As i said i had the op 2 weeks ago and my vision is still blurry which did worry me despite being told it was normal by the optometrist until i spoke to several friends who had undergone the same treatment prior and they all told me they had the same problems for up to a month. Hopefully anyone reading this who is having these problems will take some comfort in knowing this as i have and not expect immediate results.
Raja

Preston, UK

#52 Apr 10, 2012
Hi guys, would just like to put in my own personal experience. I had my Lasek Wavefront done in both eyes on March 30th 2012 at Harley Street Optical Express.

As you may already know the first 3-4 days are VERY UNCOMFORTABLE but i will have to be totally honest and say i DID NOT use the Pain killer eyes drops AT ALL. this being said I believe it is bearable by people so please do not be afraid of the pain you hear of, I am a prime example that did not use the strong pain killer drops. However I did use Paracetomol for the 4 days to help with the pain and discomfort.

it has now been 11 days since my treatment and I have to say my Vision has improved DRAMATICALLY. it was hazy and blurry for the first 7 days but from the 8th day it reduced and i am able to drive and read. Only issue is that I have slight double vision and later in the day towards the night my eyes do get blurry and vision diminishes.

I believe sticking to the eye drops religiously helps ALOT. As ive had 5 check ups in 11 days (as i had a eyelash stuck in my epethelium which had to be removed with tweezers) and everytime ive been seen I have been told my eye sight has improved significantly compared to a lot of people who have Lasek done. I believe this is due to resting sufficiently and keeping your eyes protected and taking the drops as prescribed.

I have been suffering pain in the middle of the night in both eyes so will be going back for another check up very soon.I read in an earlier post it may be because i use the Blink drops just as im going to bed which may make the eyelids stick hence the pain and discomfort. So i will try tonight to take the drops 30mins before bed to see if that helps.

other than that I would advise if you have had Lasek done be patient and you will reap the rewards over the next few weeks. everyone heals at their own rate but you can help it by resting sufficiently and taking the eye drops as prescribed.

Anyone considering to have Lasek, have it done at a time where you can rest at least 10 days. Which i have been told helps a lot in recovery and which has helped me considerably.

Everything going well i feel as though my eyesight may be fully restored within 6 weeks (even though it takes up to 12 weeks to fully heal and vision to improve)

I hope this has helped.
Thomas
#53 Aug 17, 2012
Hi all. I had lasek done on August 4th. For the first few hours after the surgery I was in a great deal of pain but after nice long nap that subsided. My vision cleared up in about a week but I'm still really light sensitive now 2 weeks later. Wouldn't be a problem if I worked inside, but I'm outside in the summer sun so the recovery couldn't come fast enough.
Bob

UK

#54 Oct 14, 2012
I had LASEK done on both eyes at Moorfields 10 days ago. Had pretty much the same experience as everyone else for the first 2/3 days. Now I'm 10 days in and my vision isn't as good as I had expected. I can watch the Tv and drive but reading the text or programme info on the TV is an issue ! From reading the other posts this seems normal and I think I'll have to be patient. It seems as tho my vision varies from hour to hour and I'm hoping it will settle down over the next week. It's definitely better in the morning and after the preservative free tear replacement drops.
My vision is better than before the surgery without my lenses but I don't think it's up to the 'corrected' vision with my glasses just yet. I was expecting a noticeable improvement over the last 2 days but it hasn't happened !
Hopefully the next few days will make me feel happier about having had the surgery.
If this seems familiar to anyone else , gd luck !!
Joanna

Shrewsbury, UK

#55 Oct 24, 2012
Hi, I had lasik surgery three and and a half years ago (13/02/2009). I had 20/20 vision after the first day but then over the years my eyesight started to regress. By March of this year i was -1.00 in each eye and back in glasses full time.

I decided to have a re-treat but i had to have Lasek this time round. I had the re-treat on 27/09/12. 12 days post op my right eye had pretty good vision but my left eye was still blurred. Six days later my left eye became sharp and my right eye regressed back to being -1.00.

Has anyone else experienced one eye being good then going backwards?

Thanks. Jo
Lissa

UK

#56 Jan 3, 2013
Hi, I had Lasek done 10 months ago, I didn't suffer post op with pain like most people seem to have done but the antispetic drops I was given didn't agree with me and after 3 days felt like acid when I put them in, I was give a different set and they were fine, to start with I was delighted with the results but now I find my vision is not very good in my right eye, especially at night, I get bad glare and cannot read road signs until I reach them, I ma due back for another check up and I will see what they say but I feel that I need a contact lens in that eye to correct my vision as it's pretty much back to what it was pre-surgery.
Greg

Plano, TX

#57 Jan 3, 2013
Hi,

Just wanted to put in my two cents. I had LASEK done about 2.5 weeks ago. My eyes are still slowly healing. The first day after the surgery was probably the worst and painful for me, but the vicodin helped me immensely as well as the gabapentin. After day 2/3, I didn't require any more meds to manage my pain. I had 3 post ops and my vision was getting better throughout the days. Once I hit week 2 (day 14), my vision kind of stayed stagnant until day 18. Once I hit day 19, my vision started getting better once again. I'm not 100% yet, but I'm slowly getting there and can't wait. I opted for LASEK because I do contact sports. The physician's office told me I would only really need a week off from work to recuperate, but honestly, I wish I took almost a month off because the healing process takes so long. Anyway if you have any questions feel free to ask :).

Best,
G
Greg

Plano, TX

#58 Jan 3, 2013
Oh and another note, I had halos the first couple of days, but they have disappeared. I don't really have many problems with night time vision at the moment.
James

Hove, UK

#59 Jan 16, 2013
I had my lasek treatment on the 5th January 2013. I was -3.5 in both eyes with a bad astigmatism in both eyes. My short distance vision, was frankly, non-existant. My long distance vision was better, but still blurry and I needed full time contact lenses / glasses to see.

Immediately after the surgery my vision appeared crystal clear. This deteriorated after a few minutes and I was then in considerable pain. It didn't feel like there was grit in my eye, they felt like someone had used a cheese grater on them. The sensation didn't change for 36 hours and in the end I was forced to use the pain killer drops for relief. Interestingly, when I attended my 24 hour checkup, my vision was clear enough to see the 4th line down on the chart.

After another 48 hours of audio books, pain and sleep I noticed my short distance vision was rather good. I picked up a book and could read the small print, something I've never been able to do unaided before. Feeling a little happier, the pain started to dissipate and other than 'dry eye' occasionally in the night, hasn't come back.

My short distance vision remains clear and rather awesome. My long distance vision is starting to 'tune up' with periods of heavy blurry ness when i try to do too much. Although I hit the driving standard for long distance vision, I find after 20 mins of concentrating that they deteriorate rather dramatically. I am now 12 days in and looking forward to see how my vision progresses. My long distance vision has a long way to go! There is a lot of material on here that has helped me and reassured me so thankyou to you all.

For those of you reading this in despair or a state of worry, there are some great tips in here. Persevere and you will be fine. Everyone's eyes recover differently and at differing speeds. Really,it's about getting through the first week and giving your eyes plenty of rest so that they can heal :-)
Pieter

Den Haag, Netherlands

#60 Feb 12, 2013
Hello All,
I'm currently scheduling Lasek surgery on both eyes but have an issue. The proposed surgery day is around 2 weeks before my birthday for which a party has already been planned. From your posts I read that vision by 2 weeks is generally ok apart from ghosting at night. I understand recovery times differ per person but could you imagine an evening out partying to be feasible within 2 weeks? Would it affect recovery time or the results?
Interested to hear your comments

Pieter
massimo

Ghaxaq, Malta

#61 Feb 13, 2013
Hi all i am massimo angileri from Malta europe ,I just did my lasek surgery today week on the 06.02.2013.I had -6.75 on both eyes,exactly after the surgery my vision was very good on both eyes but from last Monday when the protective lences were removed my left eye is unfocused and blury,at the moment i am using Cilpxan drops ,Flarex drops till this week and for another two months Systane drops,my right eye seems perfect till today ,I have just phoned the clinic were I did my surgury and told them about my problem and they just said wait for another few weeks as all is normal.
Hope all goes well and will keep all posted.
Jemz

Gosport, UK

#62 May 14, 2013
In April 2009 I had the Lasik procedure done on both eyes... I was in a bit of discomfort immediately after the procedure so went home and lay down for a couple of hours. When I got up I could see perfectly and was amazed. Earlier this year I started feeling like I was struggling to see at work and was getting headaches so I went back to Optical Express and after a few monthly checks they advised me that I was one of the 5% who need a corrective adjustment on one eye. This time I had to have the Lasek procedure and although the first week was quite horrendous with light sensitivity and wearing the bandage lens I was told that my vision would improve dramatically when they took that out. THEY LIED!!! Its now 15 days after the procedure and I have reasonably good vision in the morning but this deteriorates around 2pm and night driving is a very scary thing! I'm due to go back in 2 weeks for my month checkup but I wish I had been told that the recovery time for this procedure can take up to 1 year instead of a week or two!
Jovver

Birmingham, UK

#63 Jun 2, 2013
I had LASEK surgery in both eyes at the Optimax Clinic in Birmigham 15 days ago/

My experiences so far are pretty mixed as are the results sadly. Although my vision has improved to the extent that I no longer need to wear glasses now (I was reasonably short sited before at -4 in both eyes), I am still experiencing some double vision and some haziness in both eyes. My vision always improves for a while after I put eye drops in, so perhaps this is related to dry eye?

Unfortunately, it's difficult to detect any appreciable improvement over the past few days and my week appointment at the cloning was very disappointing. The optometrist basically said that she wasn't sure how much improvement would take place in the coming weeks and remarked that this might be as good as it gets.

Reading these posts I'm encouraged to see that the improvement continues well after two weeks. At this stage I'm still wondering whether it was worth it, and that not particularly hopeful attitude of the clinic hasn't been too good either.

I guess it's still early days yet, and I need to be paitent. Fingers crossed that things improved over the coming weeks.
Jovver

Birmingham, UK

#64 Jun 2, 2013
Oops, that should read my appointment at the "clinic" above, not "cloning"!
Amy

UK

#65 Jul 11, 2013
Jovver wrote:
I had LASEK surgery in both eyes at the Optimax Clinic in Birmigham 15 days ago/
My experiences so far are pretty mixed as are the results sadly. Although my vision has improved to the extent that I no longer need to wear glasses now (I was reasonably short sited before at -4 in both eyes), I am still experiencing some double vision and some haziness in both eyes. My vision always improves for a while after I put eye drops in, so perhaps this is related to dry eye?
Unfortunately, it's difficult to detect any appreciable improvement over the past few days and my week appointment at the cloning was very disappointing. The optometrist basically said that she wasn't sure how much improvement would take place in the coming weeks and remarked that this might be as good as it gets.
Reading these posts I'm encouraged to see that the improvement continues well after two weeks. At this stage I'm still wondering whether it was worth it, and that not particularly hopeful attitude of the clinic hasn't been too good either.
I guess it's still early days yet, and I need to be paitent. Fingers crossed that things improved over the coming weeks.
Hi there, I'm just wondering how your getting on with your eyes now. Has your vision improved? As I have booked lasek surgery in optimax Birmingham and I would like to hear from you. Thanks in advance
Jovver

Birmingham, UK

#66 Jul 12, 2013
Hi Amy,

My vision has improved considerably in the past few weeks, but I've been suffering quite badly from dry eyes as well unfortunately.

At my last test I had better then 20:20 vision in both eyes, although there is still a little ghosting in my right eye which they me assure will improve.

But, and it is a but, both eyes are quite dry with the result that they are sore and painful most of the time. At the moment I would gladly trade my new vision for my old glasses and a pain free day.

I've been back a few times for an aftercare appointment, but although they think it will improve with time, they can't be sure it will.

I there is one piece of advice I can give you, it's to think about this very carefully and talk to them at length about dry eyes. It might not sound serious, but the constant soreness and worry over the past few weeks have been very debilitating. I used to think I was a strong person, but I can't say I'm not worried about this.

Life changing. Well yes, but not necessarily for the right reasons sadly.

I hope I don't sound too negative, but I thought you would benefit from an honest review.

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