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Post Info TOPIC: My CXL + T-PRK experience in Canada
Anonymous

Date: Mon Mar 2 9:50 PM, 2015
RE: My CXL + T-PRK experience in Canada
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Hi jgcpalmer.. Hope your January doctor's appointment went well.. Would you please update me how is it going with you specifically with vision acuity and cornea thickness stabilization? .. have you noticed any development/deterioration of cornea thickness? Thanks a lot... Ash

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Date: Mon Mar 23 6:05 PM, 2015
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This is a great post jgcpalmer, I figure your great since the 12 months check.

I'm in a 2 and a half months now, I did Crosslinking in my two eyes, the left eyes is only 30% of vision (wich is really bad) and the right eyes was starting to have keratoconus (but is 20/20), thank to the right eye I've never needed glasses but It was in order to do the CXL to make sure I'll never need a corneal transplant on the left eye. Since maybe week 3 I haven't had any discomfort or light sensitivity, but I always use sunglasses for protection in the outdoor. But I feel I have some minor level of regression, and I'll tell my story beacuse since you have past this stage maybe you could understand this and tell me to relax.

When I went to the 1 month apoitment the Doctor told me I still have some inflamation on the eyes, so he prescribed me some drops, before that I was really happy with the improvement, in the office or in the University, only maybe while watching TV o playing videogames I could get tired eyes blurriness or ghosting but only after maybe 4-5 hours of continuos play. But after the drops I started noting like a regression, I figured it was the drops, so when I finished the drops (3 weeks ago now) the vision improved to the state of before using the drops, so everything great, up until last week, when I started to see like when using the drops, you know ghosting and burriness on the letter of videogames and PC at work.

So it's over a week now and still the same, I mean, I watch alright, they only problem I have is the ghosting especially in white letters on TV like subtittles, is It normal and I'm just being too picky?? Or should I be worry and contact my Doctor? Or maybe wait until the 3 month check (mid April) to comment with the Doc (that's what my parents told me)?

I know the vision stabilization is more like a roller coaster, I've been told that before but it's easy to get frustrated. Anybody can fell free to answer me not just pgcpalmer xD Thanks in advance.

 

PD: BTW I'm from Costa Rica, this is not my lenguage, sorry in advance if I made a mistake writing.



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Date: Mon Mar 23 9:13 PM, 2015
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Sorry for the slow response guys.

I had my January appointment, and really, not much has changed. I still have very, very slow improvement in dryness and light sensitivity. They are still an issue, but only a very minor issue now. I could get a new prescription for a very slightly improved visual acuity, but haven't jumped on it yet. I might this summer, just to get transition glasses. Currently I have a pair of regular glasses and a pair of sunglasses, but I think transitions would have a strong enough tint now for me, so I'll probably go with that in a few months. My next appointment is in August.

Fadrique: There's going to be some up and downs for sure, and your eyes will still be healing. Your eyes will still be doing a lot of settling at a week. I can't guarantee that things will be great or perfect or anything, just that what they are like right now is not necessarily at all what they will be like in the future.

So I don't think you need to jump on going to the doctor. You certainly can, but I'm sure the doctor will just say the same thing - that things are settling and you need to be patient. So just try not to worry about where things are at. In the end, you will have made the right choice of getting the CXL or things would likely get a lot worse in a few years.

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Date: Mon Mar 23 9:58 PM, 2015
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I'm very grateful you responded jgcpalmer, this is what I needed to hear, a voice of experience.

I wish you well in your recovery in the dryness and light sensitivity department.



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Date: Sat Apr 11 5:36 AM, 2015
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I had crosslinking and topography guided prk one month ago. Pre surgery my uncorrected vision was 20/50 in the right eye and 20/125 in the left eye. Post surgery my uncorrected vision is 20/60 in the right eye and 20/150 in the left eye. So my left eye went from being my strong eye to my weaker eye. I don't know what to make of this. However, when I use the artificial tears then everything is very very clear for a few seconds and then goes out again. Does this mean I have the potential to see this clear?

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Date: Sun Apr 12 1:29 PM, 2015
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Are your eyes really dry?  Your tear film will improve your vision a lot, and if your tear film still isn't forming properly, when it finally does, you will notice an improvement.  It certainly implies that contact lenses could improve your vision significantly.



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PK

Date: Tue May 5 3:05 PM, 2015
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Hi JGCPALMER:

Thanks for the details of post surgery and recovery.

I'm planning to take CXL in late May in Toronto. I currently use RGP contact lens to get my vision corrected close to 20/30. I have using RGP lenses for the past 12 years. Corneal thickness has been slowly deteriorating by 10-15% over the past 4 years and down 430 microns.

I'm visiting Toronto from U.S. I'm planning to take two week time off from work. I'm wondering how soon I can put my contacts back into the eye after the surgery. Is reasonable to expect after 10 days?  Will it take at least two weeks before you can drive again?

Any advice?

Best Regards

PK



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Date: Tue May 5 3:56 PM, 2015
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Hello, jcpalmers, your post actually encourages me a lot, thank you so much. Currently, I live in Taiwan and  have received my surgery in October 2014. The original purpose is to see if the wavefront-guided prk procedure could help reduce my fluctuating ghosting problem. Before the surgery, if there was a green LED in the dark, I saw a "l "shape ghosting and it fluctuated each time I winked my eyes. But after the prk, the ghosting became an upside-down "V shape". My MD told me that it could be caused by the light which passed through both treated and untreated zone due to large pupil size(around 8mm). I am feeling quite frustrated that it has been 7 months and the somewhat much worse ghosting really affect my concentration, however, in the mean time, my doctor said that the healing process is approximately 90-95% complete, not a good news though. The only good news is that my vision is now 20/15, at least we do not need to wear glasses for a while... ...Honestly, I am a big fan of aviation and dream to become an airline tranport pilot in the future and is working hard recently for my university exam. Does the excimer laser harm my living quality? Not sure so far, just hope the bad ghosting go away as soon as possible.

Last but not least, I will be much appreciated if someone can give me some hope that in your living country, is there any doctor who are familiar with dealing with post-prk ghosting (large pupil size). Thank you once again for you folks kindness.



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