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TOPIC: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience


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Date: Fri May 14 3:49 AM, 2010
RE: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience
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Another excellent post by a Pilot, a great member of ours, and another KC Hero we can also call - a friend - and a new knight (along side us) on the KC Highway !! smile

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Date: Sun May 16 4:09 AM, 2010
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DEFPOTEC,

I hope it won't be too long now since you will be able to fly a plane, safely !! biggrin

But seriously, may you recover back, your un-aided vision even more than the days that  took it away !! smile

Remo

-- Edited by Remo on Sunday 16th of May 2010 03:11:13 AM

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Date: Mon May 17 11:21 PM, 2010
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...LOL .... I can assure you that I'll be flying safe when the time comes. I have had so much vacation accumulated  over the years, that it has offered me time in which to heal unimpeded. I have not had a chance to see my Ophthalmologist as yet as he has been very busy. Non the less, hopefully i can squeeze myself into an appointment tomorrow.


My friend and teacher, Quintrix, thanks for you support and well wishes


I ll be sure to keep you all informed....

-- Edited by DEFPOTEC on Monday 17th of May 2010 10:28:22 PM

-- Edited by DEFPOTEC on Tuesday 18th of May 2010 08:10:32 PM

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Date: Tue May 25 1:40 AM, 2010
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A few days ago, I managed to pay a visit to my Ophthalmologist in Jamaica a visit. Unfortunately in Jamaica, the technology is a bit limited when conducting a very thorough eye exam. Not to say that I cant have a good eye exam here, but to mark any progression in improvement post PRK and X Linking, might be a bit difficult. I did however manage to have a an eye pressure check, thorough inspection with a slit lamp, and a visual acuity check.
Upon his first look, my Ophthalmologist made a very candid comment about how thin my cornea appeared. Other than that, on further inspection he assessed that there was still some evidence of corneal haze in both eyes. His grade of concern consisted of 2+ out of 10 - with 10 being the worst - .
As for the issue of my dry eyes, that apparently has resolved itself. He said that there wasn't any evidence of my eyes appearing dry. That was good to hear because Dr. Trattler appeared very concerned about it during my last visit. However so, during long periods at the night (sleep) when I'm unable to instill any drops, I reminded of how dry my eyes are either mid way into the night or by early morning. The situation is a bit different for me however. In Jamaica, it's not everyday one uses the air condition as electricity can be extremely high. Hence, the ceiling fan does the job but for a price. The fan, as you can imagine, tends to dry out your eye in record time, even while you sleep. That's why its increasingly important to shorten the intervals of lubricant instillations. As I've mentioned before, I'm pretty much addicted to using them. For some strange reason, in using them as frequently as I do, it makes me feel that I'm incrementally moving closer to the finishing line. Why have the surgery and further endure the expense and arduous regimen of medicinal practice if you can't follow through with simplest of what remains. Don't get me wrong, it can get a bit annoying but not more annoying that poor vision for one second more past the 13 years that I've endured the repercussions of having this disease.
Anyhow, not to draw too far from the apex of my point, so Due to the fact that I sometimes use a fan at night, I use the Refresh Nightime Lubricating Gel At night. ....
As for my Visual Acuity, as of now I'm able to see 20/30 in my left eye and for my stubborn right, 20/40. Still, very good result, of which I'm extremely grateful. I however do think that my vision in my right eye is a little bit worse than that. I'm planning to head back up to Miami so that I can have another VA check done and in addition, a more through exam conducted.

I had also forgotten to mention that I've been experience something very weird for the few occasions that I've decided to wear my Regular left contact and my Toric Right. What I mean is that, with the exclusion of the first time, every time since then that I've worn the contact lens, then have burned my eyes for the first 5 minutes or so just after insertion. I emailed my doctor in florida asking him as to what his thoughts were on what may be causing the burning. He assumes that it could be that my eyes are still dry and as a consequence, the burning may be experienced. Another cause, he believe, could have been that the contacts were dirty. This is not the case! I can assure you. I have an OCD and its my eyes. Secondly, that wouldn't have been the issue on every occasion after the first. Anyhow, I'm hoping that someone can further inform me as to what this could be.


Other than that, everything seems fine... Thanks to all for your continued support. I wish you, at least, to be just as well, and at most, 20/20 or better in both eyes. Some of you may wonder as to where I've derived my name from. DEFPOTEC is 20/20 Line on the standard eye chart. So that's OUR finish LINE...

Happy Jogging !

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Date: Tue May 25 2:15 PM, 2010
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Hi Defpotec,

Try omega 3 suppliments or fish oils supliments (or eat oily fish), they help with increasing tear film as an alternative, but the tear function does improve and recover after PRK, I have been reading. Also try rubbing with the side of your index finger just under your eye brow, thats where the tesar glands are, and this should give you increaced tear function when you do this.

With the sentation on inserting your lenses, it might be the soaking solution causing this, do use saline to take off any that remain on your lenses just before you use the lenses, it may be that your still in recovery mode and your eyes are sensitive more than usual.

Usually full recover takes a year and the haze will gradually go away but mostly the majority of recovery should take place around the six months mark with CXL. So I think you have more to look forward to as time goes past !

I hope you the best, but I think there is no luck involved as you created this great chance for your self, and its working ! smile

Wayne


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Date: Tue May 25 5:29 PM, 2010
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Hello DEFPOTEC, glad to hear your healing is going well without any serious unusual complications

I too do not have evidence of dry eye during my follow up visits to cross linking but in the morning my eyes are dry, but I know many people who have dry eyes in the morning naturally and not because of surgery.

Concerning the haze I am still going thru that now and it is only evident at night where u see haloes and starbursting , my doc is still hoping for it to fade away slowly before prescribing drops or other procedures.

Good luck


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Date: Wed May 26 1:53 AM, 2010
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RECOVERY DAY 61


hey wayne,

thanks very much for your input and advise. I will definitely apply these methods with the hope that they work.. I ve been taking cod liver oil for quite some time now so hopefully that will assist in the tear production.
As for the solution, I've actually tired applying the drop directly to the eye. However, there was no evidence of burning. Maybe Im just in the healing phase as you've said. Time shall tell.....

Zk....
As for the haze, lets just say that Im not that concerned about it as much as I use to. Maybe I m a bit naive at this point but Im fairly confident that as long as I stick to my stringent regimen, things will work out. It does present some annoyance however with haloes and starbursts at night. I find that in wearing my contacts at night, some of these annoyances are mitigated.

On an overall, things do appear to be getting better and for that, I feel extremely fortunate.
Thanks again wayne and Zk, as always any assistance and advice is well appreciated.

Good luck to the both of you as well.....

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Date: Wed Jun 2 1:26 PM, 2010
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hello,

Guys can you all type what "recovery day" it is and how do you feel .... like DEFPOTEC

I had CXL a month ago since then vision has improved my near sight is ok and i can use PC and read a book now ... but my far sight blurry so i cannot drive... before cxl i had KC but vision was 20/20 without glasses...

How long does full recovery takes?

Thanks


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