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Date: Fri Mar 21 1:20 PM, 2014
RE: My CXL + T-PRK experience in Canada
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Yes, the optometrist said there was still haze. I don't notice things looking hazy at all (I did only in the first week or two after surgery), but I'm hoping you're right and that's causing most of the ghosting. I asked him though and he thought it was more just the shape of my cornea, and that it's still settling, and we just don't know yet where it will be when things have settled.

I see him in another week, and I will ask him more about the corneal haze and where it's at. Reading online, it looks like if it's not going away, it's typical to use steroids to try to clear it up; my doctor is wanting me off the steroids as quick as possible though.

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Date: Fri Mar 21 1:33 PM, 2014
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So doing some research online, it looks like there are 3 things that will happen over the next few months that will improve the ghosting:

1) Cornea is still settling. As it settles, it should smooth out further.

2) Corneal haze goes away. As the debris from the surgery dissipates, that should also somewhat improve the ghosting.

3) Tear film redevelops. Right now I still have to use a lot of artificial tears, as my tear film redevelops, it will smooth out minor irregularities in the surface of my eye.


So that gives me some hope then - when my doctor said my epithelium had healed, I actually didn't like the news, as I figured when it was done healing, the majority of my ghosting issues would be gone, and at this moment, the ghosting can be still pretty bad.
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It's funny, after reading everyone's up-and-down stories here of CXL+PRK, I figured I'd be ready to deal with it, but the recovery process, no matter how much you know going into it (and no matter how much people tell you it will get better), is still quite frustrating.

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Date: Fri Mar 21 4:57 PM, 2014
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Thank you jgcpalmer for the amazing recital of your case progress! And congratulations for the improvements so far. Wish you the best of luck! I'm following your input closely, as my wife started your exact journey on March 18th. She is 2 months behind you. And your input gives us great insight on what to expect. We are planning to provide her feedback to help others once she's able to start using the computer again. Best of luck to everyone! -Ash

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Date: Fri Mar 21 5:08 PM, 2014
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Thanks for the encouragement! I found people's stories on here to be the most helpful thing going into my surgery. I felt I should share what I've gone through, and even if it helped just one person it would be worth the effort to type all this out, so I'm glad it has been helpful. It has also been helpful for me too, as I when I'm frustrated I can look back and see that I have still come pretty far in the 2 months so far since the surgery.

I look forward to hearing how your wife has fared so far - the first couple weeks are definitely the toughest - things are constantly changing and not always for the better. But it can still be an interesting and exciting journey when you can figure out to relax and enjoy the ride, as bumpy as it may be.

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Date: Sat Mar 22 9:47 AM, 2014
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Thank you my friend :) You just stated it spot on! Relax, enjoy and stay positive. She wishes you all the best as well.

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Date: Mon Mar 24 8:34 PM, 2014
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I can tell you the procedure works amazingly. I had it completed approximately four years ago and my eye is almost perfect, even without glasses now! The cornea does seem to get stronger over time. It took me a good few years to get to where I'm at now but I did notice positive results within first few months. One thing to keep in mind, keep rewetting eye drops with you as much as you can. They help a lot if you wear RGPs after the procedures. If you're lucky enough to lose the RGP lenses and just use glasses, still keep your eyes moistened with drops. It goes a long way.

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Date: Mon Mar 24 8:36 PM, 2014
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Thanks BM, that is encouraging!

Do you recall how long after the surgery it was that the ghosting more or less went away? Was it weeks, months, or years?

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Date: Sun Mar 30 4:50 PM, 2014
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Hey Jgc, in your post you said you are still on the Steroids?
Just curious why?

The post op directions i got from Bochner said to stop the steroid after 2 weeks (which i did). At all my follow ups (at Bochner) they said no need for the steroid. Just seems a bit odd that you would still be on them after 2 months.


I also noticed you are still using the tear drops. Perhaps this is because you are using contacts? I stopped using the drops about 2 weeks ago (which would be right around 1 month). I havent felt the need to use them since. Also my light sensitivity has gone way down since i stopped using the drops.



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