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Post Info TOPIC: My CXL + T-PRK experience in Canada
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Date: Wed Jul 16 4:02 PM, 2014
RE: My CXL + T-PRK experience in Canada
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Vanny wrote:

Thank you so much for your posts, jgcpalmer!

I had the exact same procedure done about three weeks ago at Bochner and was disappointed to have great vision the first week and then poor vision with extreme light sensitivity the third week. I think my healing is slow but hopefully going in the right direction.


 

It sure is a rollercoaster ride.  There really is no way to tell at 3 weeks where things will be at in a few months, so just hang in there and try to enjoy the ride.  If you had great vision the first week though, I'd see that as a good sign.  The next couple weeks the vision and light sensitivity will be worse because the epithelium has just newly scabbed over and has not smoothed out yet.  As it smooths out, things should improve.



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Date: Wed Jul 16 4:03 PM, 2014
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Vanny wrote:

Thank you so much for your posts, jgcpalmer!

I had the exact same procedure done about three weeks ago at Bochner and was disappointed to have great vision the first week and then poor vision with extreme light sensitivity the third week. I think my healing is slow but hopefully going in the right direction.


 It sure is a rollercoaster ride.  There really is no way to tell at 3 weeks where things will be at in a few months, so just hang in there and try to enjoy the ride.  If you had great vision the first week though, I'd see that as a good sign.  The next couple weeks the vision and light sensitivity will be worse because the epithelium has just newly scabbed over and has not smoothed out yet.  As it smooths out, things should improve.



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Date: Tue Jul 22 7:51 PM, 2014
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SIX MONTHS

This morning I had my six month check-up with my optometrist.

My light sensitivity has improved - I've been off the steroid drops for 2 weeks now, and while I still need sunglasses on outside during the day (regardless of the weather), I now am doing it without the aid of steroids, and my light sensitivity continues to gradually improve.

Unfortunately, that's the only improvement I've seen. My eyes are still quite dry, and combined with my seasonal allergies, this can be quite irritating. Also, my visual acuity hasn't really improved. I'd say i'ts been close to 3 months now since I saw any noticeable improvement. I would be happy with my vision if it weren't for the ghosting, but I still can see several ghosted images, one of which is still fairly clear and prominent.

So in response, my optometrist has given me a prescription for allergy eye drops, which should help with the allergies, and might help a little bit with the dryness. He's also referring me back to Bochner, so they can take a look, and possibly prescribe Restasis (which can only be prescribed by an eye surgeon) to help with the dryness. We'll also see what they have to say about my ghosting, and whether a touch-up PRK is in order. I'm on the fence about doing another PRK - it sure took a huge chunk of this year away from me, as far as general life productivity goes. But if it can clear away this ghosting, I think it would be worth it.

So yeah, I'm at the magical 6 month mark, when things are more or less settled and I shouldn't expect any more significant changes. I'm certainly disappointed with the results, but I do not regret having the surgery. At the very least, it stopped the progression, and there are still things to try to get the visual acuity better and the side effects of the surgery cleared up.

I'll update here again after my visit with Bochner.

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Date: Wed Jul 23 3:33 AM, 2014
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Jcpalmer, I feel that we both are having some of the same issues. Although the Cormega3 has helped greatly with my dryness. I too still have tons of ghosting. I don't have the same kind of light sensitivity as you describe. Mine is more with fluorescent lighting and glare at work or in stores. I have had a huge issue getting fitted with a proper Rx. I recently communicated with an optometrist in England who has been fitting KCers for many years. She suggested trying Coopervision proclear topics. I actually had a lengthy convo with a optometrist at SAMs club ( of all places) and she actually did the longest, most in depth fitting I've had since before my procedure !!! Well I got these CLs Saturday and they make a huge difference in functional vision especially my right (worst) eye. They are not perfect but are a huge step in the right direction. I hope to get fitted for the B&L kerasoft IC in September. All this is to say that, yes, I too feel this has taken a huge chunk of time and has been very stressful. I too am not ready to have more surgery and as my eyes & vision seem to continue to improve I've decided to give it more time. Although tomorrow I may have a bad vision or allergy day and change my mind ! I am relieved to know that graft is avoidable now and keep hoping that I can get corrected to a normal vision. Ppl just don't understand that I can't see well. I guess bc I've compensated for so many years with the KC it is all second nature to me now. Please keep posting as I feel that we all need to support each other. I def have NO ONE locally that can truly understand our issues. Take care & good luck!

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Date: Wed Jul 23 4:06 AM, 2014
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Thanks for the comment, Georgiagirl.

Unfortunately until my dryness clears up more, I don't think contact lenses are even an option for me. Apparently the allergy drops I'm on might help, and if not, hopefully I can get on Restasis and that will help, and that will at least open up more options for me. Right now even soft disposable contact lenses get uncomfortable quickly, and I need to use eye drops every half hour or so just so they don't fall out.

With my glasses, my image sharpness is totally acceptable - just the darned ghosting. Oh well, there's still always the chance things will continue to get better, although I feel it's slim now since I haven't seen progress in so long.

And yes, I do understand what you're going through! So many people don't - I think it's actually taken several visits and conversations with my optometrist for him to finally get an idea of what I'm going through - it's hard to picture just what it's like to have these ghosted images, and how it's grating on ones nerves and affects you emotionally and psychologically, even if for most practical purposes the eye sight is workable.

Take care!

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Date: Wed Jul 23 2:35 PM, 2014
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Talking of Dry eyes, it reminded me of this presentation on it which I went through recently. Its attached to this post.

Its very comprehensive and filled with lots of useful information.



-- Edited by Remo on Wednesday 23rd of July 2014 03:01:55 PM

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Remo wrote:

Talking of Dry eyes, it reminded me of this presentation on it which I went through recently. Its attached to this post.

Its very comprehensive and filled with lots of useful information.


 Sounds great.  Unfortunately I don't see it attached to your post.



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Date: Wed Jul 23 3:04 PM, 2014
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Was trying to upload it again...I think the file size is too large. I'll try to compress it and try again when I get some time.



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