Double vision after PRK (really soon after, though)

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Keenan Clay Wilkie, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. I'd posted an inquiry in alt.lasik-eyes, realising only afterward that I
    should have asked here as well for a possibly larger answer base (though I
    did get a really good answer in a.l-e).

    I'm currently six days post-op PRK, the bandages came off yesterday, but I
    have rather severe ghosting in both eyes (left eye has other problems,
    supposedly the healing was slowed when the bandage on it fell off twice).
    I've been researching the condition of ghosting after PRK, and I've found
    responses giving varying times for the condition, ranging from weeks to
    "permanent". A response on a.l-e indicated that ghosting is normal as the
    epithelium regenerates and reshapes itself calmed most of my fears. I'm
    now just trying to find out if there's any warning signs that the
    condition is more than just temporary -- such as the severity of 'normal'
    post-PRK ghosting and whether it's constant or if it should only be
    present in certain light conditions (as it is, I get it at all times in
    all lights, though it's most severe when it comes to red, yellow or green

    I know that I'm most likely worrying too much, but it is something that
    I'm going to have to deal with for at least a few weeks, and the more
    information that I can find on what I'm experiencing the better I will
    feel about it.
    Keenan Clay Wilkie, Aug 21, 2003
  2. Keenan Clay Wilkie

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    (Keenan Clay Wilkie) wrote in
    Yes, and we all tend to frequent the same newsgroups.

    Now you are two more days out and things should be getting better. But, in
    answer to your question, results this early after PRK are generally not
    predictive. Although I used to check my PRK patients after one week, I
    know of doctors who didn't bother until the second week. In any event,
    healing just has to take its course at this point, and very little can be
    done now other than to treat an infection or inflammation.

    The interesting thing would be if the ghosting will be eliminated with a
    refraction when you visit your optometrist. Another diagnostic test would
    be to instill a thick eyedrop such as celluvisc, or Refresh Plus to see if
    the ghosting goes away momentarily. This would indicate the presence of an
    irregularity on the cornea. I know it's difficult not to panic, but don't
    panic yet.

    Dr. Leukoma, Aug 21, 2003
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