Just had LASIK - how long to stabilize vision?

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Graham Nash, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. Graham Nash

    Graham Nash Guest

    My LASIK doctor with very good credentials(and who I trust) just
    performed LASIK using VISX laser on 3/3/04. My presecription was -7.5
    , -7.75 on L and R eyes. I had negligable astigmatism.

    On followup next day(3/4/04) he discovered I had bloodshot eye(R)
    which he then cauterized the blood vessel and irrigated under flap.
    He said I was doing very well and had nothing to worry about(this guy
    is a whiz with degrees from 5 different schools)

    My left eye allws me to see distance and close up but right eye is
    blurry. He said that the right eye is a day behind the left in terms
    of healing. I have followed all suggestions pre-op and post-op to a
    T(quxine 4x/day, 4x latromax, motrin 4x/day for first 3 days to
    prevent swelling, vitamin c).

    I am wondering how long it will take with such a prescription in those
    who have had LASIK with such high prescriptions. I get nervous
    wondering if(but not when) my vision will be sharp. Images are crisp
    but have fuzziness around them. My right eye is a little worse(crisp
    but fuzzy).

    Using both eyes i have 20/25 vision but there is still that fuzziness.

    Is wtching tv or using computer taboo also?

    please help,

    Graham Nash, Mar 7, 2004
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  2. Graham Nash

    Dr Judy Guest

    Your doctor should have discussed the time line and visual expectations for
    post surgery healing with you before your surgery. It is unrealistic to
    expect sharp vision day 2 post op. If you had a small complication, it may
    take longer. Your doctor, who knows your eyes and how the surgery went, is
    the best person to answer your question. Call him, I'm sure his staff will
    be able to help you.

    The edema and fuzziness due to the tissue insult from the surgery will take
    a week to ten days to completely clear. Final post op refraction may not be
    known until 3 months post op.

    If you are nervous and worrying about your final vision this early in the
    post op course, you were either ill informed pre op, were not paying
    attention when you signed and discussed the informed consent or had
    unrealistic expectations (ie expecting immediate results, expecting perfect
    correctiion, expecting no complications, expecting no redo). Worrying now
    serves no purpose. Re read the materials you were given before surgery, you
    may find some reassurance there.
    Again, this is a question for your surgeon. Usually the only problem with
    reading, computer use or TV is that they are all activities that reduce your
    blink rate, so the eyes may be dry. Use more lubrication when doing them.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Mar 7, 2004
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  3. There is probably a bit of swelling from in the bloodshot eye. That
    may cause an undercorrection. Most of the time the swelling will
    resolve within a week.

    Because of your high prescription, you can expect regression. The
    doctor may have deliberately overcorrected you to compensate for
    expected overcorrection, or intends to provide an enhancement to "fine
    tune" the correction. If you were deliberately overcorrected, your
    near vision will be poor until you regress. If you were not
    overcorrected and you regress, your distance vision will become worse.

    Report any changes to your doctor and expect this to be a process, not
    a 20 Minute Miracle. But I think you knew that already.
    That is actually pretty good at this stage.

    No problem, as long as you remember to blink, and/or use
    preservative-free drops to keep you eyes moist.

    Glenn Hagele
    Executive Director
    Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance

    Email to glenn dot hagele at usaeyes dot org


    I am not a doctor.
    Glenn - USAeyes.org, Mar 7, 2004
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