LASEK recovery and final results

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Matt Koepnick, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    I had my left eye (-7.00, moderate astig.) treated with LASEK seven
    days ago at Furlong Vision Correction in San Jose, CA. I've been
    reading about other people's experiences with LASEK in the newsgroups
    and there seems to be a suprising range of recovery times. One poster
    claimed he had essentially full recovery in six days, one claimed a
    full month was needed.

    The bandage lens was removed two days ago. I have functional vision
    (could maybe drive OK with just this eye) but it is not nearly as good
    as my right eye with contact lens. I have difficulty focusing on
    print with the treated eye. My eye is still very sensitive and it is
    uncomfortable to keep it open for much time, particularly if air is
    moving against it (walking around). I haven't noticed much
    improvement since the bandage was removed. Dr. Furlong's instructions
    are to stop the steroid/antibiotic drops 1 week from the day of

    In your experience, at what stage of recovery am I? Should I expect
    much of an improvement in vision quality at this point? If I don't
    have any improvement next week I'll be scheduling another appt with
    the Doctor. Not knowing is driving me crazy... I'd appreciate any
    feedback from the group.

    Best regards
    Matt Koepnick, Jan 22, 2004
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  2. Now you are something!

    Not knowing is driving you crazy, and you go to the doctor and let youe
    eyes be destroied forever.

    And you don't know???

    If you don't know, please be still, don't do stupid things which you
    don't know about!!!

    But take a breath! You will see things go better, in the precise moment
    when you will stop complaining. Even if you can not drive at night, or
    walk in the day due to the wind hitting the cornea, don't worry!

    You will soon convince yourself that there is no way out so you will
    stop complaining, and the doctor may file your case in the successful
    ones, and everybody will be happy!
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Jan 22, 2004
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  3. Hi Matt,

    You are in a very early stage of recovery. Your vision will
    undoubtedly improve in the next between now and when you see your
    doctor. The information you received is accurate that recovery can be
    from a few days to a month...even more. You will need patience.

    Glenn Hagele
    Executive Director
    Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance
    glenn dot hagele at usaeyes dot org

    I am not a doctor.
    Glenn Hagele - Council for Refractive Surgery Qual, Jan 23, 2004
  4. Again you put the blame on me!
    I have not operated the poor man.
    He could have thought of it before!

    Just I am trying to save other people from that tragedy.

    Why nobody talks about real side effects of these operations?

    That the visiual field becomes restricted, that there is uneasiness at
    night, that wind becomes a nuisance, that sun is untolerable, that eyes
    hurt, that lacrimal glands stop to function, that visual acuity
    continues to deteriorate, that the head hurts, that one has foudn his
    eyes always day by day more strange to him, that pupils start to become
    dilated and again this causes nervous breakdowns, that there are side
    effects about the sense of equilibrium, that eyes become dry and dead,
    that you look like an idiot with a fixed staring appearence without
    knowing what has happened???

    Please visit
    and you can buy a replica of the Original Dr. Bates book
    "Perfect Sight Without Glasses"
    and if you are interested, join the group
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Jan 23, 2004

  5. The poor man went to ask for a cure and returns back with a distressful
    condition and you say to him he needs patience.
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Jan 23, 2004
  6. Matt Koepnick

    Frostypaw Guest

    The bandage lens was removed two days ago.

    To be honest mate only two days is NOTHING. It's quite normal for
    sight to get worse for two days after the contact comes out as the
    resurfacing of the epithelium begins for real. Give it a week -

    Rishi you should be ashamed of yourself - what kind of complete and
    utter embarrasment of a human being takes someone who's a little
    scared and says something like that?

    Have you no compassion or consideration for how that could make
    someone feel? If not please - go find some help, there's a word for
    Frostypaw, Jan 23, 2004

  7. I am ashamed, you say it: for me it's impossible to conveice such
    terrible torture as these, that this poor man has chosen for himself.

    It is really tragical!

    I understand very well: he is doomed to suffer, just like all the other
    people are suffering.

    Please do not put on me the blame!

    I am innocent, I am against these operations, because I know you can get
    a cure quite easily if you teach yourself the rest methods I am talking

    Results are guaranteed, much more than that butchery, because with rest
    methods you simply create a natural space for your eyes to get well by
    themselves in the proper way.

    If you need further teaching from me, please ask, I am available with

    I just sell a book, 35 dollars, not 3,000 dollars improbable operations.

    Thank you.
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Jan 23, 2004
  8. Matt Koepnick

    Frostypaw Guest

    "It is really tragic" not "tragical" - if you want a single ounce of
    respectability at least use a spelling and grammar checker.
    Oh my mistake - I thought I read a message from the guy asking for
    advice and information - and I thought I read you replying to him in
    the most coldhearted and callous manner possible.

    Yes rishi. I'm suffering horribly while I'm being so happy at being
    able to see. Oooh ooh the pain. Oooh oooh it's horrible. Argh how will
    I live. Oooh oooh sad me. I'll change my name to Sandy.
    Full and authentic compassion - for only 35 dollars LOL LOL LOL! Plus

    Again I wonder how you sleep at night. The guy will see just fine once
    he has healed. Glenn has given him good advice, and if you don't know
    that then you are in no position to be giving ANYONE advice about ANY
    aspect of their vision and should be ashamed of yourself for
    pretending that you know enough to.

    You are not innocent, you are a cruel and heartless person and the
    very worst kind of capitalist, abusing and playing on people's fears -
    an embarrassment to the system, to this newgroup and to yourself.
    Frostypaw, Jan 23, 2004
  9. It's good that my misspelled words can get out of yourself these very
    compassionate feeling, really!

    I am sorry: lasiked people do have GREAT problems.

    If they don't confess this, it's just because they are ashamed.
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Jan 23, 2004
  10. Thanks for the reassurance folks. (With of course the notable
    exception of Rishi). I'll post a followup in a week or so and let you
    know how it's going.

    Incidentally, don't worry, I read several of Rishi's posts before I
    wrote the original message, so I knew what was coming from him. It's
    sad that the seemingly most frequent poster to this group is a raving
    lunatic. Ah well.

    Best regards
    Matt Koepnick, Jan 23, 2004
  11. Matt Koepnick wrote:

    The lunatic in this case is you!
    You think that a laser can cure your problem of vision!!!

    When you will realize your suffering, then you will come and search
    help, true help, to me.

    I bet you.
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Jan 23, 2004
  12. Matt Koepnick

    Dan Abel Guest

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's not fair to pick on
    someone's English grammar when English is not his native language. I dare
    say most of us would not have perfect grammar if we were posting in

    Pick on him instead because he is a nasty troll. Better yet, ignore him,
    because he seems to enjoy being insulted.
    Dan Abel, Jan 23, 2004
  13. What is the value of an insult that comes from an idiot?

    Please, answer!
    Rishi Giovanni Gatti, Jan 23, 2004
  14. Hi again all,

    Thought I'd post that followup that I promised last week. My eyesight
    now is just as good as my corrected vision in the other eye, which is
    a major relief. The sensitivity is also much improved, and I am
    confident that it soon will be gone. I've scheduled the next eye to
    be done a week from now.

    Thanks again for the encouragement.

    Best regards
    Matt Koepnick, Jan 29, 2004
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