Need help in recovering from surgery

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by twallis, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. twallis

    twallis Guest

    I had laser photocoagulation surgery on my left eye 3 days ago for
    lattice degeneration and tears in my retina. The procedure involved
    injecting the eye with lydocaine and then about 1500 zaps to my retina
    with a laser. The procedure itself really wasn't painful, however, the
    lydocaine numbed my optic nerve and rendered me blind in that eye for
    several hours.

    Now, vision is back in that eye, not 100%, but it's good enough. My
    issue is, I see double. It's like my eyes are not lined up together. Is
    this normal? Should I be keeping a patch over my recently fixed eye? Or
    should I put a patch over my good eye in effort to get the other one
    back up to speed? Or should I just patch nothing, and go insane by
    seeing double all the time?
     
    twallis, Oct 1, 2005
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  2. twallis

    Dr Judy Guest

    Not an expected outcome of laser treatment. Call your surgeon. In the
    meantime you could patch either eye if it prevents the diplopia. Double
    vision can also be caused by diabetes, mini stroke and other neurological
    disease so it may be just a coincidence that it occured with the laser
    work.. Call your surgeon.

    Dr Judy
     
    Dr Judy, Oct 1, 2005
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  3. twallis

    twallis Guest

    YIKES! Ok, it's the weekend, so I guess I can't do much until Monday.
    In the meantime, could it be due to swelling? I did have a fair amount
    of swelling following the surgery, although most of it seems to have
    gone.

    Now I am even more freaked out. What if this doesn't "go away" on it's
    own? Would it require additional surgery to fix?

    Thanks
     
    twallis, Oct 1, 2005
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