Plus Lenses stop myopia progression... NOT!

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Yasar, Mehmet C PFC A Co 602d ASB, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. I got a PRK pre op work up today.

    It was "Rx -0.5, -0.5 CRX OD -0.75 + 0.25 x40, OS -0.75…K's 43.75 @087
    44.5@09" and the MD recommended me for PRK to the surgeon who will do
    the operation. He didn't make a decision yet and will email me later. I
    was also told that I have extreme dry eyes and dry eyes help myopia
    progress, not sure about that. I was told there is a 99% chance that I
    will not need glasses for flying in the future, but there is 1% I might
    still need glasses. I wish I was close to flight school application, but
    I am at least a year away, if I knew my eyes would stay like this, I
    might not consider surgery and on the other hand, it is tempting to have
    20/15 again in both eyes without glasses, especially at night time. It
    will be a hard decision on my part if the doc gives a go for my career
    needs, the doc who did the work up today especially drew attention
    towards my career needs when emailing the results to the surgeon.

    If you like to see the paperwork, you can check out my link.

    Yasar, Mehmet C PFC A Co 602d ASB, Aug 30, 2005
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  2. Yasar, Mehmet C PFC A Co 602d ASB

    RM Guest

    If it were me, I would not get PRK in order to correct -0.50 myopia.
    1. There are hazards associated with the procedure
    2. it is not comfortable recovering from the procedure
    3. the level of accuracy for PRK is not that great-- you could, after the
    long healing phase, end up at about -0.25 to -0.50 afterwards. Either that
    or they could "overcorrect" you and you would end up at +0.50 to +1.00 which
    would be to your detriment when you get older.

    I am not a pilot. Is there a problem with wearing contacts or glasses
    relating to your military needs? To me, chasing this problem with surgery
    is like trying to kill a housefly with a sledgehammer.

    RM, Aug 30, 2005
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  3. Yasar, Mehmet C PFC A Co 602d ASB

    Neil Brooks Guest

    'Nursing' my wife through her PRK was a pretty harrowing experience.
    I was dumbfounded by the level of pain she appeared to be in . . . for
    about 48hrs . . . then it passed.
    My wife's Rx took about a year to stabilize. She started as about a
    -2.25 OU and ended up about a -0.50 OU (that wasn't the goal,
    though--understandably--she's quite comfortable there).

    She went to one of the best in the world (I made lots of calls before
    recommending him to her. He is sought out by laser and contact lens
    manufacturers to participate in their clinical trials).
    What about Intacs for John. I know /they're/ not perfect, either, but
    .. . . at his Rx . . . I'd be sooo reluctant to take risks (I'm not a
    pilot, either, so I certainly can't claim to understand his position
    Neil Brooks, Aug 30, 2005
  4. I'm not impressed with the results. The most obvious question is: why
    is your unaided visual acuity better in your more myopic eye? You need
    a careful refraction by an optometrist. But again, with your unaided
    20/20 why on earth would you even *think* about PRK??? Why burn away
    your Bowmen's membranes for that little, tiny bit of myopia??? It's
    like taking out a fly with a cruise missle...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Aug 30, 2005
  5. Another fine question would be "what doctor would perform such a procedure
    for a tiny bit of myopia?"
    Scott Seidman, Aug 30, 2005
  6. Intacs would work, but that's akin to killing that fly with a .50 cal
    machinegun, not as bad as the cruise missle, but still overkill.

    The thing I don't like about intacs is they require a tunnel be
    excavated in your cornea. A dandy place for bad things to grow. Plus I
    don't know how many Intacs have been implanted, but my guess is more
    than half of them have already been explanted, and most of the rest will
    be eventually. Plus you can see the little suckers...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Aug 30, 2005
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    PJ Kni Guest

    also if you are nearsighred or highly nearsighted, you have already an
    increased risk of retinal detachment and surgery in the eye slightly
    increases the risk ...
    I was very nearsighted, had a cataract (successful sugrery for it in
    april and then in july (b/c of a common result of cataract surgery)
    a yag laser proceedure (to remove cloudiness in capsular bag after
    cataract surgery) ...
    my retina is doing fine, btw:
    the risk is small ...
    there may also be a risk of eye infection, that too is a small risk ...
    may I suggest a couple of books to get
    from your local library if they have it or can get it via interlibrary
    loan ...
    Mayo Clinic on Vision and Eye Health:
    Practical Answers on Glaucoma, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration & Other
    (Mayo Clinic on Health)
    by Helmut, Md. Buettner
    The Eye Book : A Complete Guide to Eye Disorders
    and Health (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
    by Morton F. Goldberg
    I'm not a doctor, just an informed patient trying to help you become a
    better informed patient ...
    hope my response will be helpful to you ...
    PJ Kni, Aug 31, 2005
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