I had Lasik in February 2002. Until that date, I had worn contacts and glasses since childhood, so I was hopeful that I could once and for all say goodbye to them. I dismissed the little negative press the Lasik procedure was getting, convinced that "nothing like that would ever happen to me."
I never had great vision after Lasik, but within a year, I was developing intense dry eye, cloudy vison, headaches, and depression. I went to several different doctors for relief -- but none offered me any lasting help, and I could tell most had no idea what I was seeing through my eyes. The discomfort and depression worsened. "Enhancements" were suggested, but I knew better than to let anyone laser my eyes again.
I started reading the accounts of other Lasik casualties online, and started experimenting with the different artificial tears that were available, nutritional supplements, humidifiers, lid scub techniques, etc. You name it, I tried it. Some things eased the discomfort slightly, but nothing helped very much in terms of vision. One day I found a discussion on the Vision Surgery Rehab website about people who had success with doctors who were experienced RGP fitters. I contacted a few folks, and would up conversing with Dr, Ken Maller via email. This marked the beginning of the end of my suffering.
I was amazed right from the beginning as to Dr. Maller's willingness to email with me and answer all my questions (in detail) about the treatment he offers. I made an appointment and scheduled a trip to Fort Lauderdale. He spent a lot of time examining my eyes, explaining what he does, and what I might expect - all while be very supportive and understanding of my problem. The lenses arrived a couple of days later, and they were a near prefect fit. I COULD SEE 20/15 on the eye chart. The characters practically jumped out at me. This was after struggling and blinking and squinting to see 20/40 the day I came in the office. Dr. Maller said to me - "come outside with me into the daylight and see how that looks." It was a whole new world -- bright and clear. I could read the street signs far down the road clear as can be. I could see the detail and expressions on people's faces again. I could again tell if they were looking AT me or near me.
I still have some issues with up close vision and need reading glasses, but there's a strong possibility I'll be able to be fit for multi-focal contacts on my next visit to address that. But I can manage like this just fine.
I'm in my lenses 2 days now. Driving is so much better (and safer). I'm enjoying the high definition TV I purchased last year for the first time (so that's what they're all talking about!). I enjoy being able to identify friends across a crowded room again. Life is so much better. I couldn't be happier.
Thank you Dr. Maller!