First off, I want to thank you for supporting people who have issues post-LASIK. This has been some of the most difficult weeks in my entire life, and I've dealt with a variety of health issues throughout my life.
I had a ThinFlap LASIK procedure around 2 1/2 weeks ago using the Allegretto Wave technology Laser. The day after surgery, I was seeing 20/15 out of both eyes. My left eye was pretty much perfect, but my right had/has a lot of issues:
Ghosting (above everything I look at). Worse with objects with light and as an object moves further away, the worse it becomes. Notice this still with objects that are close, and with reading. Night time driving is pretty much impossible - I see above and below ghosting from my right eye. Night time driving further exasperated by the next symptom.
Starbursts- Light bursts out in all directions from head lights. Starbursting seems to shoot out from the middle.
Glare - Trajectory again seems to be above everything I look at. When I look at a computer screen, I see 1 1/3 computer screens (glared and ghosted above) - same with a TV, (except worse because it's further away). At night this is awful.
Sub-conjunctival hemorrhage - Right eye definitely had that going on (top part of eye).
Microstriae - Have received conflicting opinions on this - but all docs I have seen agree I have them.
Since my procedure, my symptoms in my right eye have improved 1%. The 1% is me getting used to it vs. any actual improvements. The hemorrhage seems to slowly be improving. My right eye seems to tire more easily and I find myself squinting.
I have seen a second refractive surgeon and my normal eye care doctor - all seem to provide different takes on the Microstriae in my eye. The original doctor has stated that while he doesn't think the Microstriae are effecting my eye, they are on the top area of my pupil but not in the axis of my eye. The second doc confirmed they are not on the axis and didn't think they were producing the above symptoms. My normal eye doctor said the Microstriae were actually covering the top 1/3 of my pupil and could be the issue. All seem to think that nothing should be done about the Microstriae except waiting and hydrating with non-preservative drops (around 2 times an hour).
There are a few things I notice that help my eye:
If I cover the top 1/3 of my pupil, I see clearer, the blur/ghosting goes away almost entirely. My vision comes across as dang near perfect (except the fact that I have an obstruction, my hand, covering the top 1/3 of my eye)
Prescribed "temporary" glasses - These seem to help with the ghosting close up but not as much at a longer distance. They do a tad for the glare and starburst problems from a distance. I would say overall they help about 50% as far as my ability to function normally.
The doctors all agree there is a bit of astigmatism. The Axis point has varied in my exams (from 80 to 100 to 180 at my latest. I had an astigmatism in both eyes prior to the procedure but the astigmatism in my right eye is now at a different point (top).
So I'm left with a possibility that a number of things are causing my problems:
A. Normal Swelling/procedure post op healing (it's been two and a half weeks)
C. Left over/newly created Astigmatism
D. Dry Eye (when my eye is wet it doesn't seem to help any of my issues above). My eyes are definitely dryer but not anything I would call extreme.
E. A combination of the above
My list of concerns/Questions is:
- My doctor seems happy that I am seeing 20/15 and discounting the fact that my life has been a living hell seeing ghosted double of everything. Studies seem to indicate that the longer you wait with wrinkles, the harder it is work with them surgically and repair them. I'm worried that if the Microstriae are the issue, every day is just cementing in the problem further and further.
- I find it odd that the glasses correct some of the ghosting but not all. The further away something is, the less the glasses do. The glasses help the glare far less then the ghosting but do provide some improvement. They do nothing for the starbursting.
- I have seen no improvements in my eye for 2 1/2 weeks
- Does wearing glasses impede my eyes ability to heal correctly to a point where I wouldn't need the temporary glasses?
- Two doctors and one technician found a different axis point, Cylinder, and Sphere within a week. I understand that your vision fluctuates after the procedure so this might not be surprising.
- Are there questions I should be asking my doctor to find out more details?
- Am I nuts to be seeking a third opinion by someone out of state or a doctor that specializes in post-op issues?
I appreciate any insight and I fully plan on providing updates (if that is advisable) so future people can learn from my experience.