I’ve had the most dire problems having caught the tail end of RK in the early 1990s (twice on the left eye, once on the right), which I followed by laser, after the RK had failed to achieve the desired result. All that was over 20 years ago. Over the subsequent years I experienced fluctuating vision and the left eye deteriorated pretty early on. The right eye was better. However, in the last 5 years, my vision got worse and worse. I was given glasses with a stronger and stronger prescription, but these did not fully correct my vision. Doctor after doctor looked at my eyes, expressed horror at the state they were in, but told me that nothing could be done. I had a serious haze problem, and one doctor described my left eye as “10%.” My vision continued to deteriorate and I was wrecking my back peering at the computer screen, regardless of whatever glasses I was given. One doctor suggested a cornea transplant, but I was very reluctant about this. In desperation, I contacted VSRN. Barbara (Artistwoman) recommended a doctor in Norway, who is a specialist in dealing with complex refractive surgery cases.
In some trepidation, I went for a consultation in January 2015. I thought I must be crazy as I passed the mountains of snow in the dark on the train from the airport! When I had the consultation, it was clear to me from the outset that the doctor knew his stuff and was talking sense. He was also extremely nice and reassuring. He explained to me that RK (pizza slice) surgery is a terrible procedure, but that the solution would be cross linking to strengthen my weakened corneas, to be carried out in the same session as laser treatment to deal with the haze. So, about a month later, I went back for treatment to the left eye, and then I had the right eye done about 3 months later.
The results have been astonishingly good. The right eye is almost perfect, with a refraction of +0.75 and a small astigmatism of -1.25. The left, which had suffered a double mangling from RK, is weaker at -1.00 and astigmatism -2.75. But the best thing of all is the visual acuity, which is now 0.7 (20/30) in each eye separately and 0.8 (20/25) in both eyes together—well within the limit for driving in the UK — previously I think I was 0.3 (20/70) in the left eye! The cross linking has successfully stopped the fluctuating vision—it’s amazing to be able to see the poster on my wall just as well in the evening as in the morning! So, basically, I can see normally again, and even without glasses for most of the time—I just have weak distance ones for driving (mainly to correct the left eye) and reading glasses, which I use for computer work. For normal reading, I’m mostly OK without.
I feel I’ve got my life back, and am still getting used to it! So, my message to others is don’t despair. My case was particularly bad, and yet I found the help I needed via VSRN. Barbara can give full details of the doctor who helped me.
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