I have a really good update: This time they were able to correct my vision with a lens!
I'm wearing a soft contact lens on my right eye and the two eyes see the same now. It felt so amazing to be able to read road signs again on the way home!!
The corneal specialist thinks there was still some residual inflammation, as previously speculated, so that's probably what was getting in the way of refraction before. She thinks now the Lotemax has worked to resolve it, so we can tell my remaining vision problems are the result of 1 diopter under correction.
I was actually really pleased with how incredibly thorough they were about re-checking everything and they did not hesitate to acknowledge that I'm under corrected. So I'm not getting any kind of CYA vibe from them.
Which I was worried might happen after reading so much about surgeons not wanting to admit to under correcting. They seemed to have no qualms whatsoever about saying, it's not good enough and we can fix it.
So, I'm supposed to wear this contact lens for a week, see how things are going and they will probably at that point schedule me for a second lasik procedure to correct the right eye to match the left.
Which is scary to me now that I've been through what I've been through. But if I can have perfect vision when it's all said and done at least one thing will go right.
And since there's no flap cutting that should mean an easier recovery than the first time around. Plus it's just the one eye. They also will give me stronger pain drops this time, knowing that I had more than the usual amount of pain last time. But they said I may not need them.
This doesn't address the remaining discomfort, which they think is due to the dry eye. My right (uncomfortable) eye is now drier than my left. Left tears stay 8-9 seconds while the right eye is still only more like 6 seconds. It's been just past 2 months on Restasis and I guess this is still within normal time frame for dry eye to be a side effect.
So, I'm hopeful and encouraged to know that the vision problems I've been having are not anything catastrophic or permanent.
I guess I could stay with just a contact lens rather than doing the second surgery. What would be the pros and cons of that? Now that I have dry eyes, wearing a contact lens probably isn't the best thing anyway. Plus all of this would be for nothing if I'm still dealing with contacts. Though I guess some of the same risks are there with treating the eye a second time.
What a ride this is.