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 Post subject: contact intolerance
PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 3:09 am 
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I have given up on contact lenses because my eyes are too dry and I can no longer stand contacts.My eyes are dry and burning even without them.
Now that it has gotten colder and drier with heat running in the house,it has pushed me over the edge.Wearing them was desperation to correct irregular astigmatism and refractive error post lasik but I have reached the end of my rope!One of the 50 top lasik surgeons in the country is local and I am scheduling tomorrow.The original lasik mill who caused this is never going to own up or offer any kind of help.There is no alternative left because glasses do not work for me.
I had tried contacts many years ago before lasik and couldn't tolerate them then either.
Wish me luck.I'm going to need it and of course,the prospect of more lasik scares the hell out of me. :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:25 pm 
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Do you have aniseikonia which make glasses impossible? Enhancements could worsen dry eyes, induce even more aberrations, thin the cornea and increase ectasia risk - and cause a whole host of other problems.

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Lasik damages every eye! Lasik induces more aberrations, even so called "wavefront!" Stick to glasses!


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 Post subject: Re: contact intolerance
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:10 pm 
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Think about what you just said. You wear contacts to correct irregular astigmatism. Do you REALLY think more LASIK is going to fix that? You can wear glasses to correct the refractive error -- you don't need more LASIK for that! The reason glasses aren't doing the job is due to the irregular astigmatism, which more LASIK will not fix and could make worse! Please think carefully about this. Don't act out of desperation. Things can always get worse!!!

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 Post subject: irregular astigmatism
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:09 pm 
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I don't know but I need an answer.I never had astigmatism before,it was created by the lasik.Funny,that's what all the ads say they can fix.Are you saying irregular astigmatism can't be corrected?
I need an answer for the daily strain,headaches etc.I've tried and tried with the contacts and knew there was no way I could tolerate this long term.There was never more than a couple of minutes occasionally that I could forget about them,the rest of the time they were bone dry and hurting.
I will at least go to the evauluation and see what he thinks.
Appreciate the comments.Thank you.
I go on the 22nd.


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 Post subject: Re: irregular astigmatism
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:42 pm 
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lasick wrote:
I don't know but I need an answer.I never had astigmatism before,it was created by the lasik.Funny,that's what all the ads say they can fix.Are you saying irregular astigmatism can't be corrected?


I didn't have astigmatism prior to LASIK either -- regular or irregular! Now I have both!!!

Do you know anyone who follows the research closer than I do? I read everything. Every now and then you'll see a small study of a handful of patients who were retreated with wavefront for irregular astigmatism -- some patients see some (usually not much) improvement, others get worse or don't improve. Either way they're left with very thin corneas and no more options. Yet when the surgeons write the conclusions, they report improvement in Snellen acuity but don't say much about change in BCVA or HOAs at the max pupil diameter, and that's because LASIK can flatten or steepen a cornea but it's very unreliable at treating irregular astigmatism.

Haven't you noticed there are NO LASERS APPROVED BY THE FDA TO TREAT IRREGULAR ASTIGMATISM?! Any retreatments being done out there for irregular astigmatism are being done off-label, and you will be forced to sign a consent form saying you have been informed that your vision could get worse!

lasick wrote:
I need an answer for the daily strain,headaches etc.I've tried and tried with the contacts and knew there was no way I could tolerate this long term.There was never more than a couple of minutes occasionally that I could forget about them,the rest of the time they were bone dry and hurting.


My contacts hurt everyday, sometimes so much that it's hard to concentrate. And my eyes are bone dry and my lenses stick to my eyes. Even so, I will never fall for more LASIK hype.

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I will at least go to the evauluation and see what he thinks.
Appreciate the comments.Thank you.
I go on the 22nd.


A word of caution-- if you go to a SURGEON for a solution, the answer is likely to be SURGERY.

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 Post subject: Concerned a out your induced astigmatism
PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:29 pm 
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lasick,

The fact that you have induced astigmatism suggests that your corneas may be bulging on one axis. I too have induced astigmatism... on a different axis from the natural astigmatism I had before LASIK- which was easily correctable with glasses. My new astigmatism is on a worse axis and the axis shifts, suggesting an unstable cornea.

I am afraid if you have a 2nd surgery removing MORE tissue you may become worse.

If you were to consider ANY LASIK surgery you should first determine how much tissue remains under your flap. Only an Artemis scan can do this. Get yourself an Artemis scan and you will know the thickness of each layer of your eye.

Since the flap doesn't contribute much to corneal stability your best bet may be a topo guided surface treatment. Not now, some time in the future when it is demonstrated to treat conditions like yours reliably. Right now there is nothing out there that is safe and reliable to treat an initial bad LASIK.

If you burn your corneal tissue NOW on what may be a disaster, things could definitely become worse. I also fear that you will suffer from the additional nerve damage that will occur. You already have dry eye from one surgery. Ripping up your flaps and frying more nerves is going to make your dry eye worse... initially for SURE. Long term? Who knows?

LASIK surgeons are good at inducing distortions and astigmatism, but not so good at correcting these problems.

lasick, is there any way you could make do with a really good pair of glasses?????

You may need to see a binocular vision specialist and look into prism lenses if you have problems with fusion.

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 Post subject: been there
PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:50 am 
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I have tried everything for 17 months now.Every type contact,glasses,glasses with contacts etc etc...synergeyes,scleral lenses,vision therapy...everything.I don't know what else to try and my life at work is over without fixing this.
My left eye isn't far off from plano with astigmatism of .5 but the right is -.75 to -1 dioptor with a higher irregular astigmatism of .75-1 if it hasn't changed again.My OD says its like no shape he's ever seen and glasses don't help at all.
I hope that was clear.Maybe I'm just totally screwed.
I am going to try my best to get honesty and the truth.He is one of the most respected lasik doctors around.If anything can be improved,I would only have the right eye done because it is causing the most problem.I will ask about PRK too.I made note of the artemis scan scientist and I will be asking many questions. :wink:
I am a desperate man my friends and cannot continue with my symptoms day after day.I can't think straight,read or enjoy much of anything.I feel as if I've lost half of my IQ because I'm so distracted by visual problems,headaches etc.
I appreciate the warnings and the good will.
Thank you all and God bless you and I pray we all find answers to help our damaged eyes.
I will report in another thread about what happens next.


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