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Posted 20 March 2008 09:18
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I had Intralase Wavefront Lasik on 7th March this year to correct my short sightedness with astygmatism my prescription was -3.00 -2.75 and -4.25 -2.50.  My surgery went extremely well and after I had waited 30 mins for my first aftercare check was told everything fine you can go home.  It wasn't like you see on these extreme makeover shows where patients sit up immediately after surgery and start to read but I could definately see even though it was like looking through a mist.  Got to hotel and went to bed [the anysthetic drops make your eyes feel really tired ] after a couple of hours of trying to get to sleep my eyes became really painful and I couldn't bear any light at all my eyes were stinging and watering and I thought something was wrong, all I wanted to do was cry but I couldn't because I was afraid it would make my eyes worse.  Anyway I finally managed to get to sleep and when I awoke I felt great, not much pain but best of all I could actually see,  I thought yes It's worked and everything is great.

Next day I went for my 1 day aftercare check and was told that I wasn't quite driving standard but everything fine  and come back next week.  I spent the next week putting my drops in religeously, this takes up a lot of your time in the first week after surgery as drops are to be administered every hour.  You get three different types of drops there's antibiotic drops, steroid drops and refresh eye drops  so don't make many plans in your first week because you'll spent all your time putting these in your eyes.  I bought some hand hygiene gel because I was fed up with keep washing my hands it's really handy especially if your out when its time for your drops.

First weeks aftercare check I am zero prescription in right eye and -1 in left although I am now legal driving standard.  After just 1 week I have virtually got my life back but I find that my vision is really good in the day time but as soon as it starts to go dark my standard of vision starts to deteriorate.  I had wavefront to try and sort out any night time problems that might arise, you know like halos and all the other complications you read about  but now I wonder if it was worth paying the extra money because it hasn't seemed to do anything for me.  I suppose it's early days yet so I am hoping that this aspect of my surgery will improve with time.

All I can say is I feel that I have been very lucky that my surgery has gone well but there seems to be many that are having real problems especially with dry eyes, I myself haven't got this problem so can't really comment on the subject but I wonder if it has helped taking the flax seed oil capsules as it is supposed to help lubricate your eyes but you need to start taking this about six weeks prior to surgery and carry on taking it afterwards .

Even though my surgery was a success I would never recommend anyone to have it done it is after all a gamble and everyones outcome is different.  The first week takes a lot of aftercare so I don't know how it would be possible to just have the one day off work  I would however recommend that anyone having the surgery takes at least a week off to fully recover.

Just remember there seems to be an awful lot of people suffering because of their surgery but there are also a lot of people who have had really good experiences.  When we are doing our research on the web we always look for the negative side as there seems to be more negative than positive reviews but people  who have had bad experiences shout louder . Generally people who are pleased with their surgery don't feel the need to enter these forums once they are satisfied with their results.

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Posted 20 March 2008 09:59
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Hi. You should not be typing away so soon after surgery!

I had surgery 2 years ago & I regret not giving my eyes COMPLETE REST in the early days.

Activities which require a high level of concentration should be kept to a mininmum.

Keep your eyes relaxed!

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Posted 25 March 2008 21:20
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Hi,

I just wanted to reply that I am experiencing very similar 'night' and 'dark' issues with my eyes!  I also had the intralase, wavefront, lasik, and my prescription was a pretty standard near-sighted -6.25 in the left eye, and -6.50 in the right eye, with a tiny astigmatism in the right eye.  I feel that walking outside is no problem at all, although I still feel reading signs clearly, especially with my right eye, is not so good.  It is 12 days since my operation on March 14th, at 1pm.  Maybe I am impatient!  I don't really have a horrendous halo, but going into an all artificial light environment and being surrounded by books today (Books etc!) I felt like I really couldn't focus.  It was scary!  The opthamologist tested my eyes 6 days after the operation and picked up a 'residual' far sight of -0.25 in both eyes at that moment.  I am 40 years old now, and have slightly larger than average pupils.  Anyway, I hope that my right eyes improves!  Would be interested to hear if your vision when it gets dusk and dark improves over time.  I am seeing Dr. Patel (Finchley Road, London) on Thursday.  Hope to update this for those interested in this particular issue,

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Posted 31 March 2008 23:53
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Hi all just an update regarding night vision, everything beginning to settle down now in my fourth week and able to drive at night.  Vision getting better day by day hardly ever need to use drops and nearly all the blood that was in my eyes has vanished. x x x
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Posted 10 April 2008 13:15
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Hi all,

Week six and all is well I have nearly returned to my old self now , all the blood has disappeared and my night vision has greatly improved and I have even started to wear my make up again. The only problem is that I seem to be experiencing allergic reactions to strong smelling pot pouri and scented candles didn't have a problem with them before so they will all have to go. Still not had my one month aftercare checkup as opt. keeps cancelling my appointments, hope to have my checkup on Fri 18th April.

Hope all is well with you Mum4

 

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Posted 27 April 2008 12:08
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Hi all had checkup and now I am confused.  I didn't see my usual optician this time and the one I saw told me that I was still slightly short sighted, even though I could read from the third line from the bottom she also suggested that I return in six weeks and that I use this time to consider retreatment. My surgeon originally told me that it could take up to six months for my eyes to settle down so why am I now being asked to consider retreatment when it hasn't been two months yet.  I wonder how many others are being asked to go ahead with retreatment so soon after.

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Posted 20 November 2008 13:29
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hi, I had the same kind of thing happen. I was more than happy with the results of my treatment almost 2 years ago, but at one of my checkups, the optician said that the left eye was still not as good as it could be and I should consider retreatment for that eye. I was confused as I felt it was constantly improving, I had no problems of any sort and could not see why I had been offered retreatment so early on. I left it and was discharged with out any problem, with almost perfect vision (down from 4.75 to .50 and 4.25 to 0). I thought it was a bit worrying at the time and needless as it turned out.

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Posted 26 November 2008 14:32
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Hello all

9 months into surgery now and I feel like I have never worn glasses I am so glad that I made the decision to have my surgery I am in my middle 40s and don't even need to wear specs to read . Still not got dry eyes so the flax seed must have helped and I am no longer afraid of going to the hairdressers and getting hair in my eyes although he is lovely and tries his best to cover them when he is cutting my fringe. Never got discharged from Optimax I think that they have forgotten about me. I wasn't very pleased with the after care I received but couldn't fault Dr Qazi.

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