Thursday I had my one week check-up with my local eye doctor, and he said I’m doing really well! No inflammation or infection, so I can stop using two of the four different eye drops (Vigamox® and Omnipred™).
The Doc asked me to cover my left eye with the paddle and to read the smallest line I could without squinting. Things were pretty blurry with my right eye, but I could read letters from the 20/25 line. My left eye was much clearer, and I read from the 20/20 line!
Looking at my eyes with the instrument that uses light and mirrors, the Doc determined that my left eye has a tiny dry spot, but it’s not near the corneal flap incision. However, on my right eye, he said there’s a much larger dry area that seems to be indicative of my eyelid not completely closing when I sleep.
Lingering blurriness post-LASIK is mostly due to having dry eyes, and the Doc said my prescription (especially in my right eye) will probably improve over the following two or three months.
Because of the dry eye, he suggested that I continue the limitations of week one for another week, including sleeping in the eye shields, not getting water in eyes, wearing my polarized sunglasses, not wearing eye make-up, etc. He also told me to continue using preservative-free eye drops, because apparently the non-preservative free eye drops shouldn’t be used as often as needed. (The preservatives can build up in your eye and cause irritation.)
I was also instructed to purchase some “severe dry eye” drops, which come in gel form, to use at night. I bought some GenTeal® brand gel drops, which come in a small tube not unlike Neosporin®. To use gel drops you have to pull your lower eyelash down, creating a little “ditch” between your lash line and your eyeball. Gently squeeze in a thin line of the gel, then slowly blink. It’s very weird at first, like covering your eye in petroleum jelly. You can’t see very well, but it soon spreads thin and you can see enough to get into bed. (But set your alarm clock before you put the gel in!)
He told me to put off jumping back into the pool for another week or so, and then said he’d see me in three more weeks at my one month check-up.
Already, my eyesight is much better! I’m still able to read books, magazines and the computer screen with no issues. At my desk, I point out things I can read to my co-workers and sometimes they tell me that they can’t even read those letters with their glasses on! Whenever things are a little blurry, usually either a few blinks or a drop in each eye does the trick and brings life back into focus.
I went to see another movie in the theater recently, and when the opening credits were still rolling I asked my sister (who was wearing contacts) and my Mom (in glasses) to describe the amount of “halo” around the safety lights and the EXIT signs. They both described an amount of halo that matched what I was seeing, and what I remember experiencing pre-LASIK. It’s the same with driving at night, too — headlights can have a little bit of a halo or star effect, but it’s not any more bothersome compared to night driving with my old eyes.
Every night I still experience a compulsion of a 15-year habit, urging me to remove my contact lenses… but so far I’ve been able to remind myself that I’m not wearing contacts before groping at my eyeball!
So, here I am. One week after having had the custom bladeless intralase surgery. And I’m right in the same camp with every other LASIK patient I’ve ever talked to…
“It was worth every penny!” and “I’d do it again in a heartbeat!”