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TOPIC: Lasik/Lasek Surgery Complications

Post Lasik problem 04 Mar 2014 18:35 #131

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Sounds like your visual symptoms are coming from DES - a poor tear film and hence imperfect ocular surface, assuming HOAs (High Order Aberrations) are not overly elevated.
Dry eye symptoms are usually maximal 4-8 weeks after treatment so that could fit with the timing.
Best to be under care of anterior segment specialist to treat the DES. Options include flaxseed oil supplements 2000-4000mg daily (takes a few weeks to start to work), lid hygiene, tear punctal plugs (temp or perm), plus a course of steroid drops to tackle inflammatory component.

Post Lasik problem 04 Mar 2014 11:49 #132

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I had wavefront lasik in August 2012 at the Newcastle branch and immediately after surgery suffered from dry eye (DES) and light sensitivity, neither experienced before when my eyes were perfect in that respect.
After about 2 months I noticed light streaking from any light source when I blinked, made worse if my eyes watered or I put drops in.
At first it was most noticeable at night but gradually become more noticeable during the day when looking at a mobile phone, or light coming through the window.
If my eyes are wide open i don't notice this, but any kind of blind or partial closure of my eyelids and the streaks appear and lengthen dependent on how much i blink,
i still suffer from DES and light streaking 18 months after surgery and tend to notice the light problems more when my eyes are irritated, so I think they may be linked.
i have been back to Optical Express a number of times and had all checks done and they say my eyes are fine and that I only have minor DES.
i have visited my local eye hospital and again they can't find any problems besides DES, so I am becoming really depressed and beginning to give up on hope it will improve.
i have read similar stories on websites and no one has been able to find an answer to the light streaking, although I've read some suggestions it's caused by the tear film and/or the pressure caused by the eyelid when blinking.
Does anyone have any advise or answers to my problems as I really don't know were to go from here?
Many thanks,

Cancelled surgery 10 Jan 2014 13:48 #133

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Hi All

So glad I found this site before it was too late and I'm so grateful to Sasha for her immediate response to my email below:

"I have booked and paid to have my Wavefront Intralase Lasik surgery at Harley Street tomorrow. Jonathan Carr will be my surgeon. I have just come across your site having thought I’d better do some research on this. My prescription is -6.5 and -5.5 and I have bad astigmatism and dry eyes. However I was told as my dry eyes were caused by years of contact lens wear and was not affecting my cornea that it was fine to go ahead.

However, my Boots optician advised me that I wasn’t a good candidate for laser surgery.

I’m now really scared, if I decide not to go ahead at this stage what are the chances of me getting a refund of my full payment?"

A brief overview of my story: I was diagnosed with diabetes in February 2013 and my prescription has been fluctuating and my night vision is really bad. I therefore opted for eye surgery. On my first consultation they said they wanted a letter from my GP giving permission to perform surgery which I got, but my prescription was still not stable. After 6 months I went back and they said it was now OK to go ahead.

At the appointment I told the optom about Boots, my dry eyes and my concerns. She said I only have dry eyes round the edges and not on the cornea so it would be OK, plus the final decision would be made by the surgeon on the day. So I paid up.

I've now cancelled my surgery and just hope they refund me in full.


I NEED GLASSES AGAIN 04 Jan 2014 01:25 #134

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Another downside of problems after lasik is that patients are mostly unable to wear contact lenses again because the cornea is scarred. Retreatments can't be done forever, which the clinic doesn't explain when they say "don't worry we'll give you a top up/ enhancement"!. It has risks every time. Patients are undergoing surgery so not to wear glasses, but at some point many will be back to glasses with no possibility of wearing comparatively safe and comfortable contact lenses. Before surgery patients need to have a stable prescription for at least one year but that is not a guarantee that the prescription will remain stable for even one year following lasik.
All very sad :(

Post op problems 20 Dec 2013 13:40 #135

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The UK government should be funding a proper research study instead of allowing companies like Optical Express to advertise 99% success rate when it's very obvious this is far from the truth. According to many people with problems they haven't been given the opportunity to either amend their feedback left within days of surgery before poor results became apparent, or report their dissatisfaction with treatment at all, so the 99% success rates being claimed by these companies are plain wrong! I am sure there are enough people looking at this site to provide a big enough sample pool for researchers.
Such studies should be done by unbiased researchers who have no personal agenda, and not by surgeons with an invested interest likely to skew data in favour of laser eye surgery.

40% problem rate in Japan 19 Dec 2013 18:39 #136

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The Consumer Affairs Agency has issued an official cautionary warning for individuals interested in Lasik eyesight correction procedures after reports of patients suffering blurred light perception and other problems have become more frequent.

In the past 4 1/2 years, the agency has received over 80 reports from patients suffering various injuries and issues following their Lasik procedures.

Of the variety of injuries and problems reported to the bureau, the most common was individuals who reported that the procedure over-corrected their eyesight rendering them abnormally farsighted, NHK quoted an agency spokeswoman as saying. Other cased included patients who experienced unceasing and severely acute eye pain and soreness, and others, who were forced to put medicated eye drops in their eyes several times every hour.

After reports began to increase in frequency and severity, the agency conducted a survey targeting approximately 600 individuals who had received Lasik eye surgery. According to the results, over 40% of patients complained that they suffered from blurred vision and experienced difficulties processing light, often making it near impossible for them to see anything in dark areas.


Eyes have regressed :( 14 Dec 2013 12:04 #137

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Plus dry eyes!

Optom got free surgery @ OE 14 Dec 2013 10:53 #138

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The expression "you don't get something for nothing" springs to mind here. Well, she sure got "something for nothing", worse visual acuity than she had wearing glasses/contacts, with glare and night vision problems to boot!

Optom got free surgery @ OE 14 Dec 2013 02:16 #139

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Letter from David Mungall @ OE 13 Dec 2013 23:43 #140

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Openness and transparency is being called for by the My Beautiful Eyes Campaign.

Non disclosure 'gagging clauses' like this are designed to bury poor outcomes and complications.

How many lasik/ lasek patients will face a similar dilemma when the time comes that they develop cataracts and require lens replacement?