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  • dianat
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    Diana's story Part 1

    I NEVER WANTED A STORY TO TELL

    I have extreme LASIK-induced dry eyes. I wear air-tight goggles in my house, in my car and outside. I avoid public places, and shy away from social gatherings. The moving air of shopping malls and grocery stores intensifies my constantly burning eyes. I am terribly sensitive to sunlight, even with tinted goggles. Dry eye pain and burning wake me in the middle of every single night. I can no longer read or watch TV for pleasure.

    I am living a crisis, and have only managed the outcome of my LASIK surgery with the support of my family, friends, the grace of God and my inner strength.

    I never wanted a “story” to tell. My 30 something years had always gone reasonably smoothly for me. My general health had also always been good. For these blessings I was grateful and still am. The icing was the most loving and understanding husband a woman could want, and two beautiful children who by far have brought me more joy than anything else in this world could ever touch. But I do have a story to tell, and I want people to know it.

    It’s amazing to me that the account of a simple, twenty-minute LASIK procedure should be preceded by such profound words and deep reflection. The surgery was supposed to simplify things for me. I would be able to take my children to the pool and not concern myself with water spots on my glasses. I could hold my babies without the worry of little hands pulling eyeglass frames off my face and sending them across the room. My reasons for LASIK were even as elementary as just seeing my clock in the middle of the night, and identifying scattered toys in the hallway when a sick child called for me in the night.

    I list all of these logical reasons for choosing LASIK for my own therapeutic benefits. It’s a good reminder. I avoid recalling the more selfish reason I had for seeking LASIK: I was self-conscious about my appearance and simply didn’t want to wear glasses any more.

    My yearning to be free from eyeglasses started in high school. Soft contact lenses served my quite well for a while, and for that I was grateful. They made life easier for me. I found caring for them a privilege more than a chore, and was stringent about their treatment. Still, in time protein buildup from daily wear and heat disinfecting did their damage. I landed a case of giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) and was out of contacts for years.

    Later in college I did manage to get in another two or so years of contact lens wear. Finally, I developed an intolerance to them after a severe head cold. This also coincided with a change in prescription that required a thicker, toric lens.

    For the next decade I accepted my fate and knew well to be grateful for my gift of vision, as well as the timing of my existence. How did the nearsighted population cope before the invention of eyeglasses? I suppose I would have attached myself to a “hunter” and myself handled the close-up chores. My prescription was roughly –6.75 in both eyes, add a bit of astigmatism. There wasn’t much to see without my glasses.

    I experimented unsuccessfully with contacted lenses during annual eye exams. Several doctors I had seen over the years were very willing to work with finding me a tolerable lens. I would wear a sample pair out of the office only to peel them off my miserable eyes when I returned home. I did, in fact, wear a sample pair of contacts on my wedding day. I endured an entire day of itching, burning and poor vision just to avoid wearing glasses on that day.

    So I had built my case for LASIK. Multiple optometrists told me that I was an excellent candidate for the surgery. Looking back, I find this outlandish since contact lens intolerance is a symptom of dry eye, and is a contraindication in LASIK surgery. The paradox, of course, is the fact that many people seek LASIK because they cannot tolerate contact lenses. But the thought remained in the back of my mind for years that LASIK was something I may do when the time was right.

    My husband and I discussed the possibility of my having LASIK surgery every time a friend of ours would report his or her success. I started to get serious about it. Financially it was finally feasible, and the technology was there. Why wait for something better; something better was finally here.

    I sought out two LASIK surgeons with good reputations in town. Those LASIK facilities touting “pay for one eye, get the other free” were avoided. I would not be persuaded by techniques reserved for used car sales. Nor would I buy based on price. These were my eyes, my vision and I cared about them.

    The doctor I chose was the most expensive in town. He was well-respected and not the local television LASIK “hot-shot”. The surgeon I’d chosen was the very one who’d performed my own optometrist’s LASIK surgery. My LASIK doctor assured me the surgery was safe. The video I was shown in his office explained that the laser used surgery would need to pulse 200 times just to penetrate the human hair. The procedure was done on the surface of the eye, and certainly looked harmless and not terribly invasive.

  • Ibrahim
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    Hi Diana,

    I read your story , i would like to know , the condition of your eyes now.
    I am hesitating about whether to do the ilasik surgery or not , i read many good stories about how successful and great this surgery , it is the first time for me to read a negative opinion about Lasik.
    i noticed that you posted your story on 2005 , may be the new ilasik is better than that you did ? what do you think.?
    thanks a lot for sharing your story.

    Regards,
    Ibrahim

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  • daphane
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    Hi Diana- I can totally relate especially the part about driving in your car, there are times that I think I should not even be on the road. I have to pull over sometimes and just keep my eyes closed til they get good enough to make it home or wherever I am going. This has taken over my life- stores- restaurants and even church. I could not read all your story-I limit what I do with my eyes. I just want to say stay strong and its wonderful that you have such a loving family. I have Sjrogens and thats what has caused my dry eye. I am with you on being thankful I still have my site-Good Luck

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  • sunshinelover
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    Hi,
    Reading all your stories I am amazed that I had no problems for all these years after all my surgeries. I had minus 12 before my MKM in 1987 (which was mechanical Lasik before laser existed, quite brutal!) and then another lasik on top of that nine years later i n one eye. My corneas are extremely thin. And I had cataract surgery and crosslinking in one eye also. And I had dry eyes and GPC BEFORE the surgeries! Didn't ever need one single lubricant drop after surgery - until now!! Weird..... eyes works in mysterious ways. Hope your are feeling much Petter today Diana!

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  • joanna
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    Hello Diana,
    it's been so many years since you wrote your story and I hope you are well nowadays.

    My story is very similar, I had the happiest 30 years of life, I was a mum and enjoyed my life. Two years ago I had the surgery in the most expensive and reputable clinic in the city, as I didn't want to save on my safety.
    Even my glass prescription was like yours.

    Now my biggest fear is not only that I won't be able to do my job anymore, but that my son will never have any siblings. He would probably have one already, he is four years old and keeps asking for them.
    I can't see how I could cope with pregnancy and look after the baby with my erosions, pain and depressions. How to get up and run to check the crying baby when you need a few minutes to open your eyes? And so many other issues..
    I hope I will be able some day if you could.

    Thank you for sharing your story and all the best.
    Joanna
    Last edited by joanna; 11-Oct-2012, 09:11.

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  • sarahcoles28
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    That's a great Gesture from pecan to diana

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  • pecan121
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    I'm going to save this post so I can show it to my son who is always talking about getting Lasik "someday." Being extremely nearsighted isn't the worst thing in the world.

    Thanks for posting.

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  • sarahcoles28
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    Originally posted by dianat View Post
    You'e made my day, Kyle. You pass that story around as far and wide as you like.
    Sad to hear your story diana. May God provide you a good health in the future.

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  • ninac15
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    Oh Diana that was just a very sad story, my deepest sympathy for you. I hope everything's doing great with you now. Have faith and trust in God.

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  • EternalTears
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    Diana, I read your story

    Im very moved by your story and want you to know that the support you have from the members here is something you will always be able to count on. I wonder if you have looked at another option that may help you. Its called cornea transplant. Below is Mayo clinic link. I know from expereince about organ transplants and thought to myself; Would a cornea transplant help you and others. see link below

    Steve

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cor...splant/MY00491

    Why it's done

    Risks

    How you prepare

    What you can expect

    Results

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  • abboulai
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    Dry eyes

    Hello Diana
    I have just registered with The Dry Eye Zone and this is my first time reading some of these stories.I thought my problem was bad until I read your story. My situation started suddenly on July 2008, Both my eyes were bothering me all day,I didn't go through operation in my whole life.My eyes case: sandy,mucous fall,no tears,half opened,feel more comfort in closing them.I visited 3 different Doctors each of them prescribed different kinds of eye drops ,the last Doctor told me that I had eye dryness he told me to use Refresh liquigel but unfortunately my eyes became worse.Then I began to search and study in the internet about eye dryness,I found that lacrimal plugs can be a solution.I went to a Ophthalmalogist and told him my eye story.He said that I had to perform lacrymal plugs operation.He didn't test my tear output.
    On October 2008 the doctor insert 2 lower lacrymal plugs and prescribed refresh liquigel when needed.I felt much better but the viscousity of refresh liquigel irritates my eyes,so I stopped it.I began to search the internet and I found that Flax seed capsules,massage eye lids and forced blinking stimulates tear flow.Since 10 days I started to take one capsule per day,I'm feeling much better now.I hope a last longing progress cure.
    Sorry for my bad language writing

    Good luck

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  • Lucy
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    Thanksabunch

    You made my day too! I am not a risk taker either. I wish I'd seen some anti-lasik material before I had mine. I noticed the morning of my lasik that many people didn't show up. We were herded in like cows. I thought probably those people had not been able to get the $$ together. Perhaps they were just smart. Glad you didn't take the risk. Lucy

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  • blackberry
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    Thanks a Bunch

    I am so happy to hear about your decision. You just made my day! Thanks a whole bunch.

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  • thanksabunch
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    Thanks for saving me with your stories

    I just want you all to know that I was scheduled for lasik and am definitely NOT going through with it due to all that I've read. I had a weird "hunch of doom" about it which I thought was strange since I've always wanted it and finally could afford it. I wondered why I wasn't excited. I am not usually an anti-risk person. It was almost a psychic-y hunch...now I think it was an angel whispering a warning in my ear. And it made me get up in the middle of the night last night and surf around and find your stories. Thank you. And good luck to you.

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  • Shahara
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    Hi Diana

    felt extremely sad while reading your story! I hope you find relief someday, I really do!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take care and all the best to you!!!


    Shahara

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