Originally Posted by MicKey73
Thank you for the update! Sorry to hear you had some complications. Was there any indication before you went in that something might not work perfectly right away? Did they seem concerned with your health and how you were feeling about it, or did they just say, 'it'll heal.' Did they tell you if the starbursts will ever go away? How about the dry eye? Sorry for so many questions!
There was no indication that I was at a higher risk for any complications. The two Doctors both said I was a perfect candidate but they outlined all the risks involved with LASIK in general. There are TONS of things that can go wrong but they often show you the odds of it occurring. My biggest concern was a bad flap where it was cut too narrow or not evenly and then they have to abort the procedure and try again in six months. (There has never been a recorded instance of someone going blind due to LASIK. They say it's a risk but it has never occurred since the FDA started monitoring the procedures.)
The clinic I went to was extremely thorough in answering all of my questions, explaining the procedure from start to finish in great detail and they took good care of me. I still cannot get over how nice they were! However, when I went for my followup the next day after LASIK they did not seem concerned about the blurry eye and almost shrugged it off like it was a common thing despite their own marketing literature saying it's not common. That did bug me because everything I read online said otherwise. On my two week appointment the Doctor finally expressed some concern saying the results should be better by now and he suggested I try different eye drops which did work. :)
They did mention that the starbursts and halo's at night often go away but it usually takes months for that to happen. In some cases they may never go away, it's another one of those risks you take with the procedure. This is what the information booklet they gave me states:
After the procedure, some patients may experience an optical effect called a “halo” or a “starburst” around lights at night or in dim light. These effects are for the most part temporary, typically lasting between two (2) weeks to three (3) months after surgery. These symptoms occur due to residual water in the eyes that is eventually absorbed. Glare and halos may be permanent in 1-2% of patients and these complications are more likely to occur in patients with high levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness or with larger-thanaverage pupil size.
From what I understand everyone has dry eyes after LASIK. If you're prone to dry eyes then your risk will be greater and you may have to get punctal plugs (tubes) inserted into your tearducts. I personally never had a problem with dry eyes, even with contacts, and the dryness that I have now as a result of LASIK is clearing up as the days go on. I'm getting more and more impressed with the results. http://www.lasikmd.com/pdf/LIB-A-23-LMD-LIB-EN.pdf
That's the information booklet they gave me. I would also suggest reading their website, even if you're going to another clinic. LASIK MD | Laser eye surgery - Custom lasik vision correction
- they have tons of information there, it really answered most of my questions before I even showed up. :)