I checked into lasik about 3 1/2 years ago, the first Dr told me my corneas were to thin so I was not a good candidate and that I should instead go with PRK, I got a second opinion and that Dr told me my corneas were thin but that he could easily do it. Well I scheduled it and had it done in Feb of 04, both eyes seemed fine for awhile, as time went on my right eye got better and better but my left eye got worse. While monitoring this my Dr told me it was know problem and that all I needed was an enhancement which he performed in Aug of 04. Well as time passed and my eye healed it again didn't turn out as it was supposed to, I've been going back to him constantly since then with not only bad distance & terrible reading vision but ghost images & star burst around lights at night. These problems in the beginning were not constant, they changed from day to day.
Last year he recommended a second enhancement but every time he tried to "map" my eye the computer couldn't give him anything useable, this went once a month for 8 months, during this time my eye has gotten so bad that it is totally useless for reading and not much better for distance. Well last month he finally told me a have corneal ectasia, which is a bulging of the eye directly caused by cutting the flap for the lasik procedure, even after healing the cornea loses alot of it's strength as the flap only heals around the circumference of the cut. Until this bulge is taken care of my sight problem can not be addressed so I am scheduled to fly out to LA on June 6, to meet with a specialist, if all things check out he will surgically implant Intacs into my eye which are supposed to flatten the cornea, he will then do an experimental procedure called C3R (corneal collegian cross-linking with riboflavin) which will strengthen and stabilize my weakened cornea. If things work out I can then be fitted for glasses or gas permeable hard contacts to correct my vision. This second procedure is new and he is the only Dr in the country currently performing it, he's been doing it for only 4 years so there is not enough data to know how long it will last, eventually I will need a cornea transplant.
If anyone is considering getting lasik I would be very careful, due your own research and ask your Dr alot of questions!
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