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Date: Tue Sep 16 12:50 AM, 2008
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Hi everyone! My name is Cecilia, Im from Argentina.
I was diagnosed with mild Keratoconus in March this year. After consulting with several ophtalmologists, I decided the best option for me was c3r, since although the KC wasn't severe, it was evolving quite fast.
I had the procedure done in both eyes at the same time with almost no discomfort at all. No pain after the procedure either (which surprised me, since I read it was quite painful when it's done with epithelium removal, which I had).
Up till then everything was perfect.

had my drs appointment on Friday. According to her, everything is going well, though really slow. I have to admit it can get a bit depressing. I didn't expect for it to take such a long time to go back the way it was before the surgery. It's been two months already, and still the vision it's quite worse than before. With my good eye I could see almoust perfect, and now... it's quite blurry, almost as bad as the bad one! Lights are the hardest part, I see the same light 3 o 4 times, sometimes its hard to tell which one is the real one.
Anyway all I can do right now is wait and hope it will get better even if it takes six months. =( Although I am starting to wonder if there is the possibility that in my case, the vision will be affected permanently by the cxl. Has anyone had a similiar experience??
I don't wont to make anyone feel cxl its a bad choice, I don't regret having it done, if this means the KC wont go any further. I just thought I should share this too, to see if anyone else experienced what I'm feeling right now.


love from argentina!

ceci   idea



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Date: Tue Sep 16 5:59 AM, 2008
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Hi Cecilia, its good to hear from you,

When I had CXL it was scary in the recovery, as progress can be slow, the time to pass takes ages it seems and each time you look through your cornea you are still reminded that there is more time to go. It takes weeks and months even for any corneal surgery to settle down, and the stages to recovery can vary from person to person. For me it took fully six months for the cornea to settle, until them there was flucuations in vision, lessening with time, but its been worth it as I feel good that I have been actually treated and have peace of mind due to that.

Best wishes

Kane


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Date: Tue Sep 23 7:46 PM, 2008
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Good to hear from people who have done the same procedure like i have done. Although mine was done exactly 2 weeks from now.

I felt pain for only a day after the procedure. 4-5 days were full of fog and i could hardly open my eye cos' of the glare. But now on day 14 i had my 2nd appointment with my doc and i could read 6/24 with some help from pin hole. Earlier it was not even 6/60. There is only slight bit of fog left but glare is like always, too troublesome.

I got it done on my right eye and the doc says both of my eyes have advanced KC. I first got to know that i had KC when i was 9 yrs. Today i am 29. And both the cones are buldging outwards. I have shown my eyes to about a dozen ophtalmologists and all says its a miracle that i am able to have a vision of 6/6 in both eyes with contacts.

@checkim. So after reading your post i feel its too late for you to still waiting for your vision to settle down. After almost 60 days and you still don't know if the vision is going in the right direction or not, i would suggest to talk to your doc and maybe get a second opinion on it aswell. No harm in getting that.

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Date: Wed Sep 24 4:02 AM, 2008
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Chechim welcome to you,

The healing is still in the right "range", it can take up to three months for the swelling to be over in some cases, but full recovery takes six months for vision to settle, take a look at these presentations, sometimes diagrams, graphs, tables are better than words.


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Date: Wed Sep 24 4:09 AM, 2008
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I have read in some prevoius posts that K readings on average in the first three months rise and then go down to preexisting levels or less than that, this info is in one of the graphs in the above presentations.

Keep to your check ups chechim and I wish you well.

Remo

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Date: Wed Sep 24 5:23 AM, 2008
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Hi everyone! Thnx for your replies. I had my docs appointment and she pointed out this same thing... that even when it can take less for some people, it's still within normal range. So.. here I am, waiting. I do believe it's getting better, but quite slowly =/ or maybe it is that I am getting used to seeing worse? =P no really... it's better!

thnx everyone for the support. And good luck kjdesings with your recovery! hope it's faster than mine!! r u a designer too? (graphic designer here) where are you from?

love everyone and stay strong!!    biggrin


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Date: Wed Sep 24 6:37 AM, 2008
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Don't know what made you think that but its true. I am a 3d game artist for the past 10 years. I live in Delhi, India. Doing precision work is hard sometimes but i guess its a firm belief that i can do, and i have to do that has kept me going on with it.

So this goes to all KC'ers that sometimes this problem can take us to depression also ( happens with me also sometimes) but only believe in yourself and always think that "nothing is impossible". If we have been given something less than others than there is something else which is more than others too.

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Date: Wed Sep 24 3:28 PM, 2008
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kjdesigns.... Your nick name tipped me off.... hehehe.
glad to hear your taking this with optimism. I think it's trully important! How are your eyes taking the postop?





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