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Date: Tue Feb 17 1:03 PM, 2009
PRK and Crosslinking Recently -Story so far
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I thought I would try to put some more additional information on here about Cross linking and PRK, as I am sure this would help those considering it.† I went to Accuvision in Fulham recently for a consultation and they recommended PRK and cross linking.† I decided to do this recently (Frday 13th!!biggrin) to ensure I stop KC getting worse.† I decided to have the right eye first as ths was my weakest and this was the recommended course of action.† The service at Accuvision was excellent.

My appointment was a 4pm and was slightly delayed but not a problem.† The surgery is very much like everyone else has described so I won't bore you with any further details. (Cost £1800 per eye but with 10 months interest free payment plan)

Immediately after surgery:† First hour was fine but clearly the anaesthetic had not worn off.† This wore off after about an hour and some discomfort was present.† Not so much pain but more of stinging, probably like having salt in your eye!!† I was given strong pain killers and drops (as well as protective contact lense).† The aggrevation sting lasted till about 5am in which I finally fell asleep.† Was given drops to be used every hour (unless asleep).
I was back at Accuvision on the 14th (9am) and the check went well.† I could notice a change in my vision in which my right eye seemed slightly stronger than my left.† It also looked like I had been in the boxing ring wth my eye only able to open to half way.† Sat saw a pleasing recovery.† No further pain but watery eye and tearing.† Was told to reduce the drops to once every two hours.

Day 2 Recovery.
Very similar to day 1 Recovery, but some blurring of vision at times.

Day 3 Recovery (Monday)
Actual eye recovering well and probably about 3/4 open with swelling on the lid.† Vision today though is very poor.† Everything is very blurred and can see very little through the eye.† I have taken the right lense out of my glasses as it was giving my headaches.† This makes a difference.† Managed to go to a live football game in the night but my vision was all through my left eye.

Day 4.
Vision is blurry today but better than yesterday and as good as my left eye (both without correction).† Some blurring above the focus but much better than yesterday.

I will keep you posted on progress.



-- Edited by pedlos at 15:33, 2009-02-17

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Date: Tue Feb 17 4:13 PM, 2009
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Good to hear from you pedlos !

Did they do PRK first before the Crosslinking ? and does the cost (£1800 for one eye) cover both treatments ?

I hope you a good recovery, please let us know all about it !

Kane


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£1800 per eye for both treatments (will leave about 4-6 months before getting other done)† The PRK was prior to the cross linking.† I'm assuming the recovery will be up and down for a while because of both treatments.† Will be interesting to see what happens.† Apparently the corneas were quite thick so they could do a reasonable amount of laser.
I go back in tomorrow for a check up and to remove the protective contact lens.† Will post an update here.

Regards

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Day 5 -Back to Accuvision today for a check up.† Was pleased with vision in my eye this morning with it being better than left.† Clarity is improving but blurry after every blink.† Check up went fine and they removed protective contact lens.† After lens was taken out the vision immediately deteriated and has not settled since.† Expecting up and down vision from here on in but they seemed pleased with the progress.† Next check up is a week tomorrow.† Will keep updated for reference points for others.

Cheers

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Thank you pedlos so much for keeping us posted.This is so important what you are doing.I have† also performed CXL plus Topography guided PRK.It is the most innovative and best treatment to treat holistic the kc.

I wish you the best my friend and pretty sure you will have it.The need for correction after the treatment is almost nothing to little aberrations at night.With this treatment our precious corneas have normal shape again and the strength of the powerful collagen crosslinking.


Best Wishes,

Harrys



-- Edited by Zeus at 23:28, 2009-02-18

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Date: Thu Feb 19 4:57 PM, 2009
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Cheers Zeus.† The eye has been a bit scratchy since the contact lens came off but the vision has improved a bit since yesterday aww† There is still blurring and ghosting after blinking which means focusing takes time. Slept yawn last night with airline face maskevileye on as I woke up once rubbing my eye so don't want to be doing that no

Have had a clear lens put into my glasses now until things settle down in my eye.† Hopefully the next few days will show improvement but realise it may take a while (Zeus - How long before your eyes settled?)† Even managed to go to the gym today for a very light session (no weights!) and busy watching the cricket all day biggrin

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Day 9 Recovery- Vision is still very eratic and not settled.† Quite blurry again today.† Begining to wonder if it ever will!!!!!† Have read that things start to improve from about now so quite hopeful of seeing improvements shortly.† Still using Tobraex once ever 4 hours and artificial tears in between to keep the eye moist.

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Day 12 and still no further improvements in vision bleh It is difficult being back in work and effectively operating out of one eye.† I go back tomorrow for a check up and will be interested to see what they say and how they feel the recovery is going.† It is very difficult to know what to expect in terms of improvement as they did say the main purpose of the procedure was to stop the KC getting worse and improve the clarity of vision with correction.† I am noticing that my eyes are tired after working (moreso than usual yawn) I have read many blogs from PRK treatment (it did state mine was limited topography guided PRK-prob due to the cornea) that recovery varies massively from person to person so won't really make any judgements until at least 6 weeks.† The cross linking can continue to have effects for up to 18 months so here's to waiting patiently!!!blankstare Keep smiling biggrin

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