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TOPIC: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience


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Date: Fri Apr 16 9:16 PM, 2010
RE: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience
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thanks much Lars for your support and update.... Im not going to give up on that 20/20 Bscva. I dont envision that there will be any problems. If Im not mistaken, Dominic had said that post CXL, in just about a year or so, your cornea tends to increase in thickness. So not to worry my friend, everything will be ok. When again did you have the procedure?
RIsh.... as Im not a doctor in any sort, there may be a reason that he wants you to wait a while longer. However, progression is likely to occur. If you are in a good spot now with your vision, why not try to maintain it? Remember, even a fraction of a diopter can be a drastic change in your vis acuity and further reduce the effectiveness of contact lenses. My advice to you is to always ask questions and to educate yourself continuously on what those questions should be.

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Date: Sat Apr 17 12:08 PM, 2010
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Hi DEFPOTEC, it's been 2 years since the procedure, there has been a slight increase in thickness (~ 20um) but I'm really not too worried about that. However I do believe that the sooner the better (IF and ONLY IF there is a continuous change in the topography)

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Date: Sun Apr 18 5:48 AM, 2010
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How thin can the corneas get before we should be really worried?

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Date: Sun Apr 18 5:52 AM, 2010
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How thin can the cornea get before its really bad or needs a transplant?  I am at $   457 in the left eye and 416 in the right eye.  The dollar sign was a mis type but i didnt delete it.

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Date: Sun Apr 18 4:56 PM, 2010
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Im not sure as to how thin it can get before it is considered dangerous... but if there is any comfort that I can give, My corneas were 430 L / 407 R UMs and I just had CXL then 5 months after that procedure, I had Topo Guided Prk... So rest assure, if other aspects for the surgery are met, I can assure you that you are a candidate.

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Date: Sun Apr 18 5:09 PM, 2010
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I had visian icl and c3r done on the same day on January 28th. I have seen 2 doctors other then the doctor who performed my surgeries and they have suggested a little PRK to correct the astigmatism as best they can in both eyes. My left eye is thickness is 467 and mu right is 416. They have brought to my attention that PRK will thin the cornea even more. They said their is a chance if the disease continues to progress after PRK I will need implants. If C3R stopped the progression I should be ok after PRK. Is PRK the same as topo guided PRK? Let me know what you guys think.
Thanks,
Bbrunsell

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Date: Sun Apr 18 5:29 PM, 2010
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depending on shape of ur corneas on whetehr to perform topo guided or centrally guided prk...topo guided normalizes the cornea and does not necassarily fix the refractive error.However cause c3r has already been done in ur case the number of diopoters to be treated can probably be properly assesd because ur corneas will have settled already at time of treatment.I know in my perticular case the topo guided prk actually made my vision way worse however soft lenses give me great day time acuity now. What did ur doctors expect ur vision to be after prk?

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Date: Sun Apr 18 5:34 PM, 2010
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He said best case 20/30 but he can't make any guarantees

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