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TOPIC: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience


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Date: Sun Apr 18 5:40 PM, 2010
RE: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience
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and what is ur vision currently corrected?and how are u corrected? rgp"s or soft lenses?how is ur night vision? Do u know ur night time pupil dilation? With the treatment of minimal tissue removal and hight astigmatism the treatment zone will most likley b only 5.5mm..

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Date: Sun Apr 18 5:48 PM, 2010
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Since the procedure I have not worn any contacts or glasses. I am correctable to 20/25-20/30 with glasses. Probably could even get better with a contact lens. I am not sure what the size of my pupil is at night. One doctor prescribed me with alphagan drops for halos at night. It makes my pupil a little smaller and it improves my vision

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Date: Mon Apr 19 12:22 AM, 2010
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Yes he said he would have to m remove very little.  I am just scared of a possible transplant but he said he highly doubts i will need one.  I think i will give it a shot.

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Date: Mon Apr 19 12:55 AM, 2010
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u have had c3r so progression is not likley. The c3r stiffens the whole cornea. Dr.k used to perform the topo prk afterwards and still no cases of progression since. Good Luck!!

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Date: Mon Apr 19 11:00 PM, 2010
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So the PRK is designed to correct the asitgmatism but it will no t correct the iregularity coused by keratoconus? Does your vision improve that much even with an irregualar keratoconus cornea?

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Date: Wed Apr 21 6:11 AM, 2010
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no prk will correrct the vision especially since ur icl.the prk wll help get ris of left astigmatism.topo prk is desu=igned to normalze the corena wirh bhighly irregular astgamatism ue to keratoconus>>

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Date: Thu Apr 22 7:24 AM, 2010
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RECOVERY Day 30


It's funny how time passes by so quickly sometimes while for other occasions, time seem to move just minimally above the speed of a sloth. ... Already, it has been just over four weeks since my Topo G PRK and I must admit that there has been some change with my visual acuity. I'm happy to say that I'm beginning to see a bit better. As to the exactness of the improvement, I'm afraid I know not. My vision is still blurry but fortunately, it's nothing really to obstruct my daily activities. I still however find myself frustrated at times in not being able to operate NORMALLY.The constant squinting and so forth can be irritating every now and again. Its funny that every morning I wake up, I pray for the 'blurry channel' from the previous days and nights to be a clearer one but unfortunately, there is no change or if so, very minimally. Nothing definitively.

I have been popping by my optometrist so as to have an abbreviated eye exam. Every since i did my two week check with Dr. Trattler (Ophthalmologist), I've made it a point to have these mini check up so as to monitor my healing especially after there had been a discovery of Corneal Haze in the last examination. I was a bit bewildered as I virtually couldn't discern as to what was going wrong because based on my research and readings, the occurrence of haze typically suggests that there is a delay in healing. I was a bit alarmed at this because, haze can be permanent if not addressed immediately. My focus was instantly directed towards the structure of the medicinal regiment.  Dr. Trattler however assured me that that the regiment was sufficient. In fact, while I thought he would have increased the frequency of instillation of the Durezol Drop (Steroidal), he reduced it. He went on to explain that Durezol is an extremely powerful steroidal eye drop that is approximately 3 times stronger than Pred Forte-which is the more popular of many steroidal Drops. He went on to add that it was still very early in the healing process and that haze shouldn't t be a problem in the future. If so, by what ever chance, other medication could be used to address it.
After an examination, I had been issued a pair of spectacles by my Optometrist. Unfortunately, my vision was uncorrectable beyond a certain point. In fact, in playing around with the glasses by comparing WITH or WITHOUT, I can observed NO major or distinctive difference between the two. I am hopeful that with the use of Toric Lenses, the improvement will be vastly better.
Tomorrow, I ll be heading down for another abbreviated check up so as to have the condition of my eye examined. When last I met up with my optometrist (day 20), he had mentioned that the haze was still evident and also that my eyes appeared dried. He furthermore reiterated that this was the normal condition of any person who has undergone PRK. In asking about the fitting of soft contacts, he mentioned that he would still prefer to keep the eyes bare so as to further promote healing. That was not going to be a problem because at this point, I was not going to let anything halter or slow/inhibit the healing and stabilization of the corneas.

For the past few weeks, I've been a little bit more active. Jogging, showers and some others are now becoming an addition to the daily routine. However, I'm still not at full throttle - so to speak.
Again, strict adherence to the medicinal regiment is essential. Maintaining the frequency of instillation the lubricating drops are a must. To allow your cornea to become dry would only mitigate the speed and direction of healing.

Anyhow, as it is late and my eyes have now become crossed eyed, I would like to again, applaud and thank all members of this forum for the continued and unrelenting support to the cause and endeavor of this forum. Just remember, NO QUESTION IS A BAD ONE.

Night


-- Edited by DEFPOTEC on Thursday 22nd of April 2010 06:38:13 AM

-- Edited by DEFPOTEC on Friday 23rd of April 2010 12:21:27 AM

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Date: Thu Apr 22 10:12 PM, 2010
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Best of luck DEFPOTEC. I had some corneal haze for the first days but it went away gradually. It is still too soon to know the final results, so hang in there.
Cheers

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