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Date: Mon May 30 9:08 PM, 2011
Question about Cross Linking procedure
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I'm getting the crosslinking done and I have a couple questions.

1. My Dr. wants to do one eye at a time incase of infection. What are the chances of an eye becoming infected from this procedure?

2. How bad would an eye infection be from the crosslinking procedure?

3. If I got the procedure done in one eye and then the second eye two weeks later, would I (at any point) be able to return to worK?

 

I work in IT so I sit infront of two 24" monitors all day.



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Date: Mon May 30 9:18 PM, 2011
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Hi, fellow IT-KC patient :) ( seems to be quite many working with IT-reatled stuff of us)

1 I think the risks of infections is small, especially since you will probably get drops against infection and you will not touch the eye or shower until the epithelium has healed.

2 I think it can be pretty bad since the eyes natrual protection is scraped off ( I assume you do epi off CXL) But if you follow instructions the risk should be very small.

3 For me personally I couldnt even look at a computer for the firsts days, even though i did only one eye. After one week i could work with, but keep in mind that you should stay off rigid lenses for a while. Also the amount of haze is very varying, but i would say try to be home close to one week atleast.

Hope it enlightens the matter a little bit more.

Br Henrik

 

 



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Date: Mon May 30 9:25 PM, 2011
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This really does!

Thank you very much. I'm trying to gather information because I have the option of doing both eyes at once or one at a time.

I want to do both at once because I don't want to miss a substantial amount of work, and I want to do both at once because I'm an amateur athlete and I'm in my off season right now (sport is fencing) and I would like to have them done and recovered by the time the season starts.

 

How long did it take for you to comfortably be able to look at a computer screen?

How long did it take for your vision to return to 'normal'?

 

Thanks again, so much!

 

Leland



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Date: Wed Jun 1 8:23 PM, 2011
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Hi, I had big light problems for one week, I couldnt look at a clody sky. But after one week looking at a computer screen was ok. You should have some lubricants for the eyes.

For me the haze lasted a month atleast, you can see through it but it cloudes the vision a bit. I also experienced changing vision for some months, however when i put in the lens after one month i could tolerate the lens better and the cone has regressed more and more.

The regression made it possible for me to have a bit flatter lens which resulted in 90-100% vision in that eye compared to 60-70% before CXL.

However vision with glasses on that eye is still to bad to be useful, but with semi sceral lens it pretty sharp and confortable.

Do you use RGP or glasses or no correction  so far?

 

BR Henrik

 

 

 



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Date: Thu Jun 2 4:19 PM, 2011
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Thanks Henrik,

I am using glasses right now. I will probably switch to contact lenses after the hazy period goes away.

Right after the procedure:

1. How much pain did you experience and how long did it last? (I hear the day after is just horrible)
2. What painkillers were you given?
3. Were you prescribed sleeping medicine?
4. When you weren't sleeping what did you do to keep busy?
5. Did you have someone taking care of you?
6. What did you eat?
7. Since you had to avoid water on the eyes, did you just bathe?


Thanks so much for your time, I can't explain how much I appreciate your reply.




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Date: Sat Jun 4 1:45 PM, 2011
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procedure was pretty much painless for me. I had prk done at the same time as well.In my mindi had prepared myself for hell though because of some things i had read and maybe that made it easier. The chances of you having both eyes infected at the same time is probably virtually none so my suggestion is if you are going to have surgery just cut your healing time and get both done at same time,if you go to a clinic that does tons of crosslinking i would not even be worried,farely simple procedure. I was not given pain killers or sleeping pills but when was looking into procedure at home the panflet at bochner they give sleeping pills,valium and t3 pain kileers i believe.you will need help getting home and have the hardest time seeing at day 3 when the epitheliums start to grow back,i was super frightened cause noone ever spoke of this, but that is why.



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Date: Thu Jun 9 8:28 PM, 2011
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Hi, I was at start given for me a bit to weak pain killers, then i went back and got some heavier stuff, then it was no problem at all. But for me personally the normal thing for some headache  didnt reduce the pain enough, maybe i am sensitive :)

I didnt get any sleeping medicine, but from the first night of too little sleep due to too weak pain killers i could easily sleep the nights after.

From what i remberer i was pretty much happy with resting, listening to some music. I was prepared that one week will be take it easy time. I avoided shower and bath for 2 days until i was sure the epithelium was fully healed :) I could with my good eye actually see how "hole" of removed epthelium was gradually shrinking/healing.

Br henrik



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