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Date: Mon Nov 6 3:38 AM, 2006
Last of stitches in left eye

After breaking a stitch two weeks ago my doctor decided to remove all the remaing sutures in my left eye, was pretty apprehensive to have them removed and concerned about a change in astigmatism but I'm glad to say things haven't changed and if anything have improved. I tested 20/20 plus 2 and 20/25 plus 1 in the right. All have been removed in the left and I still have six remaining in the right. Vision is very acute in daylight hours with a small amount of ghosting at night, oddly enough my near vision is very good as far as reading goes especially at a time when I should be needing reading glasses. Stranger things have happened in the past but I feel I'm starting to really stabilize visually, I haven't changed a refraction for over a year.


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Date: Mon Nov 6 6:21 PM, 2006

Wonderful news Micheal... Thanks for your update!!

I saw an on-line presentation (after registration) on something called "Bioptics"

Its ment to be the next thing in laser sugery ...what it is that it is an implantable lens, used so that tissue do not need to be removed a lot for the surgery... but after the insertion of the lens... "small bits"  on the outer surface of the cornea needs to be lasered to give the desired effect to give the correction needed.

This way those with large correction needed can be corrected, when before, it was deemed not in the remit (too much tissue needing to be removed which would not be safe for the patients vision) of laser surgery (as in laser surgery which "normal" people and corneas have)

The presenation conclued that it was safe to do as they have been monitoring patients for quite some time now with this.

Have a look at the following article on implantable lenses and its uses:

"Implantable Collamer Lenses Might Replace LASIK

Advances in Implantable Lenses have made vision correction surgery available to more people and could someday overtake LASIK in number of procedures.

San Leandro, CA (PRWEB) November 2, 2006 -- While LASIK is the most popular form of surgical vision correction today with more than a million Americans undergoing the procedure each year, that might change in the near future. Implantable Collamer Lenses (commonly known as Phakic Intra-Ocular Lenses), such as Visian ICL, might be the next wave of vision treatments. Unlike LASIK, Implantable Collamer Lenses can treat high amounts of near-sightedness, dry eyes, thin corneas, and possibly even patients with diseases such as keratoconus.

Stephen Turner MD, a corneal specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area, reports that the Visian ICL has been a miracle to many of his patients who were not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. As the first surgeon to offer this procedure in the Bay Area, Dr. Turner believes that this type of treatment will certainly grow in popularity. Already though the vision results have been excellent.

In a comparative study of patients who underwent LASIK or Visian ICL it was discovered that the Visian ICL not only compared favorably to LASIK surgery but in fact in many instances exceeded the results of measured visual acuity results of LASIK surgery.

Patients who were in the 8-12 range of myopia were discovered to favor Visian over LASIK in a majority of cases. While LASIK has been clinically approved for near-sighted prescriptions as high as -14.00, many doctors avoid LASIK in prescriptions higher than -8.00 or -9.00. Cases of high amounts of near-sightedness occasionally have problems with dry eye, glare, haloes, and even more serious complications such as corneal ectasias or loss of best corrected vision.

In one study of 769 eyes that underwent LASIK or Visian ICL, the results demonstrated that the Visian icl provided better quality of vision. After 1 year 90% of eyes (-8 to -12)that underwent treatment with the Visian ICL were able to read 20/20 visual acuity. LASIK eyes (-8 to -12) showed a much lower percentage of eyes seeing 20/20. While LASIK has a very high percentage of patients seeing 20/20 for low prescription cases (often more than 95% in cases below 3 diopters of near-sightedness), the success rates are lower for patients with high amounts of near-sightedness.

In fact, the Visian ICL has demonstrated that as many as 50% of patients will have vision that is significantly better than their glasses or contact lenses (1 line or more of increased best corrected visual acuity). While Wavefront custom LASIK has proven better results for LASIK, it still does not reach the level of improvement that is achieved by high myopes with a Visian ICL lens.

Not only are the results with a Visian ICL more accurate, but they are also more stable and more predictable. LASIK tends to cause vision fluctuations throughout the first year as the cornea’s tear film changes, healing occurs, and the shape of the cornea reacts to the thinning that occurred. Visian ICL showed a 99% stability in comparison to LASIK which was considered to be 91% stable.

Visian ICL is often recommended for patients with high amounts of near-sightedness, thin corneas, or irregular corneas. It can also be recommended for cases where dryness is a problem or where glare and haloes could cause serious difficulties.

Visian ICL and other phakic intraocular lenses are likely to increase in popularity. Advances in lens technology could eventually overtake LASIK technology. Lenses can avoid the need to thin the cornea (as in LASIK) and can be designed with superior optics. Lenses can also be placed closer to the nodal point of the eye (a central focusing point), allowing for greater magnification and improved acuity.

While LASIK surgery has been very effective in treating near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism, some people believe that the future of refractive eye surgery might lie in intraocular lenses, especially with reversible procedures such as the phakic intraocular lenses.

Look to see future advances in these lenses make headline news and eventually perhaps replace LASIK surgery as the standard for vision correction.

Dr. Stephen Turner has been performing Visian ICL surgeries since its FDA approval. He has office locations in San Leandro, San Francisco, San Jose, and Concord. You can find more about the Visian ICL at his website at"

So its something big, whats going on in the implantable lenses field!!

-- Edited by QuintriX at 01:01, 2006-11-13


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Date: Sun May 27 6:57 AM, 2007

Hello to all and it's been a long time, just thought I'd drop in for a visit. I have all the sutures removed from both eyes and things have leveled out very nicely, vision has remained constant in the left eye (20/25) but the most interesting developement has been in the right eye. My vision has improved to 20/20 and the ghosting has dropped dramatically. I am ecstatic with the results, no pain or discomfort and they feel more normal than they have in years. On a down side my left eye has seen an increase in ocular pressure and now I have to put one drop a day(Istalol) and the pressures are more in line. Lenses have been in for over three years now and have performed very well, my vision is good and my eyes feel healthy. I realize what a devastating cost this disease can take,both mentally and physically but these techniques offer hope for a better quality of life for people afflicted. I was one of those people but now I feel like a survivor and want to get the word out to as many as possible. Keep up the good fight you've been doing here and maybe we'll handle KC once and for all.
Thanks to Sajeev for all he's done, he doesn't get the credit he should, there's a lot of work putting these forums together and maintaining them........Thank you Sajeev! My life has been the best it's been in at least 30 years and everyday I thank the doctors who made this happen, godbless them for they are truly doing God's work. No other gift is greater than the gift of sight and these professionals make it happen, I'll never forget them.
Sorry for rambling on but it's times like these that you feel good about a simple thing like seeing and wish to share it. I wished all of these procedures would be succsess stories.



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Date: Tue May 29 3:32 PM, 2007

Dear Michael, Glad to hear about your eye and its stitches.As a warning to others I'll tell you about a man I saw when visiting Hungary last year.He was a farmer and came in complaining of some grit in his eyes. To our surprise we found the remnants of set of sutures put in 10...yes 10 years ago.He had forgotten to come back and probably nobody told him that it needed to be removed. He was fine,but the message is please keep to your follow up appointments and if you are not sure of something,like 'Does the suture dissolve?', ask.After all it's your body!I know in England we are bad at that, but if you are not sure about something it is important you know.

London Centre for Refractive Surgery, 15 Harley St
London W1G 9QQ

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Date: Wed May 30 12:34 PM, 2007

Oh my Gosh! How could he stand it? When my would break there was no doubt because the eye's would become very irritated and red. Good advice Dr. Jory and one needs to be aware of  stitch complication, if they are not removed they can also become abcessed and infected resulting in loss of vision or more serious complications. Good advice and welcome to the forum.

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