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fiddle

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Lasik eye surgery
« on: February 14, 2011, 12:03:49 PM »
I had lasik eye surgery 5 months ago and have suffered numerous complications (severe dry eyes ((forever now?)), regression, wrinkled flap, halos, scarred corneas, and permanent star bursts).  I was unaware I had sjogrens before this surgery, but after seeing several eye surgeons have now been made aware of it.  My question is, were all the complications a result of having sjogrens and what does the future hold for me and for the healing process (can I expect more complications like blurred vision or have I gone through the worst at this point)?  The place I had the surgery has suggested a second surgery to correct the regression and to get rid of the star bursts, but I am unsure as I don't think this is a good idea given my condition and how much worse this could make things.
Please help.
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Re: Lasik eye surgery
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 12:37:11 PM »
I'm sorry you're having such problems with your eyes.

I have always been told I was a perfect candidate for Lasik.  I was planning on having it done once I got my mouth taken care of.

Instead, I found my (new) eye doctor suggesting I be tested for Sjogren's.  He's treating me for the dry eyes and basal epithelial disease, which he says has to be addressed before I can ever consider Lasik, which I may never be able to do due to the Sjogren's.  He said it all depends on how well we get things under control.  He's giving me until March for my eyes to clear up, and if they don't, he said I'll have to have surgery.

Good luck.  I hope you can get it all sorted out soon.

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Re: Lasik eye surgery
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2011, 02:16:12 PM »
Howdy fiddle and welcome to the forum.  I am sorry you found out you has Sjogren's after your surgery.  As to having another surgery to correct the problems, I would ask for an second opinion.  Also do a Google search on your problem.  You need to really be proactive on your information gathering.

Has your Eye doctor suggested you have Punctal Plugs inserted in your tear drains?  Many of us with dry eyes has had that procedure done.  It helps a lot.  I am sure you will get some great ideas from others from the forum.  If you type in Lasik  in the search box. You may see some previous posts of persons with the same problems. 

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Re: Lasik eye surgery
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2011, 05:40:34 PM »
Hi Fiddle

I don't think there is a clear answer to whether Sjogrens caused your problems since people without Sjogrens have post surgery complications too.  I don't think they put out a lot of hard data regarding Lasik issues so its hard to know.  I'm surprised so many docs don't check for dry eye.  No one would touch my eye surgically - I had ptosis (drooping lid) - until I got cancer in the eye socket and they HAD to go through my lid anyway.  

What sort of daily eye care protocol did the doctors recommend for you to follow?

Have you been to the Dry Eye Zone website? http://www.dryeyezone.com/

I can't comment on surgery - I don't even know what regression is but personally, I would want to be seen at a major eye institute in your area for a 2nd opinion.  

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Re: Lasik eye surgery
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2011, 07:55:26 PM »
Thank you for the warm welcome.  I have tried punctal plugs now 3 times and each time they fell out so now they say don't bother as too dry right now to even keep them in.  I use lacri-lube day and night and mix it with celluvisc.  I can't use anything with a preservative in it.  These help to get me through and I use them them at least once an hour and the drops about every 30 minutes.  I am being sent to the eye clinic at Toronto Western Hospital in April for more of a work up so we will see what they say there I guess.  Really didn't see myself here 5 months after surgery ya know.  I was picturing more of the new me and life without glasses (regression means my prescription came back as the surgery didn't work so I still need glasses).  The worst (besides the dry eyes) is losing my night vision as driving is terrible with the star bursts (caused by the scars on the corneas).  The surgeons have been good and have looked for answers but until recently no one thought about it being sjogrens.  This has been a whole new journey I must say and I'm still trying to find which way is up.
Thank you for your support.     
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Re: Lasik eye surgery
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011, 09:45:13 PM »
If you are diagnosed with Sjogrens have they put you on Plaquenil or Prednisone for Sjogrens symptoms.  That might help with dryness and eye irritation.  I've read that alot of people are taking fish oil to help with dryness.  I just started taking the supplements so I can't vouch it but I'm willing to try it out.  Do you have a rheumatologist?

I use the same trick of mixing ointment and drops.  It really works.  Will they discuss the use of steroid based Restasis drops or Lacriserts with you?  I think you will know a lot more in April. Will you be seeing a cornea specialist?


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Re: Lasik eye surgery
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2011, 11:27:56 AM »
I will be seeing the rheumatologist in April and so far no drugs as not sure just yet what's going.  I have seen several corneal specialists and they are at a loss to explain the scars but sjogrens would explain it (and a lot of other issues I've had for years like dry throat and lips, joint pain).  I will look up those drugs and see what they're all about.  I'm a bit nervous of the steroid based drug, are there any side effect's with that one do you know?
Thanks,
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