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I had a laser procedure in my left eye today, because I had a "dense media opacity" that was affecting my vision. The surgeon had significant difficulty with the laser, especially aligning the focusing mechanism. He called another surgeon three times to ask about how to adjust it.

But I know that using different equipment than you are used to is kind of like driving a foreign car. You know how to drive it, you are really competent... but you can't figure out how to turn the damn lights on.

And he didn't do any treatment until he got it figured out.

But I had the treatment lens suctioned on my eye for at least... 30-40 minutes total, and he was pressing on it a lot, not just as he treated, but as he was trying to figure out why it wasn't working. And eventually, he said he could do it, but afterwards indicated he was only able to treat one small side (like 1/5-1/6 of it) because the laser was limited to within a certain angle for firing (and *not* when it was near to straight ahead).

End results indicate that the "dense media opacity" has moved inferiorly and temporally (down and to the right), and *may* be out of my line of vision. But they have to check to see which clinics near me might have a more "adjustable" laser to treat it.

And because the treatment took so long? I can't see detail out of that eye. No abrasion, minimal superficial punctate keratitis, but... there was obviously some irregularity induced by the lens. Or it was the potent anti-glaucoma drops I got pre-treatment, which *may* have decreased my ability to remake the fluid pressed out when he pushed the lens on my eye...

I don't know. I just hope I can see better tomorrow. I'm using artificial tears like crazy, but it's still all messed up.

And I have to check for glaucoma tomorrow, and treat myself as needed...

I hopd I see better tomorrow, and everything's all right. Or I can't work...
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qafaddiction From: qafaddiction Date: September 10th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear, that, Susan. How frustrating for you! It does sound like the doctor tried to do everything he could. I had a series of laser treatments on my eyes back in March and I hated having messed up vision after each treatment. There is still some healing going on, but it has gotten better. I hope your vision improves and that there is no glaucoma!

*sending good thoughts your way*
bionic From: bionic Date: September 10th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
oh my gosh... *big hugs* I really hope your vision clears up tomorrow. Sending positive thoughts your way.
babylonbabe From: babylonbabe Date: September 10th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
That has got to be scary! your in my thoughts! I always wanted to get laser eye surgery because I'm sick of contacts etc...but putting my eyesight in some elses hands...yikes! I hope all goes well tomorrow and that you can see good again!
hsifeng From: hsifeng Date: September 10th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
*HUGS* It has got to be frustrating to have such an understanding of the issue and to have so little ability to effect the outcome of the treatment. Love you sissy!
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