Thursday, August 14, 2008

Complications of Lasik

When I had Lasik it consisted of cutting a flap with a laser, lifting the flap and using another laser to shave off some of my eyeball so I would be able to see 20/20. I had the surgery and it was the easiest procedure ever. The only problem was that I still couldn't see very well. They checked my vision and scheduled me for an enhancement. The enhancement is the same as Lasik except they don't have to cut a new flap they just lift it.
I was still pretty satisfied until 2 years later a white spot appeared on my pupil. I started wondering what if I was going blind? What if they can't fix this? That is a pretty scary thought. I went in and they told me that cells were growing under the flap. This only happens to 10% of patients. I went in and had the procedure again. They were able to rip the flap back and wash my eye and the flap to remove the cells. Sorry to gross you out. (They do give me Valium so I didn't really care what they were doing to me.)
I went in for my last appointment and they said the cells had come back. This only happens to 3% of patients. So tomorrow I go in for my 4th surgery. They give me Valium, painkillers, sleeping pills and I sleep for 24 hours straight.
The doctor did give me some comforting information. He said if the cells come back again he either has to glue or stitch my flap down. Yikes!!
After contemplating having no sight. A few surgerys are no big deal. I am thankful for my eyes. I am thankful I can see. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Be grateful for the things that are going well in your life.


The Wallin's said...

I can't believe you have to have it done again! That stinks! I hope dad takes care of you.

My Time to Blossom said...

Dad's at a bike race. Jacob was a great caretaker. He took me to the surgery center, got my prescriptions filled and took care of the house and kids. He was really sweet too.
I told him thanks for doing such a nice job and he said, "Nothing you wouldn't do for me."
You have a sweet brother.