I had lasik performed on both eyes in 2005.
My surgery was done by a dr.
I wanted lasik because i was no longer comfortable wearing contact lenses.
I was not tested for dry eye or warned of the link between contact lens intolerance and dry eye.
I was also not warned that a pre-existing dry eye condition would put me at a higher risk for developing permanent dry eye after surgery.
I was handed my informed consent form with the words "read this, but don't let it scare you, this stuff never happens.
" immediately following my surgery, i began having pain in both eyes due to severe dry eye.
My lasik clinic offered very little help, and when i was able to get visits with my surgeon -instead of the regular post-op care dr-, he would spend about 2 minutes with me and rush me out the door to perform his next "assembly line" lasik procedure.
I have seen over 10 doctors, tried most conventional dry eye treatments, and spent thousands of dollars in the process trying to get relief from dry eye pain and discomfort.
I continue to spend over $100 a month on drops, gels, and other treatment methods to help with my condition.
That said, i am still always uncomfortable and often in pain due to my lasik-induced severe dry eye.
My dry eye symptoms have impacted all aspects of my life and affect me every waking hour.
The first year after my surgery was complete torture.
I suffered from severe depression and panic attacks due to the physical pain and guilt that i felt over having elected to have lasik.
I never had a problem with anxiety or depression prior to my lasik outcome.
A 15 minute procedure that was supposed to make my life easier, has now greatly decreased my quality of life and has complicated it more than i ever could have imagined.
I will face a lifetime of eye pain and problems due to my lasik outcome.
I cannot express in words the pain and sadness that lasik has caused me and those closest to me.
I try to keep hope that someday a new drug will come out that will help me, but until that day comes, i will continue to battle eye pain and the altered lifestyle that i have been forced to accept under these circumstances.
I am unsure what laser was used to perform my surgery.