Laser eye surgery is painful

Laser eye surgery doesn't always go well

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Laser eye surgery: "It doesn't always go well"

05/13/2009, 2:27 pm | Pamela Moucha

More and more people are opting for the correction of ametropia with the eye laser. (Photo: archive)Guido C., 50 years old, had a visual impairment of 2.5 dioptres when he had his nearsightedness corrected with the Lasik procedure in a renowned Cologne eye laser center five years ago. He had long dreamed of seeing without aids. The result of a faulty laser eye treatment: Hellish pain that kept him from opening his eyes in the first two weeks after the operation. This was followed by two months of follow-up treatment to correct a malpractice. In response to the crucial question "Would you do it again?", The now glasses-free first takes a deep breath ...

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t-online.de/lifestyle: Guido, how did the laser operation go for you?

Guido C .: "The operation itself was unproblematic, but what came after that was hell. For the first fourteen days I couldn't open my eyes because of the pain."

What are the complications?

"With the laser procedure, an incision is made in the cornea. This means that the top layer can be folded aside like a lid and folded back again after the operation. After the operation, a contact lens was placed on the freshly lasered eye, like a plaster the interface closes again quickly. However, I had pointed out to the practitioner that I could no longer tolerate contact lenses at that time. The result was that the wound had not healed properly. The flap, i.e. the corneal flap, no longer closed laid back smoothly and grew incorrectly. I had to undergo a second operation in which the entire upper layer was removed from the cornea. "

What exactly did the symptoms look like?

"In the first fourteen days I almost went crazy with the pain. I was practically blind and couldn't take a step alone. The whole thing was so painful that I just lay flat for two weeks."

Were you pain-free afterwards?

"The whole follow-up treatment to correct the surgical error took another two months. During this time I was in a lot of pain and could hardly see anything. My eyes were watering a lot, and at the beginning the vision correction didn't work properly either. After a good eight For weeks I finally had no more pain and could see without visual aid. "

Was that still considered a 'normal' complication?

"The doctor admitted that the operation did not go as planned and did everything possible in the follow-up treatment to correct the medical error. He did not apologize for this malpractice. The complete correction also felt like a completely normal one Eye treatment billed separately. "

Are You Pain Free Now? And how is the eyesight today?

"Since the ordeal was over, I have been able to see clearly without glasses and really have a panoramic view. I enjoy that very much. In the meantime, normal presbyopia has occurred, but I knew that beforehand. My eyes are now much more sensitive to light, I have to wear sunglasses in moderate sunlight. As soon as a bit of sweat gets into the eyes, it starts to burn like hell. But I was also aware of this in advance and is therefore one of the limitations that I accept. "

Have you been made aware of the risks of the operation beforehand?

"Not to the extent that I would have thought it was right. I did not go abroad for the surgery, as many do for cost reasons, but opted for the expensive treatment in a renowned laser center in Germany. I didn't want to take any health risks. And I also explicitly pointed out to the eye specialist that I can no longer tolerate contact lenses and that I have a particularly sensitive cornea. "

Was it possible to realistically assess the benefits and risks?

"The doctor did not inform me that the operation could have such consequences for me. Certain risks are pointed out, but always with the all-clear at the same time. According to the motto: This and that can happen, but count yourself not on these cases. The laser experts want to sell your operating room. Now I mainly see the business that is done with it. "

Your balance sheet? Was it worth?

"Today I am happy that I no longer need visual aids. But to be honest: If I had known that I had to endure this pain and that it was going to be such a nightmare, I would probably have decided against the operation. If I had Experience that I've had, one more time before I make a decision, then I would probably stick with the glasses. The success has happened, but the price of pain was extremely high. I wouldn't want to endure that again. "

Thank you for the interview.

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