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Blurry Vison After the Flap Went Out of Place

07/15/2010

Question:

I had Lasik a week ago and the flap in my left eye went out of place. My Dr. put it back in place the next day. He doesn`t seemed concerned and said the left eye would catch up to the right eye, which is almost 20/20 now. It`s been a week and my vision in the left eye is still a bit blurry. How long does that typically last and when should I be concerned that it is permanent?

Answer:

Thank you for two very good questions.

But since everyone's cornea heals differently, I cannot predict when the flap in your left eye will be 100% functional.

It is not unusual to need eyedrops (steroids, wetting drops, antibiotics, etc.) 4-6 weeks after LASIK surgery.

Ask your LASIK surgeon, who knows:

(1) the exact corneal procedure performed and
(2) the difficulty he had in re-positioning the de-centered flap, and
(3) the serial visual acuities recorded pre- and post-surgery

about the expected healing time for your left eye.  

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Response by:

Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO Robert D Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University