Aborted Lasik in 2004 Due to Microkeratome, now 20/20 with GVR Scleral Lens
This patient visited our office from Denver last week. In 2004, he underwent LASIK surgery in both eyes. During the LASIK surgery on his right eye, the instrument that creates the LASIK flap (the microtome) malfunctioned forcing the procedure to be aborted. Within a 2 year period he had 2 separate LASIK procedures done on his left eye but elected not to undergo any additional surgeries on his right eye out of fear that additional complications might develop. When this patient first entered our office the visual acuity in his right eye was less than 20/800. The visual acuity in his left eye was 20/25 with significant visual distortions known as “higher order aberrations.” In addition both eyes always felt uncomfortable and dry. Over the years he visited a number of eye clinics and medical centers in Colorado and the surrounding states seeking help in restoring his vision and ocular comfort. Last week we fit this patient with GVR Scleral lenses. With these lenses this patient was able to see clearly (20/20) with each eye with excellent comfort and all day lens wear. In addition, all of the visual distortions such as glare, halos and starbursts (known as higher order aberrations) were eliminated. Next to the photo of the patient and me is a digital image of his right cornea. The ill-defined geometric pattern in the center of the photo is the incomplete LASIK flap. The center of this cornea is extremely distorted. The GVR Scleral lens replaces this distorted cornea as an optical surface allowing this eye to see clearly once again.
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