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Eye Pressure Test Post-LASIK
44, USA. Jan 12, 06 - 4.32 am
have been diagnosed with PDS and am considering custom intralase (LASIK)
surgery to correct my nearsightedness. However, I have been told by
my regular opthamologist (who is not doing the surgery) that there
is no way to accurately measure and monitor the pressure in my eyes
after having LASIK surgery. Has anybody heard any similar concerns
that their PDS cannot be accurately monitored after they had LASIK
surgery? Should this be a high barrier to getting LASIK? Thanks for
your help. Tom
Dunbar, 55, UK. Jan 13, 06 - 10.21am
no help whatsoever but i wasnt diagnosed with pds until AFTER lasik
surgery!!!!!!previously no problems so be careful and good luck
Sept 11, 06 - 8.28am
is a new tool called Ocular Response Analyzer that is supposed to
measure the pressure correctly even following LASIK. Apparently, very
few clinics have it so far. Site: www.ocularresponseanalyzer.com All
24, UK. Sept 26, 06 - 11.53am
Ocular Response Analyser, although a sound idea, has very little
evidence (as yet) to back it up. So it's far from a perfect solution.
All measures of intra ocular pressure (IOP) make assumptions about
the cornea. By having refractive surgery you change the structure
of the cornea (thickness, curvature, hysteresis etc). Thus these
assumptions are no longer valid and absolute measurements can not
be obtained. However Glaucoma is associated with a rise in IOP.
This can still be detected, it will just be a measured rise from
6 to 9 rather than 22 to 25. It will make it harder to monitor with
conventional tonometry but not impossible. Hope you are happy with
whatever you decide. Dave
Clark, 35, USA. Oct 20, 06 - 7.12pm
had LASIK 2 years ago....and have had no problem with pressure checks.
I asked my eye surgeon many questions...and she told me that she would
not perform the surgery if she had any concerns. I love that I got
LASIK. You may want several more professional opinions. I went to
the Georgia Eye Institute. Good Luck! T
44, UK. Jun 27, 05 - 1:27 PM
noticed when I got a new digital camera that photos of me showed clearly
my eyes being different colours.. one dark blue and one light blue.
I mentioned it to my Optician and was subsequently referred to a specialist.
He said eyes don't change colour! But I'm sure they weren't so clearly
odd before! He said I have PDS. I definitely think there's a marked
colour change because I'm 44 and surely I would have noticed it before?
Do any of you have experience of iris changing colour? Also, I don't
know if the dark eye got darker or the light eye got lighter? any
39, UK. Jun 28th, 2005 - 8:08 AM
eyes were always grey/green as a child (something I was quite
annoyed about, as I wanted GREEN eyes, like my sister!), although
on a couple of occasions I was told that if I got very angry they
appeared greener. Over the past few years the colour has darkened
and become greener. A friend of mine noticed this when I went
to visit her in May this year - I hadn't seen her for 18 months
and straight away she said "Your eyes are different!"
44, UK. Jun 29th, 2005 - 10:40 PM
you think its related to PDS?
39, UK. Jul 1st, 2005 - 12:16 AM
checked online and came across this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterochromia_iridis
It says that different colours within ONE iris (Heterochromia
iridis) can be caused by pigment dispersion. It also mentions
having two different coloured irises (Heterochromia iridium),
and says "One cause of heterochromia iridium is trauma to the
eye, but it can also be a hereditary trait. Other causes of heterochromia
iridium are certain types of diseases and the medication taken
to treat them, such as glaucoma." (I checked my Xalatan eye drops
leaflet - it mentions that the eyes can gradually become permanently
darker after using Xalatan). On this page of the same site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_of_the_eye
it says: "Different colours in the two eyes... The occurrence
of two irides with different colours or heterochromia iridis is
a rare situation in humans. This is often an indicator of ocular
disease, such as chronic iritis or diffuse iris melanoma, but
may also occur as a normal variant." And after all that, I still
don't know whether the answer is yes or no! I would hazard a guess
at 'possibly'... does anyone else know the answer?
48, USA. Jul 10th, 2005 - 4:01 AM
was just diagnosed with PDS. They gave me eye drops (Travatan) and
in the phamplet that comes with it, it warns that your eye color can
change - getting darker after you start using the drops. It's a permanent
darkening. It also says that your eye lids can become dark colored
as well. Has anyone ever used the Travatan eye drops? I hesitate to
use them because of all of the side effects. Any input would be greatly
Ramus, 46, USA. Jun 28th, 2006 - 2:58 AM
asked if eye color can change some time ago. I can tell you positively!
I was bron with blue. One turned dark brown at 1 yrs old. After
a few years the brown starting slowly turning blue and today I have
one blue with very little speck of brown and one 1/2 blue and 1/2
brown. The 1/2 brown is turning mor blue as I age. Hope it answered
40, USA. Jul 5th, 2006 - 8:05 PM
been using Travatan for about 3 months, but the side-effect I get
(other than increased the sensitivity to light that I started experiencing
soon after takign the drops) is redness of the whites of my eyes.
I'm going to talk to my doctor about the redness when I see him next.
Cohlend, 48, USA. Jul 20th, 2006 - 5:11 PM
had blue/grey eyes until the birth of my first child at age 18.
They were definitely blue. Over the years they have turned into
a green/grey so much so that 5 years ago our Motor Vehicle Department
changed the eye color category on my driver's license from blue
to green. I do have pigment dispersion syndrome and pigmentary glaucoma
(but not much pressure build up) and am taking Xalatan. My eye color
changed long before either of these diagnoses.
Clark, 35, USA. Oct 20th, 2006 - 7:15 PM
eyes were definitely bluer as a child. I have noticed that they have
become greener and greener. I had one eye doc tell me that it is more
likely to have PDS when one has many color pigments in their eyes.
I have blue, grey, green, and a bit of gold in my eyes....hmmmm. There
must be a study on this somewhere. T
your help on PDS
37, UK. Oct 17, 06 - 8:56 PM
have been told I have PDS today. Like everybody does, I came home
and searched the net for info. Now totally confused to the severity
of what i have got. What I want to know is.. I go running/exercise
quite a lot. Is this having any impact into my PDS. also I work all
day everyday on computers is this having an effect? I am just wanting
to know if there is anything I can do to make the condition better.
Clark, 35, USA. Oct 20th, 2006 - 7:04 PM
worry too much. I have had PDS (as far as I know) for over 10 years.
I take timoptic drops in both eyes....used to just be my left...but
I have graduated to the right. I go to my eye doc 4x a year for
a pressure check, and update my visual field test and photos of
optic nerve yearly. I was even able to get LASIK surgery! Make sure
you get pressure checks often......and beware of coughing fits due
to a cold or whatnot. The coughing can increase pressure in the
eyes....greying out and such. Feel free to email me! T
24, UK. Oct 24th, 2006 - 6:33 PM
is a small amount of evidence that suggests that exercise increases
the intra-ocular pressure inside your eyes. There is also some evidence
that exercise causes the pigment shedding that occurs in PDS to speed
up. However both of these are statiscally significant not clinically
significant. This means they are very unlikely to effect you chances
of progressing to pigmentary glaucoma or suffering visual loss. There
is no link between PDS and VDU use. However there is a link between
VDU use and myopia (short sightedness) and myopia is linked to PDS.
Once again this is very unlikely to effect your outcome.
initial shock, now lots of questions
29, UK. Oct 17, 06 - 11:35 AM
all, V glad I found this website - basically got diagnosed several
weeks ago now with PDS which has caused significant increase in eye
pressure and thus apparently glaucoma in my right eye. Apart from
being something of a guinea pig for the doctors (great spindle apparently)
I have been placed on a regime of azopt twice a day and xatalan last
thing at night - has anyone done this? any noticable side effects
with either? Actually any general advice to get me off the ceiling
would also help!! Cheers C
Clark, 35, USA. Oct 20th, 2006 - 7:07 PM
have glaucoma in your right eye? How is your doc treating you for
this? I don't think climbing the walls will help...as per the anxiety
and blood pressure increase will not help! I use timoptic (timolol
is the generic) and i have had no noticable side effects....have
taken the drops for 4 years. Good luck! T
24, UK. Oct 24th, 2006 - 6:44 PM
is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, which lowers the production of
aqueous humour. It has few side effects, the most commone ones being
a bad taste after use and some people suffer lid inflamation. Travatan
is a prostaglandin analogue. It increases outflow of aqueous humour.
It has very few side effects, although about 20% of people notice
a darkening of iris or an increase in their eye lash length. Because
these are highly visible, these drops are normally used in both
eyes. You don't say this is the case but I assume it is. Just email
if you have any questions on any of the above.
29, UK. Oct 25th, 2006 - 12:42 PM
you for the posts guys! Yeah, the PDS was never picked up, the
resulting increase in pressure thus pushed me onto the slippery
path to glaucoma. So whilst the slight loss is irreversible its
been caught and is being managed, which is good news all round!
My IOP in my right eye when last measured was 30, the Doctor wants
to see a reduction to around 12 - from what I have read Im not
entirely sure this will be possible with drops alone - have a
appointment next week to judge their success. Guess next option
would be continue on old regime, start differant one or begin
40, Scotland. Oct 12, 06 - 11:28 AM
with pds on the 10th so still in a bit of shock , ta for the website
traey it certainly clarified things for me. I was wondering if anyone
can help me with alleviating the symptoms that i have which are red
itchy eyes( i usually wake up through the night scratching them)and
when it gets bad my eyes feel full of grit , water constantly and
have stings of green goop in them. george
Clark, 35, USA. Oct 20th, 2006 - 7:09 PM
like an infection of some sort. better check that out! T
40, Scotland. Oct 22nd, 2006 - 4:05 PM
been on more anti biotics than you can shake a stick at plus drops
etc it just seems to reccur though
24, UK. Oct 24th, 2006 - 6:53 PM
like you need to undertake some lid hygene measures. You have three
choices. Twice a day cleaning of eye lids with baby shampoo and
cotton bud. Twice a day wiping with commercially available lid scrubs
(can be expensive). Twice a day lid massage with a cloth. Boil water,
allow to cool slightly and massage eyes through closed lids. The
steam will help open the glands and clear the gunk away. You might
notice your vision blurring slightly as all the secretions float
into your tear film. However all of this is said with a caveat,
if your eyes arn't getting better despite treatment you should seek
eye care (optician/optometrist or ask your GP to refer to you to
the hospital) to ensure nothing more sinister is going on.
Johnson, 38, UK. Oct 26th, 2006 - 7:13 PM
got told my sticking itchy eyes were due to arthritis, I developed
this 2 yrs ago and was treated for hayfever my eyes were that bad.
but since been told it is the oil/water mix of eyes same as arthritis
affects body joints, i was told to use eye drops to clear eyes everyday
and artificial tears. i was told i have pds 2 a few weeks ago...
i also wear contacts which are a lot better since using the eye
Pritchard, 56, UK. Oct 30, 06 - 4:25 PM
- thanks for the site, just diagnosed today with pds, although it was
picked up by the optician during my annual eye check up for my diabetic
regime of tests. Hospital in Burton on Trent confirmed the pds. I will
now need to go to the hospital every 3 months or so to build up some
data. So far no treatment - but it was explained very well what to expect
and that it is for life - like my diabetes ! Your site has confimed
all that I was told and easy to print off for my wife !! Thanks Charlie
29, UK. Nov 4, 06 - 6:15 PM
had my appointment. my pressure has dropped from 30 to 17, thanks to
the eye drop regime - however I am now also on the waiting list for
a bilateral iridectomy - whislt I am now aware of what it is, the Doctor
was very unclear about potential side effects. Anyone ever had this
procedure and willing to share any non horrid stories about it? Cheers
45, UK. Nov 3, 06 - 2:51 PM
wonder if there could be a way of us sharing pictures of our eyes..a
picture board.. a bit like an olnine album or msn spaces type thing.
I'd find that really fascinating and helpful too!
41, UK. Nov 7th, 2006 - 6:11 PM
Jane, Thanks for your suggestion. To clarify, do you mean normal photographs
of eyes, or photographs taken by an optician? Perhaps a portrait gallery
would be better, with head shots rather than just the eyes? If others
are interested in having an 'eye gallery', let me know... I can include
a photo page on the site.
45, UK. Nov 8th, 2006 - 7:52 AM
I just mean headshots.. ordinary photographs.. smiley faces hopefully!
one sent photo's, so the photo page was removed.)
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