Sam's story - 4/23/2013

I had LASIK in 2002 when I was 24 years old. At first it worked perfectly, correcting my vision from 20/400 to 20/15. After about a nine months, my vision slowly started to deteriorate, but only slightly. I went back to the surgeon and they offered a free "enhancement " which I took "Advantage " of. Over the years my vision in both eyes slowly degraded such that I wear glasses at all times. My vision at night is the most annoying with blurriness and ghosted images of light sources. Recently, it started to get worse and so last month (March 2013) I went to an ophthalmologist (not my previous surgeon) for what I thought would be yet another prescription increase in my glasses. He did a topographical scan of my eyes and told me I have post-LASIK corneal ectasia. When he said the words "corneal transplant " I was dumb founded. I did not expect to hear anything of the sort. At this point, I can either sit and watch my vision deteriorate to near blindness, requiring a transplant, or shell out thousands for collagen cross-linking. I 'm having that procedure done to halt the progression. I sorely regret having this surgery. I 'd trade the potential of needing a corneal transplant for not being able to read my alarm clock any day.