I know I am a little late with this 7 month post-op update as my visit was January 3rd. I wanted to wait a little while to see if my halos and glares would get better after using the eye drops prescribed to me. And, they mostly have! So let’s get into it.
January 3rd Visit
The surgeon that did my Visian ICL procedure was Dr. Campion at Southwestern Eye Center. He is a wonderful surgeon but each of my follow-up post-op visits were handled by another doctor.
The reason this one ended up being a 7-month post-op visit was because I had to work with Dr. Campion’s schedule as I wanted to have this post-op visit actually with him. I wanted to talk to him directly about my halos and glares.
When I arrived I went through the typical initial tests. They checked my eyesight and it’s all still pretty much the same as each of the previous visits. I see 20/15 out of my left eye and 20/20 out of my right eye.
When using both eyes together, my left eye dominates and I am able to see 20/15. I am still so amazed at the crisp, high definition vision I have from this Visian ICL procedure.
Remember that I came from over -12 prescription in both eyes. They also checked the pressure and all was good there. He took a look at the lenses and said they look beautiful. Admiring his own work, I guess. As he should, no problem there.
After all those things were checked is when I brought up to him about my horrible glares and halos at night, especially in the right eye. He seemed a little caught by surprise that I would say such a thing and after some silence he said there are two options.
The first is to have my lenses taken out and go back to having horrible vision and wear my huge coke bottle glasses again. I obviously said NO to that one. The second option is to try this eye drop that is normally prescribed to people with glaucoma, called Alphagan P. Now I’ll provide the science behind the Alphagan P:
Alphagan-P is the brand name for the drug called Brimonidine. This drug is primarily used to treat open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. It acts via decreasing synthesis of aqueous humor, and increasing the amount that drains from the eye through uveoscleral outflow. As a treatment for glaucoma, it is usually given in eyedrop form. The drop results in vasoconstriction of blood vessels in the eye . This vasoconstriction may explain the acute reduction in aqueous humor flow. The increased uveoscleral outflow from prolonged use may be explained by increased prostaglandin release due to alpha adrenergic stimulation. This may lead to relaxed ciliary muscle and increased uveoscleral outflow. Clinical Uses: Brimonidine is indicated for the lowering of intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
Basically, this Alphagan P eye drop is supposed to help keep my pupil from dilating so huge. A common side effect from these drops is a shrinking of the iris, which would keep the pupil from dilating so much.
My eyes dilate larger than the lenses put into my eyes.
Especially my right eye. I think this may have been a nice thing to know before going in to the Visian ICL procedure. I don’t imagine it would have changed my decision to get the procedure done but still…
Using The Alphagan P Eye Drop
This Alphagan P eye drop is only available via prescription, so I was hesitant at first to spend more money on more eye drops and especially after Dr. Campion told me the eye drops may not work.
So, I left Southwestern Eye Center feeling upset that there was no guarantee that I could ever get rid of these halos and glares. I thought about it for a week, before I decided to spend the $55 on the Alphagan P eye drops.
That is $55 after my vision insurance, your prices may vary. When I got the prescription home I was happy to see there were two 5mL bottles included. I waited till that night to put one drop in each eye.
Within minutes I started getting a weird, ‘heavy’ headache. That was quite uncomfortable, but knew I needed to see how the drops affected my vision. I turned out all the overhead lights and turned on the 60 inch plasma.
I was impressed, the halos and glares I normally see coming off the TV were greatly reduced. There were some minor glares but nothing like before, I could easily deal with these glares. It lasted for the next couple hours before going to bed for the night, but it also carried over to the next night. I did not have to put more drops in to have the same vision results the next night.
I started to get very excited, I thought the one drop in each eye may have completely cured me of my halos and glares.. Not so much.
By the third night my halos and glares were back.
I wanted to put another drop in each eye but I also didn’t want to over-do it. So I waited a couple more days and about a half hour before I had to drive 20 miles at night I put one drop in each eye.
Driving at night, as of late, has been pretty ridiculous. But this night all was good, the glares were minor and would not take up my whole field of vision like they had before.
Since then, I only use the drops when I absolutely need to. Alphagan P is not a cure for halos and glares from the Visian ICL procedure but it may reduce them significantly for many hours.
If you’re experiencing some hardcore halos and glares after your Visian ICL procedure I would ask your surgeon or doctor about the Alphagan P drop, it’s worth a try.. but maybe not if you have to pay full price for them.
When I left Southwestern Eye Center after my last visit, they told me that I didn’t need to come back for another post-op visit unless I experience something major.
They did say I could come back if needed for up to a year after my Visian ICL procedure. It’s pretty safe to say my 7 month post-op visit will be my last post-op visit to Southwestern Eye Center.
Overall, I am still extremely happy with my Visian ICL procedure. It definitely does suck to have to deal with such crazy halos and glares at night, but using Alphagan P can help a little. Maybe sometime soon they will just go away on their own??
Please provide any comments below, I’m interested to hear what you have to say about this.