Locked in the LASIK Dry Eye prison
"There were times I also struggled with depression. People scratch their heads when they hear that, but this condition is serious. It controls your life every hour of every day."
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Dorchester Beach, S. Boston
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There were times I also struggled with depression. People scratch their heads when they hear that, but this condition is serious. It controls your life every hour of every day. The picture on my website was an attempt illustrate this: My Dry Eye makes me a prisoner wherever I go. I can't escape it.
I began to confront this doctor about his promises in our initial consultation. Remember he said, "There are no risks. Maybe a little dry eye." He never answered when I reminded him. He never addressed my questions. He was never able to diagnose the problem . He would not answer my questions about the long-term diagnosis. Silence. Avoidance. More frustration on my part.
Never did this Doctor offer to refer me another physician in his group (until after I threatened to take further measures). I started to ask about a Lipiflow procedure in June (dry eye treatment therapy). He repeatedly refused to consider it, saying my Meibomian Glands are fine (my current doctor diagnosed me with severe MGD).
My last appointments with this doctor were in August '16. My good friend (that worked for a Chicago LASIK doctor) attended the second to last visit. I asked him to come with me because the Doctor often made me feel intimidated and dismissed my concerns. Dr. X would look at my eyes and say, "They are looking much better. You are winning the battle." But that wasn't the truth. I'm wasn't winning anything. Being miserable everyday is not winning.
Prior to the August appointment, I traveled to Boston to see my family. My brother bought a new house and I was going to spend time with him and help paint his house in preparation for his new baby. My plan was also to spend one night in Boston (my favorite city).
This trip made my eyes even worse. It was my first visit to the Museum of Fine Arts and I could barely stay for an hour. I was inconsolable. I emailed him, demanding a formal treatment plan. I was desperate for relief.