How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Dan B. Your Own Question

Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3197
Experience:  Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
36528250
Type Your Eye Question Here...
Dr. Dan B. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I recently had Lasik surgery that had to be stopped because

Resolved Question:

I recently had Lasik surgery that had to be stopped because of an irregular flap cut in my right eye (the first eye treated). I flinched during the cutting because I could feel the sting of the cut, despite application of extra numbing drops (although the doctor doesn't believe the flinching had anything to do with the irregular cut). During my initial exams for eligability for Lasik, the numbing drops didn't completely numb my right eye. Could I have a resistance to the eye-numbing drops? My left eye numbs fine.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 3 years ago.

Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
Customer:

yes

Doctor DanB :

Good morning.

Customer:

Good morning!

Doctor DanB :

Theoretically, I would say that I would not expect one eye to have resistance to numbing drops while the other doesn't. But...

Doctor DanB :

If there's one thing I've learned in medicine, it's that each person is very individual and that asymmetric reactions such as this occasionally occur.

Doctor DanB :

Has this occurred in any other visit to the eye doctor?

Customer:

The doctor says I can have PRK after my eyes heal (after 2 weeks), I am now scheduled for Aug. 20, but I'm afraid of the pain again. I don't think they really believe me when I tell them my right eye can feel the pain. No, it hasn't happened at any previous visits (except the initial exam, as I said).. they also say I have small orbits.

Doctor DanB :

I would recommend considering to have a "trial" in the office before you have the procedure. Ask them to numb that eye twice and then to touch the eye with instruments to see how you react. It may be that you need just a bit more of the numbing medicine than they normally give and if that can be found out with just a small, quick trial, then that would be the safe and responsible thing to do.

Customer:

That is a good idea. By the way, I'm also resistant to novacaine at the denist office, and when I had a baby, they had to give extra epidural anesthesia, because I wasn't numbing-up enough.. As for the irregular flap cut, the doctor (who has treated over 20,000 patients, said this has never happened before. Do you think I'm too risky a case to try the PRK?

Doctor DanB :

I think your risk certainly does go up, but to say risky? I wouldn't necessarily say "risky". But it certainly would give me pause, if I were you. I would be willing to bet that you may just need a bit more of the medicine and a bit more time to get that eye numb as the other one, so I would push the trial.

Customer:

I will do that, I think they will be fine with that if it will help me to be more comfortable. It's difficult to be one in 20, 000!

Doctor DanB :

Certainly so! No one wants to be that one. If I'm the surgeon, I'm happy to do the trial. Do you have any other questions I can help you with?

Customer:

No, you have been very helpful, thank you!

Doctor DanB :

You're welcome and good luck!


I am happy to be able to help you today. I will also be happy to answer any other questions until you have the information you need.


 


If you would be so kind, please help me get credit for my efforts in answering your questions and press the ACCEPT button for this encounter; this allows part of the funds that you have deposited to the website to be released for my efforts to assist you. This does not end our conversation, however-we can continue to discuss any of your concerns without further charges until you are satisfied.


 


Any positive feedback and/or bonus you may feel prompted to provide would be welcomed and is appreciated. Thanks for your inquiry!


 


My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor.

Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3197
Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
Dr. Dan B. and other Eye Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DoctorDanB/2010-6-7_6228_just_answer_profile_picture_60_pixels.jpg Dr. Dan B.'s Avatar

    Dr. Dan B.

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2903
    Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/anupamadesai/2010-04-13_122313_Dr._A.S.Desai_new_photo.jpg Dr. A.S. Desai's Avatar

    Dr. A.S. Desai

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1903
    MS Ophthalmology with 11 years of surgical expereince
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/gsokoye/2009-10-28_181751_Dr._Stan.JPG Dr. Stan's Avatar

    Dr. Stan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    895
    Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/eyemd/2009-04-07_180315_pic.jpg Dr. Stevens's Avatar

    Dr. Stevens

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    629
    Board Certified Ophthalmologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/CorneaDoc/2012-2-18_0390_photo6.64x64.jpg Dr. Susan's Avatar

    Dr. Susan

    Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    217
    Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neuph94/2009-10-11_164729_gif_pic.GIF Dr. JP's Avatar

    Dr. JP

    Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

    Satisfied Customers:

    28
    Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjcufyksv/2012-3-13_44825_crop3.64x64.jpg Dr-Trace's Avatar

    Dr-Trace

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    26
    Board Certified in General Ophthalmology
 
 
 
Chat Now With An Eye Doctor
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Eye Doctor
3197 Satisfied Customers
Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology