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Theoretically, I would say that I would not expect one eye to have resistance to numbing drops while the other doesn't. But...
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.
Has this occurred in any other visit to the eye doctor?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
No, you have been very helpful, thank you!
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