I have severe and chronic eye redness.
I wanna know if it is really possible?
If possible, is it safe?
If safe, is there a place in the USA?

If not, any other way to cure eye redness.
It's really bad. My doctor told me to use eye drops.
But not for too long. And it doesn't even help.

I really need help.
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replied April 12th, 2009
red eyes
Cosmetic Eye Whitening, looks pretty impressive. Its nice to know there are options out there, something else to fall back on in case nothing else works.
I was diagnosed with blepharitis 5 years ago when I was 21. I think I got the problem from using Accutane for acne when I was 19. To reduce the redness, I used Visine quite a lot, but when I found that Visine just makes the problem worse permanently, I stopped using it. Over the years I have tried so many things eg omega3,6 (TheraTears Nutrition), ginseng, ginkgo biloba, euphrasia eyedrops, flaxseed, bilberry, artificial tear drops, eyebright, scrubbing the eye lids with TheraTears Sterilid (this helped a lot).
I never suffered from pain or discomfort like many people do. But I did have a lot of trouble trying to get my eyes to look clear again. They would always look red, sometimes bloodshot, vessels always visible.
A year ago a friend showed me a fruit/antioxidant health drink, MonaVie. Since then my eyes have looked so much clearer than any other products I tried. The anti-inflammatory properties helped me with inflamed blood vessels. I was taking many different supplements at one stage, now I just take the one product. I find I dont even have to worry about using SteriLid anymore. I just have to make sure I get good sleep, drink water, take this drink and thats it. Iâspam�ve still got the veins/vessels in the eyes though but they are nowhere near as visible as they were.
I'm also very interested in the surgery you mentioned. If it became available closer to New Zealand, I would seriously consider it after hearing more from other patients. In the meantime, I will use Monavie to help alleviate the redness.
Everyoneâspam�s bodies are different of course. I hope you find some method or product that you're happy with for your red eyes.
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replied May 26th, 2009
Eye Whitening
Yes, I had it done. It's amazing!
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replied June 30th, 2009
Eye Whitening
Hi Dan! Who performed the eye whitening surgery on you? Also, is the doctor in the US? Lastly, how much did it cost? Let us know...

Thanks Smile
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replied August 23rd, 2009
Hi. My name is David and I have the same problem. I'm 21yrs. old now and I've had this problem since I was about 7yrs. old. So've had it foe most of my life. I, like you, am trying to find a cure for it. My left eye is always red. It bothers me to look at myself in the mirror, let alone other people. =( I am very self conscious about it. I found this website that I think is legit. I am going to do further research on it but I hope I can help you guys out.
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replied September 3rd, 2009
I'm going through the eye whitening procedure! Just yyesterday the doctor Injected my left eye with some stuff that's suppose to help the process... there are 2 steps to getting your eyes White again. I', on the first stage. I have to wait about a month before the actual surgery. I'm excited! But right now my eye is bloodshot rED! It's actually a million times worse than it ever was... But I'm putting my faith in my doctor.
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replied September 27th, 2012
Eye Whitening
By now you must have finished with your eye whitening procedure, how did they come out? I have an appointment for the I-Brite procedure with the same doctor next month but still need to know more about the pros and cons of this procedure.

Your input will be very helpful to me.
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replied December 4th, 2009
Hello,

A doctor developed this surgery 13 years ago and he has been performing it ever since. He has a thriving clinic in Seoul Korea and it is one of his specialties (obviously). The cost of surgery, airfare, accomodation and food for two weeks, and transportation would most likely cost less than a doctor in the U.S. with a 3 day hotel stay.

Seoul is an exciting city to visit. Make it a vacation/surgery trip.
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replied April 19th, 2012
eye whitenung surgery gone wrong!
I had eye whitening surgery done in may 2011. It made my eyes much, much worse. I have a cyst on one eyeball and lots of prominent blood vessels. Be careful!
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replied May 2nd, 2012
Hi tony
Just wondering where you had your procedure done?? did the doctor give you reasons why these complications occurred?
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replied May 2nd, 2012
Hi jessie,

It was in in Newark, New Jersey. The procedure is called Isowhite. My advice is to keep away as I have also read a recent independent report (published March 2012)about the huge range of complications. We see the happy stories because unsatisfied consumers dont always bother to comment.

The potential side-effects were NEVER explained, mainly because there are many which could have disillusioned me
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replied May 4th, 2012
Im so sorry to hear.. i was definitely thinking of getting the procedure done, but now i'll be thinking into it a little more! and maybe not going ahead. i've wondered whether these doctors take advantage of people who just desperately want a cure for their red eyes...

is the recent report you read available online? i'd really like to read it
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replied May 4th, 2012
Hi Jessie,

The report is not online. You have to visit "www.pubmed.com", which houses millions of independent studies done globally. This particular report is called "Complications of cosmetic wide conjunctivectomy combined with postsurgical mitomycin C application".

Just type the first few words and it'll bring the abstract up. You then need to order the 'full report' from your local library.

This procedure is very similar to Pinguecula Removal Surgery. When I had it done, I met another patient who had it done previously. She was very disappointed by his results and to re-did it by another doctor (New Jersey). I dont know about her outcome.

Finally, many red eyes are caused by improper lymphatic drainage. A lymphatic massage/drainage around the eyes can work great.
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replied May 4th, 2012
Hi Tony,
Thanks so much, even just reading the abstract of the report has totally turned me off. will be interesting to read the full article.
Im going to the doctor this wednesday to talk about my red eyes.. I'm on the pill (which apparently can cause it) and also have a "predisposition" to autoimmune disease. autoimmune disease can also apparently cause red eyes, but i don't understand how they can see that i have a predisposition but don't actually have it.
either way I'm sure both of these things are contributing to my worsening red eyes, we'll see.

Jessie
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replied May 5th, 2012
It's true that some medications can cause 'vasodilitation', but I've never heard of a pre-disposition to autoimmune disease.

In my own case, I now have "conjunctivial lymphangiectasia". I hate this word too!! It's a dilation of the conjunctiva lymph vessels because of the trauma to the conjunctiva. I massage around the eyes in the shower which has reduced it, but it's not a cure yet. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck in your choice.
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replied July 2nd, 2012
Eye Whitening bad results
Hi Tony -
I am so sorry to hear about your story... I guess Isowhite is the procedure with dr Klein.
I have searched so long for people who developed complications after the surgery, had it done elsewhere.
Is there any way we can speak about this mor indepths and share our experience?
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replied May 27th, 2012
Jessie26 just a tidbit of interesting info. Egyptians historically used castor oil to whiten the eyes. It doesn't burn, as I use it to lengthen eye lashes.
Hope you are well.
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replied December 8th, 2009
I think you do should cosmetic surgery.but It's dangers to your health and eye.so plz take your Dr. advice.It's batter for you.
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replied September 27th, 2012
Hello all,

TONY100, I was concerned to read your previous posts and I wanted to personally respond.

I do not have an office in Newark and I do not know if I am the surgeon who operated on you. I have reviewed the charts of my IsoWhite patients who had surgery in May 2011 and I do not know of anyone who is not satisfied.

There is an important distinction which needs to be made between different types of eye whitening procedures. Dr. Kim in Korea performed a procedure in Korea which had many types of complications. The pub med article discussed in this forum is a study of those complications and concludes that Dr. Kim's surgery was not safe - I reference that article on my webpage. I agree that that type of surgery is not safe which is why I do not do that type of surgery. I realize these things can get confusing. IsoWhite surgery is DIFFERENT from other eye whitening surgeries because I perform the surgery using conjunctival grafts and with minimal mitomycin dosing. In essence, the distinction comes down to this: after the discolored conjunctiva is removed, something medically must be done to prevent the previous discoloration (whether due to pigment or blood vessels or pinguecula) from growing back. The eye will re-cover itself with conjunctiva on its own if left alone with recurrence of the original problem in most cases. Dr. Kim used mitomycon while the eye was re-covering itself to prevent the problems from coming back. Using this level of mitomycin was not safe. IsoWhite uses the innovation of using healthy conjunctiva grafts from elsewhere on the eye to re-cover the areas where the discolored conjunctiva was removed. Then, the eye does not try to re-cover itself because it is already covered (in medicine this phenomenon is called "contact inhibition" seen with epithelial cells). IsoWhite, with its minimal mitomycin use is therefore significantly safer in my opinion and from my experience has cosmetic results which are equal to if not better than other surgeries.

TONY100, if I did your surgery and you are not satisfied, or even if someone else did your surgery, please contact me. I would like to help you.

Best regards.
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replied September 10th, 2013
Give you 20/20 Can you please comment on Dr. Boxer Wachler on how your procedure differs from his and eye drop regime? Have you treated patients of his who had IBrite with him and were unsatisfied? If so, how were the outcomes?
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replied October 1st, 2012
This previous message was posted by me, Dr. Klein. I am not sure why this was cut off of the posting.
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replied September 10th, 2013
Give you 20/20 Can you please comment on Dr. Boxer Wachler on how your procedure differs from his and eye drop regime? Have you treated patients of his who had IBrite with him and were unsatisfied? If so, how were the outcomes?
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