I never thought I'd be conceding this, but I'm beginning to believe that my eye issues *are* a result of hard blinking. Went for my eye exam this morning and was assured by the surgeon that in the thousands of eye patients he has seen, he has never seen what has happened with my eyes. It looks like the danger of those nasty epithelial cells moving up and under by flap has diminished drastically, HOWEVER, it appears as if my flap has smooshed up a little more. We're talking like less than a millimeter, but it's still a concern, and I'm back to weekly to bi-monthly visits. Being crinkled a little on the edge makes an uneven or slightly raised surface, so it's possible that as I blink over time it's slowly pushing it up. So, he'll keep an eye on it, I'll try not to blink so hard (smile), and pray that it doesn't move anymore. I know I've said it before, but I do NOT want to have the flap lifted and re-smoothed. Not only am I terrified of it, but it increases my risk of epithelial ingrowth the second time around by 25%. Both doctors, by the way, are amazed that the cells didn't move up under my flap. As one put it, "the Heaven's opened and the angels sang" and those cells stopped moving. Call it divine intervention or just plain luck, but I'm thankful.
And, the oral surgeon doesn't think it's necessary to do a biospy. Music to my ears. WHEW!