After catarac and yag still terrible vision

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Hello all. I hope everyone's journey with catarac surgery is going better than mine. I am a 45 year old male. I had both my eyes done in October with both yag lasers done in January. I now have terrible vision.  I went for a second opinion and the new doctor said everything was fine. I am at complete loss. I have very fuzzy vision. Every time I move my eyes I fell like I have smudges of oil. It is severely debilitating. I'm a single dad and own a business so my eye sight is crucial. I guess the smudges in vision and almost like a broken glass look when light hits them. The new dr said give it six months and then we can revisit it. He said we may could do a vatrecyomy. Has anyone had and luck with this? Does it get rid of the oil smudges that I have and fuzziness? Could they be floaters? Help

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    Very sorry to hear about your difficulties, George.

    If you had a yag procedure last month and your vision is now "terrible,"  then perhaps you should not wait until next August before going back to the doctor who said that: "everything is fine" when you clearly believe that your condition is: "severely debilitating."

    Floaters I had a day or so after surgery disappeared altogether within a week.

    Never had a "vatrecyomy," but your vision currently is completely unacceptable to you; therefore you may wish to research specialists and find a highly-recommended one who could see you ASAP.  Apart from your extreme discomfort your livelihood depends upon your vision;  hence you need to fix it sooner rather than later.

    Every good wish to you.

    Ed

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      Thank you Ed. Yes I have to get better sooner than later. Hope all is well and thank you for taking the time to respond 

      Sincerely

      George 

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    George,

    I'm sorry to hear about your cataract surgery.  I can only tell you that my Dr. is tops and he not only does cornea transplants but I understand he handles difficult cataract Surgery. He's a very talented dr. and so nice.  I wish all doctors could be as talented and nice.  I would contact him.  He's also a very good communicator (which many drs. aren't.  Dr. Ritterband at Mount Sinai Eye and Ear at 14th and 2nd ave NYC.  You won't be able to get an appt. usually for 2 wks. or so but i would contact him.  He's very well respected.  His no. is 212-505-6550.  Hope this helps.  Best, Jane Russo

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      Jane, thanks so much for your response. I am trying to find someone to see locally. I love in South Carolina. I'll definetly keep your Drs number . Thanks so much!

      Sincerely

      George samellas

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    Hi George - sorry to hear your vision hasn’t improved after the yag procedure.   Was your vision good after initial cataract surgery?  Got worse only after yag?   If vision was never good at least one focal point I agree with the others that you should see another specialist to find out what the issue is.
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      Hi Sue, I have asked this question before but no one seems to be able to tell me, I am really curious to know what yag stands is the

      y   a   g initials for three words

      Many thanks if you can tell me

      Regards

      Agnes

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      Do a wikipedia internet search for "YAG Laser"

      YAG = yttrium aluminum garnet

      Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet; Nd:Y3Al5O12) is a crystal that is used as a lasing medium for solid-state lasers. The dopant, triply ionized neodymium, Nd(III), typically replaces a small fraction (1%) of the yttrium ions in the host crystal structure of the yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG)

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      See Night Hawk’s response below.  My apologies thought I had responded with that definition. 
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      Thank you so much for this very detailed information, much appreciated, I understand a bit better now

      Kindest Regards

      Agnes

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      Hi Sue, No IM sorry, im old and a bit slow at picking things up and it was kind of complicated to explain, you did your best for me under the circumstances

      Kindest regards

      Agnes

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    Sorry to hear you are having so many problems and issues from cataract surgery George.  i too had issues and I am going on 8 1/2 months. I am slowly getting better, but my right eye still does not see clearly. (some burliness yet)  I have been seeing a cornea specialist now since November with much improvements.  I did have laser (YAG) surgery on both eyes afterwards because of the scar tissue.   I agree with many others---It is YOUR EYES and you need another opinion until you are satisfied.  You are the one seeing out ---what the dr sees looking in is completely different then we looking out!    I did have extremely dry eyes and been being treated for it.  And finally my left is good and my right has improved.  I've spent over 700.00 on eye drops. (some not covered under insurance. I do have to wear readers for reading and I am okay with that even though I was told I may NOT need glasses. Please George get another opinion. Prayers for you for answers and for your sight to improve!  God bless you.

    Charlene 60770

     

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      Charlene, thank you so much for your response. Every comment definetly helps me in different ways. I have a call in to my Dr. to see if I can go see another dr. It's one of those things we can see and no one else can. I'm glad your are improving that's awesome. Thanks so much .

      Sincerely 

      George Samellas 

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    George i perfectly understand what you are facing.  Yes, talk with your Dr and see who he refers you to.  I put my trust in my surgeons hands and ask him to send me to another to get another opinion which he totally agreed with me.  He was also so baffled why I wasn't seeing clearly and the reason him and his associate did have me see a cornea specialist.  It has been many steps (baby steps) getting to where I am at, at this point.  He even did the amniotic membrane which helped my left eye within 2 days of seeing far and clear.  My right eye he also did and it didn't change, but with my eyes being so dry I think is why it didn't work as well, thinking he might try again.  He also has inserted plugs into my tear ducts which has helped with the dryness and I am still using 2 types of drops twice daily.  You are much younger than I am and I know how valuable our eyes are to us. 

    The sad part is some close friends and family have not been there to support me and think I am putting this all on for attention. NOT the case, I just plainly can not see how I thought I would be able to see.  I am so thankful to the other dozen of people I've known in the pass year that had very successful cataract surgery and can see so clearly.  They have no idea what some of us go through with difficulties.  I am very happy for them.  But as you know there are problems and even though they say every 1 out of 100 thousand have issues.  The hardest part was of me having problems with both eyes afterwards, but so thankful my left eye has improved. 

    So hang in there George and get another opinion are who he thinks you need to see.  In my case it was a cornea specialist which I have been seeing since Nov 2017.

    Now my next step is seeing a plastic surgeon who can do eye lids....which I can't get into until July 2 (he has very high ratings and a friend of mine has went to that group).  I have a very droopy eyelid on my right eye which is blocking most of my pupil of my eye which is causing some of my issues.  Last week I mentioned to him that as I was driving to my appointment I was having like a film or scales over my eye.  So doing 2 more test and another examine, he said you are actually seeing the inside of your upper eye lid and eye lashes.  Which I know I have this droopy eye lid, my left isn't as bad.  So hopefully when I see this Plastic surgeon he will be a big help for me. 

    My cornea specialist has been so good to me through all this and working with me.  He did put a contact lens in my right eye for about 2 weeks which helped me see more of a distance, but still having some blurriness. so again there is help at the end of the tunnel. 

    I also have been told a couple of times everyone heals differently, and everyone has different issues and complications, but at least there is hope at the end of this tunnel I've been through for the pass 8 1/2 months.  I keep praying and asking God for complete healing and better eye vision.

    Good luck George and let me know...stay in contact.

    Charlene 60770

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    It definitely sounds like floaters if they are talking about doing a vitrectomy to get rid of them.  You can get rid of them with the YAG laser, but I guess your dr does not do that, he must just do the capsulotomy.
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