Are there any surgeons that can fixed botched cataract surgery.

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My cataract surgery was botched.  Wrong prescription was implanted in my right eye & I needed to have a piggyback lens implanted, vision is still not perfect.  I was supposed to see close with my left eye, but I still need glasses to see close.  I could see much better before I had the cataract surgery, wish I had shopped around for a better surgeon.

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    Wow!  That's sad.  That was one of my concerns prior to surgery.  I asked my surgeon if he put in the wrong prescription could he take out the prosthetic lens and replace it with the proper prescription.  He replied "Yes.  We don't like to but we can."  So, I was under the impression it could be done.  I don't know if there's a time limit or the degree of difficulty.

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    I'm very sorry to hear that.  It can be difficult to find an especially experienced eye surgeon; for example, recommendations from friends and family isn't necessarily a good way to know, since most people only know their own experience.  With surgery, high volume is usually good, since more experience usually means better judgement at what makes for a better outcome, and more chance of experience with how to fix an undesirable outcome.  On the other hand, you want a surgeon who takes the time to understand your situation and doesn't rush into things, one who examines you directly and answers your questions.

    One way to start might be to ask your family practice physician for names that have an excellent reputation in your area.  Another would be to ask the ophthalmology department of a large teaching hospital, since they tend to see a lot of cases where things have gone wrong, and have experience in managing them.

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      If someone is in a large city, rather than starting with asking your 1 family practice physician, I'd suggest seeing if the local newspaper or a local magazine might do a "best doctors list" where the doctors are chosen by who other local doctors would go to for treatment. I figure a consensus of local doctors might be  a better bet than merely 1 doctor's views. 

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    I don't know if you mean they meant to insert lens power X and instead inserter lens power Y (which would mean it was botched), or if you merely mean the lens power wasn't correct, which may or may not be their fault. Unfortunately there is no exact way to determine the lens power someone requires. They use formulas based on your eye measurements  to estimate the lens power based on statistics of the results of past surgeries, but not everyone matches those formulas. For most people they work well, but for some people the formulas give the wrong results, and any surgeon would have chosen the same wrong lens power. If the lens formulas indicated the wrong power for you, I  would consider that an unfortunate result, but I wouldn't describe it as "botched" if no surgeon would have gotten the power right. 

    If you had monofocal lenses set for distance, which is what most people do, then you wouldn't be expected to see close without glasses. Many people who wish to be free of glasses get premium lenses. You would need monovision to see near with monofocals, i.e. one eye set to focus nearer in. However  if the eye  they intended set for near is the wrong power and isn't near enough then you could need glasses (or a piggyback lens in that eye, or a laser correction or contacts). Again if they tried for near vision and the near eye wasn't near enough, it may be that no surgeon would have been able to choose the right lens power in that case if the formulas are off. Again, I'd label that as an unfortunate result, but not "botched".

     

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      I was supposed to have monovision.  My left eye was supposed to see close & the right for distance, I could not see out of the right eye at all, near vision was a blur & the distant vision was not clear either.  I had to continue to complain that I could not see out of right eye, and I was getting pain in my eye from eye strain before they would acknowledge that there was a problem.  I think someone else's lens was implanted in my right eye,  I can read larger print out of my left eye, but to read a book I need glasses or need to hold the book at arms length.

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    Hi Janice, its a lottery, how would you ever know what like a surgeon was going to be like, the other thing is, everyone and I mean everyone is different, there could be an underlying problem with the eyes prior to the op, you just dont know, ive had both my eyes done the first one was very painful for 4 days afterwards then it was fine, the second one was done mid Aug and its still not right, I have pain when my eye is closed and of course when I go to bed, have to close your eyes, I am lucky in one way that the sight is fine in both eyes, I have a slight distorted vision on the second eye that was done and I get a kind of floating very fine web/net but I could and probably have to live with that, I have been reading on this page others who are having much worse symptoms and hopefully they will be able to get something done to help, and for you too, and always hoping that someone will help with a solution or advice on these pages, fingers crossed
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    Hi Janice I am sorry your surgery didn't go well. I was wondering what is a piggyback lense. I had laser surgery last week to get rid of the black cells that have regrow across my eyes. I still am having tons of black things going around even in the eye done 2 weeks ago. I can't see up close very good like to read etc. My eyes feel strained because one is st farther away than the other one. He said I would always have to have glasses but I am having a really hard time to get a prescription that will fit at all. Good luck

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      A piggyback lens is any lens that is added into the eye to provide additional correction on top of what is provided by the replacement lens.
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    Hi Janice

    I heartily suggest you see the eye department of the medical school of the best university you can travel to because:

    they are current on research

    they can reach out to specialists all over the world for consults

    your surgeon will be a professor

    University of Illinois at Chicago Eye Research Institute built by Lions Clubs International who are the most well known organization in the front lines for vision...or a place just as prestigious

    So is revision surgery possible...theoretically, yes

    Hold on to your hope

    kind regards

    ,judith

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