Cataract post surgery

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i had my right eye cataract removed two weeks ago and the doctor told me that my cataract became hard that he had a difficult time pulling it out. I now have a new lens, but i could only see light and shadows. I AM 83 yrs old and really worried i may not regain my sight. Doctor said he will do the laser to improve my sight, i am afraid he damaged something inside my eye but he assured me i will get my normal eyesight after the laser. Can anyone please help me with my concerns and at least give me hope that my doctor is truthful that will see clearly again. Desperate and worried. PLEASE HELP EASE MY WORRIES.

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    Dear charito67089,

    So sorry to hear about your botched surgery! I think that you should seek another opinion. Can you find another cataract surgeon where you live? Maybe you should ask around and see if anybody could recommend a good surgeon? I would definitely not go back to the doctor who did your surgery. And I, definitely, would not let him poke into my eye with the laser. At least, until you get second and, maybe a third, opinion.

    Wish you well! Please keep us posted.

    Adele

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    sorry to hear about not getting desirable result after surgery. do you see star burst around a light when you look at light bulb or halo ? sometimes this could be result of so called ' posterior capsule cataract' which generally occurs few months after the surgery for cataract in other words the membrane behind the lens can have opacities. this is not a uncommon side effect of cataract. this type of cataract that occurs few months after surgery , responds well to laser treatment. laser procedure takes less than 5 minutes and is safe and can be done in office.

    i had cataract surgery done in both eyes and have star burst or dispersion of light when i look at oncoming traffic lights at night. i am 6 months post cataract surgery and my doctor told me that he will do laser treatment if the symptoms persist after 4 months. laser is to be used as last resort. i will get laser done but one eye at a time

    hope my suggestion helps you. hope you feel better

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      HI SAM! THANKS YOU FOR YOUR KIND RESPONSE. I AM ONLY SEEING LIGHT AND SHADOWS TO DATE AND I WILL VISIT AGAIN MY DOCTOR FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING BECAUSE I COULD SEE CLEARLY BEFORE MY SURGERY AND NOW, HARDLY NOTHING. DOCTOR SAID HE WILL DO THE LASER EARLIER THAN EXPECTED AND ASSURED ME IT WILL IMPROVE MY VISION . I HAVE I AM ALSO PLANNING TO ASK ANOTHER SURGEON'S OPINION WHILE IT IS STILL EARLY AND COMPARE. YOUR HELP MATTERS. PERHAPS YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO HAVE OR HAVE HAD SAME PROBLEMS LIKE MINE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I HOPE THIS CAN BE FIXED RIGHT AWAY.

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    Hi Charito, I'm so sorry to hear about the complications you are having. It is possible that what the doctor is saying about laser treatment is true. Before proceeding, however, I agree with the recommendation to get another opinion, if at all possible. If not, I'd at least ask your surgeon to be more specific information about what is causing the blurriness, what to expect from the treatment. I know it can be very worrisome not to have clear vision right after surgery, but hang in there and be patient. So many eye conditions now are treatable, and the body does heal in remarkable ways. Thoughts are with you.

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      If I understood correctly, problem is not blurriness. Charito can't see anything, but light and shadows. I am not a doctor, but I can't see how laser treatment would help in this situation.

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      HI BELLA! 'THANK YOU FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. THAT WAS QUITE REASSURING. I AM

      ALSO KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED AND HOPING THAT I CAN SEE BETTER LIKE I USED TO. I WILL VISIT MY DOCTOR THIS JANUARY FOLLOW UP. IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING NOT TO SEE AND WILL ALSO SEEK ANOTHER OPINIONFROM ANOTHER SURGEON BUT YOUR OPINION MATTERS THE MOST. PERHAPS YOU KNOW OF ANYBODY WHO HAVE HAD SAME PROBLEM LIKE MINE AND WERE ABLE TO SEE AGAIN AND PROCEDURE WAS DONE TO FIX IT. RIGHT NOW MY ONLY OPTION IS THE LASER WHICH THE DOCTOR WILL DO AT SPECIFIED PERIOD.

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    HI ADELE! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR RESPONSE. I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH AND RELIEVED THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ARE WILLING TO HELP EASE MY WORRIES. I WILL SEE MY SURGEON BECAUSE I AM STILL UNDER HIS CARE BUT WITH CAUTION. I WILL SEEK ANOTHER OPINION AND HOPE TO GET A BETTER ONE. THE EARLIER THE BETTER.

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    Charlie

    sorry to read about your outcome. As others have said, a good idea to get a second opinion I might recommend a retinal specialist, as the retinal structures would seem to be the most important in terms of receiving the actual signals. Cataract lens itself is a way of focusing the light on the retina. Oversimplifying, and there certainly could be other things that did not go correctly, but if it were me, a retinal specialist opinion might help allay linh term concerns

    as for any laser procedure, if it is the YAG procedure I have had it done for PCO. It is quick, painless, and relatively immediate restoration of vision. once the surgeon feels that the IOL has scarred down and settled in, then it is appropriate to perform the YAG.

    good luck and keep us posted

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      HI MARYLAND20! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELPFUL AND ENCOURAGING RESPONSE. NOW I AM QUITE RELIEVED BECAUSE I KNOW I HAVE HOPE AND KNOWING THERE ARE KIND PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ARE WILLING TO SHARE THEIR SIMILAR PROBLEMS AND EXPERIENCES.

      WILL SURELY KEEP YOU POSTED. MANY THANKS, AND MUCH APPRECIATIONS FOR THE REJOINDER.

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    getting a second opinion can help ease your worries. and it could be the capsule that holds your lens has what is commonly called " a second cataract" where cells attach to the capsule and cause us to see cloudy or blurry vision . without knowing exactly what the specifics are its difficult for us to respond. but i highly recommend getting another opinion before doing another procedure with the same doctor

    good luck

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      HI JULIELYN! THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUICK RESPONSE. I WILL TAKE YOUR ADVICE. YOUR OPINIONS REALLY MATTER. AS I HAVE MENTIONED, I CAN ONLY SEE LIGHT AND SHADOWS AFTER THE SURGERY. DOCTOR ASSURED ME THAT THE LASER WILL FIX THE PROBLEM. MEANWHILE I WILL NEED A SECOND OPINION FOR

      PEACE OF MIND. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR GIVING ME HOPE!

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    Hello Charito. I really hope that the doctor is being honest. You know I just had one removed on Aug 28th and the other on Sept 11th. It took me about 6 weeks to 2 months before I was okay. Had a lot of pain and swelling of my eyeball. All that good stuff. A second opinion always helps. Have someone with you on any visit even with the doctor that did the procedure. That way he can talk in front of 2 people so someone else understands exactly what he is saying. My mom had hard rock cataracts removed over 30 years ago. Everything went just fine. I don't like the excuse that were hard rock because he would have known that before the procedure just like they knew on my mom. Please keep us posted and make sure to always have someone with you on all appointments. Also ask for the notes in your chart and a written explanation of why and what the issue is. You have a right to all medical charts. I do that all the time. Go in on the next day open and request all copies of your records and you might find something in the charts that will explain or otherwise. Happy New Year Charito and keep your chin up. Could be a bad lense. That happens. Ruby.

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      HI RUBY SLIPPERS! I FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO SHARE HER EXPERIENCES AND KIND ENOUGH TO GUIDE ME AS TO HOW I WILL DEAL WITH MY DOCTOR . I WAS SO LOST AND DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO, UNTIL JOINED THE FORUM AND WAS SO AMAZED TO FIND OUT THERE ARE SO MANY CARING PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILLING TO GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP SOMEONE LIKE ME EASE MY DILEMNA. NOW, I AM CERTAIN I AM TALKING TO THE RIGHT PERSON WHO IS MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND HAD BETTER EXPERIENCE TO KEEP ME WELL INFORMED AND HOPEFUL! WILL KEEP YOU POSTED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPLY.

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    hi charito67089

    Just wanted to wish you well. As others have said you can't go wrong seeking another expert opinion - and in particular a retina specialist. I am curious how with cataract you could see clearly. I had cataracts both eyes at 53 and eyesight wasn't clear at all until after surgeries.Personally I would not have the laser procedure prior to seeking out other opinions. Highly unlikely you could have pco right following cataract surgery. More than likely something else is ping on - healing, swelling etc but an expert should be able to examine your eyes and tell you. sending good thoughts your way. All the best.

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