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I had my cataract surgery 3 days ago, but part of the cataract fell into the vitreous humour. After this happened, my surgeon called a retina specialist for Vitrectomy. He, however, covered my face entirely, and after I felt suffocated, I asked them to stop the procedure.
They told me I was claustrophobic, and my oxygen level was fine, so I could not have suffocated. Given I am claustrophobic, they now want me to be under general anesthesia and be operated on for removing the remaining cataract.
Q1. Was the cataract surgeon incompetent in not operating successfully? Or, can such mishaps happen due to the patient's eye health?
Q2. Is it a standard practice to have patient's face completely covered and taped for Vitrectomy?
Q3. What general advice/warnings would you give me in regards to ensuring that my eye is being looked after well prior to and post Vitrectomy?
Q4. Given I have hypertension, what are the possible risks pertaining to my eye, if I am given an anesthetic?
I ask this since I have been unable to get second opinions in my case, so will be very thankful for your response.
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