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I’m a previous lasik patient. (2001 corrected far vision). I had cataract surgery in right eye 12/23/2017 and left eye the following week. Immediately the right eye was a problem, and we continued on with second procedure because the dr said he knew what to do to correct the issue.
I had iol exchange 4/26/2018 in right eye. Yesterday I had my 2 week follow up. I am currently on durezol steroid drop and over the counter dry eye drops. There is still daily fluctuations and I am not reading 20/20 more like 20/40 and blurry. Lasik enhancement has always been a follow up option.
During exchange surgery, which took much longer than expected, my cornea started to dry out, removal of iol was difficult. I could see all the tools needed ( and started to feel fearful of pain as I could start to feel pressure). The Ora machine was used and once again calculations were off. Luckily the dr marked where the toric lens was previously placed in the eye, because the Ora was giving him a new markings that didn’t make sense. He stepped away from the table to consult my chart and decided to go up 1.5 instead of what we thought was a solid 1.0. Previous iol: restor multifocal toric 20.5D 1.5 cyl +2.5 add power new iol: restor multifocal toric 22.0D 1.5 cyl 2.5 add power
During yesterday’s follow up dr said yag would be our next procedure as cloudiness on back of lens is forming. Again, this was expected due to now my 3rd operation in that eye. Yag will be done @ 3 month mark then we will consult with lasik or PRK to tune in @ 2 weeks following yag. Also eye pressure was 25 when normally 12 -13 dr said that’s from the durezol.
When I inquired about the left eye 20/50 (which now has 1.25 astigmatism) dr said he’d rather see me have lasik to correct because the iol exchange was so tramatic.
My personal opinion here and still some raw emotions: 3 months from now I will be consulting yet another opinion on iol exchange in left eye. There is no reason to have that large of astigmatism after surgery when I had zero before. @.50 astigmatism is calculated for such a surgery. Also, my second opinion showed a “ mild tilt” in the lens position. And I believe that was caused during a horrific reaction to stepping down dosage from pregnozone drops. The change to durezol drops has cured that problem for now. My hopes are that the astigmatism and visual accuracy will be restored with lasik or PRK and not another iol exchange. But if an iol exchange is needed, I will go to another dr with much more experience and confidence.
My dr has experience in cataract surgery, but has done very few exchanges.
I am able to write this review without glasses, but things are not clear. Also where I once had a depth perception issue, that seems to be resolved. ( I get on and off a boat daily, and that has been a challenge seeing how far away I have to step, luckily the preception was things were farther away and I didn’t stub a toe. Haha) . I return to the dr in one month and hopefully things in right eye will settle down and 20/20 vision will appear. Unfortunately it’s just too early to tell how close I will be at this point in time. But it’s a lot better than what I had
I’m grateful for the exchange, but obviously had hoped for a clearer outcome. I’m also grateful for not having any residual pain other than a few days of tenderness at the incision.
I hope my results are able to help the next generation of surgeons and previous lasik patients in finding the correct lens the first time.
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