Symfony Lens after cataract surgery

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This is my 4th day since cataract surgery. I had the Symfony lens inserted. How long does it take for the feeling of a foreign object to go away? I am scheduled to have the 2nd eye done in 3 weeks.

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    Hi Deborah

    Hang on there, it can take more than 4 days for most of the after surgery feelings to go, everyone who has this surgery has different problems so dont despair.  My one question is why only after 3 weeks are you having the other eye done, you should be on at least 2 different types of drops one of them for a week and the other for 4 weeks then a visit to the optician with the letter the hospital would have given you after surgery, but whatever the Surgeon has advised you should go with but I wouldnt get a second eye done until the first one was healed.  Are you using drops if so give them a week at least then if you are still having a problem then get in touch with the hospital, in my case with my second eye I was having pain for over a week but kept hoping it would subside, on the 14th day I phoned the hospital and they told me that I should have phoned before the 13th day and that I should contact the GP, I was upset about that and said I could have phoned sooner but kept hoping the pain would subside so they agreed to see me. Its only 4 days since your op, take painkillers and give it a week unless its unbearable in which case get back in touch with the hospital, they do say you get a gritty feeling which is very uncomfortable, for at least a week.  You have to be so careful with you eyes for obvious reasons.

    Please let us know how you are, you will get others getting in touch with advice so keep reading

    Regards Agnes

     

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      Thank you for responding to my post. My 2nd surgery is 4 weeks after the 1st. I am using 3 different eye drops. I have never experienced any pain, just a gritty feeling. My vision is very good, occasionally blurry. Trying to get used to 2 different eyes. I can't wear my old glasses. I took the lens out but it is very awkward. I am now using a pair from many years ago...they are much better. I try just using the new eye, but after awhile I feel it is being strained. I guess I want instant recovery. LOL

      I have an appt in 2 days, I will update progress.

      Thank you

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      Deborah it has been six months since my surgery. I went to down and bought the cheapy glasses. The distance vision is about ten feet from normal. And the close up vision is almost perfect depending on time of day. Doc says your vision will fluctuate at different times. pulled an eye chart oft the internet took the paper down to cvs was able to see the reading with the 20/plus 200. Word of warniing with those. LIke to drove me crazy as when I looked up with the readers i got dizzy and nauseaus looking at things from a distance. Despise those hang on chains so i either resort to putting them on my head or chasing them around the room because i lay them down. Take your time and know that it will improve. I think my doc told me it would be a full six weeks before she would recommend even getting prescription glasses. But keep an eye out for things that might indicate a problem. One thing that I was acutely aware of not trying to scare you but folks that had cataract surgery where more likely to have torn retinas. And now you are talking about a big problem. My husband had cataract surgery years ago and had a film that developed in front of his eye did go to ophmoligist that did not catch it. Anyways, shortly after his trip we were scheduled to go on a cruize. Let me tell you it was not before boarding the ship that I realized he could not see a gas sign that was two foot tall right in front of him. Needless to say we had a definite adventure and him even more so. When we got back he was immediately told to go to one of the top specialist to repair it. Memories. Not trying to scare you but be aware. Had a friend that lost his vision in one eye years ago. And I think surgery procedures are much better now 

       

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    Deborah, I think everyone is different.  Personally, I had a lot of problems with both of my surgeries.  It's been six months and I finally feel normal again but many disappointments along the way with my surgery and the results.  But I will say this, give everything time.  I love my surgeon but I don't think that they informed me of the after effects.  I was under the impression (and I guess I'm the one that was wrong) that I'd go home that day and be able to see well.  It definitely was nothing like that.  I think if I had been informed about all of that maybe I wouldn't have been so disappointed.  Everyone I talked to said "Oh, you're going to be able to see so good, wait and see!"  Well, it wasn't like that for me, thus I searched the internet and found this forum....it helped me TREMENDOUSLY.  It showed me I wasn't alone, many people were experiencing the same symptoms as me and it was good to know, although I surely wouldn't have wished these problems on anyone.

    I had the foreign object feeling for well over a month but also they had problems with removing my cataract and I paid extra for the laser surgery. I used a LOT of eye drops, use them frequently, it does help and know that the foreign object feeling will go away in time....just give yourself time to heal.  Prayers for a speedy recovery :-)

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      Deborah, let me add that I had the dropless surgery, which means you don't have to use all the drops that the other surgery has to use.  But when I said I used drops I meant just normal eye drops like Oasis drops and/or Renew to wet the eye frequently and these were advised by the surgeon.

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      Thank you so much Renee. I'm so sorry you had so many problems. I will keep you posted on my progress

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    Deborah every body is different. Call your doctor's office. i like you got on the internet and read things afterwards. I did have one incident where i felt something in my eye and slept on it. it was still there in the morning myself and my husband could not see anything. Long story short i was told that they had better magnification in the doctors office so the emergency room might not be able check find it. Also i had the shot the first time and it was much easier then the second time. The second time they were unable to get the shot before the surgery so i had to use all those drops. The one drop that they told me i could use in case i had any pain. i had terrible reaction to my eyes burnt really bad.

    What they told me was to use the eye drops without artificial tears . Doc said that they would not get a tolerance for them. I personally found all those lid wipes seemed like the more I used them the more I had to. Been about six months later and feel a little dry at times. And use the occationally but it is hard for me to tell as sometimes the allergies are really bad. Live in the south were there is always something. Good luck. I question my doctor as well about have the problems she said they looked good. i had one doctor that did the surgery and another doctor that did scheduled followups at no cost said that was part of the treatment. My surgery doctor gave me his cell phone number. Never used it but I would thing that would not be a wise choice on his part. Didnot know the surgery was going to give me better vision then i have had since i was five years old

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    I kept feeling like something was in my eye, and the doctor diagnosed styes.  I still have problems with them, now 9 months since the second surgery.  Hope you have better outcome.
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    The grittiness and irritation you feel is normal the eye drops you have been prescribed will help with the discomfort as will regular Paracetamol if needed .

    I am three months on now abs my eye feels fine with only very occasional discomfort , good luck everyone recovers at their own pace .

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