Cataract surgery caused crescent moon

by Sandra
(Hickory Creek, Tx)

I had cataract removal surgery 5 weeks ago and to my dismay it has been a nightmare.

After having a bad reaction to to the anesthesia, I woke up with a crescent moon on the anterior side of my eye. The crescent gets larger when the room or sun is bright and thinner when it dims or I wear sunglasses ( which I do quite often ).
I am so frusterated I don't know what to do. Doctor wants to do a piggy back on it and says it should be ok. I am not sure about this. Doctor said this is a reflection of my new lens because my eye area was deeper then usual. Also my other eye is waiting until this is resolved because the same thing will most likely happen to the other eye as well.

Just to let everyone that reads this know, RESEARCH, RESEARCH, before doing any surgery. You never know what can happen and we only have 2 eyes.

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Aug 04, 2017
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Another crescent Moon
by: Sandra Bonser

Well after 4 years of waiting for the left eye (crescent moon ) to go away the cataract in my right eye has gotten a bit worse, so I decided to have the cataract removed. The right eye could not be corrected so that I could pass my eye test for renewal of my driver's license and that is why I made the decision to have the surgery. I went with the same eye doctor because he was so familiar with my case and had done a lot of research about it.

Well I got my patch off today and now there is a crescent moon in my right eye. I feel like a horse with blinders on. I don't know what to do. The left eye went through two surgeries, the second to put in a piggy back lens and that didn't help and now the right eye has the same thing going on.

I'm told that I am a very rare case of wide peripheral vision. This is so heart breaking that with all the medical breakthroughs that this cannot be rectified.

Apr 02, 2016
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Lens replacement surgery
by: Roger

I went to a REAL EYE DOCTOR after battling with the insurance company for their approval for corrective surgery. The new Doctor removed the problem lens a year after it was incorrectly placed and put in another lens and the crescent moon was GONE the minute the Surgeon finished the corrective lrocedure. It has been more than a year since the Shepherd Eye Center in Las Vegas completed the corrective procedure and my vision is excellent and without the crescent n nuisance.

Apr 02, 2016
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I have the same crescent shap blind spot
by: Cl

I was wondering if Sanra still has the same problem or did it go away.

Oct 19, 2014
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Crescent Moon
by: Roger

I had my cataract surgery in February of 2014 and like Sandra have been miserable with this shadowy figure at the outer edge of the lens implant. I reported this to the surgeon's assistant immediately after the procedure. They told me that I was seeing the edge of the lens and it would probably go away in time. Several weeks after the procedure they referred me to a retina specialist for a complete eye check and he reported no abnormalities. When I asked why I was seeing this he said I probably had this crescent in my vision prior to the surgery and now that I can see better I am noticing this crescent. This report was a simple white washing to cover the surgeon's error. After several months of being tossed around with no specific diagnosis, my primary care physician referred me to a different cataract specialist. He gave me the news about the lens implant being too small for my pupil. He has given me Rx to shrink the pupil hoping the shadow will go away and avoid corrective surgery. Waiting to hear from my lawyer now.

Sep 05, 2013
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thanks
by: Sandra

Thank you for your input. The crescent moon is still there and it has been 6 months now. I have not done the other eye because I am scared of the same result. I was hoping it would go away but it has not gotten any better. You may be right, maybe it is better to have what eyesight I do have and not go through this again. I still have not found a specialist that has any experience with this matter.

Apr 25, 2013
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Just stick to one eye
by: Jan

I feel so bad for all the sad stories I have read about cataract surgery. Just don't do the other eye - I had one eye done and I can see pretty good with glasses even though the other eye without the cataract surgery is slightly blurred. It seems that I can see good with both eyes. It's hard to explain. I am happy with this situation even though my eye with the cataract waters now and then. I just wipe it and learn to live with it. I hope your situation gets corrected and hope that crescent goes away. I don't why so many doctors think that they are expert in this matter.

I wish you the best of luck.

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