In the Middle of a Mess

by Lois
(Drexel Hill, PA.)

My summer started off with a bang! My glasses were very dirty all of a sudden and no matter how well I cleaned them, I couldn't stand my vision. I got the brainy idea to 'look and see' without them for one second for the horrible possibility of 'OH NO CATARACTS'. My worst fear came true and my optomotrist referred me to the cataract surgeon that comes to his eyeglass store quite regularly.

Like a turbo-tornado, I was accepted/allowed to have cataract surgery on both eyes. The right eye is now done; and I really liked the whole ordeal.

However, just a day or two after surgery the complications started with a corneal abrasion. Worse eyesight than before surgery, double vision, glare, haze and cloudiness.

Hope I'm not boring you! Thanks for listening. I just didn't want to live with sight like that. A cheap pair of temporary glasses (until the other eyes is done) have saved the day for me and my eye is gradually improving in many ways.

Except for the fact that I now know about the map dot dystrophy problem and the cataract surgeon is referring me to a corneal specialist. I had to beg for that on the advice of my daughter who thinks that I got botched-up and that I'm just a number! Why should the doc even worry about the other eye which may have the same problem and then I'm in real trouble of terrible sight in both eyes.

So, here I am anxiously awaiting my corneal specialist doctor appointment. Hoping my eye keeps on healing along with a nutritional regime you wouldn't believe and $$$$ much moolah for eye supplements and immune system stuff. Been googling like crazy anything and everything and that is how I found you.

....better stop rambling..... (forgot to mention my dry eye and no tears problem; and the new floaters - I call it a 'fruit fly'). I sure would appreciate any and all FEEDBACK.

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Sep 26, 2012
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Thank You Again!
by: LoisFaith2000

Thank you, again! Your quick response brought to me 'instant peace'. I'm so glad 4U. God bless you in all you do.

Sep 26, 2012
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Re: Help
by: Brian Ang

Dear Lois,

Sorry to hear that you are still having some problems. However, I think your cataract doctor has addressed most of the issues, so I don't think you need to worry too much.

1. Recurrent corneal erosion from map dot fingerprint is something that will crop up every so often. So it is not as though something has gone wrong - it is just part and parcel of the condition. Just like backache - you'll have good days and some bad days.

2. Black specks in your eye are likely to be due to age-related degeneration of the vitreous jelly in the eye. Click on the link for more details:
http://www.vision-and-eye-health.com/vitreous-detachment.html

3. Vision of 20/20 with glasses is a good outcome, so your eye is not a mess! Not everyone gets perfect vision after cataract surgery; very often, glasses are needed to sharpen the focus to 20/20.

4. If the vision in your other eye is not too bad right now, then just leave the cataract for now. There's no rush.

Good luck!

Kind regards,
Brian
www.vision-and-eye-health.com

Sep 25, 2012
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HELP
by: LoisFaith2000

Hello again, you really can't imagine just how much you have helped me!

I'm still in a mess! Even after two laser treatments to the right eye (cataract surgery eye). I was doing well after the second laser treatment and was in the process of healing; when, the eye just took steps backwards. I asked the cataract doc if I should go back to the cornea doctor. Simply because the cornea doctor said to get the laser done by the cataract doc and then if I need to return to him (cornea doctor) then I can. But he didn't think that I would need to.

I was stewing and obsessing and wondering what to do when I started to see black specks in that eye and, needless to say, landed back at the cataract doctor's office. He looks in eye and says everything is 'tight' and come back and see him in 3 months. As I was walking out he whispered; "But, if you get half of your vision blackened then........". I JUST DIDN'T GET IT! Denial, or that just can't happen.

But anyway, I'm not sure at this particular junction if I can trust him; or if I should go to Will's Eye Hospital here in Philly and get another opinion. It just seems like we are having a communications problem.

The good part is that, with the new glasses he made for me, I am seeing 20/20. But when I take glasses off, it's still a mess. I can't even think of doing the other eye as of yet.

I'M SICK OF EYES THINKING ABOUT IT. Cataract doctor said that I should leave everything to him; then kinda mentioned about another laser or something with the cornea doctor. Sheesh! It just wasn't clear.

He tells me that the other eye will do much better and not problematic because there is less astigmatism. He says I can do it anytime I want to, or when I can't take it. Seems to be not too bad right now.

I'd appreciate any thoughts... and thank you very much.


Aug 01, 2012
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Re: Feeling better
by: Brian Ang

I'm glad you're feeling better in yourself. Thank you for your kind words about my website. Any and all feedback is always appreciated. I'd be grateful if you could share the site with your family and friends so that they too can benefit from it.

All the best!

Kind regards,
Brian
www.vision-and-eye-health.com

Jul 31, 2012
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feeling better in the mess
by: Lois

Brian Ang:

Thank you so much for the speedy reply! I feel much better now; and, your response was a confirmation to what I was thinking myself. Needless to say, I was also obsessing about 101 other possibilities. I am also enjoying & love your 'site' very much. Somehow, I can read the computer; but not otherwise. Lois

Jul 30, 2012
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Re: In the Middle of a Mess
by: Brian Ang

Dear Lois,

If you have map dot fingerprint corneal dystrophy, your corneal epithelium (skin of your cornea) will be weak and so you will be more prone to developing scratches on your cornea.

Unfortunately, there is not much that anyone can do to change that, not even the corneal specialist. I am not entirely sure how much benefit you will get from immune system and eye supplements, but if you feel that they do help, then there is no strong reason to discontinue taking them.

However, at least you know about it and you can take the necessary precautions to protect your cornea from unnecessary and inadvertent trauma.

Of course, the main worry is regarding your left eye. My feeling is that whatever you experienced in your right eye will also happen in your left eye. In which case, it may be better to let your right eye completely settle down first. The benefits of this approach are:

1. Based on how long your right eye takes to settle, you roughly know how long it will take for the left eye to settle after surgery.
2. You will not have two troublesome eyes to have to deal with at the same time.
3. There really is no rush to do cataract surgery, so just take your time and let your right eye heal properly first.

Good luck!

Kind regards,
Brian Ang
www.vision-and-eye-health.com

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