My cataract surgery

by Kathryn Burks
(Columbia, MO)

I had my cataract surgery two months ago. Since surgery, my eyesight has been blurry at all distances and I have had a persistent aching behind the operated eye.

My doctor does not know what is causing this aching. I have lost a lot of sleep. He thought that I have dry eye syndrome and has treated me for this, but it has not helped.

If anyone else has had this experience and found a way to relieve the pain. I would love to know what I can do.

I have a small cataract in my other eye, but I won't be having surgery on the other eye. This has been a terrible experience.

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May 25, 2013
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update
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your update I am the one who posted on March 15 about my husband. He still has only had the one eye done and has been doing the same with the contact in one eye. He has the mono vision lens and can only see clearly from about 2ft in front of him to about 6ft and everything else is blurry. We are scheduled for a second opinion in a few weeks. His goal was the same...to have distance vision and use reading glasses. It seems like he will have to wear contacts for distance and reading glasses for upclose. He is so upset over the outcome.

May 22, 2013
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Follow-up Report
by: Anonymous

It has now been 7 months since my cataract surgery. I am the original person who posted the problem with pain and blurry vision. I got relief from my pain by wearing a contact lens in my unoperated eye, but my intermediate and long range vision is still blurry.
In January, I spoke with my surgeon about a second opinion. At that time he also mentioned that he could do "corrective" surgery for the remaining blurring.
I visited with him again last week and now he is unwilling to do the corrective procedure and says the only thing he can do is remove the multi-focal lens. He also says I would be his first lens removal patient.
I'm not going to do this - I may be seeking a third opinion.
Right now I'm just living with the blurry vision.
I would not recommend the multifocal lens - I wish that I had gotten the regular lens and worn reading glasses.

May 22, 2013
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Cataract surgery - complications
by: Anonymous

I'm with you, I had me left eye done 9 days ago & many complications since, then yesterday about noon, lost my distance vision! Went to my doctor, but they just everything normal & I may need glasseed!!! I had the surgery to get OUT of glasses. Also, there is a speck in the middle of my eye that moves up/down everytime I blink & it affects my vision. IF I COULD GO BACK I WOULD NOT HAVE THIS SURGERY AT ALL!!!! VERY BAD EXPERIENCE FOR ME.
Joann

Mar 15, 2013
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Yes - I've gotten relief
by: Anonymous

Yes - I saw another ophthamologist. He says that the vision in my two eyes is so far apart that my brain is frustrated by the large difference.
He suggested that I get a contact lenses for my unoperated eye, and that would bring the vision in my two eyes closer together.

I've had the contact lens for about three weeks. My vision isn't perfect, but it is much better and I no longer have the aching in my eye.

I may eventually have the cataract removed from my other eye, but for now I am happy to report that I am feeling much better.

Mar 15, 2013
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Update?
by: Anonymous

Have you had any improvements? My husband just had cataract surgery and is having the same issues. Thanks.

Dec 04, 2012
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Thank You
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your suggestions.
I have had the pressure in my eye tested and it is fine.
I have also been given two more weeks of antibiotic/anti-inflammatory drops.
So I'm thinking about having my sinuses checked - I have a lot of allergies so I'm often congested.
Back to the doctor next week - hoping I can get this resolved soon.

Dec 03, 2012
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Re: Cataract Surgery
by: Brian Ang

Hi Kathryn

Sorry to hear of your ongoing problem after cataract surgery. One of the reasons for pain after surgery is high eye pressure. It is important that your ophthalmologist checks that your eye pressure remains within the normal range. If the eye pressure is high, it can be lowered using eye drops.

Sometimes, there can also be persistent inflammation after cataract surgery. There have been cases where inflammation persists for 2 to 3 months after surgery. In this situation, treatment will be with anti-inflammatory eye drops to settle down the inflammation.

Occasionally, the ache may not be a problem of the eye at all, but actually a problem with the sinuses. It may be worth checking the sinuses out, particularly if you are prone to having sinus-related problems.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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

Nov 25, 2012
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Disappointed with no response
by: Anonymous

I am disappointed that there have been no responses to my request. My eye is still aching and I am hoping to find out what I can do to help it.

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