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April 2018

Sandy from Masaryktown, United States of America, asks:
My husband had retina surgery going on two years ago in his right eye. He is now seeing like an oil spot. He had the gas surgery.Is this normal?

Brian replies:
Dear Sandy, thank you for your query. I wonder if your husband may have developed a visual field defect following retinal detachment surgery. This is a well-recognized phenomenon, although it is not common. Unfortunately, how and why this happens is unclear and therefore, no treatment is available.

Another possibility is that your husband is developing (or has developed) a cataract following surgery. This can be easily corrected with cataract surgery.

Your husband will need a visual field test and a full dilated fundus examination by an ophthalmologist to determine what the issue is. Good luck!


Kishorbhai from Vadodara, India, asks:
My wife has undergone cataract operation in both the eyes. But in the right eye, she felt a flash after the operation. Then it was difficult to fix the number for spectacles. Her vision is very weak that she could not see beyond 10 feet. As per doctor she has no problem with the operation. Can you guide me for further treatment?

Brian replies:
Dear Kishorbhai, thank you for your query. I wonder if your wife may have developed a retinal detachment or cystoid macular edema. Your wife will need a full dilated fundus examination and OCT scan of the macula by an ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis.


February 2018

Casey from Great Falls, United States of America, asks:
Hi, I have a question: Does iritis happen all at once or is it detected before by an eye exam? Mainly I am wondering if you had your eyes examined 6 months before the iritis, would it have been seen? Because I come to find out I have adhesions, and my pupil is mis-shaped, and as far as I know my iris is connected to my lens. So I am wondering if this would have been seen 6 months ago, because that's when I had my last eye exam?

Brian replies:
Dear Casey, thank you for your query. To diagnose uveitis (or anterior uveitis), you need to see cells in the anterior chamber indicating the presence of inflammation. Sometimes the inflammation and cells can be so mild that the iritis may be missed. An adhesion of the iris to the lens is a sign that iritis has occurred, either currently or at some point in the past. It is not possible to determine whether or not iritis occurred 6 months previously on this basis alone.


January 2018

Margaret from Elk Mound, United States of America, asks:
I had cataract surgery on both eyes. From the start, I had issues with right eye. I called about a week later, as the inside of my eyelid was egg yoke yellow. Nurse said, no problem. Then, it was gone. Light problems, still cannot see properly and I have a bubbly film on the inside of my eye. The film is getting thicker and I am losing some sight. I'm 66 and live in rather small city. Saw another doctor and he had to do a YAG treatment. Can you please tell me what is going on? Why is this film growing and growing? Do I need surgery again? Thank you.

Brian replies:
Dear Margaret, thank you for your query. From what you have described, your left eye developed posterior capsular opacification after cataract surgery. This is when some scar tissue grows behind the lens implant that was inserted into your eye during surgery. Posterior capsular opacification is relatively common after cataract surgery. Treatment is with laser capsulotomy. This is a 5-minute procedure which is safe, effective, and is performed in the office setting. You may need repeat laser at some stage in the future, particularly if the scar tissue grows again. However, it is very unlikely that you will require further surgery to treat this.


Frank from Ten Mile, United States of America, asks:
What is the surgery called that is done for lens dislocation and what is the success rate along with the recovery time?

Brian replies:
Dear Frank, thank you for your query. By lens dislocation, I presume that the natural crystalline lens or intraocular lens implant has dislocated into the vitreous cavity at the back of the eye. The surgical procedure to correct this is called a vitrectomy with lens repositioning or explantation. The success rate is quite high, and the recovery time ranges from 1 to 3 weeks.




Disclaimer: Replies to your questions are only general in nature, and in no way are to be considered as replacement for a proper ophthalmology consultation and examination. If you require a more specific evaluation, please consult your ophthalmologist for a full eye examination.

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