Blind after cataract surgery

by Debi H
(West Virginia)

I am 63 years old and recently had cataracts removed on both eyes. My right eye healed quickly and nicely. The "bad" eye, as the doctor called it, was my left eye. I never really got the complete vision in that eye like my first eye. I was having vision issues with the left eye and seen the doctor after hours on a Friday, 17 days post op. My vision had diminished and the diagnosis was corneal inflammation. He upped by dose of Prednisone to 4 times a day. I saw him the following Monday and things looked about the same. Five days later I had no vision in that eye and I was very sick and weak so I went to the ER in our very small town only to be whisked, via ambulance, 3 hours to WV Eye Institute in Morgantown, WV. I can say what I had to endure I would not wish on my worst enemy. Six doctors and at least 8 needles to the eye later I was told I had a horrible corneal infection. The bacteria turned out to be a VERY bad strain of Strep and after my Retinal Surgeon contacted the Infectious Disease office in Miami I was told I have only a 6% chance of vision returning to that eye. Right now we are hoping that the inflammation will dissipate on it's own and if not, I will need another surgery called a vitrectomy to clean out the eye.

No surgery is without risks, not even one as simple as cataract surgery. I had no idea that 3 weeks after entering the OR suite that I would be fighting a battle to regain sight in my eye.

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May 13, 2022
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Thanks the Surgeons after my surgery B’ham Eye NEW
by: Anonymous

I noticed in the last 8 years I got more wearing my glasses through blurriness . And worst when my blood pressure is high. 2022 January I walked into A&E Eye hospital. I was told to go straight to my optician. From there I was gave all necessary questions and answers for an "op" though I was scared. I followed all the instructions not to do. But on your own , it’s not easy. 2nd week I took the eye pad off looked at the TV in a scared way. I noticed my left eye that been operated on was seeing brighter, the colour was brighter. I closed the right eye and that was cloudy as before. I found it amazing. It’s my 5th week . And had my pre-op checkup to have the right eye done. But I must say , I was very scared at first , but losing your eyes go blind " can’t imagine it’s nice. My mother went blind 3 years before her death 2021. But stubbornness I believed her faith. Though she had a cataract op years by she resent going for checkups , just using over the counter eye drops.
Thing to our body at times we take for granted, until the worst " it’s too late. God bless all these surgeons with the help of technology. May the younger medical folks keep going with God guidance, wherever they are from 🙏🙏🙏

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Blind after cataract
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Are you able to see now ? Is this problem caused by anyone's negligence? Or it's just bad luck ?

Apr 13, 2021
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Hi
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how are you now???

Apr 13, 2021
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Hi
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how are you now???

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