My recent cataract surgery problems

by Lucille McNeer
(Springfield, Mo. USA)

I have had both eyes cataracts removed -- the last one about a month ago.


I have, according to opthamalogist, have excellent vision now, EXCEPT FOR ONE MAJOR THING: I CAN SEE WELL WITH ONE EYE OR THE OTHER, BUT HAVE DOUBLE AND DISTORTED VISION WHEN I TRY TO LOOK WITH BOTH EYES -- JUST CANNOT FOCUS.

Dr. says he does not know why my eyes are not tracking. NEEDLESS TO SAY I AM VERY UPSET.

ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCE THIS????

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Oct 12, 2012
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Two-years after cataract surgery and still cannot see well....
by: Anonymous

I had cataract surgery on the right eye and fitted with monovision for distance (without prior advice on what monovision lenses were). Couldn't see at all for near with that eye; doctor said I needed surgery on the other eye to "balance" my vision. Had the left eye fitted for distance (again without being told what monovision was all about; I learned about it after the surgery through the internet). Now I see blurry from both eyes and eyeglasses help a little bit; everything is distorted and double vision occurs with the slightest eye movement or head shift. I can't read anymore like I used to because it takes me half hour to read a page with the lack of focus and the letters wiggling about. I went to another doctor today who did some tests/took pictures and told me there is swelling behind the eyes; I need to see another specialist next week. My surgery was done two years and one month ago. It is very depressing to say the least.

May 05, 2012
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Double vision after cataract surgery
by: Brian Ang

Dear Lucille,

Sorry to hear that you are having double vision problems after cataract surgery. Sometimes, if you are already prone to developing double vision (such as in congenital fourth nerve palsy), eye surgery can disrupt the normal control that you have and tip the balance towards developing double vision.

My advice for you would be to consult with an ocular motility specialist - an ophthalmologist with a special interest in double vision and eye movement disorders. Some tests and scans may need to be done to exclude problems such as a nerve palsy, thyroid eye disease and myasthenia gravis. Thereafter, your symptoms may be helped with eye exercises (please refer to www.vision-and-eye-health.com/eye-exercises.html) and the use of prisms (mounted on spectacles).

Good luck!

Brian

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