Cataract surgery this past December question

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Mary, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. Mary

    Mary Guest

    Around 10pm all of a sudden I lost vision in the one eye with the
    implant/cataract surgery. It was a complete white light with no vision out
    of that eye for a few minutes then a minute or two of flashing lights.
    After the few minutes, the eye was fine. It scared me so bad I immediately
    called the Doc and he said to come in tomorrow that maybe it is something to
    do with a stroke in that eye or something to that affect. It is a two hour
    drive to see him so I might try to get a appointment with a Retina Doc here
    in my area.

    Any ideas as to what this might be. This is my only good eye as the other
    eye has a blind spot in it.

    Mary, Jun 8, 2004
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  2. You didn't say what your age is, but I'll assume it is typical cataract age
    - over 65.

    This transient vision loss is most likely due to temporary loss of
    circulation to the eye. Can be due to emboli (particles in the bloodstream,
    usually from the carotid artery) or early evidence of giant cell arteritis,
    an inflmatory condition of the artery. Nothing in the eye itself can
    generally cause such srastic, reversible changes.

    Thins needs to be looked into ASAP, before a possibly permanent loss or a
    stroke of the brain occurs. If it is giant cell arteritis, this can lead to
    more serious health problems very quickly.

    David Robins, MD
    Board certified Ophthalmologist
    Pediatric and strabismus subspecialty
    Member of AAPOS
    (American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus)
    David Robins, MD, Jun 8, 2004
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  3. Mary

    Mary Guest

    Thank you Dr. Robins, I will try and get an appointment today. My age is
    61. When you said inflamatory, it made wonder if this some side effect of
    having Crohn's Disease and I just finished having a blood transfusion.

    Thanks again
    Mary, Jun 8, 2004
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