Just had cataract surgery have questions.

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by varois83, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. varois83

    varois83 Guest


    I am a 39 years old male. 6 years ago I was in a car accident and my
    left eye got hit, I had surgery and the eye recovered nicely beside for
    some vision loss like 20/30, I couldn't see from that eye for like 2
    days after surgery.
    My eye was never cut it was just hit hard by the air bag which deployed
    upon impact and shattered my sunglasses which themselves cut my eyelid
    and hit my left eye violently.
    I returned to my driving job for the following 6 years with no trouble.
    I was diagnosed with a cloudy cataract about 2 months ago after I had
    failed a physical at work for a 20/50 left eye.
    My prescription was just due and my ophtamologist got me a new contact
    lens in my left eye which corrected it at 20/30 minus. I passed the
    physical. My ophtalmologist recommended cataract surgery as he said it
    would get worse.
    So I had it done yesterday after freaking out for 2 weeks. It was
    really easy on my end beside for the 3 tries it took to insert the IV
    in my veins.
    I don't recall much beside the weird lights in front me (Ultra sounds
    breaking my lens I believe.), the surgeon asking me how I felt before
    he was going to start and then him again telling me I was done and all
    went well.
    I am amazed how potent their drugs are, they told me it was local
    anestesia but I feel I took a nap in there, don't recall much.

    Anyway now the goal of this email to get post surgery comments from
    patients that had it done or Doctors as I know some frequent this
    My post surgery vision in my left eye is now 20/25 minus 2 uncorrected
    opposed to 20/30 minus corrected before, I was at the surgeon's office
    this AM, for my first post surgery visit, he checked everything as
    being fine to see me in a week.
    I can see crisp details on landscapes like in trees expecially and
    lighted areas like a car head lights (The inside of the light like the
    bulb inside), it's kind of amazing really and it's only the day after

    Now what concerns me:

    -I feel somewhat that I have lost the sense of distances between me and
    objects, like when you put those stupid 3D glasses to see a Hitchcock
    movie. It's not that bad of course but it's a faint feeling of that.
    -I see some floaters, when my wife was driving me back home yesterday I
    thought twice there was a fly in the car. I saw some floaters today
    too, not too many but they are here.
    -I know my very close vision is gone in that eye, the doc warned me of
    that but it's still very blurry like right now typing on the PC even
    with the fonts sets on bigger.

    I figure I am being very impatient, surgery was only 30 hours ago, what
    was your experience for patients that had it done? And what do Doctor's
    think here of the 3 conditions listed above?

    I will ask more questions to my doc next week for my second visit. I am
    pleased with his service but I just wish he would talk more, it's an in
    and out kind of place from the receptionnist all the way to him.

    Thanks to all and sorry for being so long but there was a fly bothering
    me the whole time I was typing and I could never catch it .(Just
    kidding guys, humor is the best remedy! ;-).

    Thanks a lot

    (Posting email is bogus, please answer here or
    and remove NOSPAM.)
    varois83, Nov 2, 2006
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  2. That should resolve very soon, unless you end up with significant
    residual refractive differences which would require glasses.
    Those may or may not go away. If they don't, just learn to ignore them.
    Your near vision is not "gone" in that eye, it's just out of focus at
    near. Easily corrected with reading glasses.
    Sounds like you got a great result.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Nov 2, 2006
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  3. varois83

    Ace Guest

    My condolences for the eye trauma and early cataracts. If you have any
    myopia, youll have to take your glasses off to see better from up
    close. You will have zero accomodation in the eye with the IOL and
    limited accomodation in the other due to presbyopia. Reading glasses
    are much needed and will help you see clearly from near.
    Ace, Nov 3, 2006
  4. varois83

    bldegle2 Guest

    Our ever vigilant internet doctor has figured it all out with one
    postage. Practicing without a license again?

    Simply amazing...

    feathered one
    bldegle2, Nov 3, 2006
  5. varois83

    Ace Guest

    Reading glasses dont need a doctors license and prescription.
    Ace, Nov 3, 2006
  6. varois83

    varois83 Guest


    Thanks a lot for the answer, I really appreciate your experience on the

    varois83, Nov 3, 2006
  7. varois83

    varois83 Guest


    Thanks a lot for your help.

    varois83, Nov 3, 2006
  8. varois83

    varois83 Guest


    This is the original poster following up my own post. Today I went to
    work on light duty, I am a courier but was kept in the office on light
    duty. I worked only 6 hours per light duty regulations.
    My vision is improving at close range, I am starting to be able to read
    from my left eye only (Covering my right eye) letters on the PC and TV
    (Like the CNN scrolling bar on the bottom of the screen.), and I also
    could see better when I was trying to put my contact lenses in my right
    eye. Yesterday I could not see the contact lense on my finger and just
    got it in there since I have done it for years, today I saw the lense
    on my finger, blurry still but I could see it.
    What is a little scary was I felt light headed, dizzy somewhat at work.
    I called my wife and she said I probably needed to eat something a
    little heavier than the fruits I usually eat for breakfast.
    She was right I ate some cookies and drank a cappucino at work and I
    felt better but not 100% still.
    I called the Doc when I got home and he said it wasn't common but the
    fact that my left eye was uncorrected was probably doing it. He said we
    would do something about it on my next visit (Less than a week away) if
    I still felt dizzy.

    Any comments are welcome.

    Thanks a lot

    varois83, Nov 3, 2006
  9. Sounds like your blood sugar levels are going nuts on you. Make sure
    you're not hypo or hyper glycemic (diabetic or pre-diabetic), and
    consider more protein and/or less sugar in your breakfast and lunch.

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Nov 3, 2006
  10. varois83

    Ace Guest

    You are most welcome. If you need two different powers, you can buy two
    reading glasses(without prescription) and remove one lens to swap with
    the other.
    Ace, Nov 4, 2006
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