Problem with Introacular Implant

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by James E., Nov 9, 2003.

  1. James E.

    James E. Guest

    I am a 74 year old male. A little more than a year ago a had cataract
    surgery with implants in both of my eyes. From what I remember after the
    surgery, my night vision was clear.

    Recently I noticed that headlights from oncoming traffic are blurry and show
    a "star-like" pattern (not halos).

    Is this normal after implants?
     
    James E., Nov 9, 2003
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  2. I am a 74 year old male. A little more than a year ago a had cataract
    Starbursting can be an indication of many things, some more
    problematic than others. What you describe could be posterior capsule
    opacification.

    The natural lens of the eye is held in a small "bag". Most of this
    bag is retained when cataract surgery is performed. In some cases,
    the bag itself becomes cloudy, causing a "secondary cataract".

    If this is the case, a simple and quick laser procedure can open a
    hole in the center of the bag to provide more clear vision.

    Check with your doctor to determine the actual cause of the problem.

    Glenn Hagele
    Executive Director
    Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance
    http://www.USAeyes.org
    http://www.ComplicatedEyes.org
    glenn dot hagele at usaeyes dot org

    I am not a doctor.
     
    Glenn Hagele - Council for Refractive Surgery Qual, Nov 10, 2003
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  3. James E.

    James E. Guest

    Thank you. I very much appreciate your input.

    I have an appointment with an optometrist on Tuesday and will take it up
    with him.

    Or, is this a matter for an *ophthalmologist*?
     
    James E., Nov 10, 2003
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  4. Start with your optometrist. If he is not able to resolve the
    problem, I'm sure he will recommend you visit your ophthalmologist.

    Glenn Hagele
    Executive Director
    Council for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance
    http://www.USAeyes.org
    http://www.ComplicatedEyes.org
    glenn dot hagele at usaeyes dot org

    I am not a doctor.
     
    Glenn Hagele - Council for Refractive Surgery Qual, Nov 10, 2003
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  5. James E.

    Dan Abel Guest


    As Glenn suggested, the first thing is to find out what the actual problem
    is. I suspect a capsule opacification also, but it isn't possible to
    diagnose over the internet (not that I could do it myself in person,
    either). Your OD will find out what the problem is, and fix it if
    possible. If it is a capsule problem, I assume that you will be referred.

    I did this myself last May. I suspected a capsule problem, and went to
    the OD, who confirmed it and referred me to an OMD.
     
    Dan Abel, Nov 10, 2003
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