Patient Comments: Cataract Surgery - Side Effects

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Comment from: Carolyn , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

Yes. When my cataract surgery was over, I told the doctor I saw a line in my left eye. Every time I'm out at night any kind of light is really big, I thought they were cars going to hit me. Now 6 months later it's still the same.

Comment from: Goodbook, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

After cataract surgery my vision was excellent. However after about a month I lost vision in the eye corrected for distance. I have mono vision.

Comment from: Laura, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had cataract surgery about 8 or 9 weeks ago, I had a dense white cataract. I went to work and ended up being signed off again by the doctor, because when I was at work I got severe headaches/migraines. After a couple of weeks I returned to work and again had to be signed off by the doctor, I can't deal with bright lights or sunshine. Have to stay in all the time.

Comment from: Donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have 100 percent better vision after my cataract surgery, but just 4 weeks out (1 eye only) and still healing. Eye pressure is good. Colors are bright and vision is sharp. I am happy I chose to stay nearsighted and stick with glasses just for driving and far vision. Doctors should give more information about lens choice; I had to fight for monofocal nearness. A little discomfort in the eye still and I'm worried about all that can go wrong, but surgeon says everything looks great and should only improve. I was awake for the surgery - what an experience!

Comment from: What's going on, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 22

I had cataract surgery in both eyes in July 2018. All was good for 3 months, all floaters went away in the first month. Then in November my left eye got large floaters, then blurry vision on the lower right, and then wavy vision. I went to the retina specialist and he said it was scar tissue, not caused by the surgery. Now in the past week I am getting floaters in my right eye. I have to believe it is caused by the surgery.

Comment from: Stephanie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

A week after cataract surgery I have popping in my ears. I wonder if this is normal or if I should see the doctor. It is my right ear and the surgery was done on my right eye.

Comment from: ellenbrook, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 15

At 75 years old I had a cataract operation on my left eye due to poor vision. All went well but it did take 4 weeks to heal and vision was back at 20/30. That is okay for me and all very bright now. I will have the other eye done next month, after that will need reading glasses, and most important, sunglasses to go out. I am living in the tropic and the sun is very bright. But many surgeons are not too transparent about the full process. A print memo should be given to every patient stressing maybe the good and the bad outcome before surgery and after surgery to let the patient know what can happen. That is my only opinion.

Comment from: gayla, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I wonder if anyone else has lost hearing in one ear after cataract surgery like me.

Comment from: sam a, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 06

My wife has a blurry line running across her eye after her cataract surgery.

Comment from: Slbrime, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

A brown recluse spider bit my husband on the leg. Within 2 days it was infected so he went to the emergency room and they gave him IV antibiotics and sent him home. Within 1 hour he was covered in welts, sweating and itching terribly. I noticed he also had a red line from the bite on his calf up to his chest so he went back to the doctor and they said he had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics but they admitted him for 1 week and gave him very strong antibiotics. The CDC was called in.

Comment from: Bobby, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I had my cataract surgery last June 2017, left eye first and after 4 days, the right eye. I used to have eyeglasses since 4 years old, nearsighted, left eye is 500 and right eye is 550, plus cataract due to high glucose. I chose lens for distance and will wear web lens (glasses) for computer, and reading glasses for fine prints. My doctor was the same doctor who did the operation for my mom and brother. All in all, it was the best thing that ever happened to me since. I can see clearly now!

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Comment from: storylady17, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had cataract surgery in late June, then early July 2018. I am having white flashes, on the far sides of both eyes. It happens daily. My eye doctor and surgeon have given me all kinds of tests and say all looks good. I now have an appointment with a neuro-ophthalmologist in late November. I wonder if anyone else has these white flashes. Annoying. Thanks.

Comment from: Kelly , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I had cataract surgery on both eyes done at the same time on 10/15/18. I am having redness and constant itching in both eyes, mainly eyelash area. I chose distance for seeing better and will be getting glasses for reading. It has only been 1 1/2 weeks. But I can see much further than before.

Comment from: fluffysue, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I am now legally blind after being promised better vision after cataract surgery by two professional doctors.

Comment from: Red, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I had cataract surgery on my right eye in September 2018. I can see very good long distance and see the TV and it's writing almost perfect, however it always feel like something is on my bottom eyelashes. I had the left eye done 12 days later and a week out things are still blurry and light can be too bright. Left eye also feels like something is on my bottom eyelashes. It's only been a week for the left eye, I hope things get better.

Comment from: pahall31, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had cataract surgery on the right eye, and my left eye is a lazy eye. My blood pressure was 226/126 before. Assistant asked if it was always this high, no, but always raises in any medical situation. Now I have a leaky blood vessel, and they call it BRVO (branch retinal vein occlusion). I have eye shots on a routine basis. Also eye specialists said I had double vision. I cannot see well, got 3 new prescriptions for lenses in a year, and none really help. Age does make a difference, but I believe medical staff is the key.

Comment from: Judy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I am 77 years old and had cataract surgery on my right eye 2 weeks ago and immediately afterwards my central vision was gone. All I can see is a black spot. The doctor who performed my surgery has sent me to a retina specialist for tests and he sent me to the hospital for an echocardiogram and carotid artery ultrasound. All I can see right now are dollar signs. I still wear my old glasses to see out of my left eye.

Comment from: desiree t, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had cataract surgery in my left eye three months ago and it is as if the eye can't change focus with or without glasses. My vision is set to long distance and that is all the eye can now do. I also have a droopy eyelid and shimmering light in the outside corner of my eye. It is as if my muscles are paralyzed.

Comment from: DSRDBR, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had cataract surgery on August 21st, on my left eye, with an AcrySof IQ lens for distance. Four days after the surgery, I became lightheaded, out of balance and nauseous. I'm still dealing with it and my 2nd one is scheduled on September 18th, for mini monovision, and I'm nervous. My doctor assures me I'm out if balance due to one eye being so good and the right eye being so bad. This has not been fun or easy, as I thought it was a piece of cake! I can't work or drive.

Comment from: tallawa2, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I had cataract surgery in the right eye with monofocal lens replacement done, 3 days ago. I awoke with vision in the eye as if looking through a frosted over windshield. I was barely able to make out shapes. Doctor says it is due to swelling of the cornea and will improve with time. I am using Muro 128 drops to decrease the swelling. Keeping my fingers crossed things improve.

Comment from: Andy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 09

Cataract surgery ruined my eyesight. I can't see to read. Letters jumble together and when I see distance I see double, one on top of the other. The doctor would not even talk about it to me. Very rude!

Comment from: DPT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I have the multi-focal lens put in after my cataract surgery and I've noticed that I need a lot of light to see things. I can't read menus in dark restaurants anymore. I had Lasik in 2006/7 and was pleased with my vision until cataracts were operated on late 2015. I never went back to pre-cataract vision. The doctor told me that the multi-focal lens can cause you to lose some of the sharpness in your vision because it compensates for near, medium and far vision. Now they are telling me I need glasses! Very disappointed.

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Comment from: Patricia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had my cataract removed 2 months ago but it did not go well. The doctor took the cataract out and didn't put the lens back in, so he gave me contact lens to wear. My vision was not clear and was blurry, sometimes I could see a little and sometimes not. So I had another surgery on the same eye but this time under anesthesia. The doctor had to cut my eyes to insert a hard lens, not the soft one. So now I still cannot see well, it is yet a little blurry. I don't know what the problem with my eye is.

Comment from: Computer Chez Moi, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 22

I've had cataract surgery on both eyes done privately and the results were brilliant. The 20 minute operation was highly entertaining and each time I left the patch on until next morning. The first time I almost wept, it was so good and the second was just as good. I'm 75 and now can drive without spectacles. Get it done if you need it!

Comment from: June bug , 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 09

My mom had cataract surgery over a year ago. She's a mess. She wears sun glasses all the time now, even inside. She has prickling across her forehead, feels like she's going crazy (and she's not), feels like she has to strain to read, eyes are uncomfortable and feel swollen, etc. We have no answers and need help!

Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I have had cataract surgery several years ago. Since that time I cannot enjoy the sunshine or even day time. My eyes water and burn, and I cannot see well at all. I wear sunglasses over my glasses that turn dark and that doesn`t help. They tell me it is dry eye, but I use drops and can`t believe what they tell me. I have no idea what is wrong and I wonder every day if I will end up blind. I have survived many life-threatening surgeries and done well, but this cataract surgery has ruined my life. Wish I could find help.

Comment from: Bright Eyes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I had cataract surgery on the left eye in July 2017. Great improvement in vision. I did have a visible slight crescent shape on outer eye for around 3 months, but this has virtually gone now. I had right eye done today and already I can see improvement. I will need reading glasses for small print, but the freedom from needing glasses to go walking is like winning the lotto.

Comment from: Tapper, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had left eye done mid-October. It was very scratchy and needed lots of artificial tears. I am very apprehensive about getting the other eye done but my vision was lopsided so I had the 2nd one done Feb 7. I removed that eye patch and whoa! Double vision you wouldn't believe. Now fast forward 4 weeks later I am still dealing with double vision (gets better as the day progresses) but after a night's sleep I wake up with double vision again. Both eyes are very uncomfortable at night. From everyone I talk to I am in the 2 percent category. I wonder if anyone has experienced double vision that lasts this long. My eye doctor keeps reassuring me that it will get improved.

Comment from: JohnF, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

My wife had cataract surgery a couple of years ago. Now has problems with 'flashing bright stars' when she is around halogen lights. I have been told by my optometrist that he could no longer correct the vision in my right eye and that I needed this surgery so I went to see an eye surgeon (same one that performed the surgery on my wife) who told me that I did not need this surgery yet. After doing my homework and researching this procedure, I will not be having it done. Based on my own experiences, I've always had an inherit distrust for doctors. It's only enhanced now. I think it is the money. Sadly, most people forge ahead with whatever their doctor says without doing extensive research and getting additional opinions. Buyer beware!

Comment from: JudyP, 75 or over (Patient) Published: January 23

I went to a regular appointment check-up. My doctor told me if I didn't have cataract surgery, I couldn't pass a driver's test. I was not experiencing any eye problems. My glasses worked fine. I never even thought about my eyes. I could drive at night. I could drive without my glasses and see a black spot high in the sky that became a skydiver. This doctor has people coming from far to see him. I trusted him. I didn't know he was going to put anything artificial in my eyes, or I would have not done it. After surgery, I spent over a year in agony. When I drove my eyes would lock up so badly I would have to close an eye back and forth. Seems with surgery I developed what he calls dry eye. I can't drive at night now. My appendix burst. My chin now shakes. If I hold my head back, it seems I am going out of reality. I think the anesthesia and Restasis played a part in my problem, as well as the doctor putting the wrong things in my eyes. As I write, my left eye is cramping. I didn't trust doctors before, and I surely do not now. If you're not going blind, tough it out.

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Comment from: twilight112, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

My cataract surgery experience has been a nightmare. I paid the extra money to get the multifocal lenses, and was told I wouldn't ever need glasses again! My eye sight is blurry, like I have Vaseline in my eyes, I can't see faces further away than 20 ft., and I can't read street signs or even license plates up close. My vison is horrible, I have been back to the surgeon and the eye doctor at the eye center probably 8 times, no explanation or fix. The surgeon did the laser blast, said there was debris from surgery and the laser would clear it right up; wrong! I can't see to drive at night, I wear bifocal glasses the center gave me, with yellow sun glasses clipped onto them, and still can't see. The surgeon won't listen to me, how horrible my sight is. It is frustrating and angers me, but he keeps saying 'give it time, it will clear up.' It's been 7 months, I can't see the moon anymore, it's just a glowing blob in the sky, and street lights/headlights/porch lights are blinding, very blurry and confusing.

Comment from: Mammienurse, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I had cataract removal 5 days ago. My pupil in that eye has remained pinpoint and non-reactive to light. I wonder what possible reasons could be the culprit of this inactivity. I am scheduled to have the other cataract removed in 2 weeks. I feel that I should have acceptable vision in the eye with the IOL (intraocular lens) prior to having the second cataract removed.

Comment from: Lancashire lass, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 03

In 2015 I had cataract surgery, it was a success and I had no problems for two years. Then just before Christmas this year my left eye has gone very blurred. Accident and Emergency sent me to opticians and after all the usual tests PCO (posterior capsule opacification) was diagnosed and a reference was given to hospital eye clinic for possible YAG laser treatment. I wonder if it is worth going private or waiting for NHS, possibly 3 to 6 months. I am going crazy feeling very unbalanced with only one eye working.

Comment from: Edward, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes. I have had constant problem with misty and watery eyes especially the left eye. Prior to surgery I could read reasonably well without glasses, needing them for reading, etc. I now have to wear glasses constantly. The specialist advised that the eyes were dry and prescribed different drops and ointment, all to no avail! Now I am totally frustrated and don't know what to do next! I had a problem fixed that I didn't know I had. Please think and research thoroughly before having this procedure. So wish I hadn't!

Comment from: Trishala, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 19

Cataract surgery has caused double vision.

Comment from: rachel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had cataract surgery recently, first on one eye and 6 weeks later on the other eye. Since you never know if something might go wrong, I waited until my vision was so bad that I couldn't drive during the day anymore before having the surgery. I chose standard monofocal intraocular lenses with the power set for distance in both eyes. My insurance paid for everything, including the standard monofocal lenses. I now don't need glasses to see at any distance except for very tiny print.

Comment from: Gymmom97, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I have a line or parenthesis in the right and left eye since my cataract surgery. It frequently distorts my vision and interferes with reading or any activity that I need to focus! The doctor gave me some lame reason. Then he said to wear glasses with thicker frames to block out these parenthesis! I am having a second opinion on Monday.

Comment from: Hoping for Change, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I had what was called an early cataract surgery on my right eye on March 8, 2017. There were two weeks between surgeries. After the first surgery I had horrible nausea the entire time, dizziness, inability to focus, could not drive, or work. In order to see at all I had to close the new 'good eye' put on my glasses and see out of just the 'bad eye', my left. I felt my brain was not at all functioning or integrating this surgery. I was told, 'don't worry, after the 2nd surgery it will be fine.' At first I was told there are virtually no side effects to cataract surgery. I had known many people (mostly older people) who had cataract surgery with no issues. After the 2nd surgery I was hopeful that I would have no further issues. That is unfortunately not how things have gone. It is now 6 months since the first surgery and 5 months and 2 weeks since the second surgery and I am worse. My brain fog is really bad. I have trouble concentrating and with word retrieval. The right eye seems fine. The left side of my face feels like it is weak and falling although it doesn't appear to be problematic. I feel a fullness in my entire left side of face and ear. I feel unwell virtually all of the time. The brain fog and fullness in my face have absolutely only been since the surgery. I have been told by the person who did the surgery that everything is fine, that there is nothing wrong with me. I have gone to a neurologist, had MRI to rule out stroke and brain tumor (supposedly normal), have been to healers, chiropractors, body workers, and cranial sacral practitioners, with no help for this situation. I feel this was malpractice at this point. I was not properly informed of the potential risks to this surgery, and was told I would never need glasses again, which is also not true. I have spent over USD 10K on the surgery and the follow up trying to get help to no avail. I can't find anything on the internet that shows similar symptoms.

Comment from: darkstar, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 31

I had cataract surgery on my right eye about a month ago, I can just about read without glasses and without astigmatism correction. About 3 days ago I had the left eye done, and the lens looks frosted. I can barely count fingers held at arm's length. I am looking for others with same experience to figure out the prognosis.

Comment from: olemagic, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had cataract surgery 8 months ago, and I regret ever having it done. My vision is worse than ever. I have blurry and double vision and can hardly see up close at all. If you are thinking about having this surgery, think hard and do your homework. If I had known then what I know now I would have never had it done.

Comment from: jan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I was told that I had cataracts for many years. I finally decided to have the surgery first on the right and then on the left. Surgery went well except for a visual anomaly that no one knows anything about. I have many small dots in my vision when I look at the sky or any light colored flat surface. It is not floaters. Some of the spots look like tiny bubbles or circles. Some look like grey dots. They look like a pattern, not random like floaters. They are very distracting and cannot be explained. Also, my left eye is achy and dry. I didn't really have a problem with my vision before surgery, just did it thinking I would see better. I don't really see better and wish I had not done it.

Comment from: bp, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 04

I slipped on wet floor, did an overextended split, and pulled my hamstring. I have had severe cramping off and on since.

Comment from: Kathleen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had cataract surgery in September in one eye and now in November, I have horrible vision, much worse than before the surgery. I do not know what is wrong. The last I heard from my doctor is that he does not have any idea what to do. He thinks the healing looks fine. I am in despair. I advise anyone considering cataract surgery to ask themselves whether they are nearly blind so that they can risk the vision they have with nearly nothing to lose. If the answer is yes, then maybe the risk is merited.

Comment from: Alison, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I had monofocal lens implants 6 weeks ago. I was very short sighted and had a small cataract on each eye. I now have 20/20 vision in both eyes but do need to wear reading glasses, which is what I had to do when I have contact lenses, and that is fine. I opted for this rather than the multifocal lens as I drive at night and the multifocal can affect this. I occasionally get dry eyes which I fix with drops, but other than that am really pleased with the results. Everything is so clear, and colours much brighter. I do wear sunglasses when outside, but would have when wearing contacts anyway.

Comment from: rosalie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I reluctantly agreed to have cataract surgery after my doctor pressured me for two years. He told me if I waited any longer, the cataract could break apart, pieces could fall to the back of my eye, and I would need to have additional surgery by a retina surgeon to remove parts of the cataract. I have a condition in my eye similar to macular degeneration and had peripheral vision only, at time of surgery. After surgery, my vision is distorted; images in that eye bulge at the bottom of what I'm looking at. The surgeon referred me to a retina specialist who said the bulging could have been masked by the cataract. No, I did not have distorted vision prior to surgery. Very depressing.

Comment from: Connie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I had cataract surgery a week ago in my right eye. I experienced cloudy vision within 1 hour of leaving hospital. I returned and had it checked. High pressure in the eye was the cause and eye drops were given to correct vision. It did work. I also have semicircular black area on right edge of the right eye. Doctor says it's the edge of the lens I'm seeing and it may go away with time but can't guarantee it. Also I saw a spot on eye that doctor says is lens edge again. It's only visible in the mirror. I have read other people say they have had these two issues also. My distance vision is much better. I still need reading glasses but that's better than bifocals.

Comment from: Norma w, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had cataract surgery in one eye 5 weeks ago and all fine except that I see different colors around me. Things are predominately yellow, but only from that eye. If I cover it and look through the other, colors are fine. This morning I came down to a purple glass jug on the draining board but it's brown! I tried holding my hand over the operated eye and jug was brown, but a beautiful purple when looking through the operated eye and through both. I wonder what has happened!

Comment from: Rokh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

In my family, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is inherited and the living habits of several relatives are now what I do as well. I would offer that frequent/multiple bowel movements is more accurate than diarrhea. Increased frequency is associated with diarrhea, but not always. One can still have diarrhea for other reasons. Basically, you have to be very careful of what you eat, drink, ingest as medication, etc. Read labels carefully; a change in ketchup caused several days problems while I was trying to figure out what went wrong. Vegan/vegetarianism is helpful. Vegan is not possible because of a heavy reliance on beans, legumes, spices, etc., which are problematic. The tradition of expresso cafe post-meal is helpful for digestion and one directional. Small amounts of coffee can avoid/ease much difficulty. If you l do not like black coffee, small amount of milk or cream will be neutralized by the coffee and avoid the lactose-intolerant symptoms and difficulties.

Comment from: Pat C, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I had cataract surgery on my left eye in September 2015 and on right eye in April 2016. My left eye went excellent. I have had glare and bright light problems with my right eye. When I say glare and bright light, I am talking about overcast days, and not sunny days. I am fine on sunny days wearing sunglasses. But if it is overcast, I get horrible reaction to glare so bad that I have to squint and still cannot see. Also have to turn off all the florescence lights in the house because they bother me when watching TV. I ordered a pair of sunglasses from Noir and they were excellent. I am going to order a pair of amber glare shield sun glasses from them which hopefully will help with the glare.

Comment from: peggy camper, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had cataract surgery on my left eye in August 2015 and it went fine, everything clearer, no problems. The ophthalmologist performed the cataract surgery on my right eye a month later, September 2015, and it was a catastrophe. When the bandage was taken off, there was a film over my eye. This eventually went away, but I still have blurriness of vision in this right eye, as well as the eye itself feeling like there is something is in it. There is itching, dryness, soreness, etc. I could probably deal with the vision irregularity, but the way my eye actually feels is bothersome. The doctor said I have cystoid macular degeneration in this right eye. I am not sure if this is from the surgery or not. I have been on eye drops since this surgery in September 2015. This ophthalmologist told me before the surgery that I had an astigmatism in the right eye and that he would try to correct this. I am thinking that all of the problems I am having in this eye is because of the lens he used. He also had to cut my eye more and there were stitches in it that had to be removed 3 months later. Anyway, after months of eye drops and follow-up visits, he referred me to another ophthalmologist in his own practice. This second ophthalmologist is giving me eye drops as well. But, the thing that is strange is that before I went to the second ophthalmologist, I went to an optometrist to have my vision tested and get eyeglasses (which did not help the blurriness), and the optometrist told me that I had 2 lenses in my right eye. I had never heard of that before. However, after that, when I was referred to the 2nd ophthalmologist in the same practice, he told me that I did not have 2 lenses. I am getting a lot of conflicting information on exactly what was done to my eye. I want to get a second opinion from an ophthalmologist outside this practice.

Comment from: Kaye, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I have Fuch's dystrophy and had cataract surgery on my right eye 3 years ago. My vision was not great after surgery and I had a slight fuzziness in my peripheral vision, but after several months this went away. The doctor said it did improve my vision, though I didn't feel it was better at all. I changed doctors and was told I should have cataract surgery on my left eye. I decided to go ahead and am sorry I did. Once my eye patch was removed all I could see was a cloudy fog. It's been a week, and I still can't see out if it. I went to my doctor today and he prescribed some drops to help draw off the fluid. I'm to see the specialist in a week. I'm wondering how other Fuch's patients have done with cataract surgery. They said it could take 2 to 3 months to clear up, but I have my doubts that it will since I have seen no improvement after 7 days. I'm really sorry I had this done! I'm an artist and love to paint, but this experience has robbed me of my joy!

Comment from: skeet, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

After cataract surgery on my right eye my sight is fantastic, and l feel l am seeing clearly through both eyes, even though l still have cataract in my left eye. I don't need glasses for anything, and l don't need surgery on my left eye now. When l told my surgeon he said l was very lucky to have this happen.

Comment from: truckerh2o, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I had cataract surgery and I can see that the side of my face feels like it is swollen, the bone under the eye is bigger than the other side and I don't see well at all. I wonder if the bone can be swollen. The doctor said there is nothing wrong, but I think there is.

Comment from: thelma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I had cataract surgery in August. Then in December I had double vision. It is terrible trying to see. I wish I had never had it done.

Comment from: Oskarvee, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I've had poor vision since childhood. Most recent myopia correction was -8. I also have keratoconus related astigmatism. I had reduced contrast caused by the cataracts. The procedure of cataract surgery I would call uneventful and without significant trauma. I chose to have it done without sedation and relied on mental preparation. It was creepy certainly but neither frightening nor painful. Now it is one month since first eye, two weeks since second. In first, myopia is near fully corrected, second about 90 percent. Contrast improved. Astigmatism remains as expected. In spite of that I can see well enough to drive without glasses and have functional uncorrected vision for the first time in over 50 years. A continuing oddity in the first eye is a consistent angle light flare from points of bright light, most noticeable at night. For this I've not been able to get an explanation of cause nor a prognosis.

Comment from: FIXURFACE, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

I had surgery for a right knee subluxation of the knee cap in 2004. I was told then it was a birth defect, and that my knee caps didn't have the proper groove to sit in. Today my left knee cap had a total dislocation. I went to play with my toddler son on the floor and rolled over to my stomach (carefully) and grazed my knee as I rolled and my cap moved to the side of my knee and was stuck there. I hollered and hollered and couldn't move my leg. I didn't know what to do. With the assistance of my brother we got it back some time later and now it is sore. I will call a doctor next week. A total dislocation has never happened to me before.

Comment from: redtwinsmom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had my cataract surgery on both eyes in July 2015 two weeks apart. Prior to the surgery I could read without glasses and my eyes felt fine, but I drive at night and sometimes would see halos. After the surgery I was faithful using the 3 types of eye drops, not wearing makeup or using hairspray, etc. Now it is November and my sight is terrible. I can't see a thing without glasses anymore. My eyes feel fuzzy and itchy all the time and I'd say I am 75 percent worse than I was before the surgery. I am very unhappy about it. I went in for a 3 month checkup and the doctor was very arrogant, saying everybody needs glasses to read after cataract surgery. My 78 year old mother wore glasses for years, had cataract surgery, and then didn't need glasses anymore! I wonder if my surgeon used some cheap lens. This is a huge hit to my quality of life and I wish I'd never had it done.

Comment from: min, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I wore glasses all my life, had both cataracts removed within 1 month. I started having vision problems with right eye, so I went back to see the doctor for what I thought was a checkup and without telling me they took me into the room and before I knew it he had done laser procedure in right eye. It has been 2 years and I am still seeing an eye doctor with problems, floaters, blurry vision, and watery eyes. In my opinion the cataract doctor did something wrong and that is why I am having all these problems.

Comment from: Bertf, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 11

After my cataract surgery the vision from my right eye is good but the vision from the left eye is very distorted.

Comment from: john, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I had cataract surgery done on my left eye in October 2014. Then the right eye should have been in January 2015 but was cancelled. I have been waiting 10 months now, and the left eye lens has slipped so I am blind in my left eye. When I went to have the right eye done this month I was told they can't do it until the left eye is fixed. I am now waiting 6 weeks before appointment to get left eye fixed and then another 2 1/2 months to get right eye fixed. I am in total shambles, this has left me nearly blind in both eyes.

Comment from: Val leach, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had cataract surgery on my left eye 2 days ago. My eye is very sore but I have amazing vision. I am very happy about that, but the surgery was awful; I didn't feel a thing which was brilliant but, could hear everything the surgeon told the junior what to do, and it freaked me out. I lay there for 45 minutes being able to hear all what was going on, and couldn't see anything. I won't go into detail about what I heard but it wasn't good and I think they should have given me earplugs or something; who wants to hear when they are cutting your eye open.

Comment from: Leda50, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I recently had cataract surgery on 8/18 for the left eye and 8/25 for the right eye. One eye was corrected for seeing objects near and one for distance. Much to my chagrin, my left eye became inflamed and I was placed on a steroid eye drop, 4-3-2-1 (drops per week) until 4 weeks were up. My time for the drops are over and my left eye is red and sore again. It's worse than the first time. I am so sorry that I did this. It's hard to read and my right eye is ok with the reading glasses. I am wondering if the left eye which was corrected for closeness is irritated because the glasses are just too much for it. I am in pain and miserable.

Comment from: GRACIE, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

After my surgery in my right eye I now have a spot in the center I can't see out of. I wish I didn't have the surgery. At least I could see a little of the whole picture.

Comment from: Barbara1955, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 14

The anger, anxiety, confusion, and acting out are the worst of the symptoms of my thyroid storm. I felt hungry all the time and craved sweets. The anxiety has gotten so bad that I can't turn off even to sleep. The high anxiety levels, also reversed the hunger cravings, making eating difficult, with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Comment from: rocky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

Cataract surgery was one of the most painful things I have ever had done. It took over an hour. My doctor said the reason is because I have small eyes. I still have one eye to do. Vision is better, but I will still will need readers. Colors are much better. I'm just not looking forward to the pain again and I am very pain tolerant. Hope the future will find that everything will have been worth it.

Comment from: Helen Madden62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I have had cataract surgery on my left eye on the 18th of September 2014. Nearly a year on I am getting visual aberrations. I have a floating orange light like a lantern going up the left side of my eye then back down again, I also have recently got what I can only describe as moving rotor blades like that on a helicopter. Vision has dropped and I am due to get second cataract removed in 2 weeks' time. I am frightened to get this done in case something is wrong with my left eye.

Comment from: Gab, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had my 1st cataract operation 7 weeks ago on the better of my 2 eyes. The following day I went back for post-operative check by when I had just started taking the antibiotic and steroid drops. I could read the chart nearly all the way to the bottom, but by the next day it had deteriorated badly, and by the next day even worse. I spoke to the nursing care at the hospital and they told me to stop taking the drops and start the new prescription they had given me. So I got those which made it worse. So now after many visits to see the doctor who conceded I am totally allergic to all drugs, my eye sight is worse than ever, I am so mad.

Comment from: Susan, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 27

My mum had cataract surgery on both eyes in February 2015. Her vision is far worse than before, she describes it as looking through fog. The optician says nothing can be done and she has to put up with it; she has diabetes.

Comment from: Senior Mom, 55-64 (Patient) Published: April 27

I had cataract surgery approximately 6 weeks ago. I seem to overlook things right in front of me, for example, a bottle of medication, a store receipt. When I return to the area a few hours later, the thing I was looking for is right where I thought it should be. My son says it's because I'm not used to seeing so clearly.

Comment from: Gregory, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I had cataract surgery in my left eye when I was 26 or 27 (I know I am young). The surgery itself went fine however I started experiencing inflammation and from my observation my pupil was dilated in an odd shape. About a month after, it got so inflamed that I could barely see in that eye. Long story short, my doctor could not figure out what happened and said it was uveitis. Ever since my initial surgery, I was seeing an odd glare when I looked at light, as if the only top left corner of the light had a window like glare while the rest was normal. Three years later the lens popped out of place and you could see the leg stem sticking out of the pupil (gross). After three surgeries, one to replace the lens, then it falling out again, two, replacing it again with a bigger lens then falling out again, and three to take it out once and for all, I decided that I do not want a lens in my eye. Instead I use a Proclear thick, soft contact lens and finally see normal again. Yes, I have to use contact lenses but I see without any visual distortion. You do not need to have a lens inside your eye.

Comment from: dizzy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had cataract surgery with the lens implant so I can now see distance without using glasses. After my first surgery, being able to see was wonderful. My second eye which was not as bad as the first, was also great after the surgery. Before surgery I could see up close but not distance. I have worn glasses for distance for 40 years. The problem I am having is the dizziness. Now I cannot read anything up close, including my phone without reading glasses. This is a pain. I love being able to see without glasses but I sure hope the dizziness goes away soon. It has been 60 days since my first eye surgery and 30 days since my second.

Comment from: kajo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have always worn glasses since I was a child, my eyesight was very bad. I had LASIK in 1999 and could see 20/30 in both eyes. I am now 69 and needed cataract surgery in December 2014. My eyes were done two weeks apart, and now I am back to glasses and my reading went from 2.0 reading glasses to 4.5. I wish I would have kept my cataracts. I was happier then.

Comment from: cc castle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I had cataract surgery about 3 years ago, had my right one done and 2 weeks later I had the other one done. The first 2 weeks I could see well and was happy. Then I noticed it was getting dimmer to see. I went back and was told they fogged over so I need laser done and that was another cost. I was told I would not need glasses maybe to read, now my eyes are so dry I have to use drops all the time and my vision is twice worse. I wish I had never had that done. Get a second opinion. I don't think I needed the surgery. My eyes feel like I have an eyelash in them all the time and I am very disappointed.

Comment from: C Drocea, (Patient) Published: March 12

I had cataract surgery 10 months ago on the right eye, and I am having blurry vision again and need to go back again. Did it work? In my opinion it worked for a few months and now I'm not sure what to do. The other eye had a small cataract and didn't need to be fixed, but I'm not sure I want to do anything about it unless the right eye improves!

Comment from: Mimi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had cataract surgery on both eyes. Lenses were for long distance. Due to chronic dry eye syndrome, one eye has reverted to near sighted! For a while, they were both great, then the change! Also, now my eyes are watering so much I have trouble reading at work. The doctors have no explanation except that my one cornea is changing shape constantly. The watering is causing the skin around my eyes to burn and be exceedingly dry.

Comment from: Murphy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I had cataract surgery done in June, 2013. The following day I had my checkup, later that evening I could see a white cloud appearance moving across the eye that was just done. It began burning and was the worst pain I had ever had. I tried the doctor's emergency number, no answer. I also tried the surgery center, no answer, only call in the morning or dial 911. I drove myself to the emergency room (ER) where they gave me drops to relieve the pain. Long story short, I am now blind in the right eye due to a bacteria from the colon that got in my eye during surgery. I found out later they also do colonoscopies in the same surgical suite. Nothing prepares you for losing your sight. Life is very difficult with only being able to see from one eye.

Comment from: Oldboater, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 23

Recently I had cataract surgery with Softec lens implanted. Vision is good, except that in the dark every light has a diagonal line going from the upper left to the lower right of my visual field. Each diagonal line is the same color as the light itself. The diagonal lines are exactly parallel to each other. A Christmas tree appears to have dozens of parallel lines of different colors. Automobile headlights and tail lights do the same thing.

Comment from: Edith, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I am a 71 Year old female and had cataract eye surgery in both my eyes, 2 weeks apart in May 2014. The vision was great straight away and the colors blue and white so different, it was terrific. The left eye was terrific straight away but the right eye was very scratchy and can still be a bit like that now 7 months later. However my biggest problem was glare, I often felt nauseous up to 2 to 3 months after the operation. Interestingly I always had to wear a visor outside before and after the operation and am noticing now 7 months later I don't always have to wear a visor, although I always wear sunglasses to protect my eyes. Hope this is helpful to prospective patients.

Comment from: Greatstylseeker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had cataract surgery done on my right eye 2 months ago and left eye 1 month ago. I am so happy with the results! This surgery is not perfect. I see halos at night but that's slowly improving. I chose my surgeon carefully and spent the extra money on multifocal lenses. I see 20/16 now. No readers, yay! And my distance vision is awesome. The midrange is a bit blurry, as expected. I know I made the right choice in lenses. Read up on the pros and cons. Don't try to cut corners on the cost. Get what you need and find a way to pay for the best.

Comment from: Vanessa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

In September of 2013 I had a cataract removed from my left eye. The doctor is a local optic guy and I had seen him once or twice for vision checks. I had excellent vision and people told me that the operation is a breeze, with patients waltzing out of the operation room. The surgery was a disaster. The doctor told me that after he removed the cataract, it fell back into my eye and apparently he chased it with an ultrasonic knife. The result is that my retina has no place that is not damaged. I am an artist and this past year has been a nightmare of double and uncertain vision. Next month I go to the fourth specialist. The past three could do nothing but shake their heads. I am heartbroken. My life as I knew it is dramatically changed and no one has been able to offer help because the damage is so extensive. So as happy as I am for the others who have found help, I do suggest that the need for cataract surgery must be substantial, and then the patient should go to a doctor who practices at an eye specialty hospital.

Comment from: Texasgrandmom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I had left eye cataract surgery with a toric implant for astigmatism a week ago today. My vision before the surgery was 20/400, and at my follow up appointment the next day it was 20/70. I thought I would be overjoyed, however, my brain is not catching up to where my eyesight is. I've lived with being legally blind for such a long time I feel like I'm not sure where objects are especially when in a place where the environment is busy, like a grocery store, and I also see the half circle in the left part of my vision in the operated eye, which my doctor's nurse said is actually the lens and that to give it time and my brain will learn to ignore it. At this point I wish I never had the procedure, I spent over a year learning to live with my vision loss and now feel that I have to repeat the process again. May be it will get better after the right eye is operated on. I also have visual field damage from multiple sclerosis and now I can see the sharp drop off where my side vision ends, ugh.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I had surgery on both eyes 1 week apart. The first eye was great after 4 days, I could see both near and far without any glasses. That lasted until I had surgery on my other eye. After that I can't see anything close. My distance vision is good but must wear reading glasses to do anything up close. Had I known, I would not have had my other cataract removed. It was great being able to see both near and far without any glasses.

Comment from: JUDYLYN, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had cataract surgery on Friday, October 24, and things went horribly wrong. The doctor said that the iris hooks were gone in the eye, and when he went to remove the lens only half of it was got, the other half fell into the eye. I am one percent of the cataract surgery patients who have this. I now have blurred vision and black floaters. I have to wait 10 days to have another surgery to fix the problem. More eye drops and more surgery for an eye that should have been fixed the first time.

Comment from: Les, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I am 84 and had my left eye done August 2013; no floaters or spots. I had right eye done 3 weeks ago, I just noticed large floaters and large black spots. I will wait 6 weeks and if no improvement will contact eye hospital but I can live with them as the improvement is good.

Comment from: jbavaria644, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had cataract surgery in September 2013 on both eyes. I'm still having tunnel vision and need glasses for reading. Right after surgery I had 0.5 + now, one year later 2.5+. I don't think that is okay.

Comment from: Richard, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 29

I had lens replacement on my left eye at age 80. The procedure was entirely painless. I also have macular degeneration in left eye. Many drops were prescribed afterwards. All is well as of Aug 28. It felt like my brain had to adjust for a few days to my better sight. I can see clearly around the degeneration up close but it's blurry at distance. Doctor said to wait a month for the eye to settle down before eye test for glasses. Also the colors perceived from right eye seem deeper/warmer than the left which sees colors as if under bright fluorescent lighting. If I get the right eye done I fear I will no longer know true colors.

Comment from: Deri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had cataract surgery on my right eye on July 23. When the bandages were removed the next day my vision was perfect. Eye test showed I had gone from 20/80 to 20/40. However the very next day I had an episode of strong flickering and my sight deteriorated to the point where it is much worse than before the surgery. I went back to the doctor thinking perhaps the flickering had caused the lens to slip or move but he says it has not. He said it might be something to do with my astigmatism and he will give me a new prescription for my glasses. This surgery was supposed to offer me the chance to ditch the bifocals and only need reading glasses, instead it looks as if I will end up with even stronger bifocals.

Comment from: very unhappy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had a Toric lens (near vision) implanted 4 days ago. My middle vision is worse and my distance vision is as bad as it was before the surgery. Before the surgery, I was only using glasses for driving, now I think I will need them all the time, except for reading. My reading was fine before the surgery. I am very sorry that I let my doctor perform cataract surgery. Everyone says that cataract surgery improves your vision, but mine is worse.

Comment from: Yolanda, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I had cataract surgery 10 days ago. The surgery went well and my distance vision is good but I am seeing a spot, sometime dark or sometimes like an arc or sliver of light in the corner of the eye. The doctor told me that one out of 15 patients suffer from dysphotopsia after surgery. He has given me a prescription for prednisolone and asked me to return in two weeks. I found out that this problem may possibly be resolved when or if the brain sort of retrains itself to correct this. I am going to believe this.

Comment from: Teacher, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I had my first cataract surgery in April 2014. Procedure was easy for me. About 6 hours later, I had excruciating pain. The doctor prescribed a medication which brought the pressure down. Far sighted vision is outstanding, close up is horrible. The other surgery was a month later and was a nightmare. The doctor lost a piece of the cataract... a specialist was called in for over an hour surgery. Six weeks later I still have very blurred vision in that eye. I would be interested in hearing if anyone else had this horrible experience.

Comment from: patch, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I had cataract surgery on both eyes (May and June 2013). I had been advised I needed it 3 years prior, but I had fear and put it off. When I was convinced I needed it, my vision was 20/600 uncorrected and 20/50 with glasses. I had no problem after both eyes were done. I could hardly wait for the 2nd eye's procedure because it was difficult to adjust until I had the lens for the corrected eye removed from my glasses. I can now see better than I ever could in my entire life, because I was also nearsighted with 2 types of cataracts. I wished I had not put it off so long.

Comment from: Angel, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: April 22

My mother had a cataract operation on April 12, 2014. During the procedure the doctor had to put TCR, a ring to hold the lens because the ring which should hold the lens is already worn out. It was later on found out that the cause might have been a bad fall that my mom had years ago where her right eyes got hurt. So, after about a week, my mom"s eyes is still blurred. So now, the doctor is telling her to have an eye scan. I was not with them when she had the checkup but I wonder why this happened.

Comment from: underthepetal, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I'm 33 and most doctors think I got cataract from steroids. I had surgery in my right eye. I am nearsighted in one eye and far sighted in the surgery eye now. It's frustrating and hard to adapt so I still wear a contact in my left eye. To read or see near I wear reading glasses but that gets annoying taking off and on so I'm trying to just deal with it and hope it gets easier as I adapt. I feel as though eyelash is in my eye sometimes. I sometimes see a clear kind of glare off to side but the doctor said all that should heal in time. I can see the lens reflection in the mirror which is creepy. My friends see it in the light. They sometimes see it sparkle. That can take a while to go away. Distance vision is great but near vision sucks to read and type on phone, especially using one eye. All in all I think the pros outweigh the cons. I can see and that"s what matters.

Comment from: DelilahE, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I had cataract surgery three weeks ago in my right eye. I now have perfect vision in that eye. My problem is the distorted vision and I am having to use my old glasses to dim down the perfect vision in my right eye. Since having the surgery I am continuously off balance and dizzy. I hope this will right itself once I have my left eye done which I also hope will correct the distorted vision. Overall I don"t regret having cataract surgery but am not enjoying the healing process.

Comment from: tarz, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 28

I had cataract surgery March 5 2014 on my left eye. Immediately after the surgery I saw a transparent irregular shape when I closed my right eye. It has been 3 weeks and I still see the shape. When I look outside the shape is green. Inside the house it is lavender. All the doctors will tell me is that I have macular degeneration which I already knew. They do not address the colored shape I am seeing. With both eyes open I do not see the shape only when I close my right eye.

Comment from: KAR, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I had cataract surgery on my left eye two day ago. Other than just a very little irritation, everything went fine. Procedure was a breeze and I see great at most distances already. Colors are bright and clear. I will be getting my right eye done in two weeks and looking forward to it. Choose your doctor carefully. It makes all the difference in the world.

Comment from: Chrissie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had cataract surgery done on both eyes in December 2013 a week apart. The surgeon set one lens to short vision and one to long vision. This was supposed to alleviate the need for glasses, which after 50 years of being short sighted sounded wonderful. My brain has taken three months to adjust. I had a severe neurological reaction to one of the drops, problems with severe glare and eye strain in the first 8 weeks. I now have 3 sets of glasses. At night I have a line that goes out from lights that makes night vision stressful. Procedure was a walk in the park but post-surgery, a nightmare. I had no choice due to very low vision. I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to have 2 different lens. Go with what your previous vision was.

Comment from: Boz, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I've had one cataract surgery on my left eye 6 days ago. I'm wondering if anyone knows or has had symptoms like this. When I cover my right eye to see the progress of my left eye for clarity, eye sight, etc., I notice for example, if I look at a large wall clock or anything perfectly round, it gives me an oval or oblong, egg shape. When I turn my head horizontal the image is a circle. It seems that the lens was put in the wrong way. I wonder if this is possible or if this is just a symptom that I hope will go away with time. I can't drive with my head sideways!

Comment from: srivastava, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 27

My mother had a cataract operation in right eye last winter 2013. After one year during December 2013 she is suffering from itching and blurred vision. My mother is diabetic.

Comment from: carol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I am so unhappy. I had cataract surgery done on my first eye in October. It is fine now, but I had the black semi-circular people talk about, also the eye was very sore, but that has all settled down. Six weeks ago I had my left eye done, a different surgeon, totally different experience, eye was full of blood which took 2 weeks to clear, I am left with cobwebby lines, spots, and it is as if a fingerprint is on the lens. I am told I may have to live with it. It is very tiring looking through an unclean lens and very depressing.

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