Patient Comments: Cataracts - Symptoms

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Comment from: Debi, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I had my surgeon take my bone marrow biopsy to use in helping with the repair of a collapsed disc in my lower back which ended being a major surgery. Luckily I was put out for the surgery. It has been 7 weeks ago now and although the recovery process is painful it's better than the pain I was in walking around with a disc that was completely collapsed. However it seems like my worst pain is at the site they took the bone marrow from.

Comment from: Cj, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had blurry vision, double vision and a very sticky thick discharge in both eyes. The doctor said I had dry eyes and prescribed eye drops. These drops did not help at all. Three months later I had my yearly checkup. The doctor said I had cataracts and would need surgery when I was ready. I'm putting it off for as long as I can. I'm 68 years old and hate to have surgery.

Comment from: sliber, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 20

I had significant degradation of vision in my left eye which was likely caused by an earlier retinal partial detachment. The retinal detachment was reattached by laser. That surgery was very successful. However the intraocular lens (IOL) was affected while having the bubble to help hold the retina in place for a few weeks until it was attached firmly and the bubble was pushed out by the entry of fluid. The cataract surgery was necessary about a year later as my vision with correction was down to less than 20/40. After surgery (I selected an IOL that included astigmatism correction.) the vision in that eye was somewhere between 20/20 and 20/25. The lens does not focus but I am at an age where I need reading glasses anyway. I was extremely happy with the outcome.

Comment from: Bee, (Patient) Published: February 03

I have glasses for reading. I noticed in last few years that long distance vision is blurry. Headaches increased. I kept missing my footing on stairs and falling and also into walls and door frames, and misjudging oven shelves causing burns. I went 3 times to opticians in one year. Twice it was not picked up, I changed my opticians insistent that something was wrong, and this was when cataract was found. I always wear prescription sunglasses when I go out, and eat a salad of spinach, carrots and garlic every day that will help to slow the progress. I also use a magnifying glass all the time.

Comment from: ETHEL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I started having cloudy vision in my left eye. I was concerned about it so I made an appointment to see the eye doctor. I told her what was happening with my left eye. After the examination she told me I had the beginning of cataract in my eye, and I needed to wear glasses. I was relieved I thought it was something very serious going on with my eye. The glasses are helping and I see better.

Comment from: Hugh, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

I had cataract surgery done two weeks ago and had a neck MRI done yesterday and it really has affected the repaired eye in a negative way. I feel that the MRI caused the problem.

Comment from: Mkn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

The power of glasses in my right eye suddenly increased from -6 to -7.5 at the age of 56. The doctor has diagnosed cataract in the initial stage. He says the vision will further deteriorate, maybe up to -9.5 before any surgery is attempted.

Comment from: ts, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have been on Seroquel for Bipolar disorder for about 12 years. I started having progressive changes in my vision and cataracts have formed. It is a "side effect" of this drug. I am writing this so others will be aware of how medication can cause this problem. It is noted in the FDA report.

Comment from: Thesuperwonder, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I noticed that I was not seeing as clearly with my left eye. I went to my eye doctor, and she saw a posterior sub-capsular cataract. It kind of depresses me, but it is repairable.

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