Dear Dr,

I have Cataracts in both eyes and had surgery three weeks ago with Crystalens implanted in right eye.

Apart from one hour after surgery when my sight in the right eye appeared wonderful I have been unable to see properly. All detail is blurred; I can see my outline three feet from a mirror but no detailed features; straight lines are distorted; (i.e. door frames picture frames etc) and vision from this eye appears to be via a green glass window.

After the first week I had further laser treatment to remove cloudiness but my eye sight remained exactly the same with the same symptoms and distortions.

Yesterday I was diagnosed with Macular degeneration (wet) and given an Avastin injection in the eye and advised that it could take several months for me too see from this eye.

I am a male 66 years old and very worried, particularly as I also have untreated cataracts in my left eye. I have also lost confidence in the surgeon in view of the change in diagnosis and the failure of the original surgery.

Any help or advice as to what has happened and why and how I should proceed from here would be very much appreciated.

Geoff
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replied November 13th, 2009
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I am sorry about your problem with your eyesight...Fifteen years ago, my husband had the lazer surgery for Macular Degeneration.....This was on one eye...Before this was performed, he was given various tests with dye to see where the bleeding was in his eye...

I would suggest that if you are not satisfied with your physician, that you may want to find a specialist in this field...After all it's your eyesight....

Good luck and I hope everything goes well with you...Take care...

Caroline
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replied November 15th, 2009
Thank you Caroline for taking the time and trouble to offer words of encouragement. I have now seen a top specialist and do NOT have macular degeneration! It seems my eye has been damaged during cataract surgery. Whilst some cells have been damaged permanently I now have a strategy to strengthen my left eye with cateract surgery one year later and hope for the future.

Once again thanks

Geoff
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replied November 15th, 2009
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Hi again avistin and you are very welcome...Determination and good advice are so important in a recovery of this type of happening...My husband had a blind spot in his eye after his surgery where they had repaired the bleeding...He found that the brain has a way of adjusting to this missing part of his vision and now all is well....He also had a top specialist in the field....It was an education in itself just knowing him and hearing of his knowledge in the field...

Again good luck to you and take care,

Caroline
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