Since my cataract surgery one week ago I have had limited mid range (say about 3 feet) and close range acuity. I can't read even with my strongest glasses except if I use them and a magnifier. I also can't see names of the grocery items on the shelves, etc. I could before the surgery.
Am I right that the acrylic lens the doctor used only has one focal range for distance? How will I be able to see at different distances now? Is this correctable? I am getting a little scared. I thought maybe after a few days it would get better but it hasn't.
I do have astigmatism and notice that my glasses aren't doing me a lot of good. I can't get new ones for another three weeks at least.
Do you all think there is a chance this could work out? I never thought about the different acuity at different distances. I thought the doctor knew what to do.
He said he used this kind of lens because I have diabetic retinnopathy and it would be best.
Can anyone help me to understand? Have you all had similar things happen with cataract surgery? I remember a couple of posters say they had trouble with closer vision.
Damn my vision wasn't so hot before and now this!
First of all, I'm glad the surgery is behind you. I have no firsthand knowledge of the lens they implanted in your eye, but do know the cataract surgery will dramatically change your vision, making your old glasses pretty much useless.
Any implanted lens is going to be a lot different than your own natural lens...in shape, size, etc.
One week into recovery I'm sure your eye has a lot of healing to go before the vision will stabilize. Little by little you should see improvements in clarity, but until new glasses can be prescribed, your old ones most likely wouldn't work for you now.
I think I mentioned before that I couldn't have an implant when I had my cataract removed (due to the newness of implants and my age-30), So I had to adjust from being extrememly near-sighted, to being extremely far-sighted!! That was quite hard to adjust to, but I did. My close up vision has never been the same since, but I'm used to it now.
All things will get better with time, so hang in there and wishing you the best.
I don't have first hand experience of this but my Dad had cataracts in bothof his eyes and it was so bad he nearly went blind, he had a operation, removed both cataracts and he also had a lense implanted into his eye. . It sounds like you had a similar thing.
With my Dad, I can remember him having bandages over his eyes for 2 weeks and they were itchy and red for about 3-4 weeks after the op. Then he could see perfect. It might of even been as long as 6 weeks after the op but it was such a long time ago I can't accurately remember.
I'm glad Hellas is still around with her wonderful words of wisdom.
It sounds like you are feeling the same way I did about my loss of nearsightedness. Eventually the skills you used to cope with the inability to see far away will transfer over to new skills in dealing with the inability to focus up close. Of course, you wore corrective lenses before in order to view distant things, but I'm sure there were times when, without glasses you, for instance, recognized a friend by his walk.
I too have astigmatism now.
It will be at LEAST 3 weeks before you can get new glasses that will correct the astigmatism.
For now, get a pair of over-the-counter reading glasses. The Dollar Store's have them literally for a dollar. Often other drug stores will have a 2-for the price of one sale; then you can get one pair really strong for reading close up and a weaker pair for the computer.
Okay, I just read on another thread that the OTC glasses weren't helping. What strength did you get?
The brain will eventually compensate for some of this, but it's not going to change a lot. I know how you feel right now. The feelings, at least, will get better.
What helps me the most is to go to the shore of Lake Michigan and look out at the distant waves and boats without glasses. Then I feel better. Kind of like in the old song from The Sound of Music, "...I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad..."
Last edited by seriousperson; 11-16-2006 at 11:08 PM.
OK Serious now you have me in tears. That was so introspective about gazing out over the lake. It's the small things we have to appreciate. I feel so self centered sometimes and yes alone. Even my husband doesn't really get it. The eye doc gets it the best. He is the only one actually. But he does have to detach himself from the emotion in order to do his job and I try to act fairly stoic around him. It's hard enough at times I'm sure and I guess he has seen many tears but it must be tough.
But it's so important to try and stay calm. Keep looking out at your water and take comfort in that wonderful sight.
Cher, it is much too soon for you to judge your vision. Aren't you still taking prescription eye drops (which can blur vision a lot)? Just about everybody begins to lose the ability to accommodate after age 45--which results in blurred near vision. And I don't know anyone over 55 who doesn't need reading glasses sometimes. Have faith, cataract surgery with monofocal acrylic lenses won't make your near/intermediate vision worse than it was. Once your eye settles down and any edema has resolved, you can get new glasses which will give you excellent near and intermediate vision.
Jodie yes I am taking an antiboric drop, one for inflammation and the third is pred forte. He wants me to do the pred fortes every 2 hours. They don't burn but the first two sure do. I need to take them all til they run out. Such fun He didn't say how long to wear the eye shield at night. I guess for two weeks? It's fine but the tape is irritating, very sticky and impossible to get the residue off.
Anyway thanks for the info. I hope my vision does get better over the next weeks. I thought it was a tad better today but it seems to go in and out, one day better and the next a step back.
I am going to see the retina specialist after thanksgiving so I guess he will give me an idea of the state of the edema. I am praying for a good report. It's just that I need a bit of good news.
I think it's the edema and/or the drops which are blurring your near/intermediate vision. And I'm wondering if your doctor forgot to tell you when you could lose the shield. I only needed it for the two nights after surgery. Keep the faith--your vision will improve.
Jodie's right about the drops causing blurring. I forgot about that.
I remember now that my vision would be better one day, then maybe not so good the next, then maybe better for 2 days, and so on.
However, my post-surgery near vision is much worse than my pre-surgery vision was. I was 51 when I had the surgery with -6 nearsightedness. Now I am 53 and have about -.25 nearsightedness and +2 farsightedness.
Last edited by seriousperson; 11-19-2006 at 12:01 PM.
Hi Cher, Serious, and everyone!
I too forgot about those eye drops. Those will definetly cause some of the blurring. You asked since I didn't get an intraocular implant what kind of lense I had. Just contacts and glasses, otherwise I have to lense in my eye at all...think it's called aphakia.
Hang in there Cher and things will gradually improve. In my book, being able to see anything is a blessing! It'll improve for you too, and when you can get new glasses, it'll just be another adjustment in how you see, but seeing is all that matters.
Today when I went out my acuity was a few notches better actually but within a couple of hours, maybe it was the bright sunlight, it seemed to worsen. But I will take that as improvement. I am trying to be very optimistic and just think away the unpleasnat thoughts with good ones. Who knows it might work.
I do see imorovement though, watching tv, etc. Things are better.
I go to the retina doc in 2 weeks and then back to the cataract surgeon. I want a good report from them. I'm not going to settle for anything less.
How's that for optimism???
OK when you have been through hell you just have to keep on keepin on. I know you girls know what I mean.
Cher, your corrected near vision will not be worse than before surgery--have faith. But you can't judge your vision until your eye has stabilized and you've finished using the eye drops. Those drops definitely cause blurring--it says so in the prescribing information. My cataract surgery was in September, and I've been off the drops for awhile. But recently I've been noticing that my vision has become a little crisper. I guess it takes a number of weeks for the lenses to get firmly anchored in your eye.
By the way, I've been noticing something a little weird about my acrylic lenses (AcrySof IQ's). In some lighting situations, the lenses seem to glisten in a weird way (sort of like a character in "Village of the Damned".) Has anyone else who has acrylic lenses noticed this?
My mom's pupils glitter when I see them in sunlight. Is that what you mean? I'm not sure what kind of implants she has, but I know they're the basic single-focus.
I've been told my Restor lens looks like a kalaidescope, and in certain light situations I can see the different concentric circles; sometimes I can actually count all 12.
My crystalens acts a lot like an old fashioned hard plastic contact lens in that I can see glare around it at night when my pupil expands.