Crystalens - YAG Nightmare continues!!
Since I was very nearsighted before the Crystalens IOLs, and started to lose closeup vision (presbyopia) I was told that the Crystalenses would let me see near, far and everything in between. Don't believe it! For some reason my surgeon took it upon himself to make me slightly nearsighted in one eye and slightly farsighted in the other, even though I asked him repeatedly not to. My degree of myopia was EXACTLY the same in both eyes all my life (48 years old -10 contacts). The power he kept referring to in the IOLs were both different and when I asked why, he replied that IOLs aren't the same as contacts. Even though I felt that the numbers should both be the same, he kept insisting the measurements for IOLs are different. So, I ended up with two different powers of IOLs (one near & one far). My guess is that he knows Crystalenses don't actually accomodate much, if at all and he wanted to be "covered" like they instruct at Crystalens-school, according to an article written for surgeons I found on the internet. I also, for some reason, now have slight double vision in the right eye, (the far-sighted eye) so my closeup vision is poor in that eye and the double vision makes the far vision poor.
My surgeon has insisted since even the day after surgery that I had PCO and would definitely need YAG to fix it. A year and a half later (I was scheduled for YAG and cancelled twice) I finally gave in when he said it would fix my double vision. Even though my vision was NOT cloudy, just blurry and double, he said I really needed YAG in both eyes. The "good eye" he said needed it even more than the "bad" eye and was going to do that one first, but I absolutely refused. Apparently I did NOT need YAG surgery at all even though my surgeon INSISTED over and over again that I did. I had absolutely NO improvement in vision.
So, now I have double vision in the "bad eye", blurry up close in that one and blurry far away in the other, and HUGE starbursts in the "bad" eye. I have just found out from reading another post on this board that the starbursts must be caused from Laser Scuffs on the Crystalenses. It's HORRIBLE. I can't hardly see to drive at night and even watching TV is irritating. I believe there is not hope for getting even close to the vision I had before. All because I believed the "hard-sell" of my surgeon. He keeps putting these blurry lenses in front of my eyes and saying, "See, this is how bad your vision was before. Would you really want to go back to that?" (That's also part of the spiel they tell them to do at Crystalens-school when they have an "unhappy customer.") Why yes, doctor, I'd DO ANYTHING to get back the vision I had before this nightmare!!!!!