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    Old 08-07-2005, 07:12 AM   #1
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    Vitrectomy and then Cataract surgery

    I'm new to this board and am looking for some answers I can't seem to get from my Opthamologist.
    After a Nightmare of a botched Vitrectomy/lensectomy which resulted in a Torn and detached retina with a gas bubble in my eye for 12 Weeks I finally had an IOL put in my Eye on 7/18/05. To be truthfull I can't see any better than what I did Three weeks ago. My question is what is the outside time frame for Vision to re occur after this type operation. My Mother in law was fine the Next day and the longest I have spoken to was a Week. I am not a Happy Camper because of some bad procedures that occured when I had the vitrectomy done back in February.
    My next appointment is on 8/24/05 and I want some answers to the Blurriness that the Dr. can't(won't) answer. BTW the Dr. is SUPPOSED to be one of the top Dr's
    in the East, but I am really having doubts.

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    Old 08-07-2005, 10:38 AM   #2
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    Re: Vitrectomy and then Cataract surgery

    These "top doctors" make me crazy. I think they don't know what to do with us so they just sort of jolly us along until something happens. You know, it's our vision at stake, a very serious thing.My doctor is supposedly the top retinal vitreous specialist in the southeast and I don't think he has a clue where to go next with my treatment.
    It scares me silly so I have gotten another opinion and come up with bacically the same thing. Except that this second doctor was such a hot shot that I was not permitted to ask questions, etc. He laid out the treatment plan with no explanations. Well I couldn't deal with that either!
    So I am back to doctor #1 who at least is patient. He does understand that I am terrorized by my loss of vision and does answer my questions and now seems to understand that I want a more aggressive treatment plan rather than waiting to see what happens.

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    Old 08-07-2005, 12:16 PM   #3
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    Moleguide, Detached retinas are a known risk associated with the vitrectomy, as well as hemorrhage, increased intraocluar pressure, cataract, loss of sight, etc., etc. etc. I am guessing that the vitrectomy was due to either floaters or hemorrhage in the eye, interfering with your vision. I'm sure these risks were on the consent form you signed prior to the surgery. It's a lousy occurance to have happen to anyone, and can surely empathise with your frustration. I've had my right retina detach 4 times, cataract removed from the right eye, capsilotomy, vitrectomy, and a tear in the left retina. So, I've been in your shoes, believe me.
    With the surgeries you've had, it's going to take some time for the eye to heal. Not everyone heals at the same rate of speed. With the previous surgieries, it may take longer. The type of IOL that was implanted may make a difference, although I was did not have the IOL after the cataract surgery, due to me age, and it was 20 yrs ago, so at 30 I was too young, and can't help you with that aspect of the problem.
    I know that you are frustrated, and the thought of losing vision is horrible to deal with.
    If you read thru some of the other posts, you'll see that you are not the only one who has experienced a hard time with eye surgeries. A lot of us have. I'm sure some of them will jump on here and maybe give you some better answers on the IOL, than I can.
    But please be patient. (I spent the better part of a year having surgeries, and one problem after the other.) I have some of the best eye drs on the East Coast too, but even the top of the top can't guarantee that surgery won't be without risks. It's just the way it is.

    Old 08-07-2005, 12:34 PM   #4
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    Cute username. It shows you have been able to hold onto your sense of humor in the midst of trauma.
    But just in case you have gone from laughing to crying, here's a virtual hug:
    Anything Hellasrules writes is worth reading. (Hellas, You're a tough act to follow. )
    If you know/can-find-out what type of IOL you had implanted, I might be able to give you some ideas about what to expect, based on the 2 types I recently received, as well as on the research I have recently done (I'm an academic librarian with access to just about anything).
    However, mine was "just" for cataracts, and wasn't botched, although I now think my problems might be due to a mistake when they took my pre-operative VA prescription.
    Also, what was your original diagnosis which caused you to be having the vitrectomy/lensectomy?

    Old 08-07-2005, 06:06 PM   #5
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    Moleguide - i had a vitrectomy and cataract surgery 4 weeks ago and I still don't see very clearly out of that eye yet. the doctors tell me it will clear eventually but i will be seeing blurry for quite awhile. i didn't have a gas bubble in my eye though.

    both my retina doctor and my opthamalogist told me not to compare myself to people who had just cataract surgery - i also noticed people walking around the next day following their surgeries and was upset, but a vitrectomy is a pretty big deal and you had a complication from it too. i would give it time to heal, that's what i've learned these past few weeks myself!

    why did you have to have the vitrectomy and lensectomy? i had a vitreous hemorrhage that wouldn't clear and a cataract, too. it happened when i was getting phakic IOL's in my eyes to correct my vision (not a candidate for LASIK) and an instrument the doctor was using hit my eye and caused it to bleed and then a cataract formed.

    Old 10-20-2006, 08:20 AM   #6
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    The reason for the surgery was a massive hemmorhage in the eye Five days after a visit to the Doctor. This required 2 WEEKS until I could get an appointment to have them even look at it because of Thanksgiving holidays.
    After the appointment I was told they will wait one month to see if it clears and if not a Vitrectomy will be performed.
    One month came and another appointment on Jan. 4th showed the eye had congealed Blood in it. An ultrasound was done on the eye at the time and the Dr. commented, "no wonder you can't see out of the eye, it is full of blood."
    They decided to do a vitrectomy on the eye within two weeks but never did it until the end of February 3 1/2 months after the Hemmorhage.
    This is when things went bad.
    The canula that they use to insert the vitrector in the eye became stuck because the blood had hardened in my eye, this caused a tear when they tried to remove it unsucessfully, then they removed the lense and got it out.
    The Doctor then switched to the other side and the same canula became lodged again resulting in a Massive tear in the retina and detatching it.
    Now my vision even with the IOL is 20/200 and shows no sign of improvement.
    What burns me the most is I was not told about the problem until the Hospital notified me of the "Incident".
    At this point in time I am a VERY unhappy camper!

    Old 10-20-2006, 08:01 PM   #7
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    Moleguide, I don't suppose the words "out of court settlement" would get the practice's attention...

    Actually 20/200 sounds pretty good considering the poor medical care you were given.

    I don't know what my post-cataract surgery night vision is since they don't measure that, but it's certainly worse than it was before the surgery.

    Somehow our plight seems like it would make great symbolism for a novel of our political times.

    Old 11-20-2006, 11:42 AM   #8
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    Hellas, you said you couldn't have an IOL because of your age at the time. So can you see out of that eye?

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