Cataract Complications

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-04-07 13:54:49 -0500
Started 2013-09-29 13:26:59 -0500

I had cataract surgery on both eyes in 2009 and had been delighted with the results…until about a month ago when I noticed I was having difficulty reading, particularly making out the smaller print in crossword clues and dictionary definitions. I saw my ophthalmologist on Sept 13 and, with great relief, they ruled out diabetic retinopathy and macular degeration (which runs in my family). It appears that I am among the 30% of people who develop scarring behind the implanted lenses.(..I'd never heard of that! ) The good news that the problem can be treated with lasers. Right now, the doctor did not feel it was bad enough to warrant the laser treatment but I have a follow-up appt in March unless things get drastically worse. Meanwhile I'm reading with the help of a brighter light and a magnifier and relieved that it's not as bad as retinopathy or macular degeneration. I know, as diabetics, we are more prone to cataracts and there is literature to indicate that statin use can also have an impact on the development of cataracts. I do take 40 mg of simvastatin daily. Has anyone else here run into this? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

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Type1Lou 2014-04-07 11:00:17 -0500 Report

Just an update…on March 11, my ophthalmologist lasered away the scar tissue that had formed behind the implanted lens. Within an hour, I was already seeing clearly again. A follow-up visit revealed that my lasered eye was now seeing at 20/20! Life is good!

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-09-30 12:17:35 -0500 Report

I have an IOL in one eye, but have also gone blind in that eye, so I can't say how well it worked. My grandmother did have the lazer procedure to 'clean' hers and says it is 100 times better.

Type1Lou 2013-09-30 17:54:52 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry to hear that you've lost the vision in one eye. What was the reason for the loss? Glad to hear that your grandmother's procedure went well. Back in 2008, I had laser treatment for narrow angle glaucoma in both eyes and anticipate that this treatment will be much the same.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-10-01 09:30:40 -0500 Report

I've had several photocoag treatments and 3 vitrectomies. The cataract was supposed to help with the vitrectomy in the right eye, but the retinapathy continued and I lost vision in that eye. They filled it with silicone to stop the progression. My left eye was fixed, so I'm pretty giddy to be getting around with one eye. I've heard that the lazer for cataract cleaning is short and simple

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