I am 7 l/2 weeks after vitrectomy for small macular hole. I still have blank opaque splotches where I can't see anything. They were black and now are white/opaque. Will these go away? How long will it be before the maximum vision recovery?
What does your surgeon say about your vision and the possibilities for improvement? Maybe it would be a good idea to get a second opinion from another retinal specialist. Are you able to read when you use both eyes?
My surgeon says most improvement is made within 12 weeks. He does not discuss much of anything with me unless I insist and then is it a one or two word answer. I can see well with the other eye. Can anyone recommend a retinal specialist in Illinois for a second opinion?
You're about 2 1/2 hours SW of Chicago. I tried Castle-Connolly's directory, but the best I could do geographically was Dr. Kirk Packo, who has an office in Harvey (708-596-8710). That would probably be a 2-hour drive for you. I saw Dr. Packo once myself for a second opinion, and he impressed me as being highly skilled and very thorough. I think you'd find him more personable than your current surgeon.
If you'd prefer a referral closer to home, you could try the directory at www.aao.org. All the ophthalmologists listed are board-certified. You'd probably want to choose someone who has been practicing 10+ years.
I really believe you should try someone highly recommended. like Dr Packo. Most of all, I hope your get a second opinion. I have had bad luck with retinologists. I will be going out of town to see one of the Castle-Connelly doctors.
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