Feb 16, 2008
On November 28, 2007, I had Cataract Surgery in my left eye and a Restore lens was inserted. One week later; December 5, 2007, the Surgeon repeated Cataract Surgery, this time in my right eye and inserted; ReZoom. I have had a number of major problems with eye pain, blurry and changing vision, gigantic halos at night that look like big wheels and spokes coming at me in all different colors and sizes, headaches, redness, tired eyes, a 'yellow' tint on everything in the left eye and this daily rippling or jiggling movement in my right eye which incapacitates my ability to read and concentrate on even the simplest tasks.
I am not a person to 'watch' life, I am a participant, yet, this has slowed me down, considerably. Driving is difficult and reading, a favorite pastime, is no longer enjoyable, but a struggle. Before the surgery, I was having problems for about a year in a half, increasing as time passed. Glare was a big part of what I found out to be, a result of Cataracts in both eyes. Prior to having cataracts, I have successfully worn glasses since the 4th grade, back in the 60's and had no desire to have 'surgery', to eliminate the need for eyeglasses. I never wanted to mess with my eyes, as I was quite incapacitated without glasses, so the thought of jeopardizing this in the slightest, was of no interest to me. (I was seeing 20/400 without glasses and had astigmatism in both eyes and with glasses, was corrected to 20/20) I had tried contacts - but was unsuccessful, (hard lens in the early 70's, to soft lens, to soft lens for astigmatism as recent as 4 or so years ago, and then just before cataract surgery to see if my brain would adapt to 'one IOL for near and the other set for far, both being Mono lens, which was unsuccessful as well) No big loss really, glasses have been sitting on my face for over 40 years and I am content with that.
Cataracts, I was not content with. Yet, it never dawned on me that I would NOT see as well WITH GLASSES ON AFTER cataract surgery - then what I could see BEFORE SURGERY! Even the names... RESTORE and REZOOM were subtly implanted, (no pun intended!) in my mind.
So, finally, here is my question... I wonder if anyone has ever been ALLERGIC to these, or any lens used? I DO have many allergies including anaphylactic shock to aspirin, penicillin and eryrethomyicin, hives to other antibiotics, as well as macrodantin and currently take Benadryl for chronic seasonal hives.
I wonder as well, has anyone ever experienced the 'jiggling' or 'rippling' effect in the eye itself (not the muscles around the eyes that sometimes causes our eyes to appear to be twitching) but the actual eye, in fact, the Iris, I believe, to jiggle, ripple and or make light look like it's flickering? It is very minute and one really has to look for awhile to see it move, but once you see it, you know what to look for which makes it easy to spot the next time.
Both the surgeon and the neuro-optomologist would not take the time to see it. The neuro guy was downright rude to me and said it wasn't happening and nothing the surgeon could have done would have caused this to happen. However, he finally, reluctantly looked, not very close up, & did see it once, and said or your eye has done that all your life and anyone can make that happen if they look to the far left or right. (This was my second time seeing him in as many weeks) The first visit he told me the only thing that would cause an eye to - and this was his word - twitch, would be either a brain tumor or a lesion on the brain, so he ordered an MRI. (The results indicated some small ischemic changes and a flow-void and a subcutaneous cyst about 1 cm, which I knew I had as it is noticable and my mom and brother had one as well, no big deal) The flow-void, according to the radiologist, needed to be investigated, therefore a MRA was recommended. Which will be in soon.
This nuero doc was yelling at me and when I asked him for a referral to see another doctor, this time at UCLA, he refused. (I live in Nevada) Needless to say, I will not be returning to this sad man, for help.
Later that day, I finally got in to see my regular GP Doc, who took the time needed to see exactly what was happening. And while I am not happy that I have it, I am happy he saw it! And once he did, he saw it again and again. (My husband and a friend has witnessed it as well) We started talking about the surgery, and then the lens, being multifocal, one Restore and one ReZoom and how, when a light is over my head, it seems like as it enters my sight, the light breaks up like in a prism how light is bended. (In the ReZoom lens) Like as a solid, it's seen with your fingers on one hand touching each other and then spreading your fingers apart, it's broken up. That's how the light comes in under certain conditions. (I have since figured out and was told that it is because of the many rings in the lens itself at different strengths)
He asked me if I did any research on cataracts and multi focal lens with key words and while I had researched before the surgeries, like complications from surgery and went to websites about from the makers of the lens, I didn't know to put in key words under google search. He left the room and within less than a minute he was back with a copy from your website from someone who had posted the very same question about the very same problem! WOW! This first made me happy and then reality sunk in... how many others have been insulted and brushed off and sadly, still - silently live with the problem. This is not right and I believe can be resolved, restored and resumed! =)
I'm not very computer smart, so finding this one person and any others out here, will take some help. And if any Doctor can lead me to where or what I should do next, I would appreciate their help very much! I just think it's something that is in the process of being discovered. What I want and only want... is to SEE! Without ripples, jiggles and flickering lights! Without head aches, tired eyes gigantic halos, spokes of different sizes and colors, without breaking light rays and everything negative associated with this multifocal lens, which, for me, has decreased my ability to see and my quality of life!
Thank you to any and all who have taken the time to read this lengthly venting and honest quest to gain as much health for my eyes... and my life. And bless any who might respond...