Try to find a surgeon experience in Restor. Look at the Alcon website for Restor and see some doctor listed on the site in your area.
You need to see the best of the best cataract surgeons. I don't think that staying local should be your priority. Dr. Robert Bailey at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia successfully performed a very delicate IOL procedure on one of my friends, and she was extremely pleased with the results. I would trust this surgeon. Alternatively, I'm sure that the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore has excellent senior staff who specialize in explanting IOLs.
You might want to try getting additional referrals from doctors whom you consulted previously. This time let them know that you want to see the best of the best, possibly at Wills Eye Hospital or Wilmer Eye Institute. Ask them who they would recommend for their spouse/mother/best friend who had problems similar to yours. See if they will set up an appointment for you. Another ophthalmologist can get you a MUCH sooner appointment than you could if you called yourself. And some of the top specialists won't even see you without another doctor's referral.
Don't give up hope. I really believe that a very skilled specialist can help you.
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You may want to get in touch with Dr, Richard Mackool in Astoria Queens, New York. 718 728 3400. He is an expert with Restor lenses.who helped both of us and steered us in the right direction.
We both had the lenses explanted. We agree with jodiej about Dr. Bailey for surgery. His phone number is 215 836-1290.
BTW, I've read posts on this forum about IOLs that were successfully explanted after a YAG. But this undoubtedly takes special skills.
I am the person JodieJ was telling you about who had surgery done by Dr. Robert Bailey in Philadelphia. If it were not for lots of help and great advice from JodieJ and disappointed66 and others on this forum, I don't know what would have happened to me.
JodieJ told me to go find a REALLY good surgeon no matter where I had to travel. All of the local surgeons here told me there was NOTHING that could be done for me and no surgery could possibly fix my eye.
When I had one of my Restor lenses explanted, the local surgeon swore he could do a great job. The surgery went south because he had problems getting the lens out. Ended up completely botching the surgery and implanting the new lens into my eye in such a way that it was rubbing and chafing my iris. The eye became a nightmare.
When other doctors examined the eye they told me "no way to remedy this". jodieJ told me that some doctors tell you that when they don't have the skills to do it.
She also told me to get away from the local doctors. The closest big eye hospital from where I live was Philadelphia...Wills Eye Hospital and that's where I found my wonderful Doctor Bailey who is the head of cataract surgery there. He is not only a great surgeon, but he also is kind and listens to what you are telling him. He was able to do the surgery to repair my lens position which stopped the constant inflammation and pain I had in my eye.
I was able to come off of the prednisone I had been on for ten months.
Can't go back in time, but had I gone there in the first place to have my explant, none of this would have ever happened. If you do this you will save yourself immeasurable grief.
I was not lucky enough to find this website in time before having my explant; but am so grateful to these people for helping me in the end. They really have been through so much themselves that they know what they're talking about and know what we are going through.
Thank you for your replies. So true that you can't go back in time. But the lens keeps on driving me crazy. I will contact these doctors and ask them. This forum is a life saver! If I had checked here first, I would certainly not have had ReStor. I will get in touch with these doctors. Thanks again, Aleif
I found the forum after I had the Restor implanted. If I had checked it out first I would never have the had the Restor implanted in the first place either! Good luck to you. Keep us informed.
Get one of the local docs whom you've already seen to make the appointment for you. You paid them good money for their consultations. I really don't believe that they would have referred their spouse/mother/best friend with your problems to the doctor down the street. You will be seen several weeks (or several months) sooner if you are referred by an another ophthalmologist.
I just watched an online video available at today's osnsupersite ("Evaluating unhappy IOL patients with wavefront aberrometry" by David F. Chang, M.D.) The presenter discusses 4 cases of unhappy multifocal patients who became much happier after their multifocal IOL was explanted and replaced with a monofocal lens. (One case was post-YAG, but apparently the explant procedure was still not a big deal.) After analyzing the wavefront data of these patients, the presenter concludes that in addition to a healthy eye, a multifocal IOL requires a perfect cornea and perfect centration. So it makes sense that so many people are unhappy with their multifocals.
I think that if you don't have the attributes Jodie mentions, you may need to put up with the necessary steps to correct them. As examples: one might have to go through one or more instances of limbal relaxing incisions, get LASIK iif needed, get a decentered lens recentered if meeded. etc. etc.
Many posters here have articulated various woes with multifocal lenses. I really don't believe these lenses themselves are necessarily problematic. I do believe, however, that it takes a skilled eye surgeon experienced with the type of lens being considered, and I also believe that patients have to understand that corrective procedures may very well be needed after implantation.
I had 6.5 hours worth of eye surgery at the Univ. of Md. Research Ctr. Eye Clinic, AFTER a Retina "Specialist" in Fairfax Virginia (FFx. Hosp.) stated, "You'll Never see again", &,, HE was SUPPOSED to be "The Best". My original vision before Retina detachment was 2800/20 in That eye. After all was said and done, 25/20 with scare tissue at the optical nerve side of the Retina. On Dec. 11,2002 Dr. Tunis in Wilmington NC did a Intraoclar lens transplant (IOL) with GREAT Success. Also, since my "other" eye's vision was 3200/20 & Peoples' brains Cannot function with THAT kind of corrected vision difference Outside the eye, they corrected vision (& astigmatism) in the "good" eye too. Whoever/whatever has or had been done, in MY opinion, needed a Learning Lesson!!!! I will say this, I had some head trauma recently & the lens in my Operated eye has slipped out of place. Haven't gotten it fixed Yet as it was Yesterday, & I am 400 miles from Dr. Tunis. YEP these people who say call around, check others out... Yep, you've got to do your research & when you see someone, as you learn about it all, YOU can tell who knows what & who is full of $$$BS !!!!!