May 15, 2021
In December 2020, I had cataract surgery on both eyes. I developed severe dry eyes and not much improvement in vision. 6 months later when I went for a post-op visit, the cataract doctor informed me that I had developed a film on my right eye. He said it was common and asked me if I had any blurriness. I did not. Said it was no big deal and to return at my convenience to have it lasered off. Next morning I woke up and had slight blurriness which I figured was what he was talking about the day before. Since it was slight and I was busy at the time, I let it go until it got worse (about 6 weeks later) at which time I called for an appointment to have the film removed. I told the receptionist how bad it had gotten. When I went in and after the cataract doctor examined my eye he told me I had a detached retina and 3 macular tears. I was stunned as I thought it was all the film becoming thicker. They made an appointment for me with a retina surgeon for the next day. The cataract doctor told me he thought they could "fix" it. Grrrrr.... I had the surgery to attach the retina in 3 days. It was a "complete lift" they said so no hurry. The surgery went well and a gas bubble was placed in my eye. Two months later at my post op visit with the retina surgeon I was told the retina was leaking and was becoming detached. Needless to say, surgery next day for re attachment, this time using an oil capsule. Fast forwarding to present, I was given the choice by the retina doctor to leave the oil capsule in and live with the blurriness and reduced vision or take it out to rid the blurriness and take the the chance of it re detaching. At present I have chosen to leave it in till I see him again in 3 months. What to do, what to do.