How Do Cataracts Distort Your Vision?

April 15th, 2021

Cataracts

April 13th, 2021

3rd Eye Surgery

April 6th, 2021

In early February, I went back to the eye doctor for another exam. I was now experiencing problems with my close-up vision in my right eye.

After going through another complete eye exam that included both numbing drops and drops to dilate the eye, the doctor told me that the cataract in my eye had now progressed and that it was not time to have the surgery to correct it.

The surgery was scheduled for March 23, 2021.

It is now almost 2 weeks after the surgery. So in less than 9 months, I have had 3 eye surgeries.

2nd Eye Surgery

March 9th, 2021

I had previously been diagnosed with a cataract in my left eye, but I was told by the doctors that the surgery to correct the macular hole would in fact make the cataract worse and definitely impair my close-up vision even more.

In November, my eye had healed from the 1st surgery and I was told that it was now time to do the cataract surgery.

On December 15,20201,m I had my 2nd eye surgery on my left eye.

After the surgery was completed, the doctor told me that the cataract had increased in size and that there was a lot of the cataract that was removed.

1st Eye Surgery Vitrectomy

March 2nd, 2021

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, I had the first of 3 eye surgeries.

Surgery #1 was a Vitrectomy with an ILM membrane peel and the injection of a gas buddle to help the eye retain its normal shape as the eye healed.

It took 9 1/2 weeks for my eye to heal and my vision restored.

This surgery made the cataract in my left eye much worse and over the next 5+ months, my close-up vision once again became very blurry.

American Academy of Ophthalmology

February 23rd, 2021

What Causes a Macular Hole?

A macular hole is when a tear or opening forms in your macula. As the hole forms, things in your central vision will look blurry, wavy, or distorted. As the hole grows, a dark or blind spot appears in your central vision. A macular hole does not affect your peripheral (side) vision.

Sometimes a macular hole can form when the macula swells from other eye diseases. Or it can be caused by an eye injury.

Age is the most common cause of the macular hole. As you get older, the vitreous begins to shrink and pull away from the retina.

Retina Specialist

February 16th, 2021

The surgery is termed a Vitrectomy, and a membrane peel, which removes the vitreous membrane, and the peel is so the hole in the macula has mobility for closure.

A gas bubble is inserted which keeps fluid away from the macula and seals up the hole.

The macula is in the back of the eye close to the optic nerve and we read with this part of the eye. The hole occurs when the PVD (posterior vitreous detachment) vitreous gel, collapses and pulls away.

Your vitreous has collapsed and is now stuck to your macula, and consequently, this has “popped a hole.”

Eye Problems 2

February 9th, 2021

I went to the appointment. My eyes were dilated and the same OCT test was done again, to see if there had been any changes in the short time.

I did not like the doctor at all. He spent less than 5 minutes with me, barely explained what the treatment would be, did not answer any questions, and rushed through the entire office visit/exam. He also said that I needed surgery in the next 2 weeks or I would go blind.

When I left this exam, I was really scared and very apprehensive.

Eye Problems 1

February 2nd, 2021

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, at exactly 11:45 AM, I was working on my laptop.

I begin to notice my vision in my left eye was becoming very blurry.

I removed my glasses and saw that they were pretty dirty, so I cleaned them and put them back on, but the blurry vision persisted.

Becoming somewhat alarmed, I turned off the computer and went to sit on the couch and watch TV. I could see the TV fine, but when I closed my good (right) eye, I began to see a white dot about the size of a pencil eraser. The dot was 6 inches down from the top and 6 inches from the left. As I moved my head from side to side, the white dot also moved.