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bob

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Aug 12, 2002
Location
Regina, Canada
Has anyone had the implanted lens changed after treatment? Several years ago I had mine done, right eye is perfect left eye not so good. Thought I would get used to it but not getting any better. Talked to eye doctor and she said not to try replacing the lens because its an invasive procedure and there is no guarantee that the new lens would be better than the one that is there. I can live with it but pisses me off.
Bob
 

plannerpower

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Joined
Jul 20, 2005
Location
Newcastle, Australia
I had a double lensectomy done in 2000 at age 56; it was not for cataract but for correction of the extreme myopia (short-sight) that I had had since birth.

A bonus, as the surgeon said at the time, was that I would not require future cataract treatment.

I was assured that the lenses (IODs) would never move on the eyeball; they are retained by tiny "claws" called haptics.

In about 2015 I noticed a change in the sight of one eye; the (different) specialist that I consulted could find no problem at first but I insisted and he finally found the IOD. It had slipped off the front of the eyeball and travelled around to the back.

The following days were dramatic; he arranged an urgent appointment with a surgeon, who operated in his clinic theatre the next day. On the following day, after checking the results, the surgeon, with another surgeon, operated again at the clinic but suddenly suspended matters and said "Meet you at the hospital this afternoon".

After a couple of hours in the hospital theatre digging-around in my eye, he and another surgeon managed to put the lens back in proper position.

This was all done, as is necessary in eye surgery, with only local anaesthetic; it's highly-traumatic to hear surgeons discussing the problem while digging-around in your eye with what feels like a crowbar.

Afterwards I felt as if I'd fought ten rounds with Cassius Clay; it was at least six months before my life and my eye returned to normal.

Simple replacement would, of course, not be as traumatic but I described my experience to provide data for your decision.

I would just add that I think your eye doctor gave you good advice.
 

FredC

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Joined
Oct 29, 2010
Location
Dewees Texas
I have had my left eye done and one doctor at the clinic said I had scarring from the procedure on the back of the capsule. The doctor that did the surgery said that it was discoloration from the cataract at of the back of the capsule. The correction to fix the halos would be to laser the scar/residual cataract material. This will make a hole in the bag holding the lens and may make future replacement of the lens more difficult I think.
I am not 100% with the new lens as it has a frosted area from 5 to 6mm on the diameter. I see weird partial circles around point surfaces of light at night. Surgeon says that my pupil cannot open wide enough that that would not be the cause. I think he is mistaken because i do a lot of night hunting on the ranch and i still have excellent night vision for a 70 year old. And that is why I am reluctant to have the laser procedure not sure if I like the lens I got.

To the OP you need to know if the cause of the recent issue is the replacement lens or the capsular bag. Laser is easy for a bag issue. Replacing a lens is more complicated but is done fairly often. I can probably find some videos of the surgery if you want to see them.

Planner power you may want to look at this. I did watch the video it is not the same issue but interesting anyway.
 
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DDoug

Diamond
Joined
Oct 18, 2005
Location
NW Pa
Has anyone had the implanted lens changed after treatment? Several years ago I had mine done, right eye is perfect left eye not so good. Thought I would get used to it but not getting any better. Talked to eye doctor and she said not to try replacing the lens because its an invasive procedure and there is no guarantee that the new lens would be better than the one that is there. I can live with it but pisses me off.
Bob
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