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Did the doctor say that she had endophthalmitis?
am not sure of dx
Are you sure she had lasik surgery and not cataract surgery? If she had lasik I think she is the oldest person I've ever heard of having this operation....
she had the surgery awhile ago and this last surgery was corrective to improve vision, she stated something about a flap and the dr only had to do a stitch, as i stated her original surgeon did not want to do anything, he recommended she wear glasses
Are you still there?
yes still here
Ok. It sounds like she may have a severe external infection, perhaps a corneal ulcer of melting of the flap. If her vision is at the light perception level (sees only shadows) I think it would be an excellent idea to get a second opinion, perhaps from a corneal expert.
do they go by a special name?
The drops you posted are very good and are indicated for infections that don't actually get inside the eyeball itself.
Yes. They are called corneal/external disease specialists. They are a sub-specialty of ophthalmology (eye MD)
So it does sound like she is getting the correct treatment but I am concerned that her vision is so bad....
how long does it usually take for something of this nature to clear, is this amount of time reasonable? this vision problem is only in the one eye
It depends upon the bacteria involved, what damage is done to the eye etc. It is possible that, if she were to have a very severe corneal ulcer, that her vision may not return. This is also true if the infection were to get inside her eyeball.
so would you recommend she see a corneal dr?
Yes. I think a second opinion would be valuable if only to say that the right thing is being done. This way everyone would have more information on what the best course would be to try and get back her vision.
would you know if we can just make an appointment or do we need a referral?
you can just call and make an appointment since I'm sure your mother in law has medicare.
yes she does thank you. but till we can get her in to see someone , you feel this course of tx is appropriate?
yes. If it is a corneal infection the drops she is currently using are correct as is the frequency of use.
ok thank you, XXXXX XXXXX it
My pleasure. I hope your mother in law gets better soon. Give her my best.
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