Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
It sounds like you had swelling of your cornea due to the "stressing/damage" to your endothelium
This sometime happens after cataract surgery and in the vast majority of cases, it resolves with time and everything is just fine.
I do not believe that you need worry about your sight or cataract operation might be adversely affected should you wait to see the ophthalmologist
at a later date as the nursing Sister recommended.
So. What is the take home message? From what you have posted I feel you can wait to see your surgeon without any risk to your eye and vision. There is no need to consult a Doctor privately (beyond, of course, the Fantastic Eye Surgeons here online)
Does this make sense to you?
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Dr. Rick MD FACS