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Did your father have cataract surgery in both eyes already? If so, when?
one moment please..i'm trying to ask him by phone...
I couldn't get through to him, but my sister said it was probably more than 5 years ago...but i'm not sure if it was for one eye or both eyes
The reason I ask is because once a cataract is removed it doesn't come back. Why does he feel like he has another cataract?
because he says he sees a "film" over his eye
And that film is new ever since this incident with the insulin reaction?
his eye appointment is on tuesday but i was just trying to figure it out a bit before we go
Do you know how much worse his vision is now. after that incident than it was before?
If the vision really is significantly worse in that eye after that incident than right before it, then it is possible that something else other than a cataract happened to his eye.
he said he can see, but its not as sharp..he told me he never had a n operation on that eye
Okay, I see. It is certainly possible then that this is a cataract. And cataracts do tend to follow diabetic patients like dust follows wind.
they told him that...yes the opthamologist said that to him once before
have you ever heard of that happening?
If it turns out that it is the cataract causing his vision problems, then I see no reason why he should not be able to have the cataract removed by surgery. However, just an FYI, the surgery is done with ultrasound breaking up the cataract instead of laser.
i did not know that...how long does the procedure take and what is the recovery time?
also...does it make sense that 8-10 years ago it was done with a laser?!?
I don't think that the cataract formed that quickly in response to just this one episode. It was likely there for some time, gradually, but slowly getting worse. It is usually that a person has the sudden realization that the vision in the eye with the cataract is bad. This happens quite often when a person has a medical event that they may cover one in during. The procedure itself usually takes around 20-30 minutes and the recovery time is very short (usually less than a week for restricting activity). That's a good question about the laser. Cataract surgery has never been done with a laser in the past although as of the last year or so, a select few are using lasers to do certain portions of the surgery. If he had a laser surgery associated with a cataract 8-10 years ago it may have been to remove a cloudy membrane from behind his lens implant that was placed in his eye at the time of his cataract surgery in his other eye.
well i guess we really have to wait and see
Does that make sense? Do you have any other questions I can help you with regarding this problem?
do you think this requires a specialist in cataracts?
Every comprehensive ophthalmologist is a cataract specialist as this is the bread and butter surgery for any ophthalmologist.
that is another question..he currently sees a general eye doctor in southampton ny...
Is he a cataract surgeon or is he an optometrist?
is there any other reason he might see a film over his eye?
opthamologist...they do lots of surgery there
uh oh its a little blurry and theres a spot that comes up in the corner..like lines
It is possible that from that episode he may have had a stroke in the retina or optic nerve. This is unlikely but possible. Also possible that this could represent a new floater or floaters in the vitreous from this episode.
he said it's like a web in left eye, right corner towards the bridge of the nose
can floaters be fixed?
Yes, floaters can be fixed, so to speak, but for the most part, they usually just get better either by breaking up a bit, drifting out of the view of the patient, or the brain learning how to ignore them. Surgery is the only way floaters can be permanently removed.
thank you for presenting some possibilities, i appreciate your advice and information!
I'm happy to help. Any other questions I can answer for you?
just one...is a specialist of some sort necessary if he needs surgery?
is there some cutting edge place in manhattan that he should visit if there's a problem?
If he were to get the surgery to remove the floaters, then yes, this would need to be done by a retinal specialist. However, most people don't get this surgery because it is a major surgery with not a trivial risk of complications. If he needed to he could see the folks at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. 310 E. 14th StreetNew York, NY 10003(212)(###) ###-####/p>
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i know..thank you
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