Well, there are many things that can cause decreased vision and problems with reading two years post-cataract surgery. The most common is a posterior capsule opacity. Here is some information on this issue:
The artificial lens
is placed in the capsular bag after your lens (cataract) is removed. This capsule, in a large number of patients, can become cloudy with time and cause a decrease in vision. Some patients say it is almost like their cataract has come back, or they complain of glare, problems reading, driving at night etc.
The good news about a PCO is that it can be easily diagnosed and treated in your ophthalmologists
office -- no need for any further surgery or, many times, even a new eyeglass prescription.
How is it treated? Your eye is dilated just like it is for a routine eye exam. A drop of numbing medicine is placed in your eye and, in most cases, a special hand-held contact lens
is placed on your eye. You are positioned at a slit lamp that has a laser attached to it and, using the laser, (YAG) the capsule is cut allowing a clear path for light to get to your retina again. The entire procedure takes less then 5 minutes. There is no "post-op" recovery time needed and you can expect good vision to return as soon as the drops wear off.....sometimes even sooner.
As you can see this is treated with surgery. Since you were told that surgery wouldn't help you it is possible that you have dry age related macular degeneration. This condition can not be treated with any form of surgical or medical therapy other then the use of special multivitamins as discussed in the AREDS study. Here is some information on this issue:
Unfortunately there is no way to rid yourself of macular degeneration once it has started. The best thing you can do is to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle as you have already begun. Also, not smoking is a very important thing to be following. Lastly, a special formulation of multi-vitamins was proven in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study to slow the progression of macular degeneration and decrease the incidence of severe vision loss in macular degeneration. To that end, I would recommend buying one of these supplements (they can be found at any drug store over-the-counter) and start using them. They are all of fairly equal efficacy; but if you have smoked before in your life, do not take any of these supplements that have Vitamin A (also called beta-carotene
) in them because that can increase your risk for lung cancer.
If you could find out exactly what the doctors say is causing your vision loss I would be happy to specifically address that problem for you but, from what you have told me so far I would think you may be suffering from dry age related macular degeneration. Here is a good webpage that discusses this in detail:
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