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I had cataract surgery last Monday. After the surgery, my vision immediately changed from near sighted to far sighted. My surgeon says this is uncommon; but can happen. Now I will need glasses for distance instead of only for reading.
This is my "good" eye. The left eye was "lazy" as a young child and could never be corrected (though patches and exercises were used). I am quite concerned because I am due to have surgery on the bad eye in about six weeks.
Could a wrong len have been used, was the eye measured incorrectly, or could the len have been made improperly? Can this situation be reversed? Thank you very much for your help. Judi
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Yes, that is entirely possible. Your vision after cataract surgery depends upon a couple of factors, the most important of which is the power of the artificial lens placed inside your eye at the time of surgery.
What can be done about this? Well, as you have already noted, you can wear glasses. The other thing that can be done is to exchange the intraocular lens for one of a different power. Now that your surgeon knows what your final refractive error is with the current power IOL it should be easier to pick a different IOL to give you whatever postop refraction you would like: Nearsighted, Plano, or farsighted.
Does this make sense to you?
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I see that you are offline. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)
I really prefer to have vision as it was before, i.e. use reading glasses. If the procedure is redone, does that mean I have to pay another copay and then my insurance and Medicare are rebilled? If this is done, would insurance and Medicare refuse to pay for 2nd procedure on same eye?
One other question, please....since left eye is the "lazy" one, when cataract is removed from that eye, what could happen. I don't use that eye much and don't want to lose what vision there is in that eye. Thank you.