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Too often patients suffering adverse effects following cataract surgery have no medical recourse. This is unacceptable for patients. Ophthalmologists seem inflexible to revisit undesirable post surgical outcomes. Patients are made to carry the adverse effects when the risks were not addressed before surgery.

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I am hoping that medical faculty, clinical staff and nurses read comments posted. Comments are anecdotal and offer insights that may be helpful in clinical practice.

Was "only" an Iridotomy" referral from my Optometrist; Ophthalmoloigst… she did it and I left office. I have read should wait fifteen minutes to check? Month later Covid had closed Optometrist so Ophthalmologist saw me again as I was getting some double vision. Her staff did some normal tests but my eye pressure was not taken; my angles were not checked.
Dr. had told me over phone beforehand, dont worry your angles are nice and wide…how would she know without checking in person? My Optometrist shied away.
Anyway before I left her office she said to me: you have the eyes/vision of a 20 year old I am 77) and when I asked about the double vision when looking at objects close but seeing objects in background double (and vice versa) she said, its age-rleated. I agree, and of course not all eye drs. the same, but there doesn't seem to be much accountability for follow up or further issues.
I think getting copies of medical notes from our files might be useful, if any are made/kept?
GOOD IDEA OR NOT…. BEFORE procedures, ask the referring doctor: should I have issues after the surgery/treatment, "who" will take care of me you or the referred doctor?? and get it in writing or have someone with you.
I know especially through Covid it has been difficult for all medical professionals, and most are amazing: but as patients, we need to know the risks and who will be responsible should there be a negative outcome to some procedures, shouldn't we? Or are we to be just left to our own resources?

Spot on @lacy2 I wish I had been made aware by my Dr. that secondary cataracts were possible, after having cataract surgeries. I was left fending for myself with kooky double vision and discomfort for months, after one specialist missed it. I eventually found out I had secondary cataracts because I had a stitch lose from my previous cornea surgery that sent me to the ER while on vacation. The young opthamologist who went to snag my stitch, noticed immediately the secondary cataract.

This is a good reason to be here on Connect. To offer experience to others so they can advocate for themselves. Knowledge is power. And I will say, not all doctors overlook details we should be made aware of. There are some real good docs out there.