Pain in eye after cataract surgery 1 year

Posted by sunny1971 @sunny1971, Apr 28 7:11am

Hi friends has anyone had pain behind the eye 9 to 12 months after the cataract surgery? My husband still going down a dark road fighting the pain in his eyes he’s been to so many physicians no one seems to know what it is they all say his eye and cataracts are fine the surgery went well he had a expensive cataract lens put in which is called a panoptic, he feels the doctor did not place it properly or that is too strong for his eye. He’s been on drop after drop five or seven different drops sometimes they help most of the time they don’t.

@gocy

My cataracts were removed in January 2020. Both eyes were extremely nearsighted since age 2. I wore contact lenses for over fifty years. Since surgery both eyes hurt nearly all the time. I have spent hundreds of dollars on glasses that work for reading but pain results quickly. I am not a candidate for contact lenses. Reading is difficult at best. I have been to several ophthalmologists, including at the University of Iowa.

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Hello @gocy. I'd also like to send you a warm welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am sorry you are experiencing difficulty post-surgery. I am hopeful you will be able to connect with members like @sunny1971 whose husband experienced pain post-surgery as well and may have some additional information she can share as a follow up since her last post in April.

I also see members like @becsbuddy, @jakedduck1, and @pacer3702 have all joined as well so I will let you all continue to connect.

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@amandajro

Hello @gocy. I'd also like to send you a warm welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am sorry you are experiencing difficulty post-surgery. I am hopeful you will be able to connect with members like @sunny1971 whose husband experienced pain post-surgery as well and may have some additional information she can share as a follow up since her last post in April.

I also see members like @becsbuddy, @jakedduck1, and @pacer3702 have all joined as well so I will let you all continue to connect.

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Thank you very much

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@gocy

My cataracts were removed in January 2020. Both eyes were extremely nearsighted since age 2. I wore contact lenses for over fifty years. Since surgery both eyes hurt nearly all the time. I have spent hundreds of dollars on glasses that work for reading but pain results quickly. I am not a candidate for contact lenses. Reading is difficult at best. I have been to several ophthalmologists, including at the University of Iowa.

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Cataract surgery is often categorized as routine. My experience and that of other patients reflect cataract surgery as having many potential adverse results. Are patients apprised of these risks prep operation so more informed patient decision can be made?

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@gocy

Cataract surgery is often categorized as routine. My experience and that of other patients reflect cataract surgery as having many potential adverse results. Are patients apprised of these risks prep operation so more informed patient decision can be made?

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@gocy that’s what i hear all the time—how routine the surgery is, but… I made a 2nd appointment with my doctor to ask about side effects and problems. He, too, said problems are very rare.. you said you’ve seen an ophthalmologist at U. Of Iowa. Was he able to give you any information or at least, start to set your mind at ease?

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The surgery was done in Ames, Iowa, not at the Un.of Iowa. Post surgery I have made three trips to the Un.of Iowa because of ongoing pain and other issues. The issues started after the cataract surgery. So far no help.

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I have burning and watering eyes when watching TV for an hour or more. Had cataract surgery two years ago and this problem began following the surgery. I have tried many over the counter eye drops but they just make things worse. Anyone have any suggestions?

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@gocy

The surgery was done in Ames, Iowa, not at the Un.of Iowa. Post surgery I have made three trips to the Un.of Iowa because of ongoing pain and other issues. The issues started after the cataract surgery. So far no help.

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@gocy So you’ve made 3 trips to U of Iowa. Did you see an ophthalmologist on any of those trips? Have you been to see the doctor who did the surgery originally? What did either of these doctors say?

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@becsbuddy

@gocy So you’ve made 3 trips to U of Iowa. Did you see an ophthalmologist on any of those trips? Have you been to see the doctor who did the surgery originally? What did either of these doctors say?

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No answers from the ophthalmologists at U of I. They just say the cataracts were perfectly removed and replaced. They gave no referrals or direction. I have seen the surgeon who did the work a number of times. Her response was to see one her partners. I am so unhappy with the situation.

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@willows

I have burning and watering eyes when watching TV for an hour or more. Had cataract surgery two years ago and this problem began following the surgery. I have tried many over the counter eye drops but they just make things worse. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Have you tried Refresh Optive? I had similar symptoms for years, but no longer since using this product recommended by my eye specialist. I then dab the edges of my eyelids with a tissue to remove any makeup, etc. that may be blocking the lubricating ducts along the edges of my eyelids. Washing my face is not enough to really clean those ducts.

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@gocy

No answers from the ophthalmologists at U of I. They just say the cataracts were perfectly removed and replaced. They gave no referrals or direction. I have seen the surgeon who did the work a number of times. Her response was to see one her partners. I am so unhappy with the situation.

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Thank you for posting this. I don't feel so alone. My eyes are in pain and burning 24×7 in addition to sciatica, oral lichen planus and lichen planus all over my body. Burning in privates so they think I may be developing lichen planus there too. When I called for my eye dr's on call, the nurse said I should use the mineral oil drops that burn my eyes until I wash my face. If I use at night it burns all night long. The nurse said there's nothing more they can do and to see a naturopathic dr. Normally any PF free eye drop helps and doesn't burn but she said to use ones with mineral in it that burns my eyes like the dr recommended and there is no chance of my losing my eyesight, it's just severe dry eye. I have also developed over the past couple months burning from head to toe that does not go away. My pain pill reduces the burning but never totally takes it away, like my sciatica. My hands lock up so i cannot type or open doors, bottles, practically everything. I am able to type if I take frequent breaks and use pain meds. I have tried every anti-depressant and anti-psychotic/anxiety medicine and I always have reactions, my body is sensitive to drugs. Thank god it doesn't react to the small amount of pain pills I receive for my sciatica. Please, any help. The on call nurse said the eye dr's can't do anything more, only a holistic dr. Any help anyone can offer. Usually if you put something in your eyes and it burns for hours until you take it out it's your body trying to tell you something, isn't it? Like if I'd put bleach in my eye. thanks for your time.

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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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@gocy

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.

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