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Old 10-18-2003, 05:00 AM
Ray Van Sickler
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I had catarac surgery in both eyes last year. In the r4ight eye vision was improved for a feshort time after surgery then deteriated to a blur. The doctorgave me a steroid injection and prescribed Acular and Lotemax every two hours over a month period. Upon re-examination he noticed a film (?) ibeneath the lens which he sad could be causing the blur but could be removed with laser surgery in abot three months but that I should continue with the Acular, Lotemax and an additional medicine "Pred Forte"...all of these four times a day.<br>As for the left eye after initial surgery there was improvement in clarity and sharpness at first but began to see waviness in the vertical and horizontal lines with a slight difference in depth perception than the right eye. The doctor also prescribed the same three medicines in that eye over the three month period.<br><br>I note in your advice on using Lotmax that serious side effects could occur for use over an extended period of time. Does my condition described above give cause for alarm???<br><br>Thank you<br><br>Ray Van Sickler
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:00 AM
Dr. Mark
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Ray,<br>These are common meds used after cataract surgery to decrease the inflammatory process that naturally occurs after cataract surgery. What you described for your right eye...the thing that is behind the lens and is corrected with laser surgery is call a posterior capsular membrane. This membrane is very common after cataract surgery and many people need this membrane removed from the line of sight after cataract surgery. It is typical to wait 3 months for this laser procedure to assure the eye and the new lens implant is stable. From the way you described you situation you may have also suffered from cystoid macular edema or fluid in the macular area of the retina. This can cause wavy lines. This is a well known condition that some people get after cataract surgery and it is mainly an inflammatory condition so it is treated with the exact medicines that your doctor prescribe for you. If macular edema exist then it usually resolves in 2 to 12 weeks depending on the severity of the condition. As long as you are having the fluid pressure in your eye monitored regularly while you are using these meds then you are doing all you can and your doctor will see to it that nothing abnormal will happen to you. I hope this helps. But please do not skip appointments with your doctor....that is how problems are detected early. And if the waviness of your vision is getting worse or not improving then see your doctor immediately to rule out macular degeneration.
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Old 09-10-2007, 12:03 AM
Pat Kelly
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I was on Actos, got blurred vision, Shots in eyes, lasersThen put on Avanida, cateract surgery in both eues, Great vision for only a few days, now Legally blind--could it be The Actos & Avanida?
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