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Sorry, this is a long post:

;)

I am 47 years old, female and in "excellent" health, no smoking, drinking, etc. I had a clear lens extraction (for refraction -- no cataracts) because my eye doctor and his associates were so excited about the new alternatives to Lasik. I was losing my near vision, but intermediate was still good. They told me that I would be free from reading glasses, except for really small type. I have pretty bad eyes (-10 myopia soft contacts for 33 years). I wore +1.5 readers for extended reading, but not needed for computer work. He put in -12.5 Crystalens for right eye and I had great distance vision, and was planning to do the left eye 4 weeks later. I called to tell him that my closeup vision was much worse than before the surgery and his technician said he may want to do more measurements before doing the 2nd eye. He never called me to come in, but when I went for surgery on the left eye, he said they had decided to do my other eye so that I would be slightly nearsighted and that would carry me through till the right eye gained near vision. He put in -14 in the left eye. The near was immediately amazing in the left, but terrible distance. I NEVER WANTED MONO-VISION AND I HATE IT!!!!

Now -- right eye (2-1/2 months post-op) and left (1-1/2 months post-op) are exactly the same as after surgery -- distance in right 20/20 but can't see to even use the computer, let alone read. Left eye -- good for closeup, 20/70 for distance. MONO-VISION. Which is pretty irritating during the day, and I can NOT see well enough to drive at night. And I drive at night a lot.

But in addition to that: I have cloudiness in both eyes which he says I need to have laser to fix (YAG?) and I am at high risk for detached retinas being very myopic and my mom & sister both had D.R. previously for no apparent reason. I heard that YAG really increased the risk of D.R. And Crystalens really increases the risk of PCO because it is made of silicone. And you can't get a Scleral Buckle if you need it for Detached Retina because of the silicone in the Crystalens. Why didn't anyone tell me this?????

Believe it or not: the worst part is this -- I have constant edge glare where I can see reflections around the lens (doctor says this is not possible, I'm not really seeing the edge of the lens). It's like floaters -- no big deal if you just ignore it and I have halos at night -- also not such a big deal -- BUT, I have EXTREME edge glare/flare that looks like sunrays only usually rainbow-coloured, that flash across the front of the lens when any light source hits the edge of the lens, day or night. In doctor's offices and side-view, rear-view mirrors, street lights being the worst. I also see major glare from windows even during the day. He gave me the Alphagan P (Allergan) but that did nothing to stop the light show.

I know that removing the lenses is probably not possible -- I've read all the horror stories, and YAG would weaken the capsule, quite possibly causing Detached Retinas. He said I may not have a choice and I will have to do the laser procedure. Why would a reputable surgeon do this to a perfectly healthy person, knowing how risky these lenses are? Are they using us as guinea pigs??? Is there anything I can do to see better/not go blind?

I thought about sports contacts to cut down on the glare/reflections -- not sure how dark they are for night driving (I sometimes use sunglasses at night now, but it's scary) And I considered Multifocal contacts to get back some near vision -- I miss it badly. That's the only reason I did the surgery. I'm now wearing one contact for distance, since I was so miserable with mono-vision. So I'll be back to contacts and reading glasses and I went through excruciating pain for the 1st eye surgery and still have eye pain in that eye, a lot of money ($6,000 total) and I am higher than ever risk for detached retina and have major light show/fireworks when encountering light sources in my peripheral vision.

I'm so miserable. It's good I went through this first because several relatives/friends were considering Crystalens implants. I have spared them and I hope to warn others. I know everyone says have patience, but I highly doubt this will get better since it hasn't changed at all in 2-1/2 months. Not even a little.
[QUOTE=EYE-KANT-C;3219688]Sorry, this is a long post:

;)

I am 47 years old, female and in "excellent" health, no smoking, drinking, etc. I had a clear lens extraction (for refraction -- no cataracts) because my eye doctor and his associates were so excited about the new alternatives to Lasik. I was losing my near vision, but intermediate was still good. They told me that I would be free from reading glasses, except for really small type. I have pretty bad eyes (-10 myopia soft contacts for 33 years). I wore +1.5 readers for extended reading, but not needed for computer work. He put in -12.5 Crystalens for right eye and I had great distance vision, and was planning to do the left eye 4 weeks later. I called to tell him that my closeup vision was much worse than before the surgery and his technician said he may want to do more measurements before doing the 2nd eye. He never called me to come in, but when I went for surgery on the left eye, he said they had decided to do my other eye so that I would be slightly nearsighted and that would carry me through till the right eye gained near vision. He put in -14 in the left eye. The near was immediately amazing in the left, but terrible distance. I NEVER WANTED MONO-VISION AND I HATE IT!!!!

Now -- right eye (2-1/2 months post-op) and left (1-1/2 months post-op) are exactly the same as after surgery -- distance in right 20/20 but can't see to even use the computer, let alone read. Left eye -- good for closeup, 20/70 for distance. MONO-VISION. Which is pretty irritating during the day, and I can NOT see well enough to drive at night. And I drive at night a lot.

But in addition to that: I have cloudiness in both eyes which he says I need to have laser to fix (YAG?) and I am at high risk for detached retinas being very myopic and my mom & sister both had D.R. previously for no apparent reason. I heard that YAG really increased the risk of D.R. And Crystalens really increases the risk of PCO because it is made of silicone. And you can't get a Scleral Buckle if you need it for Detached Retina because of the silicone in the Crystalens. Why didn't anyone tell me this?????

Believe it or not: the worst part is this -- I have constant edge glare where I can see reflections around the lens (doctor says this is not possible, I'm not really seeing the edge of the lens). It's like floaters -- no big deal if you just ignore it and I have halos at night -- also not such a big deal -- BUT, I have EXTREME edge glare/flare that looks like sunrays only usually rainbow-coloured, that flash across the front of the lens when any light source hits the edge of the lens, day or night. In doctor's offices and side-view, rear-view mirrors, street lights being the worst. I also see major glare from windows even during the day. He gave me the Alphagan P (Allergan) but that did nothing to stop the light show.

I know that removing the lenses is probably not possible -- I've read all the horror stories, and YAG would weaken the capsule, quite possibly causing Detached Retinas. He said I may not have a choice and I will have to do the laser procedure. Why would a reputable surgeon do this to a perfectly healthy person, knowing how risky these lenses are? Are they using us as guinea pigs??? Is there anything I can do to see better/not go blind?

I thought about sports contacts to cut down on the glare/reflections -- not sure how dark they are for night driving (I sometimes use sunglasses at night now, but it's scary) And I considered Multifocal contacts to get back some near vision -- I miss it badly. That's the only reason I did the surgery. I'm now wearing one contact for distance, since I was so miserable with mono-vision. So I'll be back to contacts and reading glasses and I went through excruciating pain for the 1st eye surgery and still have eye pain in that eye, a lot of money ($6,000 total) and I am higher than ever risk for detached retina and have major light show/fireworks when encountering light sources in my peripheral vision.

I'm so miserable. It's good I went through this first because several relatives/friends were considering Crystalens implants. I have spared them and I hope to warn others. I know everyone says have patience, but I highly doubt this will get better since it hasn't changed at all in 2-1/2 months. Not even a little.[/QUOTE]


I am so sorry to hear about your difficulties. I have been a high myope my entire life. Recently had implantable contacts, but now considering having them removed and having clear lens extraction because my own lens has had changes that create visual abberations very similar to what you describe. Have also had 2 retinal holes, so am at higher risk for detachment as well. It is scary.

Just wondering about the Crystalens implants. Is that a brand name and are there other kinds that have been more successful? Are there other brands that allow for scleral buckle should you need one? Thanks and best wishes.





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