First ophthalmologist cataract surgeon I saw I not only made it clear at initial visit that I wanted a lens implant for distance vision, I have worn reading glasses most of my life and don't mind them, that I did not want to need glasses for distance or driving after the surgery. I FAXed him some questions after that initial visit and received a letter from his office clearly stating if I didn't need glasses for distance and driving before surgery I wouldn't need them after surgery.
I went for a second opinion to an out of town ophthalmologist who was highly recommended, practiced at a renowned eye institute affiliated with a teaching hospital and who well known for his glaucoma research since I was concerned about the effect of cataract surgery on my mild glaucoma in that eye. I made it clear to this surgeon as well that I wanted a lens for distance vision and did not want to have to wear glasses for distance after the surgery but put nor got anything in writing. I opted to schedule the surgery with him. At not time did he suggest any other type of lens implant.
The implant he gave me was a "reading" implant. To add insult to injury the implant is even stronger than he intended (which I realize is a "honest" and somewhat unavoidable error) so that I must hold written material much closer to my face than is comfortable.
I can NOT drive at night w/o glasses. I encounter halos around headlights, around street lights and around business sign lights so bad that I cannot see except to close that eye and drive with just my good eye. I cannot see to drive with just the eye that had surgery, everything is just one big blur.
At no time prior to surgery did this surgeon mention "mono-vision" or suggest or discuss what type of implant he thought I should have or he intended to use nor give me any reason to expect I would get anything but a distance lens implant as I indicated I wanted and expected.
I've been told my only options are replacing the implant lens with the correct one which is NOT recommended; refractory surgery, contact lenses, or glasses with corrective lens, w/or w/o bifocal/trifocal vision. The first corrective lens we tried did not work and he has suggested the frame and lens is too large and a smaller frame and lens needed. I am currently waiting for the new smaller frame and lens to arrive.
In his letter to my optometrist prior to the cataract surgery he did state" "However, the cataract seems to be bothersome for her, particularly with driving." He also stated that "we reviewed the somewhat increased risk of cataract surgery in eyes with pseudoexfoliation ... " which is untrue. He didn't even bother to mention the risk of "floaters" either.
I am NOT a happy camper. But then I have not been blinded nor completely lost sight in that eye. Nonetheless, do I have ANY recourse. This man either accidentally or intentionally gave me a lens implant the exact opposite of what I made it clear I wanted if I were to have the cataract surgery.
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