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Return of Blurry Vision After Cataract Surgery

I had both my Cataract Surgeries in October last year, a short five months ago. My vision was so amazing after surgery I felt like I was on cloud nine!

Cataract Surgery, A Patient’s Journal

Cataract Surgery, A Patient's Journal

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But over the last 4-6 weeks, I started noticing I was needing my drugstore readers more and more often because I couldn’t focus on the smaller print again, or the light was too dim. Now I have the Symfony lenses, so super fine print and low light required the readers on occasion, but this was beginning to be an increasing necessity. I was scheduled for a dilated followup, so I waited until that visit to discuss with my surgeon.

I work here at The Harman Eye Clinic, so I knew what was happening… I had Posterior Capsular Opacity (PCO) and was going to need a YAG Laser* treatment. I’ve been here long enough to know that 20-30% of cataract patients develop significant PCO and require this treatment to clear up their vision. I also know it can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 20+ years before it’s needed! Some people refer to it as an “after cataract” because it’s something that develops after cataract surgery. It’s also referred to as a “secondary cataract” which also means after cataract. It isn’t the cataract coming back. It’s not something that went wrong with your surgery. It’s just that some people can develop a thickening of the back (posterior) of the lens capsule which holds the artificial lens in place. This thickening of the capsule causes your vision to become cloudy (opaque).

Sure enough, my exam showed that glare was back and my vision was decreased. Time to schedule the YAG appointments.

While the procedure name sounds pretty unusual, the procedure itself is fairly simple. There weren’t any restrictions… in fact it’s a lot like going for an eye exam! Vitals, drops to dilate the eye that was going to be treated, sit down in front of the laser with your chin in a chin rest, focus on a little green light for a few minutes and you’re done. The surgeon uses the laser to create a small opening in the capsule to allow what you see to get to your retina without having to pass through that opaque tissue. My surgeon explained that I might notice some floaters afterwards (which I didn’t) and to call if I had problems.

I used some artificial tears after I got home because my eye felt dry, and I was dilated for a couple of hours. I drove myself, went shopping on my way home and resumed normal activities… except I couldn’t read through that blurry eye!

*YAG is the abbreviation for Yttrium Aluminum Garnet which is a crystal that is used as a lasing medium (see, YAG is much easier!).

Learn more from a video about Yag LasersI

Patient Journals as she goes through cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery- A Patient’s Journal

 

 

Post Questions on Facebook for LIVE Fridays

We are authentic people who have had the experience of refractive surgery.  We have embraced the culture at The Harman Eye Clinic since our first day of employment.  We love to share our knowledge and heart with our patients.

Pam loves to talk about life!  She loves to hike, get out in a canoe, run and so much more.  But she also loves to talk about refractive surgery.  That is why her position here as head Refractive Consultant, is an awesome fit.  About a year ago, Pam created a LIVE show to help patients navigate through iLASIK and Cataract surgery concerns.

Now it is possible to post your questions on Facebook or on our blog.  These questions will help others who may hesitate writing on the internet.  If you are so inclined, post your questions and tune-in to The Harman Eye Clinic Facebook LIVE program on Friday and one o’clock.

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Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

Ask you questions now or during the LIVE program.

Look forward to hearing from you!

 

Been on the fence about iLASIK?

Wonder whether LASIK is safe?  We understand!  We have been there.  And, we can help you get off that fence once and for all.  We have answers that are tailored just for you!

FREE iLASIK CONSULTATION WITH SURGEON

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This free consultation is valued well over $300, with diagnostic testing. You will receive answers that are created especially for you, with your vision, health history, current medical conditions, lifestyle and vision expectations, in mind.  You’ll be talking to  Dr. Ballon, Dr. Wietharn or Dr. Bajenova.  They will meet with you at the end of your diagnostic testing, education and measurements.

FREE iLASIK CONSULTATION WITH SURGEON

 

Your visit will look like this:

  • A call from our refractive consultant to answer any questions before your visit.
  • An email with special links to: 1) a patient portal in order to complete past and current medical conditions, 2) a patient informed consent video with short quiz to help clarify your expectations
  • Check in and be welcomed by our staff.  There will be no charge to you at this visit.
  • A professional ophthalmic assistant will take specific measurements with our state-of-the-art iLASIK equipment, while answering any of your questions during each test.

FREE iLASIK CONSULTATION WITH SURGEON

  • Your pupils will be dilated with strong dilating drops that usually last well into the next day.  You may wish to bring a loved-one along to do the driving afterwards.
  • Once all of your medical tests and measurements have been completed and you are well-dilated, your surgeon will meet with you to answer any of your questions.
  • You will leave knowing that iLASIK is a procedure recommended by your surgeon or you will be told the reasons why iLASIK is not a good choice for your particular medical status.  Either way, there is no obligation to move forward with iLASIK.
  • It will be the best 2-hours of time you ever spent for you will be off the fence once and for all.

 

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THEC New Year’s Letter

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2018 Patient Annual New Year Letter

A New Way to Attend Seminars!

FACEBOOK LIVE

Wouldn’t you love to have your own personal assistant who would guide you through the mysteries of eye surgery?

There is a new way to get questions answered here at The Harman Eye Clinic in Arlington, Washington!

For several months, our seasoned Refractive Consultant, Pam Miller, has bravely entered the world of LIVE Facebook every Friday afternoon.  She eagerly meets up with patients, past, present and those who will visit in the future.

Each Friday, Pam posts the time she will go live.  You are invited to post your requests for topics to cover during the live show on Facebook.  There is no question too small or too big to ask.  We can talk intelligently about iLASIK, cataract surgery, advanced technology, lifestyle lens implants, glaucoma, macular degeneration, irritated and red eyes, dry eyes, whatever interests you at the moment.

The Surgeons at The Harman Eye Clinic  are convinced that a well-informed patient is a happy patient.  You are the reason we are here.  We hope you take advantage of our Facebook service soon.

To go to our Facebook page, click here.  When you like us on Facebook, you will get a notification announcement of the exact time on Friday.

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Second Surgery, Day One – A Journal VI

I had my one day post op after my second surgery. My vision was pretty blurry due to a bit of swelling on the cornea, so I’ve waited to share.

Needle and threadNow when you decide on having a “lifestyle lens,” you really have to think about how you spend your time and what your particular vision needs are. Myself, I work on a computer and interact with patients. Ok, that’s 40 hours of my week. Typically, I’m awake about 122 hours in a week, so that accounts for 1/3 of my time. Driving: an hour a day. Family time includes reading, watching television, board games. Weekends are your typical housekeeping chores. Hobbies? Making quilts! Accurately measuring, cutting, sewing and pressing. Hand sewing the bindings on finished quilts. For me, being able to thread a needle and follow a line of stitching was vital.

Quilting

These Symfony lenses have the ability to let you see for reading, computer and driving. But super fine like I wanted required either cheaters (non-prescription magnifying glasses you find in a drug store) or, choosing a power for the implant that would provide that. Choosing that option may require glasses for driving. That is the choice I made.

Right now, I’m threading needles and hand sewing along that line of stitching!

My advice to those of you considering a Lifestyle lens? Evaluate your life! What are your visual needs? Communicate this to your surgeon. You may be an avid outdoor enthusiast, golfer, pilot or ham operator! Reading may be your passion. There’s as many lifestyles as there are people, each one unique and important.

I still have a couple weeks for my vision to stabilize, but right now I have what I can only describe as “normal” vision. I’m seeing what I want to see. How awesome is that?!?

 

 

One Week & 2nd Eye Surgery – A Journal V

One week later. Scheduled for a one week post op and second surgery. Depending on how your eye heals, your personal preference and the difference between your eyes, surgeries can be scheduled 1-3 weeks or further apart. I was fortunate to be 1 week.

I have noticed a lot of struggle between my new eye and the other one this past week. It felt like the new eye was doing about 90% of the work and the old one was trying to keep up. Those floaters from the medication last week? They were gone 3 days after surgery. What was really cool was turning on my side to read in bed without my glasses getting in the way!

The halos are much smaller around lights, more something I observe but not causing any difficulty, All in all, it’s been a great week between surgeries!

My one week check up was great. Healing well, seeing 20/20 without correction. My biggest hobby is sewing quilt tops, so I’ve asked my surgeon to set my lens power for reading or “near” vision to help me with my hand sewing.

My surgical experience was every bit as good as the first time. I even slept a bit before and during! I still don’t remember a great deal of what went on in the OR… and I can say that because I know what happens since I work there! The medication in my eye this time is more like a cloud over the outside half of my vision. I had a foreign body sensation which I knew was the incision from surgery, and artificial tears took care of that.

I’ll check in again tomorrow and let you know how I am with the dilation gone. I’m still ecstatic with my surgery. I’m very proud to be a part of the Team at The Harman Eye Clinic. It’s a blessing to help others with improving their vision, and I’m one of many staff members who have experienced the benefit of various procedures we can do. iLASIK, Refractive Lens Exchange, Cataract surgery with an assortment of lens options. It’s all good!

Second Surgery, Day One – A Journal VI

Imagine iLASIK working for you.

The Harman Eye Clinic, in Arlington, Washington, invites you to stop in for a free, brief screening and meet-up with one of our surgeons.  There is no pressure or obligation to have surgery.  We are here to help you decide what type of vision lifestyle is best for you and whether you want to research further.  No one is the same and we do not expect to treat you like everyone else.

When you are ready either stop in (903 Medical Center Drive, Arlington WA) or call us at 360-474-2561 or 800-755-3937 and ask for a free screening.  Make the most of your lifetime!