Starburst – fireworks after cataract surgery
History: In her 70s my mother experienced ‘vision loss’. New glasses. Cataract surgery- each eye separately. Multiple visits to Yale New Haven Hospital's eye specialists and even the UCONN school of medicine specialists studied my Mom for nearly five years and found 'nothing wrong' with her eyes. She “just couldn't see.” Not blind but no amount of magnifying glasses or even sitting 10 feet away from a 60" television helped. She saw images and colors but could not identify the characters or what they were doing. It broke her heart to not be able to read even her morning newspaper.
Naturally, these things impacted my own decisions when I started developing vision problems in the fall of 2014. I was 74; approximately the age my Mom's problems had started. I saw my doctor for new glasses. The vision problems escalated so I was sent for cataract surgery. The Cataract surgeon diagnosed a Retina problem. The Retinologist said the retina was wrinkled and in early 2015 I had Retinal surgery. I waited until the retinologist 'cleared' me a year later to proceed with the cataract surgery. Each step of the way I gave the doctors my family history of visual problems.
I had cataract surgery over a year ago. Because of my family history, and the fact I have amblyopia, I opted for a lens implant that I had been told by friends would be a long-term cure. My Cataract surgeon did not discuss the pros and cons. She was happy with my $2,400 choice, she had me sign a medical release form, but did not submit the request for approval to Medicare or my medical insurance company.
Immediately after the surgery I had "4th of July Fireworks with oncoming traffic headlights (aka Starbursts) " blinding me at night; I live 30 miles away from town. The surgery and recovery took longer than expected and it was almost dark when I got outside. Halogen headlights are horrific and rainy nights are downright scary. (Monsoon rains are worse.) I do not have any problems after being dialated and driving in daylight hours I generally shop for an hour before getting in the car, and did not anticipate the after dark problem.
Since the surgery, when I drive at night I have to wait for a car that I can follow (aka a pace car), to get me where I need to be. Not driving at night is not an option. What, if anything, can be done to correct this problem? My cataract person just suggested I should "do the other eye" ????
Sandra Makuaole [email protected]
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