Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dry Eye Pain after Cataract Surgery

Question: I had cataract surgery in my right eye one year ago.  Problems began immediately, starting the day I left surgery with severe "stabbing" pains as if glass shards were cutting into the eye.  This abated, only to be followed by severe pain that has persisted.  It may be a form of dry eye caused by nerve damage during the surgery, and I can't help thinking something might have gone wrong with the surgery that I have not been told about.  How can I find out a) whether the surgery had problems, and b) if it is dry eye, how to cope with it.  I've tried Restasis and pretty much all the drops with no success. 

Answer: As you do not seem to have confidence at this time in your primary Cataract Surgeon it might be worthwhile to arrange a consultation with another Cataract Surgeon for a second opinion in order to determine the actual diagnosis and reason for your pain. At this time you should consider finding a Cataract Surgeon who is also a Corneal Specialist and well versed in both Cataract Surgery complications as well as ocular surface disease such as dry eye.

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