NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) –If you live long enough, you will likely develop a cataract, and if you had LASIK years ago and need cataract surgery, for optimal results you need to ask the right questions.
Millions who opted for LASIK eye correction surgery, could soon find themselves in Bob Trostler’s shoes.
“I just wanted to see my alarm clock in the morning.”
Blocking his ability to see; a cataract in his left eye.
“The vision in my left eye particularly started to get worse and it was a cataract.”
It led him to Dr. Jonathan Stein at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut.
A cataract, said Dr. Stein, can be replaced with an implanted lens but he advises if you’ve had LASIK or other laser vision correction surgery, do your homework and ask your doctor specific questions.
“How comfortable are they dealing with somebody who has already had refractive surgery of whatever sort and are they comfortable with calculating the power of the lens implanted that is suppose to go back inside of the eye.”
The wrong pre-op measurement he explained, has consequences.
“The biggest impact is that the implant that is placed in the eye can sometimes be less accurate than they should be, leaving them needing and more dependent on glasses that they would want to be.”
It could also lead to a second surgery.
No issues for Trostler, who also chose to have laser’ cataract surgery.
Trostler said, “And you can feel him like pushing, kinda moving my eye around which was uncomfortable but not painful.”
Dr. Stein explained, “The laser always gives a patient the best possible outcomes that we can possibly give them.”
Hours after though, Trostler could already see a difference.
“I can see you, I can see your face. Before I wouldn’t even be able to make out your face.”
There are risks for laser eye surgery, although slight, one in one thousand cases.
The potential problems include blurry vision, double vision, and halos around images.
Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut has four sites. For more information, visit www.occeye.com.