wow-I could have posted this almost word for word. my haziness seems worse later in the afternoon and evening. I'm on Combigan and simbrinza. this is madness!
I saw my doctor today. Apparently there's an infection in the eye. I am booked in for a vitrectomy tomorrow to clear the inflammation that is causing all the blurriness and wateriness.
It could be pieces of the capsule covered in white cell growth floating around in your eyes after the YAG. They tell you that they will dissolve or settle out of your field of vision with a few weeks. They're lying. I'm not sure they really know what happens to those pieces since every doctor tells you something different. So far I've heard "they will settle out of your vision within a few weeks." "they will settle out of your vision eventually but we can't tell you how long that might be" "they're permanent, but you'll adapt to them and they won't bother you anymore" "this is not caused by the yag, your vision was always like this, its from getting older even though you just turned 30, you just couldn't see it before because you needed the yag" "this is not caused by pieces of the capsule, those are absorbed in a few days, this is because the YAG can cause subclinical irritation within your eye that can't be seen or tested for, but can cause visual symptoms for about a year" "the pieces of the capsule will dissolve but it could take many years" and my favorite "I don't know whats wrong with you as a yag cannot cause this, go see a retinal specialist/ neurologist/ therapist etc." as i've been to see a dozen doctors since the fact that I can't get a consistent answer is fairly baffling.
My vision is what I consider to be badly impaired due to pieces of the capsule floating around 3 and a half months after yag, and its a lot like what you are describing. (My vision tests 20/15 distance and near, but I feel like I can't see and everythings blurry all the time because of the capsular debris, several times a second it reduces my vision to 20/80) Its a haze that moves around your eye as your eye moves. Its barely visible in dim light but can be extremely noticeable in bright light. At night it causes starbursting or occasional fogging off headlights that comes and goes as it swings across your vision. Reading can be difficult because as I move my eyes the letters may go in and out of focus. The angle I hold my head at does affect their location. These pieces are not always visible on slit lamp examination depending on how close to your retina they are. Ive read a lot of posts on these boards where people are complaining about floating white pieces after yag but nobody seems to know whats wrong with them, or their eye doctors tell them its no big deal and nothing to worry about even though the person experiencing it is very distressed by it sometimes resorting to extremely risky vitrectomies which most doctors refuse to even perform and advise against but which oddly enough always resolve their complaints.
Is it in both eyes equally? Could it be post vitreous detachment?
I had PVD in both eyes about a year before cataract surgery. At that time the only symptom was a flashing arc of light in the outer edges at night when bright lights would shine from the side.
Now I see a hazy film segment, with movement similar to a floater, in the line of vision. I only see it when looking in one direction, and it is only in one eye. I believe after the cataract surgery I was just able to see it better than before. I also believe it is difficult for the eye doctor to see from the outside, because my doctor couldn't, but had no doubt I was experiencing it.
Just a possibility.
Actually, just noticed something rather strange. I put my head down to write something, my vision went cloudy. Lifted my head, it cleared after a minute or two. A bit later, looked down to read something, vision went cloudy again. Looked up, it cleared. I tried an experiment, held stuff up in front of my face to read, and kept my head up, it stayed clear, and got clearer!
A couple more observations:
- vision becomes cloudy when I look down, takes a few minutes to clear when I look up again.
- vision is always cloudy for about an hour after waking up in the morning.
- the cloudy vision is sometimes accompanied by a dull ache in the side of my head, ear, jaw area, but this may go away after a while.
- some days it is much worse than others.
I suspect it's just my inflammation recurring, and the high IOP causing the symptoms. I am seeing my eye surgeon regularly (every 3 weeks or so) so I guess I ought to just hang in there and see what he says.
It's just worrying when you are not quite sure what's going on, and end up thinking the worst, that you're about to go blind, etc, you just want answers!