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Is waiting a month too long for independent evaluation?

I posted recently about my experience with cataract surgery receiving iol that had to be repositioned. Vision extremely blurred and I ended up having 3 YAG procedures. The eye surgeon who did the surgeries and YAGs was exsaperated after 3rd YAG when my vision worse. He said I may need lens exchange and vitrectomy. Not something he wants to do, but said it was something he could do. Dr Hagan suggested I seek independent evaluation. On 9/16, I returned to my optometrist who I see for yearly eye exams and who informed me that my cataracts were worsening and why I sought surgery. Upon examining my left eye, my optometrist's first comment was "oh wow...weird. You have lots of debris, it's everywhere. I have only seen one other patient like you about 12 years ago." He suggested seeing another opthamologist who is in practice with vitreo-retinal surgeons. His office made the appointment for me.  The cloudiness is worse today and as of last night I have a dark gray opaque round image entering my field of vision from the inside corner of my eye. It is about the size of a marble. It moves when I move my eye. The appointment with new doctor is à month away. It's scary having to wait so long. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Call the optometrist you saw recently and relay what happened.  If the optom thinks it's an emergency he/she should be able to call the retina surgeon's office and have you seen same/next day. Retina practices deal with extreme urgency. They are all set up to see emergencies on same day basis. Almost all will see same day if the referring ophthalmologist or optometrist  asks them to do so. You may be having blood in the eye.
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Thank you. I will call him this morning.
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Hi Dr Hagan, I saw my optometrist this morning who referred me to retina  specialist. I do have a retina that is detaching. I am scheduled for surgery Sunday morning. The surgeon is President of Retina Specialists of Alabama and Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education Chief of Staff, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital. I hope that info is okay to share on this site.  I feel like I will be in good hands. Thank you for helping me Dr Hagan!
I am not happy you have the problem but I am pleased we got you in. While there ask them about the mess the front of your eye is and if they have any suggestions or can refer you to a top notch cataract/cornea surgeon that specializes in complicated post cataract surgery "fixes".  
Will do! I will let you know how it goes!
Thanks, best of luck
Good morning Dr Hagan. Surgery on Sunday went well. Dr Morris did pars plana vitrectomy for Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment and Posterior Vitreous Detachment (I looked up all the abbreviations). He repaired retinal tears with laser and put in air bubble. He also explored my right eye and found no defects there. Post op recovery going smoothly. Only had bit of pain the first night. Some slight soreness when I move my eyes to far left or right. When my retina heals from this Dr Morris will refer me to anterior surgeon for the issues with my IOL. Thank you for your advice and concern. I highly recommend having emergency surgery on a Sunday afternoon, you have the operating suite and recovery room all to yourself! (smile)
Best of luck.  You can use the search feature and read about all the postings about air bubbles in the eye.  This does increase the risk of RD in the other eye but likely it was related to all the extra surgery you had on your operated eye.
Great news thus far then @preyn. Modern medicine is a wonderful thing!
Hi Mr. P nice to hear from you.   Dr. H
I'm reading a book about the Civil War by Bruce Catton.   He is talking right now about "medical care" in that time (1861-65).  Physicians new nothing about germs, sterile technique, no antibiotics.  If the wound didn't kill the solder the physicians/surgeons were likely to do so. Compare that with less than 1% battle deaths now. We do live in a wonderful time for medicine and surgery.
Good news, as the bubble is decreasing (the line appearing lower in my field of vision) I can see now above the line. Monday and Tuesday I could not see anything but large blurs. Curious...is it having a retina detachment in one eye that increases the risk of RD in the other eye OR is it the placement of an air bubble that increases the risk?  Who knew typing in "air bubble" in the search feature would bring up so many other body parts having air issues (smile).
Surgical treatment of one eye has no effect on the other. It is the similar nature of the two eyes that raises the risk.  The risk varies from 1% to as high as 10-15% with high risk factors like high myopia, or extensive lattice degeneration.
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