I had cataract in my left eye that led to surgery on 9/30/20 from an ophthalmologist in my town. The office was friendly and accommodating before surgery and they drove a hard sell on a PanOptix multifocal lens. They assured me that I would no longer need glasses and the only problems I may have are difficulties seeing very close up. I paid them $3200 cash and scheduled the surgery using laser technology. I went in for my surgery, was sedated, and right before my turn the laser machine broke down, the doctor's wife (the optometrist in the facility) came in frazzled and nervously assured me everything was going to be ok. I was sedated so I let them take me in where the doctor performed the surgery by hand. It took around 10-20 minutes. I was wheeled back to the waiting stall where staff hurriedly sat me up and took me to the front desk where I paid a co-pay and then was evaluated by the facility's optometrist. She inspected my eye closely and said “yep, there’s debris” as if she was upset or irritated, and then she said the laser can fix it if it doesn’t go away.
From Day 1 I had increasing blurred vision and could no longer see distance (I could see distance fine before surgery, I only needed reading glasses). I now needed glasses for distance and reading. Everything was double vision and it was like looking through water. I called the doctor with my concerns and was seen by the Optometrist (doctor’s wife). She negated all my concerns and said I need to wait to see if my brain adjusts to it. When asked why I was seeing double, she said I was not and held her fist in front of my face and asked if I was seeing double. When I said everything was blurry, she said I was fine. When asked if the prescription could be off she said the prescription was correct. She gave me an explanation about possibly needing to scrape the lens, but that could lead to rupture and bigger problems. She did nothing to answer my concerns and I left more worried than when I entered.
I called my usual Optometrist for help and she said I needed to see the doctor that performed my surgery. She followed up and called the doctor and left them messages to contact me. They called me the next day, irritated that my other doctor had called them at home, and said I needed to wait. I told them it was getting worse and that I wanted to see the ophthalmologist who performed surgery on my eye. She (doctor's wife and the Optometrist) said they don't operate that way and that she handles all prescriptions and post op. She yelled at me and told me I was insulting her. She said I was a non-adapt and that she "wasn't getting through" to me. I told her that her explanations and refusal to acknowledge my concerns were scaring me. I urged her to let me see the doctor. She refused and said she would set me up with a second opinion from another doctor in town. I went in to the other ophthalmologist for a second opinion and he said he could see nothing wrong with my eye and that the doctor did a good job. He urged me to go back to the original ophthalmologist and that if I wouldn't then he could send me off island to another expert who could correct any problems.
One week later (yesterday) I experienced dizziness and soon had a black speck just left of upper center in my eye that is still there and constant. I also experienced bright quick sudden flashes right before bed in a dark unlighted room. The blurriness is still there but it seems less watery. I read that I could have a retinal tear and to seek immediate help. I immediately called the original ophthalmologist and they had their office call me back later in the day saying I needed to either go see my original optometrist or the other ophthalmologist. They said "It was the patient's choice to establish care with another ophthalmologist so she can see him for her other concerns as well". I have an appointment with the other ophthalmologist tomorrow but he has already been clear that he can't really help me.
I’m at wit’s end and I’m afraid. I’m looking for professional and personal opinion on this situation.