Very off topic here but hoping to find some shared experiences/ help please…
I had a multifocal lens replacement 4 weeks ago in my right eye. The left eye has the starts of a cataract but isn’t impairing my vision right now so the surgeon said that as I’m young for a cataract replacement, 53yrs, it increases the risk so recommended replacing just the right eye.
I went back to the optometrist for a check up 11 days post surgery and he referred me back to the consultant as I was experiencing issues. I got to see the consultant yesterday and explained to him that whilst my distance vision is good I feel disorientated and also my near vision isn’t very good (a multifocal lens should give you good all round vision and reduce the need for glasses rather than a mono focal will give you either near or distance vision). He checked my eye and it has healed well from the actual surgery. He asked me to describe the disorientation and I said it was a bit like vertigo, I feel almost like I need to hold onto something when I’m out, disassociated a bit like when you’ve had a bit too much to drink, which I’ve obviously never experienced 😜. He said I have a film at the back of my lens which may be affecting my near vision and he can remove this with laser surgery which may fix it. He said he could change the lens for a monofocal. However, if I had the laser surgery to remove the film, I then could not have the lens changed if it didn’t work. Also removing the film might not help. The only way I can currently see to read is put my old reading glasses on which blurs out the new lens 🤦♀️. I asked if changing the lens would sort out my disorientation and he said he didn’t know. He then said he didn’t really understand the ‘disorientation’ I was describing so couldn’t say which was the best option. I came out upset as I didn’t feel listened to or have my concerns taken seriously. Just because he says he’s never had a patient be disorientated doesn’t mean it can’t happen. I have found some references to it online. He said to go back in 6 weeks to discuss further, which is the only bit that makes sense as I do realise that it may take longer to settle.
What I’m struggling with is getting him to understand what I mean as I think he should be trying to find out why I’m experiencing the problems so that he can offer the best solution and he doesn’t seem to be doing this. So I thought I’d ask if anyone else has experienced anything similar. Or even if anyone has just had a single lens replacement and what their experiences are. Sorry for the long post and thank you, feeling really fed up