Patient: 82 YOM With Fuchs Dystrophy, Cataract, and Detached Retina
April 27, 2010
My 82 year old father underwent cataract surgery on his left eye approximately 4 years ago. The ophthalmologist was unaware of his existing Fuchs Dystrophy. The cataract surgery ruined his cornea which resulted in a corneal transplant. Within a few days of the corneal transplant, he experienced severe pain in his eye. Because it was the weekend, the doctor’s office suggested he wait for normal business hours. When he did go in, the surgeon tugged and pulled at his stitches, removing some, adding more. His condition worsened, and he was referred to a retina specialist. He now had a detached retina behind his new cornea. The surgery to correct the detached retina was postponed for 4 months. As a result of this calamitous series of events, my father has lost the vision in his left eye. He is suffering from cataracts in his right eye but is obviously scared to undergo surgery due to the presence of Fuchs Dystrophy in that eye, and of course, the blindness in the left eye caused by the cataract, cornea and retina surgeries. Can you suggest what my dad should do about getting the cataracts fixed in his cloudy right eye?
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