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Should a Patient With Fuch’s Dystrophy Lose Near Vision After Cataract Surgery?

Posted By Patient Letter to the Editor On May 12, 2010 @ 1:48 pm In Cataract,Patient Questions | Comments Disabled

I am 65 years old, I have Fuch’s Dystrophy, and I have had 2 surgeries for cataracts (on each eye).  I am also very nearsighted, with astigmatism.  Until the surgeries I was never bothered by Presbyopia (I could see all near things quite well, especially when I removed my glasses).  Before my surgery, I was told I could only receive the implant that corrects my nearsightedness, but I would be able to see far, or I could choose the option where they corrected my vision in 1 eye (but that 1 sounded very strange to me) so I opted for the cataract surgeries that would correct my nearsightedness.  What I didn’t know (until after the surgeries) was how bad my near vision would be affected. Now I cannot see or read anything that has any kind of small print on it (I can’t even see my cell phone displays).  I feel like my vision completely turned around and now I can see fairly well far away (about 20/30 or 20/40), but I cannot see a thing close up.

I feel like I sacrificed my near vision to be able to see far away better.  I know that my Fuch’s Dystrophy gets in the way, too, and that’s probably why I’m not seeing 20/20.  I also know that I couldn’t get the other implant option (because of my Fuch’s), which was a dual implant that corrected both near and far vision. 

What I would like to know is it common for people w/Fuch’s Dystrophy who get cataract surgery to lose near vision?  If anyone else has had an experience like mine, please comment, too.

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