Pain during cataract surgery
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Glenn

Hamilton, OH

#1 Apr 5, 2011
I had my first cataract surgery yesterday. It was very stressful inthat the anesthetic evidently was not working! During the procedure, the surgeon kept telling me to 'keep my chin down'~~move my head to keep eye in proper position~~'look down', etc. I had to clinch my fists and curl my toes until it was over. in recovery, the doctor said to eat on the right side, as the left (surgery side) of my face would be num. Well, it wasn't and never was after I got home! This morning going back for post op visit. I would like to know some questions to ask and get some logical answers to prevent this from happening to someone else. Never was an apology given for my experience~~just made to feel that I had done something wrong by moving around on the table during the surgery. Who wouldn't if feeling like eye being 'stuck' and painful? Thanks for your anwers.
Sharon

AOL

#4 Jul 7, 2011
Hello, I had the exact same experience this past tuesday 7/5/11. It was a nightmare! Th MD said afterward that he could tell that the anesthesia was wearing off since I was blinking excessively. Instaed of giving more anesthesia I was told "hold on just a few more minutes." I felt like he was taking my eye out! I was clenching my fists and curling my toe also. When it was over I was hysterically crying. The anesthesia nurse kept apologizing and aske ME why I didn't say something! I DID!
tee

Irving, TX

#5 Jul 15, 2011
I had the same experience in June during surgery on my left eye. I could feel every cut. I was not relaxed at all by the sedation (I had warned the anesthesiologist that I always required more anesthesia).

When I had the other eye done earlier this week, I told the new anesthesiologist. My surgeon also told him. They used a lot of local anesthetic so I had less pain (but I had some), but again I was not at all sedated, so I was so tensed up during the surgery my body was sore the next day,

I'm seriously considering suing the anesthesiologist. This was a really traumatic experience. I'm not an emotional person, but whenever I think about this I start crying.

Since: Aug 11

United States

#6 Aug 28, 2011
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RoseCinza7

Coimbra, Portugal

#7 Oct 29, 2011
I had my second cataract surgery on Thursday 27 October. Despite many drops this surgery was excruiatinly painful and took one hour and forty minutes. After having previous surgery in April which took twenty minutes and only slight discomfort I was not prepared. The op nurse repeatedly asked if I was OK and when I said "NO" nothing was done. My eye is now very bruised, sore and the sight blurry. None of this happened the first time and I was not even nervous- wrong! Two days later and after a post op check-up I am still in pain and my sight not much improved. I will complain if I ever find this doctor - they disappear into obscurity immediately after the surgery and as I live in Portugal never knew his name. He didn't speak once to me the whole time. It was the worst experience and I've had many surgeries through my life, I'm now 66. Can now only hope for improvement or the dreaded JAG laser treatment beckons.
bubba franklin

Roseville, MI

#8 Mar 24, 2012
i was suppose to get eye surgery but didnt go and for 5 months have been taking vitamins Super Zeaxathin with bilberry and Lutein for my eyes went back to doctor and he said didnt need surgery .....Happy Man :-)
Pauline p

UK

#9 Jun 20, 2012
Glenn, I have just had the surgery and it was so painful! I totally understand what you went through! My Vision is still blurry 2 days on from surgery.. How is your vision now? I don't know whether to get my other eye done or not!?! Help?! Pauline
Pauline p

UK

#10 Jun 20, 2012
Could anyone please tell me if they went for their other eye to be done after having such a painful experience previously?! I don't know whether it is worth the pain all over again? Also could there be a possibility it won't hurt as much the second time?!!! Many thanks Pauline.
Pauline

Irving, TX

#11 Jun 20, 2012
Pauline p wrote:
Could anyone please tell me if they went for their other eye to be done after having such a painful experience previously?! I don't know whether it is worth the pain all over again? Also could there be a possibility it won't hurt as much the second time?!!! Many thanks Pauline.
I did. What they did was keep squirting local anesthetic in my eye throughout the procedure. Actually it was a nurse who did this--I'm not sure the doctors cared or would have thought of it. But it did make a big difference (though I was still not relaxed from the alleged anesthetic).
Pauline p

UK

#12 Jun 28, 2012
Thanks for your reply, I think I will have I pluck up the courage an have the other eye done!! I will make sure to mention the amount of pain I had with the first lot of surgery!! Pauline
Phyllis K

Owasso, OK

#13 Jan 31, 2013
I had cataract surgery on my left eye yesterday and it was so painful I cannot even think about getting my right eye done. I was given one .5 MG Valium and numbing drops in the eye, that is all. When it was over and they uncovered my head I told them that I wasn't going to get my right eye done because it hurt so much. The reply was well you should have let us know you were in pain! I was afraid to move because the doctor started working on me immediately and I was afraid that if I moved my mouth it would mess up the surgery. At least my doctor apologized and told me that they had things to do to keep that from happening on my right eye. Yeah, well why didn't they use it on my left eye? I am ticked and I am mad at all my friends who have had cataract surgery and told me that it was a piece of cake!
Samurai Shonan

San Jose, CA

#14 Feb 13, 2013
I just had surgery 5 hours ago, and it was painful. Japanese woman doctor kept asking me to look at this bright red light. I told them I was in pain and they did squirt more anesthetic, but I was not a happy camper.

I started with the three month regiment of eye drops, but my eye feels like it has sand in it. Wearing goggles to bed.

My other eye now will need an operation, as I am amazed how how colorful the world is.

I would like to know what the percentage of people with pain is. I do speak Japanese so not a problem with that, but next time, I want to be very numb in the eye.
Hazel

Sydney, FL

#15 Feb 28, 2013
I just had my left eye done yesterday. I encountered a lot of pain. The doctor knew I was experiencing pain, he said I know this hurts but I have to do it. When I went back for post-op, he told me 95 percent of people, feel nothing but about 5 percent do. When they numb your eye, if one nerve doesn't get numb you can have pain. Doesn't mean the next operation will.
Hope this helps.
Dianna Moll RN

Elmhurst, NY

#16 Mar 29, 2013
Even as a Registered Nurse (40 years) I had the same experience. They do not want to give you enough anesthetic to control pain because they want to get you out of recovery qicker - this way they can turn over more patients and make more $.
Charlotte

Mannford, OK

#17 May 3, 2013
Same here had second eye done...excruitiating pain like pins and needles and the surgeon kept saying it wasn't getting suction and I started to get real stressed so I told him it was hurting and he said the tip was wobbling and asked the nurses to find another.I got another I.V shot of anesthia .He slapped the lense in and that was that .No explanation... and my vision is still cloudy...its been 3 days.Other eye was so easy and have 20/20 I really hope they can explain when I have my check up .
Nancy

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#18 Jul 1, 2013
I had the same painful experience with my left eye. I need my right eye done but dread it. Is it more prevalent to have problems with the left eye than the right?
Jason

Toronto, Canada

#19 Jul 4, 2013
Hi All

After reading all these horrible experience I'm happy to say that I had my surgery done today on my left eye and it was painless. They gave me drops in the eye and no sedation and I was fine. I didn't feel any pain just a little pressure on the eye which they told me about beforehand so I was prepared. I've had more pain getting a filling at the sentist. I think these occurrences of pain and rare as most don't feel pain. I hope your next surgery on your eyes will be a more pleasant one
Nadia

Oceanside, CA

#20 Jul 6, 2013
Charlotte wrote:
Same here had second eye done...excruitiating pain like pins and needles and the surgeon kept saying it wasn't getting suction and I started to get real stressed so I told him it was hurting and he said the tip was wobbling and asked the nurses to find another.I got another I.V shot of anesthia .He slapped the lense in and that was that .No explanation... and my vision is still cloudy...its been 3 days.Other eye was so easy and have 20/20 I really hope they can explain when I have my check up .
***I had the same problem! Excruciating pain during surgery- had to ask for meds 3 times! My eye was never clear and it's been almost 6 weeks. To add to this, they said the 'machine broke' and had to get another one plus my white of my eye is bubbled where they made the incision. I feel like I'm getting the runaround! My sight is worse after this 2nd surgery. The first surgery on other eye was painless and I can see quite well. What happened!!!???
Glenys

Las Vegas, NV

#21 Jul 11, 2013
I had the same experiance as Nadia, It's been eight months and my left eye is worst than before I had my cataract removed. I went for a check-up yesterday and was told everything looked good. I told the doctor then why do I see worst then before. He blamed it on diabetes.
Grace Pharr

Sparta, NC

#22 Aug 29, 2013
I feel awful I kept telling My Husband and other patients Eye surgery would not hurt.They had very much pain eye was not numbed,telling Doctor did not help!!! I had my eye surgery at Dr.Oliver in North Wilkesboro.He did both eyes not same day ,NO PAIN!!Guess u need to find a DR.that cares!Dont know if Husband will have other eye done!!

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