I had a cataract removed Monday morning, and all seemed well until mid-afternoon. The eye started throbbing a bit, not really unexpected, and I popped a couple of tylenol. In a little while I started feeling nauseous, and then I vomited a couple times, and stayed nauseous.
This last was on my list of post-op problems to call about, so I did. I went back into the clinic about 5 PM and they “burped” my eye to remove excess fluid. Meaning they stuck a needle in and drained some goop. That seemed to fix the problem.
Until today, about an hour ago, after a blink and turn of my head. for a moment it seemed as if the new lens had slipped out. No pain or sense of movement, just a total blur instead of the 20/25 vision I’ve been enjoying for the last 24 hours or so. Another slow blink, and near normal vision returned, but noticeably cloudier than a few minutes before.
I’ve talked to the on-call opthamologist, who tells me there’s no need to rush off to the ER. I will be going into the clinic for a check first thing in the morning. The present theory is that this is another variation of an eye “burp”. It turns out that during the surgery they pump some kind of goop into the eye to keep it inflated, and suck it out again at the end, and it wouldn’t be uncommon if some little piece of left-behind goop was working it’s way out from behind the lens. If that is indeed the case, there is no treatment because it has no real long-term bad consequences.