"cataract surgery"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital

Post operative diagnosis -Irvine Gass Syndrome - only given to me 3 months after surgery by a consultant who I had requested to see for a second opinion.

Only at that visit was I told who had started to perform my operation - it was taken over part way through by consultant no. 1, who told me that they had performed the op.- not true.

This consultant has been economical with the truth at each visit.

In January they told me that there was nothing more they could do for me.

I said that I was not satisfied and the consultant then said that they would see me again and prescribed more steroid drops.

Either I needed more treatment or was cured- clear decision - not one which could change!!!

At the next visit the condition had worsened, so if I had not insisted on being seen again, my sight could have permanently damaged even more.

I still have some macular oedema and have to continue with the drops for yet another 2 months (that will be 5 months after the op.)

Including drops for glaucoma, that is 11 drops per day!!

The second consultant was good at explaining all the problems and the matron of the eye unit has been very helpful

The sight in my right eye is now far worse than it was whilst I had the cataract and far, far worse than before that. I have never needed prescription lenses for distance, but now I shall have to wear glasses thanks to having the operation - which should have improved my vision.

No doubt the saga will continue after my next visit at the end of April.

I was asked to write this review by the second consulatant.

I have always been very satisfied with my treatment in the glaucoma clinic and my first cataract operation 11 years ago was successful.

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

Dear Jeanette, we're very aware that you have had concerns about certain aspects of your treatment and we are sorry about this. If you wish to discuss these issues further Brenda Mason, Matron for Head and Neck Service, will be happy to hear from you on 01204 390736. Thank you.

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