The patient (A.S.) underwent an uncomplicated cataract extraction on December 27, 2006. The first postoperative visit, exactly 24 hours later, revealed uncorrected visual acuity in the operated eye of 20/15 minus. The surgeon (W.J.S.), by that time tending to his grandchildren in Sarasota, Fla, called with his congratulations.
Six hours later, the patient noted that vision in the operated eye remained clear but that the brightness had declined by several log units and everything was a deep, dark yellow, as if looking through a very dark yellow filter. He nonetheless sat through 2 hours of The History Boys.
After 3 hours and in a mild panic over this unexplained development, the patient called the surgeon on his cellular telephone. “It can’t be blood because the incision was through clear cornea. No one’s ever complained of this before. Since you don’t have
Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS; Walter J. Stark, MD