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When will constricted pupils after cataract surgery go away?

When will constricted pupils after cataract surgery go away?

Depends: Cataract surgery involves the substitution of an artificial lens for the removed and cloudy natural lens. This causes the iris to recede backwards in the eye as the new lens is smaller. This creates a smaller pupil and that is the usual expectation. On your next visit with your cataract surgeon bring this up as perhaps there is some remedy or other cause in your case. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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Is it normal to have a very constricted pupil after cataract surgery? What could be the reasons?

Is it normal to have a very constricted pupil after cataract surgery? What could be the reasons?

Not a problem: While the pupil is dilated during surgery, it rapidly goes back to undilated. Because the natural lens is much larger than the artificial lens, it pushes the iris forward giving some increase to pupillary size - which is what you are used to. After surgery then, the iris falls farther back and is smaller in many cases. Your surgeon can advise you on routine follow up for this. ...Read more

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Can i wear contacts after cataract surgery?

Can i wear contacts after cataract surgery?

Yes: Yes. If you need a prescription after surgery, then contact lenses can be used. ...Read more

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Which lens is better after cataract surgery?

Which lens is better after cataract surgery?

S/p Cataract choices: If you mean which implant to choose for an intraocular lens implant, see Cataract Surgery Options at eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. If you mean which lens is better after cataract surgery: depends on residual refractive error (is there astigmatism, reading ok? what IOL was placed?). If you need reading, intermediate, distance rx, progressives are best for young pt's if brain can learn. Full answer @blog ...Read more

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How exactly will your vision be after cataract surgery?

How exactly will your vision be after cataract surgery?

Vision & Catarac: Vision usually decreases with cataract formation; Depending on pre-operative risk factors (ie, hypertension, diabetes, pseudoexfoliation, trauma, etc) the vast majority of patients achieve 20/20 vision after cataract surgery (low risk factor patients). Most patients say colors are brighter after VA much better. More info at: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more

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Seeing arcs of light after cataract surgery, is this normal?

Seeing arcs of light after cataract surgery, is this normal?

Yes: Depending on implant placed & preop risk factors (high myope?), seeing arcs of light after cataract surgery usually is normal & due to light hitting rim of implant. If have flashing lights, can be due to traction on retina from vitreous detachemnt. If flashing lights continue or new black floaters, then see eyeMD for dilated exam. eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that i see flashing lights after cataract surgery?

Should i be concerned that i see flashing lights after cataract surgery?

Yes: The symptom of flashing lights, especially if combined with the sudden onset of floaters or the sensation of a curtain or veil across your vision, can be a sign of a retinal problem. You need to have your eyes checked and your pupils dilated by an eye doctor to be sure there is not a problem. ...Read more

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Will I see 20/20 after cataract surgery?

Will I see 20/20 after cataract surgery?

Probably: If you have no other eye diseases and surgery goes well, most people will attain 20/20 visual acuity with the use of a glasses prescription. Depending on your eye, it is possible that you may have 20/20 distance vision without any glasses. ...Read more

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How long before flying after cataract surgery?

No restriction: As long as no gas was placed at the tine of your cataract surgery (which would be rare) then there is no restriction on flying postoperatively. ...Read more

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Pupil (Definition)

The pupil is the opening in the iris inside of the eye though which light is focused on the retinal film at the back of the eye. The iris can open and close in response to light to vary the amount inside the eye. It is what looks red, in the ...Read more