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How soon can I fly after cataract surgery in both eyes?

Fly after CS: Most patients can fly right after cataract surgery (in an emergency); otherwise your eyeMD would want to see you 1day after & confirm you are ok to fly. Avoid bending, lifting, straining for 5-7days otherwise. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

Occurs whent here 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). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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How long will it take my eye to heal after cataract surgery so I can do the other one?

How long will it take my eye to heal after cataract surgery so I can do the other one?

Healing after cat Sg: Typically 2 to 3 weeks surgery in the other eye can be done as early as 3 days after the first one. There has been recent efforts to consider, bilateral cataract surgery in one setting. What precluded this in the past is the remote possibility of an infection in one eye, that could conceivably affect both eyes. ...Read more

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What is commonly used to heal the eye after cataract surgery did not go well?

What is commonly used to heal the eye after cataract surgery did not go well?

Get a second opinion: If you are not getting answers from your surgeon, obtain a second opinion from another cataract surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal after cataract surgery for my eyes to be tired?

Is it normal after cataract surgery for my eyes to be tired?

Yes: Patients commonly describe their eyes as feeling tired for the first few weeks after cataract surgery. This can be due to increased dryness in the postoperative period, a normal amount of postoperative inflammation, and mild external irritation from the eyedrops used after surgery. This symptom usually improves over the weeks following surgery. ...Read more

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How can I avoid "dead man" glowing eyes after cataract surgery? Most of my friends who recently had the surgery have eyes that have an eerie glow.

How can I avoid "dead man" glowing eyes after cataract surgery? Most of my friends who recently had the surgery have eyes that have an eerie glow.

Not possible: What is happening is that our natural lens, under high power, looks like a honeycomb of tiny protuberances which serve to diffuse the light and do not reflect the light. Intraocular lens cannot be made this way, but have a very smooth surface which reflects a little of the light like a mirror - giving that glow you have noticed. This is unavoidable but does not affect the vision. ...Read more

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Will it hurt eyes to vomit after cataract surgery?

Will it hurt eyes to vomit after cataract surgery?

Generally not: Most cataract surgery is done without stitches in a manner that increased internal pressure in the eye, such as that caused by coughing and vomiting, will only tighten the closure. If you have consistent vomiting, that should be checked out by your family doctor but check with the cataract surgeon first to rule out an eye cause for the vomiting such as bleeding or high pressure within the eye. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery will i always need eye drops?

After cataract surgery will i always need eye drops?

Drops after CE: After Cataract Extraction/surgery, we use steroid drops to decrease inflammation for about 2-6wks, antibiotics to prevent infection x 1wk, NSAID (nonsteroidal) every day for 4-6+wks depending on other risk factors (diabetes, etc) to avoid swelling in macula; after all drops done, usually only drops needed are artificial tears if dry eye sx; pts with glaucoma need drops for life usually. ...Read more

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How can I take care of the eye after cataract surgery?

Follow instructions: Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions, and usually they are given in writing too. You want to keep your hands away from your eyes, and take the antibiotic and steroid eyedrops as directed. More info: http://www.2020vision.Com/procedures_cataract_surgery.Html. ...Read more

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Will it hurt my eye to fly 5 days after cataract surgery?

Will it hurt my eye to fly 5 days after cataract surgery?

No: As long as the surgery was routine and didn't require retinal surgery with the use of intraocular gases due to complications, flying is ok. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery how long to use the eye protection?

Short term: Almost all cataract surgery is done under local; the eye protection is to cover the eye during the period when the anesthetic is still in effect to prevent accidentally poking the eye. It is not used to promote healing. By the next day after surgery, the cover will have been removed and with ordinary caution, the eye will heal nicely. ...Read more