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Eye Problems After Cataract Surgery
Is it normal to have retinal swelling and corneal abrasion after cataract surgery? I'm 54 had lasik in left eye 3/30/05 no problems good results. Had cataract surgery on 4/21/11 vision 20/200 swelling retina 350 micron with wrinkles and severe corneal abr
Corneal abrasion at the time of cataract surgery can happen, but it is very rare. Certain conditions can increase the incidence (dry eyes, blepharitis, even previous lasik).
The retinal swelling also is somewhat rare to the level you are describing, but it too still happens. Conditions like diabetes, uveitis history, and pre-existing wrinkling of the retina (epiretinal membrane) increase risk. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
After cataract surgery saw straight line glow from lights in car console, at night, dark. Surg eye only. Concern? Line same angle even moved head.
Glare, glow after CS: It is common to notice some "glow/lights" after cataract surgery. Most common cause of glare/your symptoms after Cataract Surgery: residual inflammation, cornea healing, capsule haze, glare from implant. See your eyeMD who will be able to determine cause, prognosis, treatment. More info: eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Com ...Read more
After cataract surgery. 48hr after I see a lot better but the objects, letters, numbers, people, etc, when I cover my eye they look skinny it is normal?
Different prescripti: Since you are comparing your eyes together (one that has just had cataract surgery and one that has not) the difference that you are noticing is the difference between each eyes prescription. When you are fully recovered from your surgery, your eye surgeon will refract your eyes and provide you with the new and correct prescription. This will neutralize the image differences. ...Read more
Is sensitivity to light normal after cataract surgery? I am a sixty year old who had cataract surgery three weeks ago. I am finding that every time I go outside, I need to wear sunglasses because my eyes are extremely sensitive to the light. Is this a per
3 months after cataract surgery, now when ever I close my eyes I see light green. Is this normal?
Colors OK: Especially as this appears to be happening in both eyes, I would expect your brain to 'neuroadapt' or gradually get 'used to' the way light now enters your eye. For most patients after cataract surgery, they feel colors are generally more vivid and 'whites are whiter'. However, like getting used to a new pair of glasses these new lenses will take some adjustment over the first 6-12 months. ...Read more
If your eye is swollen after cataract surgery is that normal. How long is normal for it to be swollen? ??
Varies: Biological response to surgery varies but swelling of the tissue lasting more than 2-4 days after cataract surgery is unusual and requires evaluation. If this is happening, you should contact your operating surgeon for an evaluation, especially if there is pain, bleeding or redness or the vision is dropping. ...Read more
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