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

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

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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Got soap in my eye after cataract surgery. What should I do?

Got soap in my eye after cataract surgery. What should I do?

Depends: On how far out from cataract surgery you are. If you are within one week of surgery, you have an increased risk for a serious infection inside the eye. If you have pain, redness or decreased vision, you need to contact your cataract surgeon right away. ...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 the lens felt in the eye after cataract surgery? Surgeon says everything is Ok. I had surgery 10-06. Could I be feeling the new lens and it takes time to get adjusted? No pain.

No: You cannot feel the artificial lens itself. You may be feeling inflammation, pressure, the incision or something else, most of which resolve with time and treatment, bit it will not be the kens. You make get want to ask your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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Should my friend be concerned about accumulation of fluid in her eye after cataract surgery? She believes the fluid may result from eye drops she's taking. Those are: bromday, predforte, and vigamox.

Should my friend be concerned about accumulation of fluid in her eye after cataract surgery? She believes the fluid may result from eye drops she's taking. Those are: bromday, predforte, and vigamox.

She: She needs to see her surgeon. In the vast majority of cases, there should be no issues like this. How come she can't get ahold of her surgeon? This makes no sense to me. It's a shame that you have to go online to ask this question for your friend instead of having her call her surgeon directly and resolving the issue in minutes.

In my practice, all surgical patients are given my email and cell phone number. That is what I would want if I were the patient! ...Read more

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Red eye after cataract surgery due to infection?

Possibly: Possible, but most likely not, infections are rare. You need to see your eye doctor immediately. If it is an infection a delay in treatment of just a few hours can make the difference between seeing perfectly vs being blind the rest of your life. Other possible causes of redness could be uveitis, allergy to drops, dryness, corneal abrasion. ...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?

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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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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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 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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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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Can you get a stigmatism after cataract surgery in the eye that had surgery?

Can you get a stigmatism after cataract surgery in the eye that had surgery?

Astigmatism: Astigmatism is basically due to an irregularity in the curvature of the cornea or lens. If the lens has been removed during cataract surgery you can still get astigmatism from the cornea. ...Read more

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If your eye is swollen after cataract surgery is that normal. How long is normal for it to be swollen? ??

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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Will there be a sensation (pressure, aches, tingling, etc...) in the eyeball after cataract surgery has healed?

Usually not: Sometimes some scratchiness or dryness or itching after surgery but usually resolves. Aching if the pressure goes very high or can have symptomatic issues if have a complication which is usually rare. ...Read more

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Could I have the wrong grad iol after cataract surgery my vision 20/25 in that eye, before that I had a retina detachment 8 mnts ago too?

Could I have the wrong grad iol after cataract surgery my vision 20/25 in that eye, before that I had a retina detachment 8 mnts ago too?

Not really: Vision of 20/25 after history of a retinal detachment is very good. If you had a wrong intra ocular (iol) then you may have a worse vision. You may need corrective lens to compensate for the wrong power of iol. ...Read more

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Eye strain after cataract surgery, what to do?

If your vision: Is good, then this may be related to a need for a change in glasses. You should see your ophthalmologist to have this checked. ...Read more

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What to do if I have eye strain after cataract surgery?

Glasses: Depending on your residual refraction, you may benefit from glasses - either single vision or progressives for certain activities. ...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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I have double vision after cataract surgery in both eyes - why? My dr. Has tried laser surgery to correct this, still have double vision.

Double vision: Double vision after cataract surgery can be caused by many issues such as residual refractive error, eye misalignment, corneal irregularity, decentration or tilt of lens implants, retinal swelling, or other issues. See your eye doctor to determine the cause and initiate appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery, there is a red and watery eye and inflammatory fluormesolone drops was used for two was n it's ok now, but on 3rd wk, it's not?

After cataract surgery, there is a red and watery eye and inflammatory fluormesolone drops was used for two was n it's ok now, but on 3rd wk, it's not?

Cataract surgery may: Have prolonged or late onset inflammation in some individuals. If this occurs after the normal post-operative course of topical medications then an examination is needed to determine why this is occurring and treat the underlying cause. Though most commonly inflammation is the cause, rarely late onset infection may occur. Please follow with your Ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Eye sore and red 2 months after cataract surgery why?

Eye sore and red 2 months after cataract surgery why?

Inflammation likely: The combination of symptoms and timing make rebound inflammation very likely. If you recently tapered off or stopped your steroid drop typically used after surgery, your inflammation may not have been completely cleared. If this is the case, the inflammation can resurge when the steroid is removed causing pain, soreness, and redness. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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3 months after cataract surgery, now when ever I close my eyes I see light green. Is this normal?

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

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Is it normal after cataract surgery to have a very red eye?

Is it normal after cataract surgery to have a very red eye?

Possibly: Some redness is to be expected from the eye drops used and local irritation of the surgery and inflammation. Sometimes bruising over the white part of the eye can appear very red or purple. The seriousness of redness after the surgery largely depends on the date from surgery, the visual acuity, and pain or discharge. Certainly a phone call is warranted to the eye surgeon to address it. ...Read more

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Cipro (ciprofloxacin) eye drops safe after cataract surgery on 71 year old? Along with steroid drops? Is it ok not to use drops and not tell doc?

Yes and mo: Yes it is safe to use both drops. And no it is not OK not to tell the doctor. If you have an infection after surgery for any reason then it could be a disaster. Your doctor have done a thousands of these operations and he prescribed all these medicines for a reason follow your doctor instructions ...Read more

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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

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

Perhaps: 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

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Seven months after cataract surgery on my right eye, I developed CME. I have been using Prednisone and Bromday twice a day. I also had a Kenalog injection a week ago, although colors are more vivid in one eye. Treatment of Cystoid Macula Edema?

Seven months after cataract surgery on my right eye, I developed CME. I have been using Prednisone and Bromday twice a day. I also had a Kenalog injection a week ago, although colors are more vivid in one eye. Treatment of Cystoid Macula Edema?

Consider this: Cme developing 7 months after cataract surgery is so unusual, I question the diagnosis. There are many possible causes of swelling the macula. For example, there could be vitreomacular adhesion causing macular edema. ...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?

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?

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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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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What happens if the wrong lens was implanted after cataract surgery?

What happens if the wrong lens was implanted after cataract surgery?

Likely lens exchange: Choosing the correct refractive power in the lens implanted in the eye during cataract surgery is vitally important to restoring clear vision. If the incorrect lens is mistakenly implanted, typically a second surgery to replace the lens is required. On occasion the incorrect lens is similar enough to the correct lens that minor glasses or even laser surgery can be done to correct the error. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have dizziness after cataract surgery?

No: Dizzyness may be felt if you received intravenous sedation for the surgey, but its affect should no last more than a couple of hours. ...Read more