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Flickering Eye After Cateract Operation
I had a cataract operation 45 days back. My eyes are still painting when I look at anything in bright sunlight. Should i be concerned?
Rebound iritis: Sensitivity to light after cataract surgery is not uncommon: can be rebound inflammation (iritis), or extra light into eye. If no surgical complication & implant in proper place ('in bag') it is due to rebound inflammation. May need steroids drops. See eyemd to be sure haptics & IOL in proper place. Though rare: If persists after surgery, may need a work up. More info: eyedoc2020 blogspot com ...Read more
Born with cataract in rt eye unsuccessful operations to remove cataract at age 3. Is it possible for me to have an operation to see in rt eye.
Amblyopia: Amblyopia, or lazy eye, occurs when an eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. If you were told you have severe amblyopia, it is unlikely for a cataract surgery to improve your vision. However, that said, I & many eyeMDs have patients who were told they had a lazy eye but ended up having significantly improved vision after cataract surgery or PPV/vitrectomy. ...Read more
Had cataract operation a yr before and now my eyes have swollen to size of medium-sized potato its gets watery it's been 3 weeks for the symptoms?
Maybe: Sometimes laser vision correction is offered after cataract surgery in order to decrease dependence on glasses, but it is not required. There is another type of laser that is sometimes needed to improve vision in about 10% of cataract patients called yag capsulotomy. Speak to your cataract surgeon to clarify. ...Read more
My dad had a cataract operation 45 days back. He can still not tolerate bright light causing pain in the eye. Should we be concerned?
Need an exam: Your father should call his surgeon right away to schedule an exam. It's unusual to have photosensitivity ; pain this far out from surgery. He may have rebound inflammation, corneal surface irritation, refractive error or insufficient adaptation to the increased brightness post cataract operation. His surgeon will be able to help him. ...Read more
Recently white spots in my eyes looks like lace lasts 1 min. 3 or 4x also dizzy spells when lying down. Cataract operation 10 years ago. Serious?
Did cataract operation. Her eyes are tearing. Taking ketotifen drops and eye lubricant. Doctor said that her eyes are dry. Why her eyes are tearing.
HTN cataract: Cataract sx is an avascular technique low risk sx however — important to have BP adequately controlled prior to any procedure. ...Read more
Dear Doc, I have Stage 3 Cataract on Right & 2 on Left Eye but can see well with corrected bi-focal glasses. What happens if operation is delayed?
May advance: Delaying the removal of a confirmed cataract simply means you go a longer time with impaired vision. Later stage cataracts are also a bit more tricky to remove surgically. However, the basic rule is to consider removal when your visual activities become difficult. ...Read more
If you have stigmatisim in your eye but is not bother by it. Can having cateract surgery change the dynamics of it & what didn't bother u may?
Yes, it can: Cataract surgery can often alter the astigmatism in the cornea. In 5% of cases there may have been astigmatism in the lens that was removed. The astigmatism can become less regular in nature, larger in amount, or rotated in axis. If bothersome after healing for a month, a visit with a refractive surgeon is indicated. Corneal topography, keratometry, and refraction can guide treatment. ...Read more
Dry eye: During cataract surgery, nerves that sense dryness on the surface of the eye are cut. They can take 3 to 6 months to regrow. Without full sensation of dryness, the tear glands put out less tears making your eyes feel scratchy. Of course, allergies unrelated to your surgery can also cause scratchiness. ...Read more
Should both eyes be fitted with lens for distance or only one for up close work for cataract surgery?
Worth a discussion: Using a different power in each eye, termed monovision, is a popular way to avoid the use of eyeglasses. If you get the distance power in each eye then you would need reading glasses. Consider also multifocal lenses which cost extra but can give you reasonable far and near vision after the surgery. This should be discussed with the surgeon doing the work for you. ...Read more
After cateract surgery, my lower outer corner of my eye is blocked by 1/3 of my vision. Feels like something heavy weighing it down. I'm upset.?
Droopy eyelid?: Your question is not clear. But it sounds like the outside part of your upperlid is drooping (ptosis) about 1/3 down. This is a very common after surgery in elderly. The muscles that pull the eyelid up become very weak by age and the surgical speculum may cause dehiscence of the muscle from eyelid no matter how careful your dr. Is. It is not the dr.'s fault. It may recover. ...Read more
Cataract Cost: Depending on which implant & advanced technology chosen (ie, multifocal lens, accommodating lens, femtosecond laser, ORA, limbal relaxing incisions, etc), cost can range from few hundred per eye (if get basic, monofocal, no extra technology) to $3000-6000 per eye for premium, state-of-the-art cataract surgery. ...Read more
2nd eye cataract: After presumably successful cataract surgery on a patient's first eye, he will be given the option of whether he wants the other eye operated on. Most patients will eventually decide to do this, but it's not mandatory. It mainly depends on the severity of the other cataract and if the patient is having persistent visual symptoms from it. ...Read more
Not needed: A cataract is an opacity of the substance of the natural lens. Surgical correction is done by removal of this material. A cataract of this sort cannot recur although the supporting back membrane holding the artificial lens can lose transparency requiring a quick laser procedure to open it up and restore vision. Rarely a lens may need changing or stabilizing but this is corrective and not a redo. ...Read more
Cataract surgery: Deep set eyes used to be rather difficult to do when my surgical technique involved incision formation underneath the upper eyelid in the white to clear junction of the eye (limbus). Now my technique has shifted to the lateral side of the eye through a clear corneal incision. This helps by avoiding the prominent superior orbital rim (eyebrow area) and allowing better access to the eye. ...Read more
Depends, often 1 wk: Presuming that cataract surgery is uncomplicated, I ask my patients to avoid submerging the eye in water (no pools, hot tubs, etc.) and to avoid strenuous activity for one week and avoid eye rubbing for 2-3 weeks. Many patients have fairly good vision within the first few days after cataract surgery, although blur can persist for weeks if there is significant corneal swelling or other issues. ...Read more
Yes: Well, it is no less safe than those who have both eyes, but obviously no one wants to operate on a lone eye if there is no real problem. If it is truly symptomatic and causing impaired quality of life, it should be removed. Unless there was a problem with cataract surgery in the other eye, there should be no increased risk. ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on the technique used by the surgeon and the surgeon's preference. We do not allow our patients to get the eye wet for one week and no swimming for 2 weeks. Other than that, we do not limit our patients' activities. Ask your surgeon for the specific requirements. ...Read more
Cataract surgery: After cataract surgery patients recover very quickly, with good vision in one to 7 days and eye drops for about a month. You can return to normal activities the day after surgery. Restrictions are minimal, just avoiding rubbing and no swimming for a few weeks. There is scarring that holds the new lens implant in place and normal healing of the wound. ...Read more
Usually OK: I can only talk from the standpoint of one who performs this surgery. If the only problem in the eye is a cataract, the results are usually excellent with restoration of normal visual function. All surgeries have risks, but cataract surgery is so well worked out that these risks are tiny. The procedure itself is usually painless, recovery is rapid and most can't wait to have the 2nd eye done. ...Read more
Likely unrelated: Is it much blacker than your other eye? Often heredity, lack of sleep or allergies of the eye/nasal sinus area can contribute to dark circles. Getting better sleep and addressing whatever allergies that may have, both in the eyes and in the sinuses, may lessen the dark circles. Less commonly, conditions such as eczema, anemia, or liver disease can cause these circles; discuss with your md. ...Read more
Varies: Every cataract progresses at different rates. It can be weeks, months or years. ...Read more
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