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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

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 before flying after cataract surgery?

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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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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Is it painful after cataract. Surgery?

Is it painful after cataract. Surgery?

Usually not: Most of the time patients have very little discomfort after surgery. Sometimes there is occasional sensation like an eyelash in the eye. ...Read more

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Do flickers after cataract surgery go away?

Do flickers after cataract surgery go away?

Flickers, flashes CS: Flickers/Floaters after a non-complicated CS procedure can occur. Check with your eyeMD to be sure no vitreous was lost during procedure. If flashing or a significant numbers of floaters or a curtain coming down over your vision occurs, call your eyeMD ASAP to be sure there is no new retinal hole or detachment. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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What should I expect after cataract surgery?

What should I expect after cataract surgery?

Better vision.: You should expect better vision. Minimal to no discomfort and to return to normal activities in 24 hours. You will use drops for 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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What can be expected after cataract surgery?

What can be expected after cataract surgery?

Better Vision:): The first few days after surgery may be somewhat blurred, however, some patient see better immediately. Best vision may require a spectacle rx, depending on the type of implant you were a candidate for, and which one you selected. You should experience no pain. Make sure you use your drops as prescribed and do not rub the eye or lift heavy objects immediately. ...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 much pain are you in after cataract surgery.

How much pain are you in after cataract surgery.

None: A little scratchiness is to be expected, nothing more. ...Read more

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Do I have to avoid all activity after cataract surgery?

No: Sometimes avoiding getting the eye wet and avoiding heavy lifting and eye rubbing is advocated, especially in sutureless cataract surgery. Usually nonvigorous activity is ok. ...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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Would it be recommended to to read after cataract surgery?

Would it be recommended to to read after cataract surgery?

Depends: Depending on pre-surgery risks, surgical factors (was laser cataract surgery performed, any complications? implant used? Most patients can go back to school/computer work/work in 2-5days: as long as using drops, no bending, lifting, heavy straining performed. Crystalens implant: may need to use readers initially for example. More @ Eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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How much time does it take after cataract surgery to heal?

Cataract surgery: Typically the vision is doing quite well in the first 7-10 days with a healthy eye and uncomplicated surgery. Reality is the eye is 90% healed at 30-45 days. Vision typically returns much quicker. ...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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What can I do about filmy vision 2yrs after cataract surgery?

What can I do about filmy vision 2yrs after cataract surgery?

Get examined: See your eye doctor. It might be something simple like a refraction (need for new glasses or contacts), posterior capsular opacity (needing a quick yag capsulotomy laser in the office to clear up the lens in your eye), or, something more serious like a retinal problem. ...Read more

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Can eyesight change one and half year after cataract surgery?

Yes: Yes, your vision can change at any time. Given that you recently had cataract surgery, your eyesight changes may or may not be related to the surgery. It would be a good idea to follow up with your ophthalmologist and discuss what vision changes you've been experiencing. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after cataract surgery?

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after cataract surgery?

Bring a driver: The most common form of anesthesia during cataract surgery is intravenous sedation. The effects can last for several hours, and patients are essentially "drunk". It is not safe to drive for at least 6-12 hours after having sedation, and most ophthalmologists will advise their patients not to drive for up to 24 hours. You will often not be allowed to leave the surgery center without a driver. ...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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When after cataract surgery before you can see how corrected your vision is?

When after cataract surgery before you can see how corrected your vision is?

It depends: Everyone heals a bit differently and not every cataract is the same. Most cataract patients see very well by 1 week after their surgery. Your vision should be fully healed by 3-4 weeks after uncomplicated cataract surgery. ...Read more

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Is it still possible that my vision will return to normal after cataract surgery.?

Is it still possible that my vision will return to normal after cataract surgery.?

Normal?: Depends on what you mean by normal. You can get your vision back, you may need glasses for distance and near, or distance / near only.

I believe for your question the answer would be yes. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery. Creases where observed in capsule. Was this from the surgery?

Yes: But this is unavoidable. Using a jelly filled donut as an example, the cataract would be the jelly and the capsule is the rest of the donut. During cataract surgery, the jelly of the donut is removed and a thin lens is placed in the donut. How thick the donut was originally will dictate how much wrinkling occurs, as the donut shrink-wraps around the new lens. ...Read more

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How long after cataract surgery before you can determine how corrected your vision is?

How long after cataract surgery before you can determine how corrected your vision is?

Best vision: You will know fairly quickly after surgery that your vision has improved, but it takes up to four weeks or longer to get your final best vision. ...Read more

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Will being out in the bright sunlight without shades after cataract surgery cause damage?

Not usually: Vast majority of implants have uv blocking material. It's really just a matter of comfort and glare. ...Read more

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Does your vision fluctuate from precise to less precise for a time after cataract surgery?

S/p Cataract Surgery: Yes, vision can worsen after cataract surgery temporarily due to swelling of the cornea or sometimes macula. Steroid and nonsteroid drops help with the healing. Vision improves in the vast majority of patients after healing. ...Read more

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I have terrible starburst around light even in the daylight after cataract surgery. What can I do to reduce that effect?

See your eye doctor: You are suppose to wear dark glasses after cataract surgery until doctor say no more
My advice see your eye surgeon and discuss it with him ...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?

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

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Which medication reduces your corneal swelling after cataract surgery?

Anti-inflammatory: The best medication for acute corneal edema after cataract surgery will be with topical steroids. This class of medications decreases inflammation and helps the cornea recover after surgery. Other non steroidal anti inflammatories can also be used. ...Read more