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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract 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). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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