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I have developed a relevant increase in myopia and a blurred vision due to light sensitivity 3 days after cataract surgery. What can be the reasons?

I have developed a relevant increase in myopia and a blurred vision due to light sensitivity 3 days after cataract surgery. What can be the reasons?

Not uncommon: The eye is in the early healing stages and is usually accompanied by some inflammation. Post op eye drops help. A very red eye and or pain would be reasons for concern. Any severe decrease in vision would be a reason for concern - and reason to see your surgeon. ...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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Just had cataract surgery one eye a month ago the second 2weeks having terrible time with bright light sensitivity is this going to go away?

Just had cataract surgery one eye a month ago the second 2weeks having terrible time with bright light sensitivity is this going to go away?

Usually yes: Some patients can be more sensitive to bright lights after cataract surgery until their eyes are healed and all the inflammation has resolved. You should definitely be discussing this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't you strain a bowel movement after cataract surgery?

Why shouldn't you strain a bowel movement after cataract surgery?

Bleeding/pop stitch: But extremely low risk, since incision is so small and rarely needs stitches. ...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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Do I have to avoid all activity after cataract surgery?

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

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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Will I see 20/20 after cataract surgery?

Will I see 20/20 after cataract surgery?

Probably: If you have no other eye diseases and surgery goes well, most people will attain 20/20 visual acuity with the use of a glasses prescription. Depending on your eye, it is possible that you may have 20/20 distance vision without any glasses. ...Read more

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When can I go swimming after cataract surgery?

When can I go swimming after cataract surgery?

Depends: Depending on pre-surgery risks & other surgical factors (was laser cataract surgery performed, was there any complication, excess iris manipulation or energy needed), most pts can go back to school/computer/work in 2-5days: as long as using drops, no bending, lifting, heavy straining performed. Swimming with goggles likely ok at 7-10 days; no goggles @30d: check with eyeMD; Eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Can I have laser correction after cataract surgery?

Can I have laser correction after cataract surgery?

Yes: With modern cataract surgery and techniques, laser vision correction is usually not necessary after cataract surgery. It is safe and possible to do it, however, and is sometimes necessary for fine tuning the results or treating astigmatism. ...Read more

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Wrong lens implanted after cataract surgery, is it possible to fix this?

Wrong lens implanted after cataract surgery, is it possible to fix this?

Wrong lens: Yes, but it depends how wrong it is... It is a difficult surgery, and more things can go wrong. If you just need a little glasses to correct the differenece that might be all you need. Alternatively, if your surgeon has little experience with this, you may want to seek out another surgeon that has more experience removing or exchanging lenses. ...Read more

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Why does someone need those thick glasses after cataract surgery and why?

Why does someone need those thick glasses after cataract surgery and why?

Aphakia: Typically it is due to a condition called aphakia, where the natural focusing lens removed during the surgery is not replaced with a lens implant. This is not common. Modern uncomplicated cataract surgery does not require thick glasses afterwards, and in many cases actually reduces or eliminates the need for glasses. ...Read more

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What is the probability of seeing visual disturbances after cataract surgery?

Very low: Depends on what you mean by visual disturbances! I rarely get complaints of "visual disturbances" after cataract surgery. Most patients are very happy with their new and improved vision. There can be more glare and light sensitivity compared to the natural lens in a small set of people, but this is usually insignificant. ...Read more

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What causes double vision after cataract surgery?

What causes double vision after cataract surgery?

Many possible causes: If the double vision is in just the operated eye, then the cornea or implant has a problem. If the double vision occurs only with both eyes open, then there is a misalignment issue. Your ophthalmologist should be able to sort this out. ...Read more

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How to clear cloudiness after cataract surgery & laser surgery?

How to clear cloudiness after cataract surgery & laser surgery?

Cloudy after CS: Blurry vision, discomfort, pressure sensations around eye after surgery are common. Can be due to resolving inflammation, corneal swelling/edema, drying out of tear film layer, pressure fluctuations in eye. These symptoms should resolve. Muro 128 drops & ointment help if due to corneal swelling: OTC; use post op drops (steroid & antibiotic); cold ice packs; ask MD if have edema: Muro helps. ...Read more

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How common is scar tissue formation after cataract surgery?

How common is scar tissue formation after cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: Scarring does not occur after CS of corneal incisions; mild with scleral tunnel incision; scaring of posterior lens capsule (PCO) about 20% risk & may require need YAG laser (not uncommon & very high success rates with very low complications. More info:eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com ...Read more

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Can you tell me everything about contact lenses for 65 year old after cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery: You should not need contact lenses after cataract surgery. The surgery and new implants should replace the need for contacts after the surgery. If needed, you can be refitted with the same make and model of contacts with the new power if needed. ...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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My husband has periorbital pain, along top inner half of orbital rim. Sometimes mild, sometimes intense. Started after cataract surgery. Age 50.

My husband has periorbital pain, along top inner half of orbital rim. Sometimes mild, sometimes intense. Started after cataract surgery. Age 50.

Ck w/ur eye surgeon: It is wise to speak to your cataract surgeon about this. They usually use very light weight lid speculum, the injection for anesthesia to keep your eye from moving around during surgery is deeper, and usually never causes deep eye pain, but s/he needs to be made aware of this, especially if you might have had any interoperative issues with your surgery. It may be even unrelated like sinuses too. ...Read more

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6 wks after cataract surgery, still see peripheral shimmering light. Implants 11.5D; 13.5D. What if symptoms do not improve as DR thinks they will?

What type of implant: If it was a multifocal implant, it is common to see glare and haloes. If you are seeing flashing lights, see your eyeMD for dilated exam. If lights shimmers this is likely haloes from the implant and usually go away/brain adapts in weeks-months. Rarely are implants exchanged if such symptoms continue but is an option if continues. ...Read more

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Can you wear contacts lenses after cataract surgery? I have always worn contact lenses instead of glasses. After my cataract surgery, will I be able to wear contact lenses? If so, how long do I need to wait after my surgery to begin wearing them again?

Easy answer-yes: I would hope that your cataract surgery corrected your distance vision, or both distance and near vision with the intraocular implant placed in your eye durung surgery. There would be no need for contacts post operatively. If you needed an additional correction after cataract surgery, contact lenses could be used about 6 to 8 weeks post op. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before I can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

After cataract surgery, how long do I need to wait before I can drive? I am semi-retired, 64 years old and a school bus driver part of the year. I'm preparing to have cataract surgery. How long after my surgery should I wait before it is safe for me to go

Discuss with doc: You should discuss this with your surgeon. Your vision should recover very quickly after cataract surgery unless there are special circumstances. Most patients can drive almost immediately, however, there can be some challenges using both eyes together if the un-operated eye has a high prescription. ...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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Light Sensitivity (Definition)

Light sensitivity or photophobia means when the bright light or sun bothers your eye. This can be from very dry eye with cornea surface issue, corneal scratch or ulcer, and eye inflammation from iritis. This happens due to iris spasm. Iris is like an aperture of camera open and close based ...Read more