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What Is A Swollen Retina Due To Cataract Surgery
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
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
I had cataract surgery and now have a hole in the retina of my eye. Are the two related in any way?
Typically not: A hole in the retina comes from traction from the vitreous ("jelly") on the retina in the back portion of the eye. During surgery, or the healing process from cataract surgery this traction may increase. This can result in formation or progression of a hole in the retina. Typically one has a pre-disposing condition, complication, or traction for this to happen associated with cataract surgery. ...Read more
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?
3 weeks out cataract surgery. First, blurry vision, droopy eyelid, & now torn retina. Can it all be repaired? What does it involve?
Yes: Surgery can repair the droopy eyelid as well as the torn retina. It depends on what is causing the droopy eyelid to determine what treatment works the best. Also, depends on how much of the retina is detached to determine what treatment works the best and what the vision prognosis is. Your ophthalmologist will be able to help you. Good luck! ...Read more
My mom-cataract surgery done on both eyes around 6-7 years back. Is being advised laser capsulotomy 4 left eye, does this cause retina thinning?
Laser capsulotomy: Is a common procedure that may be needed weeks, months or years after cataract surgery. A laser is used to open the original lens capsule that is left in position to support the intraocular lens which is inserted at the time of the original surgery. This laser procedure is very safe and will not cause retinal thinning. ...Read more
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
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
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
Depends: The treating ophthalmologist will discuss with you the means for dealing with a surgery which had complications. This may involve extra use of medication, further surgery and sometimes referral to a specialist like a retinal surgeon. In some cases time is the only thing needed as all eyes do not heal at the same rate. ...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
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
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
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
I had cataract surgery a month ago, and now the operated eye looks smaller than the other one., what can I do to make eye normal again?
Droopy lid: Likely the eye is not smaller, just less open- or droopy. Wait at least 6 months, then have it evaluated by your eye surgeon or an oculo-plastic surgeon. Usually this is not an issue after both eyes have cataract surgery because they match, but it can be. Ptosis (droopy lid) does happen after cataract surgery; it is not necessarily serious. Be patient, then get evaluated. ...Read more
A few months ago I had cataract surgery. Now I am feeling pain at the inner corner of the same eye during most of my waking hours. Related?
I had cataract surgery, 2 triansyimalone injections & an op to clear behind artificial lense had lid lifted in nov now eye keeps going cloudy?
Many reason: It sounds like you had cataract surgery, laser Yag capsulatomy, steroid injection and blepharoplasty. The steroid injection was done either to help with persistent inflammation or macular edema after cataract surgery. If you still have unresolved inflammation, macula edema, dry eyes or refractive error then the vision can be blurry. Pls consult your surgeon. ...Read more
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