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Doctor insights on: Why Do Individuals Experience Sensitivity To Bright Light After Cataract Surgery

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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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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

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

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

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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When will constricted pupils after cataract surgery go away?

When will constricted pupils after cataract surgery go away?

Depends: Cataract surgery involves the substitution of an artificial lens for the removed and cloudy natural lens. This causes the iris to recede backwards in the eye as the new lens is smaller. This creates a smaller pupil and that is the usual expectation. On your next visit with your cataract surgeon bring this up as perhaps there is some remedy or other cause in your case. ...Read more

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After cataract surgery, can the new lens slip or is it stitched into place?

Rarely : The implant has "arms" called haptics which hold it in place inside the lens capsule. If it was not inserted properly or if the eye sustains trauma then it can get misaligned or dislocated. This is fairly rare, but if it does occur it can often be repositioned with additional surgery. ...Read more

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