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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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Cataract (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), ...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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Jay Bradley
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Cataract Surgery (Definition)

Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure performed when the natural lens in the eye becomes opaque affecting vision. The cloudy lens is removed surgically and replaced with an ...Read more