Cataract surgery may leave patient with mild symptoms
Dr. Frederick Ho
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A cataract develops when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, and is a part of normal aging.
Cataract surgery is recommended when a person’s visual needs are compromised.
Cataract surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. It is a safe procedure that improves vision with minimal discomfort, although some may experience symptoms in the days following the surgery.
Blurry vision is a common complaint during the recovery period; it may last for days and sometimes even weeks after cataract surgery.
It is caused by the swelling in the eye, which occurs as a part of surgery.
In patients with dense and hard cataracts, the swelling and blurry vision will last longer.
The vision clears up when the swelling goes away with application of steroid or anti-inflammatory eye medications.
Many people have a scratchy sensation like sand in the eye after cataract surgery. This sensation is from the incision made to enter the eye to remove the cataract, but will go away as the wound heals.
Light sensitivity is expected after cataract surgery. It is due to inflammation associated with surgery and responds well to topical steroid.
People with very cloudy cataracts may experience light sensitivity because their eyes were accustomed to reduced illumination and they are slow in adjusting to seeing the normal amount of light.
Glare, halos and streaks of lights are sometimes observed in dim lighting. They are more common with multifocal lens implants.
The symptoms disappear on their own within months.
Some people see floaters or flashes of lights after surgery.
The ophthalmologist will examine the retina and if there is no retinal pathology, these symptoms usually resolve on their own.
Bloodshot eye after cataract surgery is very common.
Redness is from either inflammation or superficial bleeding on the surface of the eye. People who take blood thinners are more prompt to have bloodshot eyes.
If you experience sudden visual change, pain that does not respond to over-the-counter analgesics or extreme photophobia, you should contact your ophthalmologist right away for evaluation.
Most symptoms after cataract surgery are transient and minor and they disappear as the eye heals.
Dr. Frederick Ho, the medical director of Atlantic Eye MD and Atlantic Surgery and Laser Center, is a board certified ophthalmologist. Atlantic Eye MD is located at 8040 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne. To make an appointment please call (321) 757-7272. To learn more visit AtlanticEyeMD.com.