Cataract Surgery: What to expect after surgery

Posted by dablues @dablues, Aug 13, 2020

I had my left eye done yesterday, and have an appointment to see the durgedon today in Atlanta. My eye is blurry so don't know if that is normal or not. She said I could resume exercising at the Y after a week, no driving for 3 days but shaid nothing else. I guess I cn wait and ask until I get there but some say no heavy lifinting, not to bvend, and not to exercise for 2 weeks. I also have exercises to do at night from my therapy on neck and legss. Is blurryiness normal? I see less thsan I did before. I have exfoliation which I told the doctor but she said not to worry. Any thoughts on this? Am I jumping the gun thinking I would cleary see after surgery:? Also this AM saw halos around lights

@cwle

Had both eyes done this year and for me both times the primary issue was eye floaters that were aggravating and gradually subsided. One eye was blurry for a couple of days but over time improved. Eyes did need eye drops for dryness. But, overall after these issues went away I was amazed at the improvements. Even the need for reading glasses is gone for some situations and when I use them it is at a 1.5 level versus the 2.75 used before.

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It's been over 1 week and still blurry, but will wait to see what doctor says on next appointment. My other eye that will be done in September I have floaters. What confused me was the doctor asked how I wanted to see, far away, close up, or medium. I didn't know what to say since I didn't know they asked that question so I just said medium. When done and hubby picked me up I asked him when he had that if they asked that question and he said no, but he had his surgery years, and years ago.

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@lioness

@dablues Im surprised she didn't tell you that . I had my cataracts out in 09 they perfect medicine all the time so maybe there is a knew procedure now . This is what I know about what not to do and just wanted to pass it on. As with any operation there are guidelines to follow till your well that goes for the eyes also Hope you have a good report when you see her

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I hope so too!

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@dablues

It's been over 1 week and still blurry, but will wait to see what doctor says on next appointment. My other eye that will be done in September I have floaters. What confused me was the doctor asked how I wanted to see, far away, close up, or medium. I didn't know what to say since I didn't know they asked that question so I just said medium. When done and hubby picked me up I asked him when he had that if they asked that question and he said no, but he had his surgery years, and years ago.

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@dablues I think the questions the doctor asked were for trying to figure out which Intraocular Cataract Lenses (IOL) would work best for you — IOLs: Choosing the best implant for cataract surgery: https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/iols.htm

I also read an interesting story I think might add some perspective for anyone considering cataract surgery — Vision after cataract surgery, from a surgeon's perspective: https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-surgery-experience.htm

Hoping your blurriness goes away soon!

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@dablues Here is a blog post 'Tips for Good Recovery after Cataract Surgery' which contains some Dos and Don'ts post cataract surgery. It's perhaps a bit late for you but sharing it anyway as it may help others – krishnanetralaya.com/post/tips-for-good-recovery-after-cataract-surgery.

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@vijaychauhan

@dablues Here is a blog post 'Tips for Good Recovery after Cataract Surgery' which contains some Dos and Don'ts post cataract surgery. It's perhaps a bit late for you but sharing it anyway as it may help others – krishnanetralaya.com/post/tips-for-good-recovery-after-cataract-surgery.

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Hello @vijaychauhan, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for sharing the Tips for Good Recovery after Cataract Surgery link. You will be able to post links after a few days or so. We do this to prevent advertising and spamming. In the mean time I have posted the link for you below:

Tips for Good Recovery after Cataract Surgery: https://www.krishnanetralaya.com/post/tips-for-good-recovery-after-cataract-surgery

I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes in the past 3 months and the surgery and the recovery went quite well. Have you had cataract surgery?

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@quincy9

While I don’t need cataract surgery yet, I know I will at sometime in the future. I feel I’ve been damaged by laser assisted procedures such as Lasik and laser iridotomy. Please read this article is very interesting

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While I don’t need cataract surgery yet, I know I will at sometime in the future. I feel I’ve been damaged by laser assisted procedures such as Lasik and laser iridotomy. Please read this article is very interesting

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@quincy9 You feel your [vision] has been damaged by a laser assisted procedure. It looks like you already saw that I moved your question into a discussion where members like @vijaychauhan @dablues @lioness @cwle are currently discussing cataract surgery. I encourage you to scroll back through the comments. Members like @bmy @cheryle @sunny1971 @jackbonnie also discussing post op cataract surgery in the discussion I have linked below.

– Post cataract surgery/worried https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/post-cataract-surgeryworried/

Thank you for clarifying that you did not have cataract surgery. May I ask what advice and/or questions patients should ask before having laser assisted cataract surgery?

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@sunny1971

Hi yes blurry is normal after cataracts. I had both done 8 ears ago, it passes in time , it should, also there are so many lenses today. did you get an expensive eye lens put in ? My husband had cataract surgery 6 weeks ago on right eye, his last appt was wed, this week, he still has blurriness with the eye, they sold him an expensive lens called," pan optics, tri focal, he says he should have just done the basic lens, i thing its all a money maker, he has good eyes and has never worn glasses, 65 years old and is in top health shape. Now , he still has major ! major light sensitivity, the surgeon says this will all pass ! he cant go in the sun or drive in the bright day light ! really? someone talk to me about this, the doc said there is NOTHING wrong with his eyes !!

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How about a very dark sun glasses. It helped me with light sensitivity driving and,walking.

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@manila

How about a very dark sun glasses. It helped me with light sensitivity driving and,walking.

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@manila I see you have been a member for some time but I don't see that you have been formally welcomed to Mayo Clinic Connect. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support. It sounds like you have experience and knowledge to share.

May I ask how long ago after cataract surgery light sensitivity remained an issue for you?

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I think people are not told the downsides to cataract surgery. I had been told it would be a breeze. Now, after 7 weeks, I have double vision in the eye that had the surgery and have had 4 diagnostic appointments to find out the problem with no clear answers or game plan on a fix as yet. People should be aware, cataract surgery is not as easy as it's made out to be. I have cancelled the surgery for my other eye…I'll wait for near blindness before ever having that one done!

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@bmy

I think people are not told the downsides to cataract surgery. I had been told it would be a breeze. Now, after 7 weeks, I have double vision in the eye that had the surgery and have had 4 diagnostic appointments to find out the problem with no clear answers or game plan on a fix as yet. People should be aware, cataract surgery is not as easy as it's made out to be. I have cancelled the surgery for my other eye…I'll wait for near blindness before ever having that one done!

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I just had to chime in on this post. In January 2019 I had cataract surgery on my right eye as it was the worst. All my friends that had the procedure done also had glowing results. This is December 2020 and i still wrestle with issues from the procedure. Somehow after the surgery an infection occurred in my cornea, prednisone didn't clear it up. So my last option was a shot in my eye. The doctor was so non chalant about it I walked out of the room and replied not today. As my eye only got worse I prayed and consulted friends, and reading post from this site I decided to go back to the doctor and have them to explain to me what other options were available and what were the consequences if I didn’t take the shot. The prognosis wasn’t good. I took the shot The issue got better however I still experience discomfort in that eye. They want me to do the left eye. My response was this I haven’t healed yet from the one you did.why would i give you the other one, Through this site i’ve learned about Perser Vision vitamin. and the Bruder eye mask which are a tremendous help. To be forewarned is to be fore armed. not all results are glowing

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