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

@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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I too got the expensive lens, the toric lens. On Jan 7th I am scheduled for another operation to TAKE IT OUT and put in a basic lens. The Toric lens gave me double vision!

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@bmy

I too got the expensive lens, the toric lens. On Jan 7th I am scheduled for another operation to TAKE IT OUT and put in a basic lens. The Toric lens gave me double vision!

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@sunny1971 I'm sorry to hear about your experience with the toric IOL lens, and wondered if you were able to have it successfully removed? I've got to have my cataracts removed (after putting it off for many years) and one of my biggest problems is that no opthalmologist wants to implant just plain old regular IOLs! I've tried several surgeons, and one actually had a temper tantrum when I wouldn't change my mind! Anyway, how are you liking your non-toric lense? Thanks for your reply.

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@lpm70

@sunny1971 I'm sorry to hear about your experience with the toric IOL lens, and wondered if you were able to have it successfully removed? I've got to have my cataracts removed (after putting it off for many years) and one of my biggest problems is that no opthalmologist wants to implant just plain old regular IOLs! I've tried several surgeons, and one actually had a temper tantrum when I wouldn't change my mind! Anyway, how are you liking your non-toric lense? Thanks for your reply.

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HI well, it is my husband who had the tri focal lens put in, expensive, they didnt seem to want to sell him the basic lens's thats for sure! I had both eyes done 12 years ago, and got the basic len's. But my husband had the PAN OPTIC LENS'S 1 year ago, he still suffers from
light sensitivity, it has gotten better, but still tv seems to be his worst enemy. The blue light. He has tried all kinds of eye wear ! believe me, to no avail, nothing really works, i feel it is all about time !. The best sunglasses that seem to work are the COSTA DEL MAR MIRROR
BLUE, but they are now off the market, and nothing comes close to matching them.
So after 6 doctors and allergy testing, he believes that definityly the sinus has effected his eye. It is getting somewhat better ! i pray the future will increase a less painful eye situation.
thank you for replying.

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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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@bmy and @jaguar I just came across this posting and I’m looking for advice. Now that you’ve had surgery in one eye, what ate some good questions to ask before surgery? I’ve made a 2nd appointment with the ophthalmologist just to get more info.
What should I ask him?

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I had traditional cataract surgery 17 months ago and have had peripheral light streaks since. When driving, it’s hard to check other car lights in the rear view mirrors and lights in tunnels are very disconcerting. I have read where these “positive dysphotopsias” (light streaks) can be caused by the type of IOL implanted. Mine is an acrylic, square-edged type that, as I understand from my ophthalmologist, is very commonly used.

I have appointment on June 15th to consider cataract surgery on the other eye. SO, I’m going to ask whether another type of IOL may be less likely to cause these light streaks.

Anecdotally, a friend told me of her cataract surgery. On day of surgery, she was having a multifocal IOL implanted and surgeon, actually, had to remove it during surgery as it wouldn’t “take”! The surgeon, then, implanted a traditional far distance correction lens into her eye. In the 5 months since her surgery, my friend has experienced lights streaks, light sensitivity and feeling of sand in her eye.

I too would welcome any questions the group thinks I should ask at my June 15th appointment!

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@bobbyo

I had traditional cataract surgery 17 months ago and have had peripheral light streaks since. When driving, it’s hard to check other car lights in the rear view mirrors and lights in tunnels are very disconcerting. I have read where these “positive dysphotopsias” (light streaks) can be caused by the type of IOL implanted. Mine is an acrylic, square-edged type that, as I understand from my ophthalmologist, is very commonly used.

I have appointment on June 15th to consider cataract surgery on the other eye. SO, I’m going to ask whether another type of IOL may be less likely to cause these light streaks.

Anecdotally, a friend told me of her cataract surgery. On day of surgery, she was having a multifocal IOL implanted and surgeon, actually, had to remove it during surgery as it wouldn’t “take”! The surgeon, then, implanted a traditional far distance correction lens into her eye. In the 5 months since her surgery, my friend has experienced lights streaks, light sensitivity and feeling of sand in her eye.

I too would welcome any questions the group thinks I should ask at my June 15th appointment!

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@bobbyo Am dealing with floaters and gel like substance in one eye that is getting very bothersome at time when don't feel comfortable driving. Had this checked out and recommended surgery with 6 month recovery but also needing a second surgery for cataracts with another 6 months recovery time. Am scared that I won't be able to drive again and live in rural area with little resources. What to do??

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@marjou

@bobbyo Am dealing with floaters and gel like substance in one eye that is getting very bothersome at time when don't feel comfortable driving. Had this checked out and recommended surgery with 6 month recovery but also needing a second surgery for cataracts with another 6 months recovery time. Am scared that I won't be able to drive again and live in rural area with little resources. What to do??

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You were contributor to Floaters Only Vitrectomy, as was I. As I explained in that group, my cataract surgery AND retinal tear/repair of 17 months ago caused considerably more floaters and a veil-like flag that worsened my struggles driving. I, then, had a Vitrectomy and PCO surgery this past December and the result of those has been, moderately, successful. Today, I still have a few prominent floaters and the light streaks.

You mention 2 surgeries proposed and 6 month recoveries. What are those specific surgeries? I ask because my first cataract surgery was proposed as only a couple weeks of recovery. Unfortunately, I got the torn retina and had the repair surgery and other surgeries explained. Thanks much.

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@marjou

@bobbyo Am dealing with floaters and gel like substance in one eye that is getting very bothersome at time when don't feel comfortable driving. Had this checked out and recommended surgery with 6 month recovery but also needing a second surgery for cataracts with another 6 months recovery time. Am scared that I won't be able to drive again and live in rural area with little resources. What to do??

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@marjou Gee, 12 months is a long time to recuperate with no assurance the your vision will return to normal and allow you to drive. Have you discussed the problem of needing to drive with your doctor?
Have you checked all ride-share options in your area? Even Uber and Lyft. You might also try the Area Agency on Aging in a town near you. Explain your problem and they maybe able to help. Let us know if you have any success. Becky

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@marjou

@bobbyo Am dealing with floaters and gel like substance in one eye that is getting very bothersome at time when don't feel comfortable driving. Had this checked out and recommended surgery with 6 month recovery but also needing a second surgery for cataracts with another 6 months recovery time. Am scared that I won't be able to drive again and live in rural area with little resources. What to do??

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If you read the floaters only vitrectomy discussion, you are probably already aware that vitrectomy is an invasive surgery. You should think carefully about it. Once, an ophthalmologist told me that he could do surgery to remove a large floater that I had not even complained about. (I no longer see him.) My point is that just because it is recommended by one MD, does not necessarily mean it's a good idea. You need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits. If at all possible, find an outstanding surgeon, even if you need to travel. I realize you are already giving careful thought, or you would not have posted here.

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@sunny1971

HI well, it is my husband who had the tri focal lens put in, expensive, they didnt seem to want to sell him the basic lens's thats for sure! I had both eyes done 12 years ago, and got the basic len's. But my husband had the PAN OPTIC LENS'S 1 year ago, he still suffers from
light sensitivity, it has gotten better, but still tv seems to be his worst enemy. The blue light. He has tried all kinds of eye wear ! believe me, to no avail, nothing really works, i feel it is all about time !. The best sunglasses that seem to work are the COSTA DEL MAR MIRROR
BLUE, but they are now off the market, and nothing comes close to matching them.
So after 6 doctors and allergy testing, he believes that definityly the sinus has effected his eye. It is getting somewhat better ! i pray the future will increase a less painful eye situation.
thank you for replying.

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I had my right eye cataract done 1-5-21, later I had MDFD done, my eye lid [and under] was swollen, like excess fluid, no amount of drops or ointments has helped, at times it is swollen to my nose and I look like I have been crying for days. I had the MDFD done in my left eye and the cataract done about 3 weeks ago, I do not have the same type of swelling in that eye, I am starting to wonder if my sinus is infected, or something on the right and that is why the swelling will not go away, anyone one else with this problem?

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@bobbyo

You were contributor to Floaters Only Vitrectomy, as was I. As I explained in that group, my cataract surgery AND retinal tear/repair of 17 months ago caused considerably more floaters and a veil-like flag that worsened my struggles driving. I, then, had a Vitrectomy and PCO surgery this past December and the result of those has been, moderately, successful. Today, I still have a few prominent floaters and the light streaks.

You mention 2 surgeries proposed and 6 month recoveries. What are those specific surgeries? I ask because my first cataract surgery was proposed as only a couple weeks of recovery. Unfortunately, I got the torn retina and had the repair surgery and other surgeries explained. Thanks much.

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@bobbyo The first surgery would be for floaters and gel substance removal. The second surgery for cataracts which actually I don't notice at all but I guess the first surgery would make that more noticeable.

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@becsbuddy

@marjou Gee, 12 months is a long time to recuperate with no assurance the your vision will return to normal and allow you to drive. Have you discussed the problem of needing to drive with your doctor?
Have you checked all ride-share options in your area? Even Uber and Lyft. You might also try the Area Agency on Aging in a town near you. Explain your problem and they maybe able to help. Let us know if you have any success. Becky

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No Uber or Lyft in this area up in the mountains, but good suggestion Area Agency on Aging. Problem is no secondary insurance to cover out of pocket expenses like this and eye surgery. Surgery would need to be done in city 3 hours away.

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