Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cataract Removal Lens Implants & Flickering

Question: I recently had a cataract removal with a toric lens implant to correct astigmatism. Since my cataract surgery I have a sensation of flickering in certain light, especially florescent lighting. Is this normal and will this go away?

Answer: The sensation of flickering light after Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens Implantation (IOL) is one that is reported by patients from time to time. The actual cause is up for debate but some believe that it might be due to reflections from the edge of the lens or perhaps from elsewhere in the lens optics. Over time this type of flickering will slowly diminish and the symptoms seem to fade away. If, however, the flickering begins to appear more like "flashes" of light it would be important to schedule an appointment with your Cataract Surgeon and have it evaluated quickly as this symptom might indicate another type of problem.

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