Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Floaters After Cataract Surgery

Question: I had cataract surgery about 1 month ago. Since then I have had numerous floaters appear in my eye. I had a floater previously which had faded. I want to be sure I am not doing something to cause more floaters--I swim laps and use goggles. Would the suction from the goggles cause more floaters to appear?

Answer: Floaters after Cataract Surgery or really any type of intraocular surgery are not terribly unusual-especially if you had a floater prior to the surgery. It is pretty unlikely that the mild suction pressure that you create with the swimming goggles is responsible for the increase in floaters. Now, if the floaters have increased and are accompanied by the appearance of flashes of light, the sensation of a curtain or veil before your eyes, the appearance of distortion or a "bubble" in your vision-you should immediately schedule an appointment with your Cataract Surgeon.

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