Sunday, May 8, 2011

Slanting Vision after Cataract Surgery

Question: I had cataract surgery in my left eye the other day. I see great but now everything is slightly slanted. I put a cup on the kitchen counter and it is slanted slightly left. Not so with my left eye which is fine. I am seeing the cataract surgeon again next week. Will this always be this way? I am fine with it but does that happen after this type of surgery?

Answer: If you are certain that the vision is "slanted" and not "wavy or bubbled or distorted or bent" then it potentially sounds like your complaint may have something to do with uncorrected or induced astigmatism. You do not say whether you had preexisting astigmatism before your Cataract Surgery . If you did and it was not corrected with an astigmatism correcting toric lens implant (IOL) or with Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI) then you will still have it and it will need to be corrected. It is also possible that depending on the type of Cataract Surgery technique that was used, a small amount of astigmatism could be induced by the surgery itself. Sometimes this is temporary and sometimes not. Make sure that when you return to your Cataract Surgeon for follow up you clearly explain what you are experiencing so that he or she can diagnose and address the complaint.

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