Sunday, December 4, 2011

Shiny Dot on Pupil after Cataract Surgery

Question: I have had successful cataract surgery in both eyes. Since then I notice a shiny dot on my pupil that looks like a small sequin and is present in both eyes most of the time. Sometimes it is quite noticeable and somewhat disconcerting. It seems to reflect light. Other people have the same experience. What is it?

Answer: It is very common after Cataract Surgery for patients who had Lens Implants made from certain acrylic materials to report a shimmering dot like reflection in their pupil. While it is visible if you look at yourself, and possibly noticeable by others, it in no way actually impacts vision or clarity. It is really a simple property of the acrylic Lens Implant material and is completely benign.

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