Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Blurry Vision after Cataract Surgery

Question: I have a question about blurry vision after cataract surgery. Is it normal to have more blurry vision 22 or 23 feet away from the body after surgery than before cataract surgery? Is it unusual for the lens to be defective to cause significant blurriness?

Answer: It is really not possible to answered your question without knowing some additional information about your eyes and Cataract Surgery.

First, we do not know how blurry your vision is quantitatively. Depending on the length of time since your Cataract operation, it is possible the they eye is still healing and this can affect the quality of the vision.

Second, we do not know whether you wore eyeglasses and of what prescription prior to your eye surgery. If you were in fact near "emmetropia" and required little or no eyeglass prescription to see at distance, and your Cataract Surgeon measured and calculated a Lens Implant so as to render you mildly nearsighted, you could in fact be blurrier now at 20 feet than prior to your surgery. Your Cataract Surgeon might have done this intentionally if most of your daily activities were centered around near or intermediate arm's length vision rather than for distance. It is also possible that the Lens Implant measurement and calculation did not turn out exactly as planned and you are slightly nearsighted as a result as well. It is highly unlikely that the Lens Implant is defective but rather your blur is due to some other reason that should be explored and discussed with your Cataract Surgeon.

Important Note: The information presented on the About Cataract Surgery Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask Cataract Surgeons section on aboutcataractsurgery.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to Cataracts, Cataract Surgery of Lens Implants. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask Cataract Surgeons section of aboutcataractsurgery.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and Cataract Surgeon surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.

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