Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blurry Vision after Cataract Surgery

Question: About three weeks ago I had cataract surgery with a toric lens implant to correct astigmatism in my right eye and I see 20/25. I also had cataract surgery with a regular lens implant in my left eye but after two weeks I still see a grayish spot and see some distortion in the center part of my vision. The cataract surgeon also said that he wants to go in with laser after 30 days and do something to the sack where the cataract was removed and the lens implant is in place. Does any of this make sense?

Answer: While we can only make a limited comment based on what you are describing, here are some things you should clarify with your Cataract Surgeon. First, if you are seeing distortion in your central vision you need to make certain that the Retina and especially the Macula are in good health at this time. One would imagine that your Cataract Surgeon confirmed this at your postoperative visit.

Second, it is possible that your blurry and distortion symptoms are related to the integrity of the posterior lens capsule as that is what it seems as if you are describing. If this is the case, a YAG Laser Capsulotomy as your Cataract Surgeon suggests, will improve the vision. In either case, you need to have the information provided by your eye surgeon explained a bit more carefully so that you fully understand what is impacting your vision.

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