Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Starburst after Cataract Surgery

Question: I had cataract surgery one month ago and had a toric lens implant. Immediately after surgery I have experienced a horizontal star burst with 4-6 long flares/rays at night while driving with oncoming headlights. Halogen and LED lights produce the most vivid star bursts. My cataract surgeon thinks this may be caused by a wrinkle or crease in the back of the capsule. He suggests a laser procedure to remove a section of the capsule to eliminate the crease. This sounds reasonable to me.  What are your thoughts?

Answer: The type of visual symptoms that you are describing are very possibly due to a crease or wrinkle in the posterior lens capsule that is left in place in order to support the lens implant. This does happen from time to time and is immediately alleviated with a YAG Laser Capsulotomy which should in short order eliminate the starburst if this was the cause. While it is possible that there are other causes this is a logical place to begin and you should follow the direction of your Cataract Surgeon.

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