Monday, January 21, 2013

Cataract Surgery Glare

Question: I am a 57 yr old woman who had cataract surgery in my left eye on December 5, 2012 and around December 15, 2012, I noticed daytime and nighttime glare in the left eye. What is causing the glare in my left eye? What procedure(s) can be done to correct the glare in the left eye and how soon can it be done?

Answer: There are many reasons that you might be experiencing glare after your cataract surgery and lens implant procedure. It is really not possible to know what is causing the glare without a clinical exam. You do not specify the type of lens implant used to correct your vision which also could contribute to the glare. Some things to consider are residual inflammation, any compromise of the posterior lens capsule which has been left in place to support the lens implant, swelling or irregularity of the cornea and even a remote possibility of mild swelling of the retina. Your best course of action is to return to your Cataract Surgeon and express your concern regarding the glare. After  an examination he or she will be able to tell you whether the  glare you are experiencing is part of the  healing process and thus transient or in fact needs medical, laser or surgical intervention.

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