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Old 07-18-2007, 09:26 AM   #1
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How long after cataract surgery does your eye remain blurry? I had cataract surgery 2 days ago and my eye is still blurry although things do appear to be brighter than before. I have read that your eye could remain blurry for a week or so during the healing process, and that it could take 6 to 8 weeks before the final results were known.

I guess I am interested to hear what others have experienced following cataract surgery and what your outcome was. Maybe I am being a little impatient for results.

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Old 07-20-2007, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: Cataract Surgery

I think that everyone's different. I had limbal relaxing incisions, and it took a couple of days before I could see clearly. Some people have 20/20 vision one-day post op. I had slight improvement between 6 weeks and a few months, amounting to a couple of letters on the eye chart. Any surgical complications would slow progress, and multifocal lenses definitely require a much longer adaptation period. Your doctor would be your best source of information.

 
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:50 PM   #3
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Are you saying it took a couple of days or 6 weeks for vision to improve? Was your vision blurry for that long? I had the surgery done on Monday (5 days ago and vision is still blurry) I do have what they call cystoid macular edema going on in the same eye also which is a fluid buildup in eye which makes the eye swollen and also effects your central vision and makes your vision blurry.

I am presently being treated for that and the Dr. says once the swelling goes down (which takes up to 15 months or more) I should notice an improvement. So I am thinking possibly this is contributing to the blurry vision. Pretty disappointing to say the least to have the cataract removed and still be dealing with blurry vision. Perhaps the recovery and healing from the cataract surgery alone takes a while for the new lens to adjust.

 
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Hi DancinBoots,
I went through a lot of feelings of disappointment following my cataract surgery, but now things are okay.
What was your vision like before you had the surgery?
I'm assuming you will need some type of corrective lenses after some weeks.
So right now, you are not seeing with your best corrected vision.
Are you still using drops to dilate your pupil? If you had a crystalens implant, they do that for quite awhile, which blurs things.
Regardless, it sounds like with your edema you should expect blurry vision for now.
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I am using vitamox 2 times a day and pred forte 4 times a day. Like I said I still am being treated for an underlying problem (cystoid macular edema) swelling of the macula and I am told when the swelling goes totally down which it is doing very gradually, that I should notice a significant improvement. It just seems to be taking so long (since the beginning of the year) I have also read that with some people it takes longer. I am not sure what type of lens they put in. The card I received says Acry Sof IQ by Alcon

 
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I think that's a single-vision lens.
So, do you have prescription glasses, at least for reading?

 
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I have contacts or prescription glasses for distance and when I have my contacts on I need reading glasses. I don't need reading glasses if I am not using contacts or glasses. I think that is a single vision lens they put it. I go see the Retina Doctor on Monday so now that he will be able to see in the eye better he should be able to give me a better idea about the swelling caused by the cystoid macular edema. All of this is very discouraging, having surgery and not seeing any better than you did before. I am holding on to hope that when they get the swelling down things will improve.

 
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I'm guessing your contacts and glasses were for before your surgery. You should have a different prescription now. Ask your ophthalmologist, or optometrist, or even your retina specialist about that.

 
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Oh dear I go in tues for cataract surgery and thought it would be fine in a few days. I have to have both eyes done but they are doing the worst one first. Now I am scared.

 
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You will probably have instant gratification from your cataract surgery when they put in the new clear lens since you do not have the underlying problem like I do (Cystoid Macular Edema) which causes blurry central vision. When they get the swelling down in my eye I should notice a big improvement. It sometimes takes over a year for that to happen.

I am being treated for it and am being told that the swelling is gradually coming down so I am trying to be patient.

Everyone I know who has had the cataract surgery has noticed almost immediate improvement, so don't worry, you will be fine. I sure did not want to panic anyone. I have a different problem that I am dealing with. My Dr. says the cataract surgery was success, so as soon as the retina problem resolves itself I should be able to see much better in right eye.

 
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Thank you so much for your reply.I have put this off for so long that the eye he is doing first he said I was legaly blind in that eye.I knew that and had to do something about it.I just thought this happened to people in there 70's and even though I was not young 48 when I was first told I had a baby cataract it threw me since no one in my family ever had them. Oh well. Thanks again and good luck.

 
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lorriem,
I'm assuming you mean you're legally blind in the eye with corrective lenses.
If your eye is that bad, you will be delighted with the improvement after the surgery.

 
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I'm assuming you mean you're legally blind in the eye with corrective lenses.
If your eye is that bad, you will be delighted with the improvement after the surgery.
My eye doctor who will be doing the surgery said that tuesday he will do my left eye since the cataract is so bad that I am legally blind in that eye. He will do the other in in a month or so but that is not as bad YET.I just can't believe I let it get this bad.I am doing this also because my husband is a cancer survior but also has other health problems and I found myself in march having to take him to the hospital and praying that I could see allright.I used landmarks because I cannot read any road signs. Thank God I can still see traffic lights and other cars still but that is because of the other eye and sunglasses I found that blocks all light from going to my eyes.

 
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Oh My , I am so glad I found this thread. I am a 53 year old diet controlled diabetic. Have worn glasses for reading and distance since I turned 40. Dr. told me I had a very small cataract about 2 years ago. All of a sudden in the past couple of months my glasses from 5 years ago are even too strong. I can read a newspaper without any glasses on. It is the first time I can watch TV without glasses in the past 5 years. Went for my yearly checkup today and when the Dr . covered my right eye i couldn't see ANYTHING. This knocked my socks off because of the better vision I've had. She also told me that I don't need glasses at this point but must see their specialist immediately. Told me there are 3 types of cataracts and I have all 3 on my left eye. I know I will have to have this taken care of but the fear of eye surgery makes me sick to the stomach. I cannot imagine someone sutting your eye. Are you out cold? I have also been told that this is directly related to having 10 steroid injections and having to take 2 medrol packs of steroids in the past year. My diabetes is under control and she said they see thiss rapid progression alot in people who have had heavy steroid use. Can someone explain the surgery to me. I am petrified.


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ICC, I'm your age too and had cataract surgery 2 years ago. The actual surgery is no different than getting a fillling at the dentist. If you normally need extra novacaine at the dentist, then you'll probably need extra anesthesia for the surgery. Just talk to the doctor about it. Tell him about your anxiety. He will probably recommend heavier sedation for you.

 
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