Question: Can Your Eyes Get Worse After Cataract Surgery?

No, your vision generally doesn’t deteriorate after cataract surgery unless other problems arise, such as macular degeneration or glaucoma.

In cataract surgery, the eye doctor (ophthalmologist) removes the clouded lens from your eye and replaces it with a clear, artificial lens.

This can affect your vision.

Are Halos normal after cataract surgery?

This may last for a few days after your Cataract Surgery. Some patients report seeing some glare and halo around lights. These types of experiences are normal and will diminish each day until they are completely gone. It is important to be carefully following your surgeon’s instructions for the use of your eye drops.

How soon after cataract surgery can I wear contacts?

How soon after cataract surgery can I wear my contacts? Answer: You can wear a contact in the unoperated eye right away. I ask patients to wait one month in the operated eye, but it usually takes several weeks for a postoperative vision to stabilize, so that delay isn’t a significant issue.

What causes blurred vision after cataract surgery?

You may have heard about a condition called “secondary cataract” or “after-cataract.” This occurs when the lens capsule, the membrane that wasn’t removed during surgery and supports the lens implant, becomes cloudy and impairs your vision. You may feel like the cataract is returning because your vision is blurry again.

Will my glasses prescription change after cataract surgery?

Usually, old prescription glasses will no longer work very well with the newly operated eye. Because there is no harm in wearing them, some patients continue to use their old prescription eyeglasses to see with the un-operated eye.

Is it normal for my eyes to flicker after cataract surgery?

A streak of light that is seen only with the eyes open and exposed to light is common and usually related to reflections off the implant after cataract surgery. But flashing lights that are seen in the dark or with the eyes closed are more likely to originate from the retina.

What happens if you bend over after cataract surgery?

Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over, to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye. If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery.

Can you wear hard contacts after cataract surgery?

Wearing contact lenses after you have had cataracts removed surgically is not an issue as long as the eyes have had enough time to heal. It can be present in one or both eyes, although it doesn’t ‘spread’ from one to the other. They are caused by a ‘clumping’ of protein on the lens.

Will my eyes look different after cataract surgery?

Your vision may be blurry at first as your eye heals and adjusts. Colors may seem brighter after your surgery because you are looking through a new, clear lens. Your doctor may also recommend wearing the eye patch for a few days after your surgery and the protective shield when you sleep during the recovery period.

What can you not do after cataract surgery?

Don’t drive on the first day. Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Immediately after the procedure, avoid bending over, to prevent putting extra pressure on your eye. If at all possible, don’t sneeze or vomit right after surgery.

What are the problems after cataract surgery?

Potential cataract surgery complications include:

  • Posterior capsule opacity (PCO)
  • Intraocular lens dislocation.
  • Eye inflammation.
  • Light sensitivity.
  • Photopsia (perceived flashes of light)
  • Macular edema (swelling of the central retina)
  • Ptosis (droopy eyelid)
  • Ocular hypertension (elevated eye pressure)

How long does it take to regain vision after cataract surgery?

It takes some time for your eye to heal completely. It is not unusual to experience fluctuations in your vision for several days or even a few weeks after surgery. During your follow-up visits, your doctor will advise you about how your eye is healing and when your vision has stabilized.

Can cataract surgery be redone?

Cataract surgery cannot be reversed, since the cloudy natural lens of the eye is removed during a cataract procedure and cannot be put back in. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States. The need to revise a cataract procedure is rare.