Blurred vision after cataracts surgery

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My husband had laser treatment in 2003 in both eyes because he hates wearing glasses. Last year he had to have cataracts removed from both eyes  and this has left him with blurred vision and the need to wear glasses all the time. He feels it has been a total failure and is very depressed about it. He is 75 years young and very active. He has been to the opticians and they said this was normal! Is this right? Any ideas? Many thanks

Diane

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    Hi Diane:  I have had my cataracts removed about one month, the second eye within a few weeks.  

    As my doctor explained it to me, because of my astigmatism I had to have incisions made around my corneas (that is my description) so that I would not have blurry vision. Aside from a few symptoms which are v. gradually clearing up, I have totally focused vision. The woman operated after me, so that by coincidence I have seen her at our followup exams,  has blurry vision and our doctor told her she needed additional work on her corneas.  I don't know if that is what is wrong with your husband but I how depressing these things with vision can be.  I hope this might be something you ask the doctor about.  Good luck. 

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      Thank you Vera, I will get him to make an appointment with his Doctor as I think he ought to go back to the hospital for a check up.

      Best wishes

      Diane

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      I had cataract surgery with the surgery for the astigmatism. 3 years later I had the other eye done. I started getting blurred vision in my first eye the left one. It actually clouded over and got to where I could not see at all. My eyesight was 20/170.. it was a simple in office Lazer surgery. Now I have 20/20 again. It could be something simple like that. Sometimes the lens clouds up and the doctor makes a window for you to see from. Has to do with the little pocket that holds your lens in place.
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    Feel for your husband ..I have only one cataract done ..in march  takes a few months I believe to heal completely ..my sight in op eye is 90 percent but still need glasses

    i had double vision for a while. As lense in glasses on other side was not right. 

    He will need reading glasses as I do ..once cataract is done vision in that eye improves but not reading ...you probably know this 

    good luck x

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      Hi Nanulance smile

      I read your post where you are saying that your had a double vision for a while. Can you tell me for how long and did it clear completly?

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    Diane

    It is absolutely not normal.  I had my cataracts done at the end of last year by two different surgeons, one eye is fine, the other is blurry.  It is extremely tiring and very depressing, the hospital doesn't really want to know, said they would send me an appointment, have never heard from them.  I have an appointment to be seen by another hospital in 2 weeks, I have a horrible feeling they are not going to be able to do anything, other than tell you to use the drops.  I have also been left with 'dry eye' which is painful.  I feel my life is ruined.  I am interested to know how wearing glasses stops the blurriness? 

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      I have heard that the blurriness can be caused by 'condensation' in the lens and that it can be cured by a laser procedure.

      After trying two of three differnt eye drops one eventually stopped the dryness in the first eye I had done.

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      Hi Carol, My name is Ruben Gamarra, I am contacting you because we have a similar bad experience, I had two surgeries so far, the first one on July 8th and I believe was a succes on my left eye, my vision was perfect almost righht away after my eye patch was removed, I had my other surgery tis past Wednesday 12th with a different resulst, my vision is still blury, the doctor is saying it wil go away in few days but I am very worry now, any commnets?
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      Ruben

      It is early days and once the trauma of the operation subsides I feel sure you find an improvement, mine seemed to clear once I stopped using the drops.  It is difficult, one has such an expectation after having the first one done and when the second doesn't go to plan it is very hard to deal with.  Good Luck.

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      Hi Carol and thank you, I agree with you, by the way my vision on my right eye is getting better now, still a bit out focus but wil see, hope for the best, I am also experiencing the same effect of the drops, to the point that I dont feel using them any more because irritates my eyes instate of helping, so may be I do the same as you, not to use them, I also noticed misstypos on my previous message, well no secrets here of why.

      Take care.

      Ruben

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      I feel like I'm experiencing the same thing, I did my cataract surgery (specifically an intraocular lenses implant) almost one year ago and while my left eye has a good vision, my right eye is the problematic one, I have blurry vision and I see the reflection of the light on objects.

      It's weird because, for example when I'm walking on the street, expecially during night, i see the lights spreading on their left side, and when I watch an intense light the effect disappear for like 3 seconds before it appears again. Not even glasses are able to fix this and I'm very worried about this.

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      Ruben, how is your vision now, is the blurryness gone now?  I'm concerned since I just had cataract surgery and my vision is blurry and horrible.  I'm hoping it is just temporary.  Ugh.  Thanks.
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      Hello Ruben, 

      (age is  40) It is exactly the same experience, I had surgery in left eye 40 days ago it was really good, I was so happy immediately after 1 hour of surgrey vision comletely recovered, 12 days back I had the right eye I was shocked the result was not the same of the left eye, rather it was cloudy till the second day and blurred and third day vision imporved and now after almost two weeks I have still -1 cylinder, but early wake-up my vision used to be OK and gradually declined, I dont know the future.

      Ward

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      You are still in the early healing period, some eyes take longer than others to fully recover. Its best to be sure to raise issues with a doctor to make sure there isn't swelling or some other complication that needs to be dealt with.

      You don't say what cylinder you had preop to compare to the -1 after, or how that was supposed to be corrected. If you received a toric lens to try to correct the astigmatism (they would have mentioned this to you if you did, often it costs the patient money out of pocket in many places), it is possible for them to not be positioned correctly, and if they are rotated that can leave you with some cylinder, but if that is the isssue they can usually rotate it easily to where it should be.

      If they used incisions to try to correct the astigmatism, those unfortunately can take time to heal and stabilize, and the results aren't completely predictable, some people are left with residual cylinder. That can be corrected via contacts/glasses or laser or another attempt at incisions, but usually they wait a few weeks for the eye to heal and stabilize before prescribing correction, and a few more to be certain before considering surgical correction since its best to be even more certain the eye is stable before making surgical changes. 

       

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      I had cataract surgery 5th February 2016 and have been left with an astigmatsm. My sight is terrible. I have complained through CQC and PALs

      I have an appointment in 4 weeks at another Eye Hospital to have it corrected and the cataract removed from the left eye. 

      I fully intend suing the 1st hospital if it cant be corrected. 

      The optician who did my post op testing has not seen the cataract replaced by an astigmatism ever.

      They kept playing on the fact I had a macular hole, this was not true as the scan didnt show any abnormality and the opticial I have seen for 15 years has never seen any abnormality

      To say I am angry is an understatement

       

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      I had cataract surgery Mar. 15,2016. Had very blurry vision and doc said it is from my astigmatism BUT, it will get better in time. Well it is not better and now to rule out any retinal issues  he sent me to a ret. specialist who suggested the yag laser to clear it up ??? My surgeon did not agree with that but said if I want he will do it. It cannot hurt. Here the Ret. specialist he referred (said I have know problems with the retina) and now he do not agree. I now have to get glasses to in order to see better. I am going back to my optician to see what he thinks before he makes my glasses. I too am very disgusted. I want to go to another surgeon for yet another opinion. Don't know where to turn to at this time.

      I am also very angry Now I feel it is nothing but a run around. Thanks for any support.

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      You must have had surgery at Newcastle UK.

      I have the identical problem but I didnt have an asygmatism before surgery. I have been ghiven the runaround by other surgeons, but then they stick together if anyone complains. 

      I am now going to Sunderland, Mr wride refuses to do anything so Im seeing another one in September

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      I just got my second eye cataract operated. I too find this eye is blurry, where as the first eye was clear almost after the operation. 

      Dr says it will be fine after few days. I am hopeful.

      i wonder whether it is all clear for you now. Please reply.

      . Just being impatient, about my eye at this moment, while waiting few days.

      regards

      rohan

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      Hi, have had laser on right eye and await final balacing up with lazer to left all looking good its only taken three and half years of winging and whining mind.
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      Hi I've been told that if I have Lazer surgery the IOL will be fused into my eye forever. I don't know about you, but my problems started when the IOL was placed, and the thought of this IOL not coming out and living with it for 20-30 years.  Makes me so mad.  I complained the day after surgery that I think they put someone's else's IOL in my eye. I've spent over 4000.00 to find a solution. And what I learned is: go to a different doctor who does not use the same manufacture IOL  as the one used in your eye. And visit a different Doctor who does use the same IOL. 

      Very interesting the things you will be told. 

      And still I'm stuck with blurry vision, ghosting times 3 when I look at the moon there are 3 moons in my right eye only. I had reading glasses before. Now I have a scleral lens on my eye, and glasses for different distances, and reading glasses 20/25 before surgery. Yesterday 20/50. 

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      blurry could be caused by cloudiness but it doesn't form next day after surgery. It takes months or years to form. My mom has the blurry in the second operated eye. Just took her to the doctor yesterday. They said that she had problem with retina, and that causes the blurry. But they of course claim that it was there before the surgery. So we don't blame them. They also said that sometimes it is cured with another surgery but they feel she is not at the point yet where she needs it.

       

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      Cloudiness caused by what?

      I have had a cloudiness in the vision of the eye done in October 2014 that started in the summer of last year. Consultant said it was a film over the eye and gave me drops for it that did not help. My GP gave an other type of drops to use with them and that has not helped either.

      About 18 months ago the person who did my retinal screening suggested that there was then a small ammount of condensation on the lens. The consultand did not confirm that.

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      And that is known to happened. Cloudiness of the lens happens later from a few months to a few years. It can be easily removed with a laser procedure. But you reply to this thread that blurry could be due to cloudiness on the next day after surgery and that is not known to happen. It takes time to form.
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      My doctor said that it is not the type of film that needs removal just treating with drops but it has taken too long.
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      Hi. Would love to know if this ever got better for you? I had my surgery almost 6 mos ago and I have the same problem. I've been to several specialists who can't explain it outside of a "redo" with the lens that isn't multifocal. Thanks for any info! Rich

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      I had cateract surgery with corrective lens put in about 5 - 6 months ago. From the first day on each eye, I have had a whitish film over them. Can't see colors as vivid as I did. I've had the yag laser done, but no help. I had macular edema and it has been treated. Has anyone else had this film? If so, what was the problem or how long before it cleared up. Depressed and would appreciate any answers.

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      I had cataract removed 7wks ago i get up in the morning snd have. Clear vision half an hour later all blurred getting no sense from hospital say it inflamation and keep using the drops agree very depressing
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      Hi Lotta, how is your Mom now? I am also in a dilemma- got cataract operation done and got prescription intra ocular lenses in both eyes 7 years ago. About 3 months ago I got cloudy vision in one eye. I went to an Eye Specialist yesterday, he carried out yag laser and was really surprised that it didn't shift it. He said he never ever came across this in my type of lens before. Like you, I'm really worried as he said he wouldn't be happy to replace the lens.

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      David, how are you now? I got intra ocular lenses/cataract surgery 7 years ago. I was delighted with it but about 3 months ago I got cloudy vision in my left eye. I went to a renowned eye specialist yesterday, he did laser on it and was really surprised that it didn't shift it. He said that he never came across this before. I'm in shock actually as he didn't propose anything to cure it. I asked can I get the lens changed and he said "no". I have an appointment to see him again in 4 months and cannot understand how he expects me to put up with this as it is very difficult to drive at night time.

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      Dealbreaker - you might want to start a new question about YAG on here since those 2 people haven't been on here in a year.

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      Also, I have heard of some people needing to have YAG done more than once because it wasn't done enough the first time. You can also try searching this forum for posts on YAG.

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      Hi Ruben, I know I am responding to your posting about your blurred vision after your cataract surgery from 3 years ago and I hope your get this message, but the same thing is happening to me now and I;m wondering what ultimately happened to you. Did you get your vision back without further surgery or what happened. I am very worried and my doctory is tellng me the same thing your doctor told you. Thanks.
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      hi Angela  I had cataract surgery last Thursday it is now Monday and my distance vision is very blurry. Is this what you are experiencing. My postop appointment said my vision was 2020 but I know it’s not there now. I’m very discouraged about this. It also feels as though I have something in my eye. My intermediate distance vision is the best but my distance vision is not
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      Hi Carol,

        My mother had 'dry eyes' and was given Refresh by her optomologist. It did not clear up her eyes and they were always sore and weeping. We took her to a eye health eye doctor and he gave her a different eye drop that was also over the counter called Gen-Teal. He said it should clean out the oil pores in the eyelid that are plugged which is what causes the dry eye in the first place. When the oil glands in the lid get plugged and the oil doesn't get out on the eyeball the water on the eye evaporated to quickly causing one to constantly blink and have irritation in the eye. I asked him about the eye surgery that can be done to probe the oil glands to unplug them but he said that surgery cost $900 and Medicare will not pay for it. He said the GenTeal should do the job. My mother used it 4 times a day and it did over the course of two months clear up her eyes. It is  a good product and was pretty cheap at Walmart or any grocery store. I hope this helps you.

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      Thats very interesting, I'd like to try that product as well.

      However Gen-Teal is the manufacture name and they make several kinds of dry-eye products, do you happen to know the exact product name for that particular Gen-Teal product your mother used successfully? 

      Could it be the "GenTeal Tears Lubricant Eye Gel" for severe dry eye symptom relief?

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      I only saw one Gen-Teal product on the shelf so that is what we bought. But I will check on my mother's bottle and get back to you on Thursday. We understood from the doctor that the Gen Teal was more of an oil pore cleaner vs Refresh.

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      The Gen-Teal product she used said moderate on the carton. She has been using this for quite a few months now and the dry eye seems to be fine. The doctor said there is a surgery one can do to have the oil pores cleaned out but it cost $900 and Medicare will not pay for it so that is why he suggested the Gen-Teal product instead.  However, she is still having problems with blurred vision that seems to come and go and I am thinking it is from her cataract surgery that she did some years ago.
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