Blurry floater a year after cataract surgery

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Yesterday as i was sitting on my patio I noticed a blurry cloud cross line of vision in my left eye. This continued throughout the day. Had cataract surgery in both eyes in 2018. Thankfully i have my one year checkup with opthalmologist tomorrow. But I'm curious if anyone can offer some insight

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    Could be posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), which is unrelated to cataract surgery and generally isn't serious. If it's PVD, the cloud will likely go away, but might leave you with more floaters. Your ophthalmologist or a retina specialist should be able to confirm if it's PVD. It's also possible that it could be a symptom of retinal detachment, which is more serious. It's good that you have the appointment tomorrow.

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    i was told i have a large floater which I never noticed prior to the surgery.

    i now notice that cloudy glob. i saw a retina specialist and he did not see any detachment yet!

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    Likely the vitreous fluid separating from your retina which happens as we age. You then see floaters or as i call it a floating jell glob in your field of vision. But let us know what they tell you at your appointment.

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    Update after my appointment with opthalmologist. He said its a floater thats always been there but for some reason has made itself more apparent. I'm used to squiggly line floaters but this blurry glob which almost reminds me of an eye booger is somewhat new. I checked for retinal detachment and said everything looks good. I just hope it settles and goes away on its own, or it becomes less obvious. Thanks for all your input

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      Sorry to hear this has bothered you. Just a couple of days ago, about 2.5 months post-op from cataract removal and multifocal IOL implant, I had sudden flashes of light in an arc on the right side, made me panic because I know new flashes could mean retinal detachment. Lasted about 10 minutes. Saw a retinologist who confirmed (benign) posterior vitreous detachment (which my cataract surgeon had texted me was most likely explanation of symptoms) and no retinal tear.

      Since surgery in May, I had had a smallish central translucent blurry blob like you describe, which always moved from right to left across my central field of vision when I first looked left, then right. I imagined it was maybe the bag not adhering to the IOL or something...but now since the PVD, the blob is larger and more inferior, and occurs when I move the eye in either direction. It seems more like a liquid defect/aberration. Still translucent though. It bothers me more (it pretty frequently obscures my vision) but I know there's no intervention, so whatever. Will have to just get used to it, like with floaters.

      The retinologist I saw said this happened to him a few years back and he doesn't have IOLs himself. So, there, it can happen to anyone.

      Unlike the halos and ghost figures I have with my multifocal IOL, I trust more that this will slowly disappear as the brain adapts.

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    I to have this,eye had no floaters after cataract surgery 3 months ago but on day 10 post surgery they appeared and are just as you described.Have had eyes checked at hospital eye department and they could not confirm if these were floaters or reflections from the sides of the lens or a combination of the two.I do suffer from PVD's mainly in my good eye but the hospital did say that the vitreous gel at the back of my eye was very liquid and things could well settle in time.

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