I have had bad headaches since my second cataract surgery has anyone else had this?

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I got my first cataract surgery in August then I got my second in Sept. when I got out of surgery I had a really bad headache, and it has been happening everyday since.

I don't get headaches very often, I don't know what to do. also lights really bother me and I cant see close up which sucks cause I love to do cross stiches and sewing. My eyes feel like they are going to bust out of my head. Has anyone had problems like this after their surgery?

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    One of my eyes felt like that (1st one that was operated on in July this year.  But I suffer from migraines (weather related).  Have had 2 migraines since the cataract surgery.  I usually can tell when they are coming on but both times I felt such a pressure behind the eye and as you say feels like eye will pop out.  But it was just those 2 times which I attributed to migraine.  If your headaches are constant it could be why your eyes feel that pressure - but you should see your doc as it could be related to something else.  Not normal to have constant headaches.  Is your vision good. Ow that both eyes are done?  Sometimes with just one eye done the imbalance between 2 eyes can bring on headaches.
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    It is possible that your two eyes are having a difficulty working together, which the brain is having problem dealing with. How well can you see in each eye? Do you know what your prescription is for each eye after surgeries? If it is possible for you to do, you may want to try seeing with only one eye for an extended amount of time (say, about an hour) by putting a patch on one eye to see if the headaches get better.
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    I had severe headaches after my right eye was done.  I could not see anything close & could not see well far either.  Doctor finally admitted after much complaining that I could not see out of my right eye, that he had over corrected my eye & I had to have a piggyback lens inserted.  Do your eyes feel out of sync & is your depth perception off?

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      I find it unacceptable that a person has to complain before a surgeon admits to an 'error'  it is why I advocate more to finding and researching the surgeon first.  Then research what kind of lens and vision you want.  No matter which lens or wether you want distance near or monovision having wrong surgeon can make a mess of everything.  

      Things happen but if they happen more often with one clinic/surgeon more often there is a problem.

      So sorry Janice someone made you suffer through weeks of headaches like that.  

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    My surgeries were done three weeks apart.  After the second eye was done (about a month ago)  I was getting headaches.  Checked with ophthalmologist who did not think the eyes were causing the problem.  Then I saw my primary care doctor who, after checking everything else and finding no medical reason for the headaches, felt that it was my brain "relearning" how to see, since it was now different from the previous 62 years!  It took about three weeks for the headaches to stop.  (I had mini mono vision correction).

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      that is exactly how I feel right now I will talk to my eye doctor because I have been wearing glasses for 50 years , thank you.

       

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    I had this happen after my second cataract surgery. Dizziness. Headaches. Nausea. Bumping into walls because my balance was off and I would list to to right when I walked. Everything would start swimming on the page when I read or played the piano. Eyes felt like they were going to torque into my head. Unrelenting!  Was finally diagnosed with Vertcal Heterophoria - a binocular vision dysfunction. There are optometrists who specialize in diagnosing and treatment. I now wear prism in my left lens to correct the misalignment. No definitive answer as to why the symptoms of this occurred after cataract surgery. Very grateful for my specialists and my glasses without which I could not fundtion
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      No. Not vertigo. The room isn't spinning. It isn't an ear thing. It's a totally unbalanced feeling. It was definitely an eye thing. The glasses cured me

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    Since my cataract surgery I would get a migraine everyday if I didnt take a lot of NSAIDS. What have found out about this problem?
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    stevenson6,

    Did your problems with the headaches resolve eventually? I ask because after my 2nd cataract Surgery I have had horrible pain in my eye and in my head all around my eye. I feel as if my head is encased in a vice. The dr. prescribed acetazolamide to relieve the pressure, I guess it’s a diuretic and removes excess fluid from the body, thereby relieving pressure like that seen in glaucoma patients.

    I am so frustrated I got this Surgery, I never expected this much pain during and after the surgery. And the diuretic is no picnic. If I had it to do over again I’d think twice before making a decision to have the cataract removed.  I’m really depressed. I think I made s mistake. 

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    My headaches appear to relate to the new way that light is being processed by the actual lenses. They reflect or refract differently or maybe they slightly magnify light in such a way that migraines are produced. There appears to be nothing I can do about it, so I take Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories throughout the day and sumatriptan if I get an aura. Dont have to take too much Sumatriptan as I can usually forestall a migraine with the ibuprofen. Screens like this android will trigger migraine pretty quickly as will just a general sunny day if I am outside. I dont even have to look up to get one (can be triggered simply by reflecting sunlight off of cement). Maybe they gave me cheap lenses. I may look into that.

    Scott

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