light sensitivity after cataract surgery

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I had cataract surgery yesterday and have flashes of light when not wearing my sunglasses.  For others on this site who who have experienced this, how long did it last?

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    I experienced extreme light sesitivit y and sore eyes after cataract surgery.   Finally, doctor recommended hot compress 10 mins on eye followed by "milking" tear ducts - pushing up to relieve any possible clogging due to surgery, eye drops etc.   Also an eye support vitamin.  Made  huge difference.  Talk to your doctor. Mine got better, but I think dry eye will remain.  I am 72.

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      Thanks for your reply.  I'm not experiencing anywhere near what you did.  I'm just seeing small flashes of light.  I have had no pain at all.  I did mention it to my doctor when I went in for my post surgery followup.  He just said that sensitivity to light is something that occurs after cataract surgery.  I just wondered how long it lasted for other members of this community.

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      Hi Barbara. Sensitivity to light is normal after surgery and does settle down after a week or so. Your just adjusting to the surgery which is amazing. I also get halos (rings of light) in  darkened areas but i got used to them. I think the amazing vision thats like HD is brilliant. You should have had eye drops prescribed, steroid and antibiotic for about a month. These will settle everything down so not to worry. Mine was a great sucess and hope yours is too.  
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      Hi Rick.  I am using prolensa, which is an anti-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, once a day for a month, and the generic brand of tobradex, which is an antibiotic, 4 times a day for 7 days, 3 times a day for next 7 days, 2 times a day for next 7 days and 1 time a day for next 7 days.  I just read a few minutes ago that sensitivity to light is a side effect of both these drugs.  So along with light sensitivity being a side effect of cataract surgery, I guess it's pretty hard to avoid.  I have had absolutely no pain so I guess that's a good thing (smile).

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      Hi Barbara, no pain is good and sounds like everything is normal and settling down. Also how is your vision so far compared to what it was before surgery. I cannot fault the surgery bar a few halos, but it so nice to drive without needing glassess and able to wear sunglassess. Always protect your eyes with good sunglassess, i used to drive for a job and never wore sunglassess and always squinting. Surgeon said sun damage was a contributing factor to my cataracts as i was only 49 at the time. 
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    Sensitivity to light is normal after cataract surgery.  I had to wear sunglasses even inside for a couple of weeks- especially on sunny days.  Cataracts gave everything a slight brownish tiny.  I hadn’t noticed that yellowing of cord until after first surgery when I could compare vision between eyes.   The sensitivity to light will lessen a bit over coming weeks.  I have blue eyes and have always been a bit sensitive to bright light.  Sunglasses are a must for driving for me even now - a year after surgery.

    Do you notice the flashing of light when a light is perpendicular to your eyes?   Or when turning your head?  Sometimes light catches the edge of the IOL and you’ll see a shimmering.  I noticed that in the early weeks after surgery but it went away.  Your eyes will take time to adjust to this.  

    How is  your vision otherwise?  

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      Hi Sue.An.  I just read that light sensitivity  is a side effect of both of the eye drops I'm taking.  So along with light sensitivity being a side effect of cataract surgery, I guess it's unavoidable.  No, I'm not turning my head when I see the flashing of light.  It's just in general.  It's similar to the blinking of a light bulb that is about to blow out.  My vision otherwise comes and goes. For instance, sometimes I can see the small writing on TV and sometimes it kind of bleeds.  However, I have had absolutely no pain so far, so that's a good thing (smile).

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      Many of those symptoms (vision wise) are side effects to the drops.  Good that you have clear vision time to time- it will get much better once drop regiment is over.  I didn’t have pain either - so that is good you don’t have that.   
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