Radiating lines from point source of light

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I had cataract surgery in my left eye yesterday with a lens to correct my bad shortsight  (9 dioptre).  I caught the reflection of the sun this morning from the   car and noticed two lines radiating out from this point source.  Since then I've noticed the same effect on any point source such as LEDs, small halogen ights etc.   The result is infinitely worse then the very minor cataract that I had.

Will this go away in a few days time and is just the eye settling down?

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    Well, I just came off the phone from the eye surgeon who TBH did not inspire confidence. He said that it might be some uncorrected astigmatism in my eye but everything I read about astigmatism is to do with blurring and my eyesight is certainly not blurred.  Then he said it might be a small crease in the lens that will 'drop out'...I hope so.

    But he then went on to suggest that it might always be there.  Just hope the two comments from you guys here are closer to the mark.

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      Give it a week. Make sure there's no pressure from pillow etc when you sleep at night (I sleep often facing down)

      Remember your eye has surgery and needs to recover. Use the eye drops as directed.

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    Just a quick update to say that the replies are spot-on.  Delighted to say that the lines have disappeared.
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      Mmm..but not completely.  They have come back but not as bad as before.  Just glad I don't drive at night.  They are more fan like in appearance and only looking in a certain direction. They are a bit like looking through a lens that has been rubbed over with fine emery paper.
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      And the right eye, recently done, also has two radiating lines along a different axis.
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    I had cataract surgery about half a year ago, also correcting for similarly bad nearsightedness.  I get a slight effect of radiating lines from light sources - but only at night (or I only notice it at night). It's minor enough that it doesn't bother me, fortunately.  In addition, I had a problem with a flashing or strobing effect in my left eye, which thankfully went away after a few months (apparently caused by fluid in the eye moving and causing some fluctuation in the retina, after the surgery).  It's clear that at least in some cases, time can work in the patient's favor, as the eye readjusts to its new circumsatances. 
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    I had the same situation. I had toric lenses implanted to correct for my astigmatism.  My lines got progressively worse within a month of surgery until a glare test showed my night vision was 20/50.. The younger you are with toric lens the quicker the appearance of a secondary cataract. The correction was a simple capsulotomy. Within 24 hours my vision had cleared. I am now scheduled for my next capsulotomy in two weeks.  Have your doctor do a glare test and a slit test on you to check for  secondary cataracts..
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    I had to check what a glare test looked for.  Looking at some of the images, my symptoms are nothing like glare...meaning a diffuse halo of light around a highlight at night such as a car headlamp. 
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    Posterior capsule opacification or PCO can be tested with a glare test.  It will measure the amount of light that is being scattered by your eye after your cataract surgery.  With my eye it depended on the type of light I looked at as to the amount of radiating lines I saw.  Incandescent bulbs, halogen lights, florescent bulbs all produced different patterns.  That is why the glare, aka brigntness acuity test, was done. Also if you have a fold in the capsule, this will produce the radiating lines.  Sometimes with extreme myopia when the lens is removed the capsule does not shrink properly due to fiborsis.  This will cause the radiating lines. Again a capsulotomy will resolve the issue.  It's only a 10 minute, painless procedure and makes all the difference in the world.
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    I had a capsulotomy which went wrong about a year ago. The on-call surgeon cut a square out of the back of the capsule which holds the lens, but this (duh!) floated into my vitreous and blocked light. Then he zapped it many times with a laser to break it up. This made the "star patterns" much worse.

    I went to my usual surgeon who was upset that this was done to me, so he scheduled a vitrectomy to clean out the liquid in that eye, and replace it with saline. (This eventually is converted to vitreous material, I think he said)

    All star bursts from point light sources (mostly at night) are gone now, and no floaters at all.

    But wow, lots of procedures on this eye!

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    btw-

    My (good) surgeon recommends cutting a cross ( X ) in the back of the capsule, not cutting out a flap.  The cross cut shrinks some, leaving an opening without adding junk to the vitreous.

     

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      This is precisely the procedure that was done on my eye.  The use of a YAG laser is a non-invasive proceedure.  It's like a Star Wars light saber.. Any fibrotic tissue usually is 'vaporized' or settles to the bottom of the eye and is reabsorbed over time.  The tissue removed is not same as the vitreous gel that causes 'floaters' and obscures your vision.  I noticed no clouding after the YAG procedure.
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