Blurred Vision After Cataract Surgery

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Keratoconus: Why Blurred Vision Should Be Examined Immediately

Author: Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

To many a slight change in vision is nothing to worry about. Often we write it off with words like "I'm just getting old." or "I'll check on it later." thinking it is nothing to worry about. But contrary to popular belief the blurry vision you are experiencing could very well be the beginning of a very serious eye condition called "Keratoconus".

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that causes a cone shape in the cornea of your eye. This distortion of the cornea leads to a distortion in your vision. Over time the distortion becomes bigger and if it is not treated it can lead to loss of vision.

Below are some other symptoms of Keratoconus:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Progressive nearsightedness
  • Irregular astigmatism
  • Glare
  • Distorted vision
  • Frequent Changes in prescription

Finding a good eye doctor to examine your eyes who is familiar with this condition and other is important. Below are 3 tips to help you find the right eye care professionals:

Asking a lot of questions: Many of use feel that when we go to the doctors and ask questions we are inconveniencing them. The truth is they are there to help you. You should never feel uncomfortable asking as many questions as you need to. If the doctor is not comfortable answering your questions it is a good idea to find someone who is, after all it is your eye care that is at stake.

Do your research: Feel free to ask questions about their education, specialties, and even if there are any patients who are comfortable talking with you about their service. A good establishment is not worried about you investigating their clinic or talking to their patients. Finding their website and researching testimonials, or even researching links on their pages is a good idea. See what others are saying about the doctor and what their experiences have been like.

Last but not least get an exam there: Just because you schedule an appointment doesn't mean you have to stick with them. See how they respond to you, how you feel in their office, check out their professionalism, and how they respond to you questions. You can always get a second opinion.

It is important to get regular eye exams. If you feel you are having symptoms of Keratoconus or problems with your vision consult you eye care professional immediately. Don't take chances with your eyes. Get help today.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in Keratoconus treatments, I-BRITE eye whitening, LASIK, and other procedures. More helpful information is available at

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Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler is a specialist in Vision Correction, such as LASIK or Visian ICL. He is the leader in keratoconus treatments. He pioneered the I-BRITE Eye Whitening procedure. Dr. Brian is committed to sharing the must know essentials for vision correction, keratoconus, and I-BRITE Eye Whitening.

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10 Responses to Blurred Vision After Cataract Surgery

  1. Shashank says:

    Can my father have cornea surgery after having eye damaged during cataract surgery ?
    My father had cataract surgery for his both of the eyes but after some months,
    his right eye’s vision got blurred suddenly,
    when doctor checked his eye again so he said his eye’s cornea has been shifted and need to have cornea surgery. After that he had a operation for that in madurai but it was not successful so he cant see from his right eye. Is it possible to replace cornea for his right eye to get his vision back and if possible then which is the right hospital for him in india?

  2. Jean says:

    How long will it take my eye to heal after Cataract surgery?
    I had Cataract surgery in April of this year. My vision is blurred now and my eye is droopy. When the doctor dilates my eye, I can see perfectly clear. Also, black lights really bother me since it shows up as a bright purple. Is this normal?

    • David E says:

      Your results are not what is expected. That makes it impossible to tell you what is likely to happen without seeing you. If you are not satisfied with the answers you are getting from your present doctor, seek a second opinion.

  3. bria_68 says:

    blurry vision after cataract surgery?
    My 74 year old dad had cataract surgery about a week ago in one eye. His vision is more blurred now after surgery but the doctor said he is healing well. Is blurred vision normal after surgery and when will his vision get better?

    • Pedestal 42 says:

      It’s not normal in the sense of the most likely outcome, but it’s far from unusual, and doesn’t automatically mean there’s anything gone wrong.
      (but he will be being checked for that possibility, too.)

      It depends on the cause of the blur, and there’s a range of possibilities:

      The most likely is that eye has been left with some refractive error (= will just need glasses for good vision once it’s settled, in about 1 month)

      The posterior capsule is cloudy (= will need a very minor treatment with a YAG laser once the eye has settled)

      There is some temporary watery swelling at the macula (= happens in perhaps 2% of cases. It needs watching , but rarely requires any treatment to go away in a month or so.)

      A quick way to check: if the vision in the eye is better looking through a 1mm pinhole held close to the eye, it’s almost certainly just a prescription issue.

  4. milli says:

    How long does the pupil remain dilated after phaco cataract surgery.?
    My surgery was ten days back and iris hooks were used to dilate the iris. I am still having a dilated pupil and blurring of vision as a result, not to mention excessive brightness of light

  5. kathy says:

    After cataract removal and Jag laser surgery, I need vitreotomy surgery–is it safe and effective?
    I had a cataract removed in January 2008. I then had blurred vision and underwent Jag laser surgery in April 2008 and my vision cleared. My vision again became quickly blurred and my doctor now will be during vitreotomy surgery in that eye in December. Can anyone tell me how safe it is and what were the results? Is it painful ?

    • a*m*t says:

      I would have to say the results are different for everyone. I had vitrectomy in both my eyes for retinal detachments and then got cataracts and am actually having the laser done Weds for my right eye.

      Let’s just say my vitrectomy’s didn’t go so well but that is not to say that your won’t. I am now legally blind in my left eye which was 20/20 with glasses prior to surgery. I am legally blind overall and have about 20/100 vision in my right eye. I have had 7 surgeries total. Hopefully your procedure is much simpler than mine were.

      It is a bit painful after because you just had your eye “cut open” but that usually goes away once they take the bandage off the next morning. Plus hopefully they will give you some meds to help ease the pain, don’t accept just tylenol (they will prob try that). But after that it is just a little discomfort for a few days as the eye begins to heal.

      Good luck!!

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