Cataract surgey

by Ernest Pisani
(Edison, NJ)

It's about 6 months since I had cataract surgery in both eyes. Since the surgery when I look into lights (especially at night) I see long streaks of lights eminating form the core of the light. The streaks are diagonal and present in both eyes. My doctor tells me the streaks will go away but after 6 months I'm worred. Anyone with similar problem?

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Sep 05, 2017
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Sunburst light from street lights NEW
by: Anonymous

I had cataract and corrective lens surgery in August. Two weeks later I still cannot drive at night because of huge, sunburst type of light that shoots out from street lights. It is almost like looking at 4th of July fireworks around street lights....very large and distracting in city driving. Car headlights do not give off as large a glare, but am hoping the glare, blurry vision, scratchy eye feeling will go away soon. I am starting to wish I had never had surgery. Vision problems much less before surgery, and definitely won't be having a second surgery on other eye if this one doesn't improve significantly.

Jul 27, 2017
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Right eye toric surgery
by: Anonymous

Post-op day #2 from cataract removal of second eye (Toric, non-laser procedure). Experienced vision problem; i.e. multiple diagonal light rays constantly in front of my right eye while driving during daylight hours. Left eye ok.

Jun 12, 2017
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Diagnonal lines of light
by: Starman



I also have one eye lens removed for cataract, in my left eye, (with an IOL Monofocal ZCB00) and I too now see those diagonal light rays coming from lights such as headlights, especially at night. Started seeing those lines about 8 hours after surgery.

I asked my eye surgeon the next morning for my first follow up, and he said it was also from post surgery "wrinkles" in my capsular bag.

He also hopes that these diagonal lines of light will decrease over time. At three days they are no better.

Suggested laser could be used if no improvement.

This is my lazy eye with 20/80 vision, was 20/100 before IOL at first test. Scheduled for surgery for my good seeing eye 20/40 in six weeks. But could not bear to have those lines in my dominate eye as I can currently filter out the lines good enough to drive at night with my good eye.

Oct 12, 2016
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my cataract surgery experience
by: Anonymous

I had cataract surgery with implant - the first two days were fine, then I had horizontal rays from a light source. I immediately went on line to your page and read how a gentleman had increased his vit d3 intake. I was taking 2000 mg and upped it 4000 mg per day and within two days, the rays were gone ! When I went to see the doctor a week later, I told him about the rays and he said it was from the "slit" they make - I didn't tell him I increased my vit d3 intake - maybe the "slit" has to heal by closing up and in some people, it doesn't close up - just my thoughts and experience -

Sep 10, 2016
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10 months after cataract surgery
by: Linda G

10-2015 right eye cataract surgery. Blue blocking IOL
Colors are off, contrast is all bleached, I can't focus on anything, diagionised with negative and positive
Light or light colors burn in my vision like someone flashing a camera at me By the end of the day I can hardly see in the dark. Just a few things that have changed my life. It stinks Alcon AcrySof IQ SN60WF
I was 20/20. Now 20/50 Glasses don't help, so I wear a scleral lens and glasses. I've spent more on trying to fix this mess than the surgery And they can't take it out
linda_gary@yahoo.com

Jul 31, 2016
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Light source coming from side of operated eye
by: Anonymous

I had cataract removed from both eyes and sight seemed fine for three months. I had a stroke twenty years ago and lost my peripheral vision of the left eye, where now light seems to be coming into my eye making my vision not as it was after the surgery. I wonder if anyone else has had this experience. My ophthamologist is away for a month.

Sep 07, 2015
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Taking 1,000 I.U. of Vitamin D3 helping to decrease those lines around lights!
by: Anonymous

Once I found that I was low in my Vitamin D3 levels, I began to take 1,000 I.U. (international units) of Vitamin D3 (chole-calciferol), by mouth, once daily, with a meal that has oil or fat in it.

I noticed that after a while, those radiating lines of light around street lights at night, etc., have been decreasing! :-)

So, my advice is to get your Vitamin D3 levels checked by a blood test, and if you're low in your Vitamin D3 levels, try taking 1,000 I.U. of Vitamin D3, daily, and see if this helps!

I buy my Vitamin D3 from my chiropracter, who likes the Progena brand (which has rice flour, not oil in each tiny capsule). So, to help with absorption, I take the Vit. D3 with water, right after a meal containing fat or oil (coconut fat, or olive oil--both organic).

Sincerely, Carol

Sep 07, 2015
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Worst decision
by: Anonymous

I had a cataract surgery with toric implant four weeks ago. I have a left to right diagonal stripe coming from every light- indoor, outdoor, day, or night. I cannot drive. I was very active and engaged in athletics, gym, etc. before this experience. I had a small cataract and never should have ruined my quality of life with this procedure. I do not have clear vision at any distance, have increased ocular pressure, and impaired depth perception.

Nov 26, 2013
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Diagonal lines/streaks
by: Anonymous

I had cataract surgery recently. Am currently experiencing the diagonal streaks at 45 deg that every tail light, head light, street light seems to cause. Creates quite a light show at night. Hoping it will go away, but research tells me that it does not always go away on its own. Sometimes requires surgical intervention. Not what anyone wants to hear.

It is a form of dysphotopsia. Can be caused by 1. wrinkle or crease in posterior capsule, 2. edge design of IOL, 3. high refractive idea of IOL, 4. remaining astigmatism following surgery (even if you had Toric lens to remove astigmatism), 5. decliner or tilted IOL. Many doctors encourage YAG procedure with laser which punches hole in back of posterior capsule. While YAG often cures the problem, it sometimes does NOT. Once you have had YAG, if you need to have the IOL explanted it will be more complicated and risky. Beware. The opthamology texts I consulted warned not perform YAG if there was any doubt about the cause of the dysphotopsia.

Get a second opinion! Good luck!

Aug 19, 2013
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wrinkles in eye capsule bag cause those diagnonal light lines
by: Carol

I too had eye lens removal for cataract, in my left eye, (with an IOL/intra ocular lens put in--monofocal ZCB00) and I too then saw those diagonal light rays seeming to come from lights such as headlights, especially at night.

I asked my eye surgeon why, and he said it was from post (after) surgery "wrinkles" or "creases" in my capsular bag (that formerly enclosed my own eye's lens).

He hoped these diagonal lines of light would decrease over time, and so far, he's right--it's getting better.

Stay hydrated, in case that might help!

Ask your eye surgeon about this, too, to see what he says.

I also have NEW BAGS under both my eyes, only after the one eye had the cataract removed.

I'm going to ask my eye surgeon why this is, and what I can do about it.

Carol 970-531-5000

Jul 15, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I think what you are describing is what I call the halo effect. I found when driving at night, with street lights on both sides, I had to wear my sun glasses. My surgeon, while saying this effect is rare but not unheard of, has suggested laser surgery as a possible solution. I'm considering it but am gathering opinions...

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