Disappointing results

by Ellen
(Saratoga Springs,NY)

It has been two weeks now. My mother had cataract surgery. She has very blurry vision now. We go back tomorrow for a checkup. I do not expect good news. The doctor thinks it was a ultrasound burn during the surgery. The doctor said it happens in about 1%. Lucky for us.

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Aug 01, 2012
Re: Disappointing results
by: Brian Ang

Dear Ellen

My impression from reading your post was that maybe the cornea (front window of the eye) has become hazy after cataract surgery (this is called corneal edema), thus causing the vision to become blurry.

Generally, corneal edema will settle eventually with treatment with steroid eye drops. This will take time though, usually several weeks and occasionally several months. So in your mother's case, it is still early days (only 2 weeks after surgery), so there is definitely scope for the eye to improve.

One important thing would be to check that the eye pressure is ok. If the eye pressure is high, then it will need to be lowered with eye drops.

I hope that the checkup tomorrow bears good news for your mother.

Kind regards,

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