Reduced field of vision

by Donna
(Sebring, Florida, Highlands)

Mom had cataract surgery in her left eye. She is unable to open her eyelid all the way. It's like the skin has been fused together. What can be done to open up the eye socket again. Doesn't this decrease her field of vision? Is this a usual complication ?

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Jan 19, 2013
Re: Reduced field of vision
by: Brian Ang

Hi Donna

I wouldn't say that having eyelids shut would be a usual occurrence after cataract surgery. In the first few weeks after surgery, the eye can feel irritated, and so the eyelids will tend to want to shut. This is a protective mechanism.

Sometimes, over the longer term, surgery can result in mild weakening of the eyelid muscle. Most of the time, this is mild and does not require any further intervention. However, if this causes significant drooping of the eyelid, then surgery may be needed to lift the eyelid again.

Kind regards,
Brian Ang

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