Eye Floaters After Cataracts Surgery Explained

Cataracts are one of the most frequent vision problems. They usually manifest themselves in people of a certain age and are caused by a loss of lens transparency, and as a consequence of this opacity, vision quality is lost. The most common symptoms of cataracts are: blurred or dimmer vision than normal, diplopia (double vision), sensitivity to light or appreciating distorted colors. The only possible solution is a surgical intervention, which may have some side effects, one of them being floaters. Also is common to present floaters after cataracts surgery.

The cataract intervention has evolved a lot in the last decades and, today, it is very safe, it is usually done with ultrasound techniques in a single session and it is an outpatient procedure. This means that the patient does not stay admitted, but can leave within a few hours and the anesthesia is local.

The most common procedure works with ultrasound, and is called phacoemulsification. The procedure  consists in dissolving the lens that is becoming opaque, and replaced by an intraocular lens. To do this a very small incision is made, leaving no marks or scars.

Floaters after Cataracts Surgery as a Possible Side Effect

Some cataract surgery patients experience floaters after it. This may be due to two fundamental reasons:

It could happen that the intraocular lens “gets dirty”, which causes the sensation of being seen through a kind of mist or to have a retention of fluid or enema in the cornea as a result of the intervention.

Thankfully these two problems are easy to solve because in most of the cases, the floaters problems are simple to solve:

In the case of edema, this usually disappears spontaneously within a few days of the intervention.

In what refers to the “dirt of the intraocular lens”, what actually happens is that the posterior capsule of the lens becomes opaque. In this case, it is necessary to do a capsulotomy procedure which is also a simple operation which takes place in a single session.

What is a capsulotomy procedure?

 

Preventing Floaters After Cataract Surgery

Reducing stress will help you lower blood pressure and nervousness. Therefore, you will be more serene and can see better. hypertension that is one of the worst enemies for your eyes because it wears them out.

If you have eye strain it is also good that you calm down a bit. Work on your anger and anxiety, so that you don’t cause too much trouble in your eyes. It is also important to relax the view and not read much or be in front of the computer when you feel the blurred vision.

A couple of practices that can help you are; to close your eyes without getting up from the seat, for a minute, or while standing, place your index finger in front of your face and slowly move it in and out, while keeping your eyes fixed. Then do the same by moving from right to left, as if it were a pendulum. Remember to move only the eyes and not the head.

Pay attention to an object and stare at it., and then, try to relaxed your eyes and focus on its surroundings. One of the reasons we see blurry is because we are not used to focus our eyes on something in  particular.

Due to the hundreds of stimulus that we receive in our daily life, we do not take advantage of this excellent way of exercising and keep at bay floaters in our vision.

Take care of your diet:

Surely you will know that water is your best ally to keep your entire body hydrated, including you eyes. In addition, you can eliminate toxins that accumulate in the body and can damage the liver,an organ directly related to the eyes.

How to Treat Floaters After Cataract Surgery

If you do not have major health problems, recovery after cataract surgery is short and without major complexities. To treat floaters after surgery, the person needs to rest for a some time and wear eye protection. Floaters are some of the temporary consequences that occur after a surgery of cataracts, and are very normal. You just have to take the necessary care with the physical contact, rest, and then normal vision will gradually begin to reestablish.

Q&A

Question 1:
A couple of years ago I had cataracts in my eyes and everything turned out well, but 3 weeks ago I received a hit to my left eye. and then I felt the eye tearing and itching. I did not care about at the beginning because I thought everything was going well , but about 4 days later I saw hairs circulating and my eyes got a little blurry .
Answer:
We advise you to go to an ophthalmologist to assess your visual situation.
Question 2:
Hello, I have cataracts and I also had a previous surgery for retinal detachment. My question is, if I have cataract surgery, is there a high risk of retinal detachment again? And if that happens, could I have laser surgery on the retina after having cataract surgery?
Answer:
In order to determine which treatment is most suitable for your specific case (taking into account both that you suffer from cataracts and that you have a retinal problem) it is necessary for a retina ophthalmologist to assess your case.
Question 3:
I have cataracts and the ophthalmologist tells me that I am probably suffering from diabetes, my question is: Is surgery really useful? The cataract does not return after removing the opaque lens?
Answer
As to whether the cataract reproduces after surgery, this cannot occur in any case, since during the procedure the opaque lens is removed and replaced by a lens.
Question 4
4 days ago I was operated of cataracts, and until now all good, without discomfort in my eye.But the vision from far is blurred, as if there was a lack of magnification, Is it normal? or it is that I am myopic and it is difficult to achieve the proper vision?
Answer:
After surgery like the one you say you have done, it is normal for the first few days to see blurry. In any case, and if you have any questions, we recommend you go to your doctor.

Causes of Eye Floaters After Cataracts Surgery.

 

Final Thoughts About Eye Floaters After Cataracts Surgery

When the process is over, if the operation was resolved without any complications, the patient should see much better from long distance without using glasses. And yes, you will still need some glasses closely unless you have placed a progressive intraocular lens thing that today is still very unusual.
Before visiting the optician to check the graduation, the eye must be fully healed. In the postoperative stage the graduation may change slightly.If you do not expect to finish the recovery, you can buy disposable  glasses
Sometimes it can happen that one eye is left with a graduation very different from the other, so if glasses are prescribed, the person may see blurry. And in these cases it is necessary to use lenses temporarily to overcome the problem.

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