Frequent question: Is fluttering normal after cataract surgery?

It is normal for the vision to be blurry, foggy, cloudy, or fluctuating for a few days following surgery. You may also notice some shimmering, flickering, fluttering or a half-moon temporally which is also normal and may take a few weeks to resolve.

Why do I have flickering after cataract surgery?

Many people experience a scratchy feeling for a week or two after surgery. As the new lens settles into position many people will notice shimmering or flickering of vision, which is normal.

How long after cataract surgery will the flickering last?

According to the American Optometric Association, approximately 90 percent of patients report having better vision after having cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, it’s normal for your vision to be blurry at first as your eye recovers. The blurred vision will typically go away within a few days.

Which Symptoms are abnormal after cataract surgery?

When cataract surgery complications do occur, they can include:

  • Posterior capsule opacification (PCO)
  • Intraocular lens dislocation.
  • Eye inflammation.
  • Light sensitivity.
  • Photopsia (perceived flashes of light)
  • Macular edema (swelling of the central retina)
  • Ptosis (droopy eyelid)
  • Ocular hypertension (elevated eye pressure)

What are the symptoms of dislocated intraocular lenses?

Patients with a dislocated IOL may experience a decrease or change in vision, diplopia, and/or glare. Additionally, they may report ocular pain or headaches from intermittent angle-closure and/or inflammation. Some patients also report seeing the edge of the IOL.

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Is it normal to see flashes of light after eye surgery?

Surgery can cause posterior vitreous detachment, where the vitreous separates from the retina. It makes you see moving spider webs and clouds in your vision, along with flashes of light. Usually, it gets better on its own within a few months.

Why do I see flickering lights in my eyes?

When the vitreous gel inside your eye rubs or pulls on the retina, you may see what looks like flashing lights or lightening streaks. You may have experienced this sensation if you have ever been hit in the eye and see “stars.” These flashes of light can appear off and on for several weeks or months.