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Cataract surgery will improve the vision that was previously affected by the cataract. The vision abnormalities not related to the lens will not be improved however. On the other hand, it can take up to 3 to 4 weeks for the vision to improve completely. No two patients are the same so recovery is also variable. But the vision should start improving by now since it has been three weeks.
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Alright, then it should get better given the time for the swelling to settle.
If you have not seen your Ophthalmologist yet for this then I suggest that you do that. Sometimes, the primary surgeon can give more information than ER physicians or urgent care doctors.
No, that is not normal. The case may be that the vision was not affected due to the cataract only and there might be other conditions at play here which might need attention. The corneal swelling will not cause such a severe affect on vision. Her doctor has the privilege of examining her so he should be able to tell you what the problem is, if not, then it will serve best to get a second opinion.
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The problems that can cause this are:
Retinal detachment, dislocation of the intraocular lens and clouding of the portion of the lens covering (capsule) that remains after surgery, often called aftercataract (posterior capsular opacification). This is usually not a big problem and can be treated with laser surgery, if needed. The type of IOL may affect how likely it is to have clouding after surgery.
Please discuss these with her doctor.
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