Great question, and yes, it is common for people, after cataract surgery, to have an abnormal look to their eyes.
this is simply light reflecting from the implant used to fill the space that the cataract used to fill
it is quite normal and very easy to see on physical exam
it does not mean that there was something done wrong with your surgery
when I look in patient's eyes who have had cataract surgery I can easily see this 'twinkle' or refleciton
often I do not know beforehand that they have had the surgery
but on exam I tell them they have had eye surgery
and they say 'yes'
so this is nothing to be concerned with
and it is because of the implant
Yes but mine is noticeable in every light. It looks weird, and I am always being told " oh you have something in your eye" or your eye looks weird. I can never have that removed right?
As I get older, it will become more noticeable because it will cloud up?
no, you should not get it removed as every surgery has a risk and there is no guarantee that a second procedure would do anything different
this should not get worse as you get older
though sometimes cataracts do recur
but ten years from your surgery there should be no issue
have you talked to your eye surgeon about this?
your cataract will not recur, but people can experience a clouding of vision with the implant. if this occurs it is fixed with a simple laser procedure, and since you are ten years out from your procedure this is very unlikely indeed.
I have had my eye "blasted" with a laser due to scar tissue like a "ball of yarn" that developed afterwards. I am just asking because yes Drs. can notice it, but I'm saying people without Drs. education or tools can see it from sitting at a table across from me. My parents both had the same thing done, many people have, I don't notice it in their eyes! I look like the terminator
the condition is more noticeable in some. if this is bothersome to you i would not hesitate to contact your surgeon.
a cosmetic contact lens might be a consideration since this bothers you so much.
And since I have MS it is my left eye, the eye with recurring Optic Neuritis, It is bothersome. I have gone back so many times, and my Neuro opthamologist, Located in NY finds it strange. So I just came on here to see another thought on it. I appreciate your opinion, and I know really that I cannot have it removed, my Dr said I cannot ever have another cataracr surgery, and now I am developing a cataract in my right eye, so I will really think about surgery again. Or both my eyes will match maybe I will luck out. Thank you Dr. for your time.
you are most welcome
do you have any final questions for me?
Yes maybe the contact lens would work, I already have prism glasses.
wow, I'm sorry you have so many things to deal with.
Not today, but I greatly appreciate your opinion. Have a great day!
and you as well
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