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Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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I only have one eye. I has cataract surgery about three(3)

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I only have one eye. I has cataract surgery about three(3) years ago. I was seeing starbursts on lights at night. I just had lase to burn hole in the flap over the lens. I now have streaks at night. If you see headlights on vehicles the streaks are about 2 oclock on eah light and extend across road up to top of electric poles. What would recommend to correct this without any risk to my one eye?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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Dr. Rick :

There are a couple of possible causes for the streak you are seeing after laser. The most likely is that a piece of the posterior capsule flap is still hanging across your visual axis. This is real easy to treat by having the errant capsule flap "polished" with the same YAG laser used for your initial treatment.

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Another, much less likely, reason for your visual symptoms is pitting of your intraocular lens. This would be harder to treat. A complete exam by your surgeon should easily be able to pinpoint the cause of the streaks you are seeing at night and outline an appropriate treatment plan

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In the vast majority of cases your visual difficulties should be able to be resolved with little to no risk to your eye.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
My surgeon said on my last visit that this might go away in 6 to 12 weeks. Is this possible. He had no answer to the problem that would not be a risk to my only eye. Any comments
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
that is possible. Sometimes a chunk of the posterior capsule is cut completely free and just "floats" in the visual axis. In the majority of these cases it will "sink" out of the way and stop causing problems.