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Hi Dr. Rick: I had cataract surgery Oct. 2nd and had to have

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Hi Dr. Rick:
I had cataract surgery Oct. 2nd and had to have the PC IOL repositioned 19 days ago. I see fine for distance but when looking at any light source I see sharp protrusions of light. Two are especially long. I also see a large halo around lights at night that look like a sea urchin with dozens of spines on it. I am also now seeing what I think is the IOL in my eye when I turn my head up so the light from a light source shines through the pupil at an angle. The ophthalmologist says the lens is in the bag but he did not do the surgery. My regular opthamologist said it was not in the bag. The Dr. who saw me after the surgery said the flaring would probably go away over time. Would reading for hours a day on my iPhone cause these problems? Thank you.
Hi. I'm Dr. Rick and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Reading on your iphone is not causing the problem.

You may have swelling of your cornea from the surgery. If this is the case it should resolve over the coming few weeks or so.

Continue using your drops as directed and do not is still early in the post-op period and there is a lot of healing yet to do.

Does this make sense to you?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Am I seeing the IOL through my pupil? Is this a problem? I'm afraid
that the lens is becoming out of position again but do not trust the
Opthamologist who examined me and then assigned my surgery to
some other Dr. who I never met. I have an appointment to see the opthamologist I have gone to for years in two weeks. Should I panic as the flaring appeared a couple of days AFTER the repositioning and has gotten progressively worse since. Thank you!

If your pupil is real large, it is possible you could be seeing the edge of the IOL.

If a ophthalmologist said the lens is in the bag and centered, then I bet it is.

There is no need to panic...See what your regular eye MD has to say in two weeks...

If you think things are getting worse and it is driving you nuts then, by all means, either get in to see the doctor who did the surgery, or your regular ophthalmologist in a timely fashion.

So. What is the take home message? Don't panic.....yet :)

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