Professor MD Ulrich Weber
According to the statistics, 95% of patients can see after cataract surgery the same as they saw before the disease had developed, but those patients who chosen premium intraocular lens even have improved their vision after cataract surgery. In Eye Clinic of Braunsweig, Germany we study what happens to vision our patients after surgery and we have found that more problems experience those people who have any co-morbidity as other eye disease, e.g. glaucoma or macular degeneration, or system diseases as diabetes.
To understand better how the vision of a patient can change after cataract surgery, let us look what symptoms of cataract the patient had before. The people with cataract experience the following vision problems:
It is interesting, that on early stage of development of nuclear cataract, patient can experience temporary improvement of near sight vision but, then, it will degrade shortly. The colors can appear faded as opaque clouding has a brownish tinge.
Some patients can see clearly almost immediately after surgery but they are few and most of people need time for recovery of vision after cataract surgery.
There are some distortions you may have after cataract surgery that are temporary side effect of the operation:
Normally, the symptoms will go shortly (from a few hours to several days).
Quit soon after cataract surgery patients claim improved contrast vision and brighter colors that were distorted before by the clouding.
If a few days you after cataract surgery you still experience blurred visions or see glares you are better to visit your doctor as your signs may be result of complications:
You should consult with an ophthalmologist immediately if you have the following vision problems after cataract surgery:
Those are quite rare conditions (less than 0.5%) but they should be treated without delay.
There are some other complications that can lead to vision problems.
One of the common complications of vision after the cataract surgery is a posterior capsule opacity, when back side of the eye capsule becomes cloudy and causes blurred vision. It happens some time after the surgery because remaining lens epithelial cells grow into the capsule. This complication occurs in 20% of patients and is treated by another laser surgery.
We always try to be very accurate and position IOS highly precisely but sometimes dislocation can happen. In this case, a patient may develop double vision and deteriorating of vision acuity. You need another surgery to fix the problem. Sometimes, it is enough to sew dislocated implant but, in others cases, it should be replaced with a new one.
With uncomplicated recovery of vision you may expect complete restoration your vision a few weeks (a month maximum). Now you can enjoy colors, contrasts and acuity of the vision. If you had any sight problems before surgery as nearsightedness you may expect they will remain if you did not have vision correction together with cataract surgery. 2-3 weeks later you can examine you vision and have a prescription for spectacles if needed.
If you consider cataract surgery or have any complication after previous one, call to our Eye Clinic of Braunschweig for appointment with German Doctor.