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    POST CATARACT SURGERY PROBLEM
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    BREN34748 posted:
    I had cataract surgery in June and July and have had swelling in my face and eyes ever since. On my last visit in August I told the Dr. about it and he said it will go away. Well, it is now Sept. and they are still swollen every morning really bad. Right eye is almost closed. Gradually gets better in the afternoon. Have become very reclusive. I am not scheduled to go back till Nov. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    BREN34748 responded:
    I am 69 yrs. old.
     
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    While it is possible to have slight eyelid drooping following any kind of eye surgery, this is very uncommon and almost never happens with modern cataract surgery using eye drop anesthesia and without an anesthetic injection.

    On the other hand, it is extremely common for people to become more independent of their eyeglasses and more aware of their eyes following any kind of vision correcting surgery (eg. Cataract or LASIK) and notice the bags and wrinkles which are a normal part of getting older.

    Assuming that all post op inflammation has subsided and you are no longer putting any medications in or around your eyes which could be causing a hypersensitivity reaction, is it possible that the eyelid and facial changes you are describing could have existed before the cataract surgery and you are now more aware because you are wearing glasses less frequently?
     
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    BREN34748 replied to Alan M Kozarsky, MD's response:
    Thank you so much for responding, Dr. Kozarsky! None of this is possible. Before the surgery I was wearing 3.00 readers all the time and could see very well with them. My primary Dr. told me that if I had to take an eye test for driving, I would fail it. so that was my main reason for having the surgery. I now have 20/20 vision for driving and only use 2.50 readers for reading only. Before the surgery I only noticed fine lines around my eyes. I never had bags under my eyes. Now, I have major bags, forehead, eyelids, nose, and cheeks are very swollen in the morning. The right eye, which I had the 1st surgery on June 13th, is the worst.
    Thank you, so, so much for responding!!
    Brenda Walker


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