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tywi47 posted:
I had cataract surgery on one eye about seven weeks ago. I have recently noticed a feeling in my eye like there is something in the eye. This feeling comes and goes, could it be the pollen in the air? I had my follow up visit with my eye doctor after 6 weeks and everything looked good.
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Alsheikh responded:
This is a very common after cataract surgery. If you saw your eye physician and everything looks good then it is most likely dry eyes. Symptoms of dry eyes vary from person to person and usually waxe and wane. Symptoms include foreign body sensation, tearing, stinging, burning, light sensitivity and sharp pain. In my experience dry eyes peaks at about 1-2 months after cataract surgery. The exam does not show any dry eye spots so the surgeon says everything is fine. Even when the exam is fine you can have a specific form of dry eyes. This form of dry eyes is related to inflammatory molecules "spilling" into the tear film. Which is normal and expected. In fact I counsel my patients that they have 80% chance of developing temporary dry eyes after cataract surgery. You can start with artificial tears. If it does not work then see your surgeon again. He/She can prescribe medications for dry eyes. The good news is it is temporary in most cases and should go away in 2-3 months.
 
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MarilynAW responded:
Mine is exactly like yours, plus burning and sensitivity to light. I thought I had an infection, but found that if I put warm compresses on the eye, it is actually dry eye and that helps a lot, plus I put all my dry eye drops in. maybe you have dry eye if not before, a symptom after cataract surgery.
 
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pooka3303 replied to MarilynAW's response:
I am 4 months after surgery and I am still having problems with the feeling that something is in my eye! A warm compress helps at the start of the day but after around 6 hours into the day it is very bad, people ask me as I am talking to the what is the matter with my eye it is so bothersome! I also have to wear a baseball cap to work to keep the overhead florescent light out of my eyes.
 
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Alsheikh replied to pooka3303's response:
If your symptoms are still present 4 months after cataract surgery then you should get some dry eye treatment. There are several treatments: over the counter moisturizing drops, Restasis and plugs. Often they can be used in combination. You should notice a significant improvement in your symptoms.
 
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michaelcnelson responded:
Me too had such feelings in eye after my cataracts. But after two or three months. It gradually reduces and stops. Still don't know why it happens.
Check out some eye issues that may arise here:
http://www.torontocataract.com/eye_problems.shtml
 
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scotchm responded:
they say that is called dry eyes. you should use drops in eyes to keep them moist. i have the same problem
 
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orionfly2013 responded:
I too feel something in my eye. Had surgery nine days ago. Have been myopic much of my life, along with astigmatism and presbyopia.

Having cataract replaced with a Acrosoft sn60wf at 13.5d implanted seemed like a good idea, but now am not sure.


I sre reasonably well in the mornings but by afternoon I feel pressure and pain, burning at times.


Optometrist said yesterday I had retinal swelling and bumped up the ammount of ketorolac frops and gave me an appt. For monday.


Am scheduled to have left eye done towards the end of the month.


Not sure I will have it done now.


Hopefully your eye is better. Mine is not.


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