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Blurry Vision After Cataract Surgery

I recently underwent successful cataract surgery, but I'm disappointed with the results because I thought I'd be seeing a lot clearer after my cataract was removed.  

Why do I still have blurry vision after cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures performed, with approximately 3 million surgeries per year in just the United States alone. The overall success rate according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is 98%. Even though cataract surgery has improved with smaller incisions and faster recovery times, there are several factors that can cause you to have blurred vision after the surgery. 

One common reason for unclear vision right after the surgery is a swollen cornea. Cataracts are removed by your eye surgeon using an ultrasound instrument which uses sound waves to break down and remove the cataract.

The energy used to liquify and suction out the cataract is absorbed by your cornea, which is the clear dome shaped covering of your eye. It is perfectly normal to have some swelling in the cornea after your cataract surgery and this can lead to fuzzy vision in the first few days or even weeks after your eye surgery. Usually this will clear on its own and as the swelling goes away your vision will gradually improve. Find out how to treat corneal swelling here.

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