Is Blurry Vision Normal After Cataract Surgery?
Blurred vision is very common after cataract surgery. This is true both immediately
after cataract surgery and in the months and years following. These two types of
blurring have very different causes. The immediate blurry vision should diminish
(ask your doctor) and the later blurring can be easily fixed.
On the day of surgery, a protective shield will cover the operated eye after surgery,
usually for 24 hours. In the days following the cataract removal, your eye may be
slightly blurry. Always remember to discuss all observations about your vision with
your surgeon after the surgery.
In the months and years after cataract surgery, it is also very common for vision
to become blurry again. This happens in up to 80% of people that have cataract surgery.
This blurred vision is sometimes called a “secondary cataract” and has a very quick
procedure to remedy. Always see your doctor to be sure the blurring is not more
During cataract surgery, the lens is broken up and removed from the capsule around
it. Part of this capsule is left to house the new artificial lens (iol) being implanted
during surgery. A secondary cataract is when this capsule becomes opacified and
begins causing blurry vision. The symptoms that usually lead people back to their
eye surgeon are often very similar to those experienced before cataract surgery.
The procedure to restore blurry vision after cataract surgery is very quick. Often
taking less than five minuets, a laser is used to break up the opacification. The
procedure, called a laser capsulotomy, restores clear vision and is usually completely
Blurry vision after cataract surgery is quite normal. Always discuss all vision
issues with your eye doctor because only a trained eye can determine the source
of blurry vision and the immediacy of needed treatment.