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My mom's vision is much blurry than before cataract surgery. Will her vision improve?


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Answered by

Dr. Mayuri Borgohain

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At July 9, 2020
Reviewed AtJuly 29, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My mother underwent epiretinal membrane surgery and cataract surgery before 12 days. Still, her eyelid is swollen and red. She has itchiness with pricky sensation. She has a lot of tears from the eyes. There is no improvement in her vision. It seems blurry than before and she is scared. Her vision was around 55 percent before undergoing surgery and now it is around 35 percent. Will her vision improve?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Do not be worried. Continue using post-operative medications as suggested. Your mother has undergone a combined surgery 12 days back. Combined surgeries take time to get healed as there are more inflammatory reactions. At the same time, combined surgery is necessary in some cases. A vitreoretinal surgery takes longer time to recover. Sometimes vision gets worse after surgery but by taking continuous medications, eyesight gets improved. She can have high intraocular pressure or eye pressure if oil or gas was used to fill the vitreous cavity leading to post-operative blurred vision. It is good to have a thorough eye check-up for her. If it seems to be normal, then there is nothing to be worried and it is taking its usual time to recover.

The Probable causes

Your mother seems to have post-operative inflammation and secondary glaucoma.

Investigations to be done

She needs a thorough eye check-up.

Probable diagnosis

Your mother seems to have post-operative inflammation and secondary glaucoma.

Treatment plan

Continue taking post-operative medications. Anti-glaucoma medications can be taken if her eye pressure is high.

Regarding follow up

Have a follow-up at any time.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Mayuri Borgohain

Dr. Mayuri Borgohain

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