What to Do When You Have Problems With Your Vision

If you work on computers all day and well into the night like I do, you probably have some issues with your eyes. I used to have 20/20 vision until a few years ago. I couldn't see the small print on my computer screen, even after I adjusted the monitor's settings. Sometimes, everything would appear blurry or out of focus. Eventually, I sought help from an eye doctor. The doctor diagnosed me with computer vision syndrome and prescribed eyeglasses to correct it. Now, I rest my eyes as much as possible when I work. I wanted to help other people with their vision problems, so I started this blog. My blog offers many tips on how to improve your eyesight, as well as what to do when your vision fails. Good luck with your vision problems and thanks for stopping in.

Secondary Cataracts: A Complication Of Cataract Surgery


Cataract surgery generally goes quite smoothly. In fact, many people are grateful for the procedure. After months or, in some instances, years of seeing an aura around lights and shadow images of other cars, the patient can suddenly see better than they have for years. In a percentage of cases, something nicknamed a "secondary cataract" can develop, robbing you of your newly discovered excellent vision. If you have recently had cataract surgery, you need to recognize the symptoms of this condition and understand how it is treated. 

Posterior Capsule Opacity

During cataract surgery, the doctor inserts an artificial lens to replace the natural one that has become cloudy. On occasion, a membrane grows behind the new implant, making your vision become hazy again. This development can be quite distressing for you, especially since you may have enjoyed near perfect vision immediately after the surgery. Many of your original symptoms may recur, including the halos around traffic lights and headlights, particularly at night. As a result, people have nicknamed the condition a "secondary cataract." Rest assured, however, that you can never have another cataract after your original surgery. This condition is something entirely different and can be corrected with a simple laser procedure.


The membrane can develop in the months following your cataract surgery but often doesn't develop until several years after the initial operation. If you notice that your vision is clouding, visit your ophthalmologist or optometrist for an examination. Diagnosing this condition is simple as is the cure. Your ophthalmologist can perform the procedure in the office. Your pupil will be dilated, and you will be given numbing drops.  A special lens will be attached to your eye to help the doctor properly focus the laser beam. The procedure is over in a matter of minutes and your vision should clear once again in a matter of days. Although you might experience swelling and high eye pressure after the surgery, these complications are rare. 

Cataract surgery is extremely common and most often successful. Some people actually see better than they ever had after they have recovered. If you finally get to enjoy a world without the need for contacts or glasses, you may panic if that crisp vision starts to fade. If this happens to you, make an immediate appointment with an eye care professional at a clinic like Northwest Ophthalmology and try not to worry. In just a day or two, you can have your clear vision back. 


9 August 2016