Watery Eyes After Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is an surgery performed to treat cataract by removing the natural lens of eyes that have been cloudy, and implanting a new one to restore the lens's transparency. Patients with cataract are usually suggested to have a surgery as soon as possible, or the metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over the time would lead to the loss of transparency and even loss of vision.

Currently, the two main types of cataract surgery extraction performed by the ophthalmologists are phacoemulsification and conventional extracapsular cataract extraction. Both of them perform well in cataract treatment. During the procedure, the local anaesthesia will be used, therefore, the patient will feel no pain. And they could go home about two hours after the surgery.

However, that is not the end of the surgery. Aftertreatment should be born in mind, or complications, such as a posterior capsular opacification and retinal detachment, etc., may be developed. Within the 48 to 72 hours rightly after a cataract surgery, don't lift any heavy objects; don't bend down; don't watch TV or computer screen or read for too long time; don't rub eyes; don't swim or take showers, and one had better keep eyes away from water and soap; don't let any dust or dirt come into eyes, then you should be away from any dusty atmosphere; don't drive for at least one week.

For sensitivity to light is a common after effect for patients undergone a cataract surgery, they are advised to wear dark glasses for a week both home and outside, even when they sleep.

To take some medications is necessary. Use eye drops and ointment prescribed by the doctor to avoid eye infection. For you have to use those medications with one's hands, it is a must for him/her to wash hands before applying any medication. Alternately get surgical cotton and cut it into small square pieces. Put in the pressure cooker for ten minutes after the pressure develops. Then this cotton would be sterilized. Store it carefully and use it.

Sometimes, even when you are have done all the aftertreatments well, you may experience some complications. Don't be worry. The symptoms of watery eyes and red eyes would disappear automatically a few days later. But if you experience severe pain of the eye, a sudden blurred vision and a view of flashes of light and floating across, go for you doctor immediately.

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22 thoughts on “Watery Eyes After Cataract Surgery

  1. I left my contacts in too long, and now my eye is burning/red/itchy and light sensitive? How do I fix this?
    I left in my contacts over night and when I woke up today one of my eyes was so bad I could hardly open it. Now I have them open, but my vision is blurred from the one that is red/itchy/watery.

    What are some remedies for this? Will a cold compress or a hot compress help?

    • First off, take your contacts out and wear your glasses for a day or two. If you continue to have a problem with red, itchy, watery eyes, make an appointment to see your normal eye doctor.

      You don’t HAVE to see an Ophthalmologist. You can see an Optometrist. They can do most of the same things. Ophthalmologists have more medical training and perform surgeries. If you are diagnosed as having cataracts, macular degeneration, etc you will be referred to an Ophthalmologist. For things like pink eye, you can see an optometrist.

  2. I have a huge problem please help!?
    I think I have pink eye! One of my eyes is bright pink all over the white part, and is watery and sensitive to light. The other eye is fine. I’ve never had pink eye before so I don’t know if it is for sure, but the big problem here is that I have to go to a huge fancy new years eve party tomorow night =/
    If my condition is indeed pink eye, is there anything I can do to cure it or make it better at least or less noticable before tomorow night? =(

    • I dont think that is pink eye at all and if you havent yet seen a doctor then I highly suggest you do ASAP.

      What it sounds like is irits. I, myself, was diagnosed with this at 19. It hit me quick, one day I was fine, the next my eye was sensitive to light and became inflamed. Within 3 or 4 days the pain was unbearable and I was in the ER. 6 months later the iritis showed up in the opposite eye.

      The doctor treated the iritis with an eye drop and a shot of steroid in the eye. Its been 6 years and I do have occasional flare ups, but I just drop in a few eye drops and it usually goes away in a day or two. This will continue for the rest of my life.

      The iritis did result in cataracts and I had the surgery to correct that at age 23.

      Iritis is basically arthritis of the eye. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints as we all know. Iritis is inflammation of the iris.

      Go get it checked please.

  3. If someone has bad eyes, can they be fixed with safe methods without glasses or contacts?
    By safe, i mean no surgery and without extreme risks(extreme risks being blindness, tumors etc.), moderate risks(temporary eye irritation, watery eyes etc.) are okay.

    • Depends on what is causing the vision to be bad and what you mean by “safe”.

      For example, if the vision is bad due to cataract, the only “fix” is cataract surgery which most would consider safe.

  4. Do you think we have taken our eye sight for granted, especially in the early years?
    An older family member was just told by her eye doctor that she has Macular Degeneration (Dry kind). It’s a slow growing process but there is nothing they can do, but to take certain vitamins. She also has 1 small Cataract and had her other eye done with surgery (the one that developed the Macular Degeneration). A friend of mine has Glaucoma and Cataracts. And I am starting to get more Floaters and Dry-Eye. So I have really been using sunglasses every single time I’m outside. And I am guilty to have taken my eyes for granted all these years. If only we could go back in the past, know what we know now and change, at least, some of our health issues. Oh well, live and learn I guess. Do you feel somewhat the same way too?

    (Yahoo’s spell checker didn’t like the word “Macular”, but it is spelled correct too because I went on google to get the right spelling of it).

    And LOL LOL LOL, Yahoo wanted this question in the “Family & Relationships > Marriage & Divorce!!! If I had sent it there, do you realize how many would say, “Why is this question in here?” ha ha…oh dear me….

    • I have never taken my limited vision for granted. As I was born with
      weakened eye muscles and a vision problem. And I’ve been wearing
      glasses since about the age of 3. Luckily I was able to see a special-
      ist back then who started the eye dept for the Dorenbecker Childrens
      Hospital in Portland, Oregon. I had glasses when they were still using
      glass lenses and with a very thick perscription. So the bridge of my
      nose wore down early on to give me an indentation from the weight.
      But that changed over the years with plastic lenses to replace the
      glass. I’ve never had clear vision. And have always needed glasses
      to bring things closer and clearer. I’d love to know what it’s like to wake
      up and see things clearly in a room.
      Now I have Glaucoma that will never go away I’m told. Just kept
      under a certain amount of control. I’ve already had surgery to pre-
      vent blindness and now I’m back to the same inability as I was
      orignally. I have slow growing cataracts, and my vision is now milky
      and often watery to view things.
      Currently, I’m coping with an eye infection in both eyes that make
      them feel like I have cut glass on the sides and front of my eyes and
      it’s slow going between drops and ointment to get this cleared up. In
      the meantime I see out of very blood shot eyes and my appearance
      is less than gratifying. My PA thinks it’s allergy related due to the
      pollen in the air. Whatever it is, I can feel the little particles that need
      to be washed out, and don’t. So when this finally clears up, I will be
      one very thankful and somewhat happy puppy.

  5. why would my right eye be like it is kind of cloudy after surgery on my left eye?
    had cataract surgery on left eye couple days ago it is great but off and on my right eye seems a little blurry like it has a film over it will this go away

    • Your eye doctor might be the best person to ask that.

      While your left eye had the cataract, the right eye may have become your dominate eye and now that your left eye has improved, if the vision is better in your left eye then the brain will use the better eye.

      Or it could be something connected to the operation. Like I’ve had 5 ops on my eye, when my eye is recovery from the surgery, my other eye can become more sensitive, like watery. Lets say, because of the eye op, the eye that is recovering might get a bit water, then other eye comes out in sympathy with it.

      Your eye doctor can check to see how healthy your right is, it might just be eye mucus making your vision cloudy.

      My eyes always make more eye mucus after an eye op and the doctors think it is O.K..

  6. blurry vision after cataract surgery?
    My 74 year old dad had cataract surgery about a week ago in one eye. His vision is more blurred now after surgery but the doctor said he is healing well. Is blurred vision normal after surgery and when will his vision get better?

    • It’s not normal in the sense of the most likely outcome, but it’s far from unusual, and doesn’t automatically mean there’s anything gone wrong.
      (but he will be being checked for that possibility, too.)

      It depends on the cause of the blur, and there’s a range of possibilities:

      The most likely is that eye has been left with some refractive error (= will just need glasses for good vision once it’s settled, in about 1 month)

      The posterior capsule is cloudy (= will need a very minor treatment with a YAG laser once the eye has settled)

      There is some temporary watery swelling at the macula (= happens in perhaps 2% of cases. It needs watching , but rarely requires any treatment to go away in a month or so.)

      A quick way to check: if the vision in the eye is better looking through a 1mm pinhole held close to the eye, it’s almost certainly just a prescription issue.

  7. The vets think my 2.5 year old dog(bichon frise) has Cataracts?
    We noticed that she developed cloudy thing in her right eye and we took her to the Doctors (not an eye specialist) and they said it’s Cataracts and that she needs a $3000 surgery. The next day, she had trouble keeping her eyes open, the cloudy thing in her right eye was gone, she had watery eyes, sensitive to light and she looked like she was in a lot of pain. We tried to call a lot of Vet.eye specialist and we couldn’t reach anyone of them, so we took her to her regular Vet and the Dr. said “it’s NOT cataracts” but didn’t know what it is. The next day, she was normal but the cloudy thing was back in her right eye. We contacted an eye specialist and he said it is Cataracts.
    She’s always had allergies in her eyes. She has scratched her eyelids before and her Dr. has given her Steroids twice in a year before we changed her diet. She has been free of allergies for about 4 months now after she started Gluten free, high protein diet. What could cause this symptom this quick? I don’t want her to have surgeries unless she absolutely needs it.
    . Please help!!!

  8. Cataract operation in AGRA and ALIGARH?
    Which kind of surgery is suitable for 70 year old person FECO or LASER for cataract. Also watery liquid flows from right eye. Please suggest good doctor at both locations.

    • Well there is no ‘laser’ for cataract surgery. The surgical removal is called ECCE. Phacoemulsification( “phaco” ) is the preferred technique, however it is much costlier than than the usual surgery (ECCE). And in certain conditions, even though the surgeon may start with the phaco, if the lens is too hard, he will have to take it out surgically by ECCE.
      Go for phaco, even though its costlier as the complication rate is very less. However, you must remember that there is possibility of some complication evben with the best surgeon, so talk to your ophthalmologist about it and be prepared. Your doctor will deal with the complications as they arise, but in general, these surgeries are quite safe and very common.
      Sorry, i have no idea about these two cities. Go ahead with any good ophthalmologist, talk beforehand about chances of complications and their management. Do not blame the doctor if your results are not perfect, that is how it is with everything in life.

  9. Functioning of the eye lens?
    Why is it that, to see nearby objects, the eye lens has to be curved to a larger extent as compared to the time when it is relaxed while viewing far off objects?

  10. Yorkie Cataracts, what will the vet do?
    Ok, so here’s the deal. I have a 13 year old Yorkie and My question is not should I take him to the vet, it is what will they do from here. I take my dog to the vet yearly for his shots and every time theirs signs of something off so that’s about three times a year. Now I was told two years ago that he was showing signs of Cataracts but there was nothing at this point that we could do. Surgery was not an option because of his age and that he’d eventually loose sight but he’d be fine. So now his sight is pretty much completely gone. He is very very active and has no problem getting around the house as long as we don’t move any furniture and he won’t go up the stairs anymore. Other than that, great. But today I’ve noticed that he doesn’t want to open his eyes and if he does it’s only part way.There is a little watery discharge, but no sign of infection and their maybe a little swelling, but it’s hard to tell. I have a feeling after reading on line that they may be dissolving Cataracts. If this is the case, what will they do. I have a appointment for Monday morning, that was the soonest they could get me in. Also would the fact that today is the first really bright and sunny days we’ve had in a while cause this too. The house is shaded, but I did have him outside for about twenty minutes. Would this cause irritation?

    • I would not waste my time with a regular veterinarian.

      IF there is anything to be done you need to take your dog to an Veterinarian that specializes in eyes (Ophthalmologist).

      Choose one that is Board Certified in that specialty.

      Save yourself the time of going to your regular vet who is only going to refer you to the specialist.

  11. My puppy’s eye is swollen! Help!?
    His name is Prince(because he’s so spoiled), and he’s a peekapoo. Which is a poodle-mix pikingese. And like most pikingese he has eye bugers that we, the owners are supposed to wipe off. I’m thinking since it had been a while since I had clean it that that’s why it was swollen. But that was a week ago, and I’ve been cleaning it multiple times, yet it’s still swollen!
    He wasn’t stung by a bee but he does like to sniff every single piece of grass in the backyard.
    We’re in a aparament complex so other peoples dog use the restroom there too.
    Do you have any idea of why it’s swollen???

    It’s not watery, and he acts like nothings wrong. But I see how one eye is half way closed and the other is just fine.

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