Feeling of unsteadiness after cataract surgery

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by venu, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. venu

    venu Guest


    My mother recently underwent cataract surgery in one of her eyes.
    After the operation she noticed that she gets a feeling of
    unsteadiness, like everyting is moving around her, when she gets up in
    the mornings. And this has started only after the cataract surgery.

    Does anyone know whether something like this happens after cataract
    surgery? Can we hope that this will be alright once she gets used to
    the new lenses that she is wearing after the surgery and the sudden
    improvement in her vision?

    Thanks in advance.
    venu, Nov 19, 2004
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  2. venu

    RM Guest

    It is difficult to say for sure. Is the prescription in her glasses
    significantly different between her operated and unoperated eyes? A large
    difference (called anisometropia) would create different-sized retinal
    images and can cause disorientation. Sometimes this is enough to justify
    cataract surgery in the other eye sooner rather than later. This is just
    one possibility. I would wait to see if she adjusts. This is something
    that, if it persists, should be discussed with her eye doctor.


    RM, Nov 20, 2004
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  3. venu

    Dr Judy Guest

    If it occurs when she first gets up, it may be due to a sudden drop in blood
    pressure. This can be helped by slowing getting up: sit up in bed for a
    minute, then sit on edge of bed for a minute, then stand up. The other
    common cause would be an inner ear problem. Cataract surgery is an unlikely
    cause. If the dizzyness and balance problems continue, she should see her
    medical doctor.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Nov 20, 2004
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