Refraction changes after cataract surgery?

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by Salmon Egg, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. Salmon Egg

    Salmon Egg Guest

    A little over two years ago, I had cataract surgery on my right (good) eye.
    After a few months, presumably after my eye stabilized, I was rerefracted
    for glasses. Since then, it appears that that ey has become more myopic.

    Is that common? How much time is reasonable after the surgery before glasses
    should be fitted? Can the eyeball shape change over a period of 18 months in
    someone in his seventies? I have been perusing the recent posts on

    -- Fermez le Bush--about two years to go.
    Salmon Egg, Mar 4, 2007
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  2. It's common to have some change over time even for pseudophakes, but
    ususally the changes are small. I'd guess you were "made" a bit myopic
    on purpose, as most people are happier with a slight myopia than a
    slight hyperopia when accommodation is zero. In fact, I reommend the
    first eye to have cataract surgery should be targeted for mild myopia.
    Then when the second eye is done, you can target closer to emmetropia if
    that's what the patient wants.
    William Stacy, O.D., Mar 4, 2007
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