The Right Eye Cannot Be Opened And Tears After Cataract Surgery?

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My mother just left eye surgery because of a type of cataract. Is it natural that side effects to the right eye cannot open and shed tears?

1 Answer:

Hello Jeng.

Thank you for the question.

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye is cloudy and disturbs vision. The causes of cataracts can be many, ranging from aging, diabetes, hypertension, side effects of surgery or injury to the eyes, inflammation that is not handled properly, long-term consumption of steroids, alcoholism, and so on. This condition, if it is severe enough, does need surgery so as not to reduce the quality of life of the sufferer.

Frequently, cataract surgery does not directly cause complaints on the other side of the eye that are not operated on, as your mother is experiencing at the moment. It may be more difficult for your mother to open her eyes with pain and increased tear production, indicating she has conjunctivitis, blepharitis, trichiasis, hordeolum, uveitis, keratitis, glaucoma, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and many other possibilities. Disorders of the nerves around the eyes, for example due to stroke, Bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis, and so on can also cause complaints like your mother experienced.

You should invite your mother to control the condition of her eyes after surgery to the eye doctor. Thus, of course the condition of the eye next to it can be evaluated for the cause, then given appropriate treatment. For now, your mother can do it first:

 Keep your eyes from intruding foreign objects, for example by wearing protective eyeglasses or special patches Do not rub your eyes excessively Clean the tears that come out with a clean tissue that is immediately discarded after each use (do not use multiple times) Cold compresses sore eyes First apply artificial tears to watery eyes. Don't use contact lenses or any cosmetics around the eyes. Hope it helps.

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