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Question:
If my intraocular lens shifts eight years after my cataract surgery, can an adjustment be done by laser? How long does it take to heal?

Answer:
It is unusual for a lens to "shift" after cataract surgery, however it can happen. The first thing to determine is if this is clinically significant—meaning, are there visual symptoms related to it or is it asymptomatic. If it is visually significant then the choices are to closely observe and monitor the situation, or intervene surgically. Occasionally a laser can be used to treat certain causes of the lens dislocation and possibly prevent worsening, thus avoiding surgery.

Answered by: Gary Hirshfield, MDDr. Gary Hirshfield

Categories: Cataracts, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Aug 15, 2014

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