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My mother-in-law has just had a cataract operation, and her eye is bloodshot two days after the operation. Is this normal?

Not at all unusual. If it is very blood-red, this is usually due to bleeding on the surface of the eye and is not serious. The blood takes over a week to gradually absorb. If it is diffusely red, like irritation from a swimming pool, it is due to normal inflammation following the surgery and gradually clears with the postoperative eye drops.

Answered by: James Salz, MDDr. James Salz

Categories: Eye Diseases, Cataracts

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