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I don't need glasses all the time, but as I'm getting older I do find it harder read fine print. I like to carry reading glasses so that I don't get stuck when I'm out and about, but I don't want to always carry a bulky glasses case. I like to try and find reading glasses that are compact and can easily be carried in the pocket and are pretty hardy so they don't get too scratched up. This blog is all about affordable options for pocket reading glasses to keep you able to read all those tiny fonts and prints.


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Four possible side effects of cataract surgery, and how to deal with them

by Peetu Huotari

Cataract surgery is a very effective procedure to restore your vision. It involves replacing a clouded lens with a clear artificial one. It is a very safe operation, but as with all medical procedures, there may be a few side effects. Here are some things you may notice, and some tips on dealing with them.

Blurred vision

Blurred vision is quite normal after cataract surgery. It is caused by the eye swelling as a result of the operation. The effect is likely to be worse if the cataract was particularly bad. The good news is that your vision should clear over the next few days. You should not attempt to drive until your vision is back to normal, but in the meantime, you can use anti-inflammatory eye drops. Your surgeon will probably prescribe this for you, and you should use it as directed.

Something in the eye

Another common side effect is the feeling that there is a foreign object in the eye. This is not literally true — the feeling is caused by the small incision that was made during the surgery. This can feel uncomfortable, but it is not a problem — the wound will heal up during the next few days and the feeling should go away.

Dry eyes

It is very likely that your eyes will feel dry after the surgery. This is because some of the nerves in the eye will have been cut, and your eye will not know when to produce tears. Again, this is something that will heal up of its own accord, but it could take a few months to get back to normal. If the dryness is causing you discomfort, you can get artificial tears from a pharmacist, which should help to lubricate your eyes until they are back to normal.

Bloodshot eyes

You may also find yourself with bloodshot or red eyes. This can look very serious, as the eye will turn red and will seem to be full of blood. In fact, it is harmless and will clear up in a week or two as the blood is absorbed back into the body. It is usually caused by a ruptured blood vessel, which will heal naturally.

Most side effects of cataract surgery are mild and will clear up naturally. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to contact the clinic where you had the surgery. They will be able to put your mind at rest and offer any further advice.

For more information about cataract surgery, contact a doctor.