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Eye discomfort 6 months after cataract surgery
I had cataract surgery about 6 months ago, both eyes. Lately I have had some days when my eyes get quite uncomfortable,
with a sensation as if I have something in the eye but not a sharp pain, more like an ache. I use eye drops but this doesn't seem to help for long. The other thing I've noticed is that at night when I'm trying to get to sleep, it seems that I can feel the lenses moving around under the eyelid - a bit as if I have contact lenses in. It's not painful but uncomfortable and disconcerting - I don't notice this during the day. Are these sensations normal after 6 months, and can I expect it to go away eventually?

One other detail is that about 3 months ago I started taking hormones for menopause and I read that sometimes this can cause eye changes. I asked my gynecologist about it before I started taking the med and, after checking with the manufacturer she said ,it would only be a problem for someone with glaucoma as it can cause a chancein eye pressure. Could eye pressure be a problem with someone with IOLs who has always had normal eye pressure?  Do you think I should be concerned that the med is having some sort of negative effect?

Thank you for your help!
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it depends on what kind of surgery you had.  did you ave stitches or "no-stitch" surgery?  it also depends on what kind of "drops" you used.  i would use high viscosity artificial tears.

no, i do not think your hormone replacement therapy or IOL are causing you to have high intraocular pressure.  HRT could contribute to the "dry" feeling, however.
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Thanks for your response. I had one stitch in each eye with the surgery - but I haven't had these sensations continuously since then - only in the last weeks. Do you think "dry eyes" would give me the sensation of being able to "feel" the lens under the eyelid? I know of course that IOL's are not on the surface of the eye, like a contact lens.
(Actually Tibolone, the HRT I am taking, has been shown in at least one test to "improve tear function tests in postmenopausal women" so it's very confusing!)

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