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Does cataract can cause eye pain?
I have cataract in the right eye. I will have a surgery soon. My right eye power changed from 5.75 to 8 in just 3 months. Of course now my glasses right lens is wrong. My left eye is stable at 3.75. In the last few months I have been feeling a little pain on the right eye. Could the scenario I just described explain this pain? My doctor did not find anything else. I forget to mention I also have glaucoma, but iop is under control, last measure LE was 16 and RE was 13, and optical nerve damage is minimum with no vision loss. Thanks.
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233488 tn?1310696703
No cataracts do not cause pain except the extremely rare "hypermature" cataract which "breaks up" in the eye causing pain, redness and elevated pressure.

JCH MD
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Dr John,

Thank you for your answer.
I forget to mention that this pain is not constant, there is no redness or any visible eye change, and usually I also feel a light headache. Usually this pain goes way after rest, linke a night sleep. Could the eyes power difference, or the fact that now my glasses right lens is wrong, cause this pain ? Thanks.
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Yes a big difference in eye power for glasses can cause discomfort and mild/mod pain. Such a condition is called aneisometrophia. It often requires a contact lens on one eye or taking the cataract off the other eye and making the powers of the eyes for glasses same or similiar.

JCH MD
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Dr John,

Once again thank you for your help.

By the way, I talked to my doctor today.
My pre-surgery exames are ok and will have the surgery on 01/28/11.
IOP today was 16 left, 15 right. There are no signs of retinal damage that could cause retinal detachment.

My IOL options are Alcon Acrysof IQ IOL SN60WF and B&L Akreos Adapt, both monofocal, as I can not risk to see glares or halos after surgery.
Based on many posts here on medhelp, I think I will choose Alcon SN60WF.

Again, thanks for your help
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