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Vision stability after cataract surgery
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Vision stability after cataract surgery

I had cataract surgery on my left eye in early February,along with LRI to correct astigmatism followed by 2 additional LRI procedures.  I'm happy to say my astigmatism is now gone, but there is an overcorrection in my lens power (I was myopic and am apparently now slightly hyperopic) which is still causing my vision to be blurry.  My eye surgeon has indicated that as the capsular bag continues to wrap around the IOL, it will be pushed slightly forward, thus reducing the amount of overcorrection.  Sounds good to me, as I don't want to get LASIK if I don't have to.

Has anyone else had this experience, and if so how long did it take for your vision to improve?
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I did not improve, although my spherical equivalent has remained plano.  A few weeks after cataract surgery, I was +.25 with .50 diopters of astigmatism (as measured by my optometrist).  More than 4 years later, I am +.50 with 1.00 diopter of astigmatism (as measured by my optometrist).  The change isn't huge (although my prescription is slightly stronger), and I can still read the 20/20 line on the chart without correction.  Both my eyes have the same script.  I have AcrySof IQ lenses.  I had cataract surgery and limbal relaxing incisions in September 2006.  
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Sometimes you have the opposite effect.  You can get a hyperopic shift if the anterior capsule starts to contracts.  This can be fixed with a Yag to the anterior capsule.

Dr. O.
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Thanks to you both for your observations.  I value both of your comments immensely based on your previous posts.

I have the ReSTOR +3 in my left eye, and and after a discouraging start my distance and intermediate vision have both improved over the past couple of months -- especially so since my last LRI procedure.  If I end of having to wear progressives at times, that's fine.  

Last night my wife and I spent an hour reading Bible passages (for Lent), and I was pretty successful without corrective lenses.  At this point I feel I've had a pretty good result with ReSTOR -- not perfect, but then I didn't expect it to be perfect.

As an aside:  I know there have been many posts here about problems with the ReSTOR lens, but I'm pretty satisfied with it thus far.
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