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Cataracts

Is it unusual for an eye to be bloodshot after cataract surgery?

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  • AJames Salz, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart

    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. 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.

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