WHAT IS A SECONDARY CATARACT?
With modern cataract surgery the cataract is removed but it's outer shell, the capsule, is left mostly intact. The lens implant is placed into this residual capsule. Over time this residual capsule may have a growth of normal cells that clouds the vision. This clouding is called a secondary cataract, and occurs in up to 30% of eyes after cataract surgery.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A SECONDARY
If you have had cataract surgery and the once clear vision becomes cloudy, hazy or blurry you may have a secondary cataract. There may be other causes for decreased vision so call our office and the doctor will examine you to determine whether you have a secondary cataract.
HOW ARE SECONDARY CATARACTS TREATED?
Fortunately, secondary catracts are very easy to treat. The treatment involves using a YAG laser to open a portion of the residual capsule to allow clear vision to return. The treatment is painless and takes only a few minutes. Vision is improved almost immediately, and the risks of the procedure are very small.