What are Secondary Cataracts (After Cataracts)?
A “secondary” cataract appears as a cloudy membrane. It may develop months to years after you’ve had original cataract surgery to remove your cataract and add an intraocular lens (IOL) to replace your natural lens.
To place the IOL during your original surgery, an incision was made in the capsular bag surrounding your eye’s lens. Although the incision heals quickly, it is not uncommon for the capsule to produce visible cells which can blur and cloud vision. Patients often mistakenly believe their cataracts have come back, when in fact, they’re simply seeing this secondary cataract. Approximately 40% of cataract surgery patients experience this post-operative condition.
Treatment of Secondary Cataracts (After Cataracts)
To remove a secondary cataract, a YAG laser capsulotomy is performed. The YAG laser uses quick pulses of cold laser energy to clear up the cloudy membranes of the secondary cataract without affecting your intraocular lens. Once the cloudy membranes are cleared away, more light is allowed to reach your retina, and your vision will improve.
This procedure is done at Yaldo Eye Center’s on-site outpatient surgical facility and will restore good vision quickly and painlessly.