Monday, October 24, 2011

Is Cataract Surgery Permanent?

Question: Is cataract surgery a permanent one-time procedure or do patients have to undergo this eye surgery every 10 years?

Answer: A Cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens inside your eye. During the Cataract Surgery operation, a Cataract Surgeon will microscopically remove the cloudy material and typically leave behind the "capsule" that surrounds the crystalline lens to act as a support for an Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) to correct your vision. Once the cloudy lens material is removed by the surgeon it does not come back-ever. However, in some 30% of instances the "capsule" may become cloudy causing patients to experience symptoms that may actually mimic having a Cataract. This is called "posterior capsular opacification" and is often referred to as a "secondary cataract". Fortunately in these instances where the capsule does become cloudy, using a YAG Laser it is possible to open the cloudy capsule along the visual axis with a procedure called a YAG Laser Capsulotomy. This procedure is performed using only eye drops, takes only a few moments, is painless and provides clear vision almost instantly.

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