Thursday, January 12, 2012

Repeat Cataract Surgery

Question: My husband had cataract surgery about 20 years ago and lens implant put in. Does the procedure ever have to be redone ?

Answer: A Cataract is clouding of the crystalline lens inside the eye. During a Cataract operation procedure the cloudy lens material is permanently removed and does not regrow. Lens Implants are permanent and last a lifetime barring any other eye disease, trauma or infection. What can happen is that the posterior lens capsule that is left in place to support the Lens Implant can become cloudy over time and requires a brief YAG Laser Capsulotomy to create a clear opening. Usually this occurs in shorter timeframe than 20 years after Cataract Surgery. So, as long as your husband is enjoying good vision he should continue to have regular eye exams for glaucoma, macular degeneration and any other eye diseases, conditions or problems that can adversely impact eye health and vision and not be concerned with having to repeat his Cataract Surgery and Lens Implant procedure.

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