Friday, April 27, 2012

Cataract Surgery Complication

Question: I have a question about a complication of cataract surgery. I had cataract surgery 6+months ago. It seems like my vision is getting cloudy. I heard that there is a painless 'Blue Laser' that will clear up my problem. Any thoughts?

Answer: You are possibly describing a somewhat long term complication of Cataract Surgery called posterior capsular opacification.The crystalline lens of the eye is somewhat like an M&M candy whereby it has an outer capsule that contains the softer lens material. During the Cataract operation the cloudy crystalline lens material is removed and typically the posterior lens capsule is left in place to support the Lens Implant. In some 30% of instances after some period of time the posterior capsule becomes cloudy. Using a YAG Laser it is possible to painlessly and quickly create a clear opening in the cloudy lens capsule. This procedure is called a YAG Laser Capsulotomy and is a fairly routine procedure in instances of posterior capsular opacification.

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