Do cataracts grow back?

Do cataracts grow back?

It is impossible for cataracts to “grow back”. Cataracts grow inside of the lens of the eye. During the cataract surgery, the lens is completely removed. However, people who have had cataract surgery may develop a secondary cataract.

The medical term for this common complication is known as posterior capsule opacification (PCO). It happens when the back of the lens that now supports the lens implant becomes cloudy and impairs your vision. Posterior capsular opacification is a long-term complication of cataract surgery that causes decreased vision, glare, and other symptoms similar to that of the original cataract.

cloudy cataract in right eye

A painless, five-minute outpatient procedure called yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) laser capsulotomy rectifies the problem. In YAG laser capsulotomy, the doctor uses a laser beam to make a small opening in the clouded capsule to provide a clear path through which the light can pass.

Complications are rare but can include increased eye pressure and retinal detachment. Click the link for more detailed information or get in touch with us today to get your questions answered.

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