Can a Cataract Grow Back?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Do Cataracts Grow Back?

“After a patient has had a Cataract removed during cataract Surgery it does not grow back,” said Fairfield County Cataract Surgeon Leslie Doctor, M.D. “Occasionally patients do experience a clouding of their vision sometime after their Cataract Surgery that gives them the impression that their Cataract has reformed.” This is typically due to a condition called “posterior capsular opacification.” The crystalline lens of the eye is where a Cataract forms. The crystalline lens has a soft protein center and is surrounded by a capsule. A Cataract forms because the protein becomes cloudy.

During Cataract Surgery Dr. Doctor uses microscopic instruments to break up and remove the cloudy material, as this is what blurs your vision. However, she leaves the “capsule” intact and places the intraocular lens implant (IOL) to correct vision inside the capsule to help correct your vision. In some patients the capsule become “opacified” sometime after surgery leaving the patient’s vision cloudy and often with glare sensitivity, much like the symptoms they had from the Cataract. Fortunately, using a YAG Laser Dr. Doctor is able to quickly, safely and effectively create an opening in the capsule along the visual axis that restores the vision almost instantly. This procedure called a “YAG Capsulotomy” takes only a few minutes and is often performed using simple eye drop anesthesia without discomfort.

If you think you have a Cataract or have been told you have a Cataract and would like to learn more about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling Doctor & Associates at 203-227-4113.