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Community Eye Center: Secondary Cataract Surgery (Informational)

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Published on Jun 8, 2018

A cataract is like a cloud, over the eye’s lens, interfering with the quality of vision, making normal activities, such as driving a car, reading a newspaper or seeing people’s faces, increasingly difficult. As cataracts progress, vision will become severely limited and cataract surgery becomes necessary for sight.

Gradually, as cataracts progress, patients may experience symptoms such as:
Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
Sensitivity to light and glare
Seeing halos around lights
Faded or yellowed colors
The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions
Double vision within one eye

Cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States and it is estimated that over 3.5 million operations are performed each year.

The artificial lens implanted in your eye during cataract surgery is clear allowing light rays to pass through and focus precisely on the retina. Eventually, however, the capsule holding the IOL can become cloudy. As with a cataract, when light passes through this cloudy capsule, it no longer focuses clearly on the retina; and, objects appear hazy or blurred.

With YAG laser capsulotomy your ophthalmologist will use a laser to create an opening in the back of your eye's cloudy lens capsule. Light can pass through the lens and focus properly on the retina allowing you to see clearly again.

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