Miniblog: My Cataract Grew Back!!!

June 20, 2013

As a busy ophthalmic practice, we will often hear many of the same complaints or questions from different patients. One of the most common we hear is about cataracts. Cataracts, a topic we will discuss in depth later this year in our blog, are a clouding of the natural intraocular lens. Cataract surgery removes this clouded lens, replacing it, instead, with a clear, plastic, artificial lens. Patients will often question if the cataract grew back because they have a family member or friend who said it happened to them; a condition known as posterior capsular opacity, or an “after-cataract,” can and often does develop months or even years after successful cataract surgery. This opacity affects the capsule in which the natural lens once sat, and in which the artificial lens is placed. Symptoms can include blurred vision, glare, halos, and poor night vision. If treatment is advised, it is in the form of a simple, in-office laser procedure.